(Closed) Cat Owners: Food Survey

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Member
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Mrs.LemonDrop: 

 

How old is your kittah?

 

 nearly 4 years old. we’ve had them since they were babies

 

Name?

 

 Tessie & Tito

 

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue?

 

 short / medium.  no hairball issues. we rarely see / hear hairballs.  I think the wet food could help with that too.

 

Does furfoot go outside?

 

 nope.

 

What type of food do you give the beast?

 

 Nutro MaxCat

 

Wet or dry?

 

 wet only. the 2 cats share 3 5oz cans daily. Our cats LOVE kibble, but I am trying to keep them closer to what they’d eat in the wild (wet meat).  Also, our cats didn’t drink much water, so this helps them get enough water in their system.

 

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?

 

 I am not 100% sure that the brand we use is grain free, but I tend to stay away from grain in cat food / treats.  I have read that cats are obligate carnivores with digestive systems designed for meat and meat only.  Eating in the wild, They would normally get some grain in the bellies of the critters they eat (think about mice and birds and such).  But other than that, they would not seek out fruits or vegetables.  On the other hand, dogs will eat grains, fruit / veg and their systems can handle it.

 

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?

 

once we found they liked this, we haven’t really played around with it.  we do alternate between 3 or 4 different flavors.  

 

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in  behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc?  

 

n/a.  One of our cats has a tendency to more tartar buildup than the other, which some say is a result of feeding wet food but they are siblings and have always eaten the exact same food.  Our vet said there are genetic tendencies for teeth problems.  (Our cats also possibly have different dads, tho they are siblings)

 

You may enjoy the book Feed your pet right : the authoritative guide to feeding your dog and cat / Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesheim.  I found it very interesting; definitely use your own brain while reading,  I think there’s good info out there, and a lot of gray area regarding cat food.

 

Also, I think there’s a lot more info out there for dog food vs. cat food or generic pet food.

 

Good luck!

 

Post # 4
Member
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

How old is your kittah? He will be 2 in September. 

Name? Luke

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? Short – no furballs

Does furfoot go outside? Not on purpose!  

What type of food do you give the beast? Raw beef for breakfast, canned fish (Alma Nature brand) and bowl of vet recommended GI food left out always

Wet or dry? Both

Do you do grain or grain free? Why? Yes – I want to feed him the best things for him

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones? He is basically a garburator but he decided he didn’t like the raw chicken anymore one day

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? He had diarrhea sometimes before the GI food. That has stopped now. 

Post # 5
Member
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  

How old is your kittah?

 4.5 years

Name?

Roush, male

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 


Short, No

Does furfoot go outside?

 NO!

What type of food do you give the beast?

 Royal Canine Urinary

Wet or dry? 

 Wet

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?

 Not sure what it is…

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?


He’ll eat anything, we’ve previously had him on Blue Buffalo Weight Control but didn’t notice a difference.  IMO most wet foods are significantly better than dry food!

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 

 We switched to Royal Canin when Roush had a urinary tract blockage at the vet’s recommendation.  He has also previously been on Science Diet S/O, Wet but got sick once and wouldn’t touch it after that.

 

His coat is VERY NICE, he’s at a healthy, easily manageable weight now.  Teeth are cleaner but poop is stinkier! πŸ™‚

 

Sidenote: He gets Greenie’s Cat Treats also πŸ™‚

Post # 6
Member
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

How old is your kittah? She is 6

 

Name? Bristleigh


Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? Medium hair; barfs furballs.


Does furfoot go outside? Nuh uh

 

What type of food do you give the beast? Taste of the Wild

 

Wet or dry? Both

 

Do you do grain or grain free? Why? Grain free; I want kittypoo to be as healthy as possible

 

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones? She’d eat anything, but I stay away from mass produced low quality foods


If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? The lower quality foods tend to give her a dull coat and almost seem to make her constipated.

 

Post # 7
Member
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

How old is your kittah? They are both 10

Name? Olive and Morgan

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? Olive = long with hairballs, Morgan = short with no hairballs

Does furfoot go outside? No

What type of food do you give the beast? Olive = Blue Buffalo Indoor, Morgan = Blue Buffalo Weight Control

Wet or dry? Dry

Do you do grain or grain free? Why? Grain free. Both of mine have very clear prey drive. Given the choice between prey and grain, I know which one they would choose. So I give it to them. πŸ™‚

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones? They have never turned down food (see Morgan on weight control formula. lol)

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? Going from Purina to Blue was amazing. Their coats are shinier, softer, and healthier. Olive sheds less, which means less hairballs. And Morgan has less dandruff now (yes, my cat has dandruff). Also, Morgan eats less. She used to gorge herself on Purina to the point where she would vomit it all back up. She doesn’t do that on Blue. My hypothesis is that Blue is giving her more of the nutrition she needs, so her body is not signaling the need to gorge.

