(Closed) Cat food?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 46
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Blushing bee

Kitten  (7 mo) gets 1 can of wet food on Wednesday, he knows it as Wet Food Wednesday, 1/2 can of wet food on Caturday and Sunday. He also gets between 1/2 cup and 2/3 cup of dry food, maximum once a day. He’s a good, healthy weight and active. 

Post # 47
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Newbee

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savealife:  

Please take your lillies out of your house ASAP if you haven’t already and avoid ever having any in your house in the future for the sake of your kitties – like kathy498 said, they are really really toxic for your cat and you don’t want to take any chances. 

As for cat food – it’s ultimately your call about wet vs dry (and yes this is a big controversy, even online), but really the goal is to get your cat to drink lots of water to avoid uirinary issue. So if you can manage that somehow (by mixing 1-2 cups of water in their food every day), then you might be able to get away with feeding dry food. Adding water to dry food tends to lead to pretty gross results that your cat will probably turn her nose up at, but my cats love eating little pieces of chicken as a snack and they’d tolerate a couple strands of shredded chicken with 1.5 cups of water everytime. So if alternative methods of delivery work for you, then that’d work too. 

But from personal experience, if you can afford it (and it’s a bit more expensive, but managable for under $1 a day) and your cat would eat it willingly, then go with wet food. Yes it’s more inconveinent to feed, but it’s worth the risk of not having to worry about your cat developing urinary blockage from the dry food. 

Here’s my experinece: I used to give my kitties 1/2 dry and 1/2 wet until one of them developed urinary blockage at the age of 2. There were no warnings until the day of, and if we hadn’t happen to be home to catch him acting weird that day, then something really bad could have happend :(. And it’s hard to describe the pain that you go through for seeing your cat in pain and suffering. They can’t tell you what’s wrong, they are completely helpless and don’t know what’s happening to them, and you can’t make them feel better because they don’t understand what you are saying. And after going through that once (emergency surgery, post-surgery hospitialization for 3 days afterwards, then spending days afterwards at home monitoring him to make sure he isn’t blocked again – and seeing my cat in lots of pain, with IVs in him and then painfully peeing blood in his urine for days), I personally chose to never feed my cats anything other than wet food because to me, the tiny increase in food cost is not worth the risk of blockage and the pain that both the cats and the owners go through as a result. Plus, the vet bill for that one incident was over $2000, and we got away lucky only paying that much. And coming away from that experience, I found out that this is actually a pretty common occurance among cats – and most cat owners don’t know about it until it happens to them.

So for that reason I’d personally recommend wet/raw food only (it doesn’t hurt them to not eat dry food) – and I second all the info that Kathy398 has provided. But again if there are financial or other reasons (like your cat won’t eat the wet food/ pukes with it) – then just make sure you find ways to feed your cat water in her food somehow. 

 

Post # 48
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Helper bee

I have two six month old kittens, boy and girl. The boy is big boned and just under 8lbs and the girl is small for her age and around 5lbs. They both get one can of wet food per day (half in the morning, half in the late afternoon). I usually feed them Purina kitten food–it’s good to get them the higher quality food because the ingredients are better for them, like less fat and carbs. I also mix in a little bit of dry Blue Buffalo kitten food into their wet food, but I mostly just leave out a half a cup of it for them to graze on. They’ll eat like half a cup over 1.5 days.

If your kitty is overweight, have you talked to the vet? It can be tricky to get cats to lose weight, and they might be able to advise you better. 

Also, do you play with your cat? It helps to make them be active especially if they’re older and more prone to sleeping.

Post # 49
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Helper bee

Oh I forgot to mention this–a friend of mine has a cat who is not too good about drinking water, so she mixes water in with his dry food. It gets really soggy and it took a few days for the cat to eat it, but they can get used to anything. So another way to introduce more water 🙂

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

also a blue buffalo fan. they regularly eat dry food but on special occasions i give them blue buffalo wet food, which is sadly too expensive for every day (i have 3 cats). 

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i’ve read online of people feeding their cats VEGAN food (homemade), which is absolutely absurd. agreed with most of the posters here that they need MEAT

Post # 52
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Helper bee

I have 2 cats, both indoor. When we were feeding them a combo of wet/dry food my male cat was way overweight. My vet recommended we switch to all wet food and he’s lost weight and is now at his ideal weight. His dandruff has gone away and my female cats hairballs have decreased dramatically. 

