(Closed) Best Cat Food Brands

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lisamariep9416 :  *eyeroll*.  Feline (and canine) digestive systems have not changed despite being domesticated.  This is such a veterinary stance on animal nutrition, it actually makes me ill. What kind of medical professional advocates processed foods over a fresh, species appropriate diet?  If my gp told me it was healthy for me to eat fast/boxed/fried food daily, I would find another gp.  

It does take research, and time, but it’s not rocket science.  I’ve raw fed for two years and have not been to the vet for anything but routine blood work which showed a 100% healthy animal.  When I fed kibble, I was constantly at the vet for skin issues, GI issues, eye and ear infections, the list goes on.  Wonder why vets push this stuff….?

Post # 17
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I use Royal Canine Urinary SO and my cat has a SENSITIVE stomach (or he overeats and he cant digest, you should see the way his head goes INTO his food bowl omg lmao). We’ve given him a few other things but he usually pukes them up. We went with the Urinary SO because it’ll prevent urinary problems which I was most afraid of with him.

Most vets carry good brands of pet food that your cat won’t puke up however if you don’t want to try that I’d go with Blue (it’s got the best ingredients and while it’s a bit pricier his coat was so thick and shiny when we fed him that it was unbelievable. Not as thick and shiny with the Urinary SO but I have his health in mind)

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leembee :  

except that if a cat is used to eating kibble etc. you cannot just switch them to a raw diet. I know people who feed raw and they started from when their pets were very young. If the animal is older it’s probably not the best route to go.

I do not know anyone who’s reccomended feeding raw once a cat has adjusted to cat food. 

Post # 19
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As PPs have said, definitely go grain-free and wet. Cats are carnivores, so they need (mostly) meat. When our cat was a kitten, I had a hard time finding grain-free kitten food, so we just fed him what the pet store recommended. Now we feed him Purina Beyond (only the grain-free options), and–not to be too gross here–his poo doesn’t smell anymore! When he was eating non-grain-free food, it was vile. I think that’s a pretty good sign that it’s better for him. 🙂

Good luck!

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leembee :  where did you go to veterinary school, again? I’ve worked for my doctors for several years and I trust them completely. If you want to feed your cats raw it’s your own prerogative, but OP’s cat as a specific issue that raw food isn’t going to magically fix. She asked for advice, and I gave it based on my para-professional background. 

Post # 21
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Our cats get Hill’s Science Plan with Orijen (pricey high-meat-content kibble) mixed in at a ratio of about 1:4. Orijen is very fishy though so not great for smelly breath. 

As PPs have said, might be worth buying at least some wet food as well, to serve alongside the dry food. 🙂 

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Blue Buffalo is very rich and can be hard for a lot of kitties to digest. 

Our Tico has a sensitive tummy. He was actually returned to the shelter twice for having loose stools before we adopted him. We have tried several different types of food. We also had bloodwork done, a stool analysis, antibiotics, and a forti flora supplemeant. None of it worked and didn’t reveal any issues.

Now He is on the Royal Canin Digest Sensitive wet food (https://www.royalcanin.com/products/royal-canin-feline-health-nutrition-digest-sensitive-canned-cat-food-thin-slices-in-gravy-/4076) and the Purina ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach dry food (https://www.proplan.com/cats/products/focus-adult-sensitive-skin-and-stomach-lamb-rice-formula). He is doing really well on this stuff! Science Diet dry food also worked well for him.

Ripley has a good tough tummy, and he is on Simply Nourish wet food of various flavours and eats Tico’s dry food because it’s easier and it’s still good for him. Since we cleared up Tico’s stomach issues, we haven’t had to visit the vet at all for either of our fur babies other than routine checkups. You don’t need to feed them a raw diet to have healthy pets. 

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TheGridMonster :  I would love to see a photo of your kitty! We have a Maine Coon mix also and he’s 11 months old. How big is yours? Im curious how big he’ll get.

We feed our cat the Simply Nourish Source kitten food, which is a Petsmart brand. It’s completely grain free and high protein with no fillers. It’s a fair price in comparison to the top of the line brands. 

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Since your cat is on a prescription food (s)he needs to stay on it as these problems do not go away. My mom had a kitty that got crystals in his bladder and to prevent having another bladder surgery had to stay on his c/d or w/d food for his lifetime.

Please don’t switch your cat’s diet without okaying it with the vet. If the vet says it’s ok we use greenies dental treats to help our kitty’s bad breath. My mom’s cats have special dental toys as well.

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lisamariep9416 :  Do you know who educates vets on nutrition in vet school, and how much time is spent learning about nutrition?  All you have to do is take a look at the ingredients in some of the brands mentioned in this thread to know they’re not beneficial to a carnivore.  

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thesoontobemrsv :  Where did you hear that?  Most vets aren’t going to recommend a raw diet anyway.  Look into Dr Karen Becker, she has done a thorough discussion series on transitioning a kibble fed cat to raw, but yes, it takes a lot of time and patience.  

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FutureDrAtkins :  luckily we have a tractor supply store that carries it right on my way home from work! They have the 15 lb bags there for $28 it’s A-mazing. Of course it doesn’t stop one of our cats from occasionally scarfing his food and puking it up whole… but as long as we never let the bowl get empty empty he won’t do it. Silly Mancat he will never learn! lol 

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herrera2016 :  Omg our kitty does the same thing. If he sees so much as an open spot at the bottom of his bowl, it’s like his world is ending, haha. It’s $28 w/ Amazon Prime too 🙂 We don’t have any big supply stores around here, unfortunately.

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ambartlett :  Orijen

Great food for cats and dogs.

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leembee :  Are you adding taurine to your cats raw diet?

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BrideK2Wings :  I feed raw to my dog, so it’s not a concern, but yes, if you raw feed a cat, taurine is essential.  Conveniently, it’s found in a lot of raw whole muscle meat.   

I’m an advocate of species appropriate raw diets (when done properly) bc I have seen the difference it makes.  It’s kind of baffling that people think processed cereal is better for any living being than a balanced fresh diet…. like in what world?  At the end of the day, feed what you can afford and are able to feed, but raw is really the healthiest way to go.  

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