Post # 8
Member
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

How old is your kittah?

 She’s just about 4 right now!

Name?

Reiley! She was named Olivia at the shelter, but that just didn’t seem to fit her rambunctious personality. 

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 

She’s a total puffball, especially in the winter. Her tail looks like one of those old-school dusters. She doesn’t have hairball issues, though. 

Does furfoot go outside?

 Nope, she’s strictly indoor. I lived in a more urban area when I got her (lots of people, cars, and businesses) so she never went outside as a kitten. Now, we’re out in the burbs, but we’re not comfortable letting her outside, since she hasn’t ever been before (minus a rather infamous escape attempt)

What type of food do you give the beast?

 She only eats Nutro Natural.

Wet or dry? 

 Dry. Wet is a very rare treat for her. 

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?

 Our food is not 100% grain free, but has meat as the first ingredient. 

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?

She didn’t like some of the more generic names, and when we switched, we definitely saw differences. She’s not a huge eater to begin with, as we can leave a bowl out and she really only eats when we’re in the kitchen, or when we’re gone. 

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 

She stopped having occasional hairballs/vomiting alltogether. The biggest difference we noticed was her coat, though. She’s got long fur, and it’s gotten much silkier and doesn’t knot/tangle in between brushing. 

Post # 9
Member
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 

 

Name?

 

Ginger she is 3 yrs old

 

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? Medium length hair, no furball issue

 

Does furfoot go outside? Indoor only 

 

What type of food do you give the beast? Blue Buffalo

 

 

 

Wet or dry?  Dry only

 

 

 

Do you do grain or grain free? Why? Not sure

 

 

 

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones? NA

 


 

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc?  NA

 

 

 

Post # 10
Member
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

How old is your kittah?

We have two siblings, a male and a female, born May 16 2010. 

Name?

The boy’s name is Theo, and the girl is Lexi.

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 

They both have short hair, and there has only been one little hairball from the female for as long as we’ve had them (adopted as 3-month-olds).

Does furfoot go outside?

No, neither of them goes outside. 

What type of food do you give the beast?

They both get Iams ProActive Health Adult Indoor Weight & Hairball Care. 

Wet or dry? 

Dry kibble.  I should point out that both cats are missing teeth (the male has NO teeth to speak of, and the female only has her fangs – yay, stomatitis!) and they’re still quite content to crunch the kibble against their hard palates.  We gave them wet food while they were healing post-surgery, but otherwise they get exclusively dry food.

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?

Nope; they are both very healthy on their current food, and at this point we couldn’t afford to feed them any “designer” food.  Not to say I wouldn’t consider it in the future!

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?

We used to feed them the original variety of Iams ProActive Health Adult cat chow (the lamb formula?), but switched to weight control when they started getting tubby.  The only issue was that the male felt betrayed by the change in kibble size/shape (triangles to pellets – oh noes!), but he got over it.

 

The little freaks won’t eat any human-food treats I offer them – no rotisserie chicken, no tuna, no shrimp, nothing.  If it’s not dry kibble or one specific brand of soft cat treats, they’re not interested.  

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 

They’ve always been on one form or another of the Iams ProActive kibble, so no.

Post # 11
Member
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

How old is your kittah?

4 1/2 years 

Name?

Cammy

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 

medium hair, occasional furballs

Does furfoot go outside?

no 

What type of food do you give the beast?

Nutro Natural Choice

Wet or dry? 

dry

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?

nope

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?

She’s not really picky, but we switched her to Nutro Natural Choice from Nutro Max Cat when she refused to eat it any more.  Max Cat seems a bit “greasier” than Natural Choice.

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 

No changes in her when we switched food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
Member
2750 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How old is your kittah? 10 year old and a 4 year old

 

 

 

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue?  Medium and short hair respectively. Yes they have some furballs. Less in the summer when I am able to take them out to brush them.

 


 

Does furfoot go outside? Not unless they are on a leash, porch only.

 

 

 

What type of food do you give the beast? Wet or dry? BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE RAW FOOD. I will NEVER ever give my babies dry or wet again.

