Post # 61
My Maine coon baby boy, Wally will be 4 in May. Until a few months ago I always fed him wet food and a little dry food. Never free feeding though, always meal times 3x a day. Last summer I started adding pureed pumpkin to his dry food to help keep him regular. He soon fell in love with it and will sometimes start eating the pumpkin before I can get his dry food in there. In November I took him to the vet to get some shots for being boarded for a week. The vet said I should NOT feed him wet food as he was getting gingivitis and would be fine feeding him dry food. I asked about getting him enough water and he suggested a water fountain. So now he gets pumpkin mixed with dry food 3x a day.
This is what is interesting to me, the difference of information that is out there. Not unlike with human diets, this can be a passionate topic where one viewpoint thinks they are the one right way. There may not be one right way to feed. As long as we all pay attention to our cats patterns so we catch any strange behaviors early on and get them seen by a vet, I think we can all get along.
Post # 62
Oh no! Kitty tummy problems are the worst. It seems like you’ve tried out a lot of foods. It could be an allergy of some kind, but it’s so hard to figure out. In the end, it’s probably best to minimize the vomiting, but you could always give a few limited-ingredient foods a try. We’ve discovered that our cat is allergic to chicken and seafood, though interestingly he does really well on turkey and duck.
Our cat still vomits 1-2 times a week with IBS, which our vet has declared acceptable as long as he maintains weight. When he developed IBS and allergies, he was throwing up every time he ate food, so once or twice a week doesn’t seem so bad! We just rent a place with no carpet and have no area rugs to make cleanup easier 🙁
Post # 63
Yep, that is basically what my vet told me when I asked if I should upgrade my cat’s food — that there isn’t one right way to feed, and that although a free-feed Iams dry food diet isn’t right for many cats it is most definitely right for mine.
Post # 64
We use Freshpet (the stuff in the fridge in pet aisle) since it’s sort of a mix plus one of our kitties has a tiny mouth and just can’t see to eat big pieces of cat food.
Post # 65
at my vet we had to ‘fire’ a client for feeding his cat vegan. He was basically killing his cat and the vets wouldnt sit back and let it happen so he was no longer allowed in our clinic. A cat cannot live vegan (and I am vegan and hate feeding my kitties meat but it is true)
i can’t imagine a kitty with no protein in their diets 🙁
Post # 66
My kitty eats Iams in the blue bag (hairball/weight control?). He is VERY picky about his food and will only eat Iams brand. As a baby he ate Meow Mix kitten chow but his litterbox smelled Really Bad because of it and he would have such stinky farts even he would leave the room.
He will not touch wet food at all, though he used to eat it when he was a kitten. He is “free fed” because he was feralish when we found him and not having food available at all times stresses him out. Sometimes we give him chicken broth or tuna juice but he doesn’t seem to care all that much about that.
Post # 67
I don’t know if this is the exact one we have, but it looks a lot like this one: http://www.target.com/p/aspen-pet-electronic-programmable-feeder-cat-bleached-linen/-/A-13966367#prodSlot=_1_1
It works great for us – especially because our cat likes to gorge herself, so this keeps her from eating too much and throwing up.