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

One of my cats also throws up consistently on wet food and will only toletate dry. Does anyone know why this is? The other cats  can tolerate wet just fine. My vet said to just give her the dry but I do worry about lack of moisture as she is also a fussy drinker and will only drink from a tap that has been turned on for her. 

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Sand Key Park- Clearwater Beach Elopement

A mixture of wet and dry, but mostly wet. I’m working on transitioning them to all wet food. Dry food is not too great for cats. I’m sure there are fantastic dry foods out there, but my cats will never have just dry food. Dry food is filled with a ton of carbs, and if cats overeat on it, they will gain weight. Sure they will if they eat too much of wet or dry, but it’s easier on dry foods as they are filled with carbs. Cats are obligate carnivores, and have absolutely no need for carbs. It just turns to fat.

But that’s just my preference. I know many cats who do just fine on dry food.

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee

My cat free feeds (it’s available in his dish at all times) on Iams Mature Hairball Care dry food. I recently got a puppy so I was reading about pet foods and I wondered about whether I should change my cat’s diet to something “better” or add wet food or what, so at my vet appointment I asked my vet about it, and she said to keep doing exactly what I was doing and that my cat is so healthy that he appears, on exam, to be half his age (he’s 13). 

I’ll add that we had our puppy on Taste of the Wild high prarie puppy formula, and even though it is a fantastic diet it didn’t work for my dog — it was too rich and gave her diarrhea. So we had to change it. She now eats Natural Balance Ultra Puppy Formula, which isn’t considered to be as “good” as the TOW food — but she thrives on it. 

Sooooo … some of this diet stuff can be pet specific. 

Post # 56
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Sugar bee

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stephncollins:  One of my prior male cats had the same thing happen to him, I had no idea feeding him dry food could cause blockages. At least now I know. And I tell others.

 

I feed our two cats wet food morning and night and then put down a few biscuits for them to graze on around midday. They eat premium biscuits for their breed, and the wet food is high in meat, not BYproducts, and low in grains.

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My cats have a raw food diet. They eat human-grade mince which comes with extra taurine etc and all the nutrients they need. It’s expensive but they eat a small amount of it as it’s such good quality. Some of the cats do like dry food so have small amounts of Royal Canin (36 I think) and some of them like tuna so they eat a little tinned tuna every day. They’re healthy and happy.

Post # 58
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Helper bee

We give him Purina Cat Chow, and we free-feed but he doesn’t gorge himself. He gets Fancy Feast wet food once a week.

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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majorairhead:  Does it happen with all wet foods or just a certain brand? Take a look at the ingredients, it could be a food allergy. Alternatively, is he eating really quickly and regurgitating? There is a difference between regurgitating and vomitting.

We feed our cat novel-protein, grain-free wet foods, meaning each food has only a single animal protein in it. Our kitty cat has IBS and a sensitive tummy generally, and the single proteins help us figure out if an ingredient is irritating him. He also gets sick of a single flavor after a while, after vomiting it a few times. He gets 2 cans of wet food a day, one in the morning and one at night (we toss whatever is left in between). He grazes, due to his tummy issues. 

If you can afford it, I’m very pro grain-free wet food.

Edit – he’s half Maine coon, aka a big cat, and he struggles to maintain weight with IBS, hence the 2 full 5.5oz cans per day.

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Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

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flip_flop:  it used to be the the kind of regurgitation that happens mostly when they eat fast. It was tubular shaped and so we thought it had to do with hairballs. Lately it is more liquid and occurs after rething so I assume it is vomiting. We have tried  elimitation of various ingredients and meats and there seems to be no pattern. She will vomit with dry food too but not nearly as often. My vet has suggested that perhaps she just eats fast because of the multiple cat household and that may be the case. But I will look for this brand and see if it makes a difference. Also she had a nasty respiratory infection when we rescued her and now has chronic sinusitis. Sometimes I think perhaps it is simply the mucus that is causing the problem. The sinusitis is hard to keep under control! I’ll tell you when she sneezes you better back away or you’re getting sprayed lol

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