 

 

 

Do you do grain or grain free? Why? No. Because cats are carnivores and do not need grain or vegetables in their diet.  Those nutrients are absorbed by the prey they eat.

 

 

 

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc?  Take look at this link if you are ever interested in raw feeding. http://forum.purseblog.com/animalicious/raw-feeding-cats-dogs-my-journey-what-ive-677292.html

 

 

Post # 13
Member
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How old is your kittah?

A little over two years old. πŸ™‚ I also have two cats in Australia (who live with my mum while we’re doing our expat adventure) who are five and eight/nine (estimated, we adopted him from a shelter).

Name?

Daisy (British Shorthair)

Belle (Burmilla)

Aspen (Chinchilla)

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 

Two shorthair and one longhair, all of them cough up the occasional furball surprise.

Does furfoot go outside?

Daisy doesn’t (apartment cat in Beijing) and Belle and Aspen do (supervised playtime outside).

What type of food do you give the beast?

Daisy: Royal Canin dry food (alternate between oral care, British Shorthair, Exigent etc to keep things interesting for her). I also feed her some wet food everyday, and she gets Greenies for her teeth and Cat Lax for her furballs. Unfortunately in China there’s not a huge range of cat food, but once we’re out I’m planning to investigate more organic/healthy/fresh options.

Belle and Aspen eat a combination of Royal Canin/Science Diet and fresh raw beef.

Wet or dry? 

Both

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?

I’m a bit ashamed to say I don’t really know what this is, and the pros/cons…

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?

They can all be quite picky…Daisy, in particular, doesn’t like dark meats (anything with liver, beef etc). She prefers chicken and fish.

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 

Daisy has been on the same diet, more or less, since I got her…I’m looking forward to giving her more variety soon!

Post # 14
Member
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

How old is your kittah? 4 years old

Name? Lila (named for the crazy women in dexter because she was an insane kitten)

Short Hair or Long? Furballs? Long and YES!

Does Furfoot go outside? She’d love too but no πŸ™ apartment living.

What type of food? Blue Buffalo Spa Select

Wet or Dry? Wet

Do you do grain or grain free? Why? The food has whole grains in it for energy

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? The Royal Canine wet diet food. She would rather starve.

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes? Before the vet told us she needed to go on a diet we had her on dry anti furball food. Now with the wet her coat seems shinier and tangles less. However, she did start having more hairballs so we have to keep her shaved till she loses her excess weight.

Post # 15
Member
3567 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

How old is your kittah? 

I have 2, one is 6(tuxedo), the other is 4(grey tabby).

 

Name?

Tuxedo-Ella, Tabby-Allie


Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 


Short hair, only the tuxedo cat has furball issues, and she hates anything I try to give her to help it.


Does furfoot go outside?

 No…we live in an apartment off of a busy road, best they get it to sneak out onto the porch for a minute.

What type of food do you give the beast?

9 Lives or Meow Mix, they will not eat any other brand, we have tried!  The only people food they will eat is lettuce, and occasionally they won’t turn their nose up to chicken…I know, they’re wierdos! 

 

Wet or dry? 


Dry…I’ve tried to treat them to wet food before, they just lick off the juice and refuse to eat the rest.

 

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?


I don’t really look at it since they will not eat anything else.

 

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?


Anything other than 9 Lives or Meow Mix dry food that we have tried, they refuse to eat…like literally will starve themselves until I get one of these brands


If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 

I haven’t found anything else they’d eat, so I gave up looking.

 

Post # 16
Member
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

How old is your kittah?
Murphy is 3.5, Mister is 6. 

Short Hair or Long? Do you have a furball issue? 
Both short; no hairballs.

Does furfoot go outside?
Out on our (enclosed) deck, yes, and occasionally out on a leash. When we have a house, they’ll go outside, in a fenced yard, supervised.

What type of food do you give the beast?
Wellness Weight Management and Soulistic. 

Wet or dry? 
Wellness is dry, Soulistic is wet (and actually looks like real meat, not cat puke).

Do you do grain or grain free? Why?
Yep. Cats don’t eat grains, they are carnivores. Grains are a huge culprit in overweight cats, and are used (typically) as a filler (especially corn products).

Any food brands monster doesn’t eat? Which ones?
I think they’ll eat anything, actually, but Mister won’t eat soft treats of any kind.

If you switched food qualities, did you notice any changes in behaviour, coat, teeth, poop, etc? 
Coats are much softer and shinier, way less shedding, way less problems with using the litter box (since we started consistent wet food). 

The topic ‘Cat Owners: Food Survey’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors