(Closed) Cat food?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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savealife:  Wet only. We’ve had a problem with crystals and dry isn’t good for kitties. I have them on Halo’s Impulse right now. We’re looking at making it ourselves.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Our older guy is prone to urinary issues, so he gets urinary tract prescription dry food with a daily cranberry treat and tablespoon of canned pumpkin mixed with a little water once a day to help him stay hydrated (he doesn’t drink a lot of water which I think contributes to his urinary ussues). Our vet said canned pumpkin is a good way to bullk up his diet without lots of extra calories, because he always acts like he starving but we don’t want to overfeed him.

Our other guy gets dry Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Our two kitties drink tons of water, so they eat all dry food with wet food treats occasionally. It’s science diet optimal care. The blue buffalo upset their tummies and made them sick. (Didn’t get better until after we switched their food back) 

Post # 35
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I have two cats (ages 14 and 3 respectively). I leave out dry food for them all day, and twice a day they are fed wet food. They split one small can. I used to feed them wet food three times a day, but I found that they were wasting food, and were pickier eaters. 

My 14 year old is slightly overweight, and my 3 year old is a perfect weight.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

After doing lots of research and working at a Natural Pet food store, all 3 of my cats eat all wet or raw/freeze dried raw food. Right now they are eating BFF by Weuva, Primal Freeze dried and and Mauri exotic proteins (2 have allergies) Like 

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katy498 mentioned previously, cats don’t have the thirst drive and depend on getting the majorit of their mositure from their food, like if they were hunting in the wild. Dry cat food is pretty much the eqivelent of astronaut food for humans. If you can’t feed your cat wet or raw, adding water to their kibble (dry food) is important. Feeding wet/raw also makes a giant difference with skin and coat and HAIRBALLS! Since witching my cats to wet food, they are softer, silkier, their “furdruff” has gone away and they have little to no hairballs. I have  also seen this happen with foster cats that have switced from kibble to canned/raw. 

As for good food, grain free for cats is even more important than for dogs. Some really great brands for canned food are BFF and Cats in the kitchen by Weruva, Instinct and Pride by Natures Variety, anythign by Fromm (family owned business), Welness/Welness Core, and Fussie Cat. 

Some great brands for Raw/freeze dried are Stella & Chewy’s, Rad Cat, Aunt Jenni’s, Primal, Nature’s Variety, Fresh is Best. 

Some good kibble brands are Fromm, Natures Variety, Welness Core, and ther is a new food that has just come out called Rawz. 

Anyone feeding Blue Buffalo should be aware of this:

http://truthaboutpetfood.com/blue-buffalo-agrees-to-pay-32-million-in-settlement/

Here is a wealth if info on feeding cats and the reasoning behind raw being the healthiest for them:
http://www.catinfo.org/

I realize that it’s not possbile for every person to feed their cats raw or even wet food 100% of the time. I’m just sharing this info and saying that “some is better than none,” and every change you make, no matter how small, can help improve your cats health.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We feed our kitty about 1/2 cup dry food a day (split in two servings), and a small scoop of wet food at night.  She’s really good about drinking water and self monitoring food intake (she’s about 9 lbs).

For the dry food, we switch between Orijen and Petcurean GO!.  We look for food with high protein content and no misc fillers (like soy or gluten).  For the wet food we use Weruva or Best Feline Friend.  She loves it!

 

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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PolkaDotBandit:  Yah, I agree with a little is better then nothing. I apologize for being so vocal but the wet food and cancer comment threw me off, and got me a little fired up because I am never ever confrontational. I just want kitties to be happy and healthy too! 

Man I wish I fed my cats raw- I just never could do it. I highly respect the people that do though! Have you ever given your kitties the freeze dried mice? So gross but mine love them haha

Post # 40
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Helper bee

My young one year old male cat just had a urinary blockage last week . It was so scary knowing he could of died and he was in so much pain . So right now I’m using wet food only and even mixing with water as he does not drink much . Before I was doing both wet and dry . Although my vet assures me it’s nothing we can prevent , I can’t live like that lol . I feel the most safe with only wet now . 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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katy498:  Yeah, I had never herd the caneed food /cancer comment before either, and I thought I had heard everyhting! It surprosed me as well. Some of the raw foods are grosser than others (and I am vegan) so that is one of the resons I do freeze dried. I have never tried freeze dried mice, they sound gross though! I wonder fo they would like them, two out fo the thee for sure are the worst hunters ever, but if it was alredy dead it may be different. I will have to see if I can get them through my job. My cats are weird about raw in general, it has to be mixed with wet food ir they dont want it. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Whoa, can we put our claws away for the kitty thread? Calm down.

We adopted our cat when she was 8 and for some reason she eats too quickly and vomits. Like with everything. Especially wet food. Right now we are trying some different things but she is on a sensitive stomach dry food right now that seems to be working. She gets treats at times too. 

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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savealife:  We have a year old kitty and she eats both wet and dry. She gets one small can of wet food in the AM and 1/4 cup of dry food in the evening. We feed her high quality, grain free wet and dry foods. We buy Fromms brand dry food and various brands of wet food (for variety so our kitty doesn’t get bored). She’s slightly overweight – she’s about 10 pounds, the same weight she was when we adopted her last year. 

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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savealife:  my cats eat dry food in the morning. They get half a can of wet food each at dinner time and then a bit of dry food later (around 7 or 8pm). I can’t leave food out for them all day because they just eat and eat and don’t regulate themelves. They are on a diet (well one is and the other is by default) because our one boy was a bit overweight. He’s lost some and looks thinner now tho 🙂

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