Post # 1
I am looking for a good healthly brand of cat food. We got our cat a few months ago from the shelter and when we got her she had some stomach issues. The shelter gave us a little bag of sience diet, which on the second day she threw up. We then switched her to a blue buffalo for senstive stomach’s and that didnt help either. The Vet gave us a Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Gastrointestinal Health and it has seemed to help, however it has made her breath smell really bad and I have read some horriable reviews about this food and would eventually like to switch her off. I am wondering if anyone has any brands that they love and turst. In the next month or so we are going to be getting a kitten too, if that help. Our current cat is about a year old.
Post # 2
I personally use Hills Prescription diet food. Yes they are expensive but nutritionally balanced and made specifially for whatever condition your cat sufferes from. My cats were put on Hills C/D for urinary issues and we’ve not had any problems since switching to that brand. Maybe ask your vet for a different prescription brand of sensitivity like Royal Canin and see if that helps? I’m in Europe so not sure what you have there but your vet clinic will be able to make a sound recommendation.
Post # 3
I also use Hills Science diet for my cat with bad teeth. With any new food a cat might get an upset tummy for the first few days- we were told this is pretty normal and they usually settle down. We were also told to stay away from supermarket dry food- it’s like junk food for cats!
Post # 4
Do some research – typical commercial pet food has loads of fillers and “unnatural” ingredients that are not only beneficial for your pet, but can be harmful (this includes brands like Science Diet, Iams, etc.). Spend a little more and get “grain free” food – there’s a lot of good brands out there – Taste of the Wild, Canidae, Fromm, Innova. Both our cat and two dogs have been on Taste of the Wild for a while and they love it…and my vet loves it because they are all healthy, not overweight and their coats are gorgeous!
Oh, and none of our animals have bad breath.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
We use the brand Taste of the Wild. It’s a lot like Blue Buffalo, but a bit cheaper. She could have allergies against meat products that are more common. Maybe try buying a bag of something more “exotic” that she hasn’t tried before.
My male dog has a sensitive tummy, and anything chicken/veal/pork/beef makes him sick, but bison/venison combo is fine on him (I don’t think his body has antibodies against the “more exotic” meats, if that makes sense?)
Post # 6
That sounds pretty normal to me– don’t worry too much! All cats tend to have stomach issues when they move and go to a new home (stress), or when switching food. Have you tried mixing the food she is used to with a new food gradually, a little at a time over the course of a week? That worked for us well. We feed our cats a mix of royal canin and science diet, plus a little wet food in the morning to make sure they get enough water. Perhaps pheramones may help your new kitty keep calm, while she gets used to the new food? Felway makes a good plug in one that is supposed to smell like a mother cat.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! When she was at the shelter they had a bunch of bowls around just filled with different kinds of food (whatever was donated) so her stomach problems started there. When we brought her home we switched her to the Blue Buffalo senstive stomach and she was on that for about a month and she didnt get any better. The vet put her on the Hills I/D food. This would be the third week on that and I have noticed a huge difference! (execpt the bad breath).
Post # 8
Yeah I think this is super common for shelter cats to have stomach issues. Since the Hills is working I would stick to that for now.
My older cat who is about 10 is on Science Diet, but my younger cat who is 3 is fine on Purina One. The older cat likes the Purina One more than his Science Diet so he sometimes snitches from my young cat’s bowl, but that causes him to throw up.
As long as you don’t get the really cheap food (think Meow Mix), your cat should be relatively healthy. Every cat is different and will react differently to all the kinds of foods so it’s unfortunately trial and error.
Post # 9
We feed our big Maine Coon mix (also a shelter kitty 🙂 ) about a can and a half of Wellness Core or Halo wet food per day (feeding her 3 times a day). And I sprinkle just a little bit of dry Orijen food on top each time.
Post # 10
I feed Wysong Epigen 90 – free feeding with no problems of obesity.
And, when I have a girl that’s pregnant, I add in a can of Tiki Cat (pure meat) wet food. I can’t afford to feed them that constantly but it’s great for conditioning and sick kitties.
Post # 11
Cats are carnivores. They don’t need grains or vegetables. The higher the meat content the better.
Post # 12
- Wedding: December 1969 - City, State
If you’re up for it, raw. You can go commercial, or home made, but promise that once you do, you’ll wonder why you ever spent a cent on processed food. Like bywater :
said, cats are obligate carnivores, and only eat meat. Most bagged/canned pet food is loaded with cheap and unnecessary filler and usually what causes a lot of health issues in animals.
Here’s a great link that dispels some raw feeding myths, and provides some good info to start with.
Post # 13
veterinary assistant here! Usually if a cat has underlying GI problems, it doesn’t go away. I/D is a really great diet, and you can brush her teeth with a pet tooth paste to help with the breath. Like a PP said, you can look into Royal Canin as an alternative. My cats are also on a Hill’s diet and I highly recommend them
edit after reading another post: I don’t recommend raw diet unless you REALLY know what you’re doing and have consulted with an actual nutritionist. I can’t tell you how many times an owner has told me they feed their pet raw, and the patient is underweight and malnourished. Cats aren’t tigers, we’ve domesticated them and changed their way of life. You can’t just pur a chunk of meat in a dish and assume they’ll be fine; domesticated cats need vitamins and minerals to thrive
Post # 14
mkebride2016 : FutureDrAtkins :
Yep! I my cat with food sensitivity does really well with Taste of the wild! The big bags last us about a month for 3 cats.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Oh! I wanted to add that wet food is very important in kitty diets. They naturally won’t drink a lot of water, because they expect to get some moisture in their diets (as carnivores). Feeding them a diet of only dry food might exacerbate the tummy problems.
Our breeder recommended it! We switched our dogs over to it as well as our kitty, and they are all doing reall well 😀 We get ours on amazon.com – so easy (except for our poor UPS guy).