(Closed) Cats and wet food

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

 I switch up my cat’s wet food flavors pretty often. I read that if cats always eat the same thing it makes them prone to developing food allergies. He prefers some kinds more than others, but even if he initially turns his nose up, he eventually eats it when he gets hungry. Also, you should really try to get your cat off dry food. A cat on a dry food diet is pretty much the equivalent of feeding a kid nothing but vitamin fortified sugary breakfast cereal. Yeah they love it, and it meets their nutritional requirements on paper, but it isn’t good for them in the longrun. 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

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Hyperventilate:  Only kibble will rot their teeth as well. First of all kibble is a poor substitute for crunching on bones because it is much softer and smaller, so cats’ saliva breaks it down easily and they normally swallow it without chewing. Also, the heavy carb load promotes the buildup of plaque, which promotes tooth decay. No commercially available diet is a proper substitute for a wild diet. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Atalanta:  What sort of dry food are you giving the cats? Most gorcery store dry food is basically kitty crack. Full of stuff that is bad for them and addictive and leaves them hungry an hour later. That is why they love it and often end up over a healthy weight.

Try substituting the wet and dry food with things like raw chicken necks or wings (perfectly safe for cats). A lot of the tinned wet food is pretty bad for cats as well. Nothing beats fresh. Avoid pet mince as it may contain perservatives and use human grade raw meat. 

There are some really great websites out there on how to deal with fussy eaters or those on restrictive diets/food allergies. One of my cats has a fish allergy and reacts badly to perservatives so we pretty much have to make him his own food. It is how we found out how bad most retail cat foods are.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

We used to have a lot of wasted wet food too, we would only give it in one serving so I guess it was drying out then they would go off it. Sometimes it seemed as though they were licking the moisture off it then would get bored and leave the meat pieces.

In the end we took them off wet food entirely and went on a dry food diet which they have been on for a year now. They seem quite happy with this arrangement and it isn’t causing a dehydration issue.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

My cats have always only eaten dry food which was recommended by their vet and have never had any health problems.  Cats don’t need wet food unless they are kittens or are older and can’t chew dry food as well. 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

My cat is finicky like that too. He’ll gobble it down 1 day and then the next he won’t eat it and I have to throw it out. 

I have can covers so I can put it in the fridge to keep. I usually keep a couple flavors in there and alternate. I only give him a small spoonful. And still sometimes he won’t eat it… he seems to prefer the kinds that are chunks in gravy over the pate type. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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Atalanta:  My kitties do not like cold (because I’d put the other half in the fridge) or reheated wet food. I’ve been giving them each half a smaller size can of Purina One Smartblend wet food. Though I am a little concerned about Purina at the moment…they just won’t eat any other wet food, despite buying even the most expensive and healthy brands lol. Maybe try to just find the smaller cans that are half the size of the normal ones and you don’t have to worry about refridgerating it after the first feeding?

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

All of the cats I’ve had were fussy about one thing or another. My ten-year-old cat gets free fed dry food, which she’s never fussy about, and she gets half a can of wet food every night. It’s kinda gross but it saves me money, so what I do is scoop out half of the can with a spoon and feed that to her, then wrap the can in plastic wrap with a rubber band around it and pop it in the fridge. The next day she gets the other half and she always happily eats it. At least until she randomly decides she’s sick of a particular flavor that she used to love before. I’ve had to switch it up every six months or so due to her weird tastes. If she doesn’t eat all of her wet food within the first two hours or so, she won’t touch it again so I do occasionally throw a little bit out. I think it gets dried up and maybe loses its appealing smell when it’s been sitting out too long.

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My cat wouldn’t eat the nicer canned food. I tried several brands (Wellness, Fromms, etc) and all she would eat is the crappy Fancy Feast, lol. I let her have a can of that a day plus a grain free Merrick dry food and she lived to be 20 years old.

I’ve always been told cats should have some wet food in their diet because they don’t drink enough water.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If they get hungry, they’ll eat it.  My cats get a tiny bit of wet food as a “treat” with their grain-free dry food (1/4 can a day) and if they decide they don’t like a flavour, tough. Either the other will eat it or it will sit there and they’ll be a little hungrier at their next meal time.

Do you feed them wet once a day and leave a dish of dry food out all the time?  If they’re getting enough cals/nutrients from the dry food they may not care so much to eat the wet.  

Mine get a scoop of the dry and 1/8 can of wet in the morning and the same in the evening, so that I can keep an eye on how much each cat is actually eating. If I left a dish of dry out all the time, the little one would eat all of the fuds, she’s a bit of a piggy/bully. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

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Hyperventilate:  Wet food will not rot their teeth. Plus, you can get their teeth cleaned.

I had to rush my kitty to the emergency vet a few weeks ago for a urethral obstruction. Basically, male cats’ urethras are extremely narrow, and crystals can form in their urine that build up and block their urethra. It’s a life threatening condition, the cat will die within 12 hours unless treated (by putting in a catheter). $800 and 48 hours at he emergency vet cleared him up, but now I have to be extremely careful about his diet. The biggest risk factors are males who eat dry food. Both vets I saw that weekend recommended I transition him to a wet food diet, and most vets will recommend a wet food diet because cats primarily get their water from food.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

Oh and he wasn’t getting some crappy brand of dry food either. I was getting him one of those grain free all natural high protein ones, Blue. Be careful if you are feeding your cat only that-this is only my personal sample but I’m one of three cat owners I know that had this happen to their cat on Blue.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Instead of buying a box of wet cans, go to the supermarket and pick out a few single cans from  different brands and see if they like anything

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Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just want to say, I have 3 cats…two adult females and a male that’s almost 1 year, and I don’t agree with this whole “cats shouldn’t eat dry food” idea.

My two females will NOT eat any wet food.  I don’t know why, but they just don’t like it.  They might lick the gravy off it, but they won’t eat it.  Same with tuna…they only like the juice.  Therefore, they have pretty much only had dry food their entire lives.  One is 8 years old, the other is 6 years old.  Their teeth are fine & their health is fine.  We don’t give them cat treats, and on the rare occasion they might eat a small piece of chicken.  My older cat actually prefers lettuce, we have caught her many times stealing lettuce from our salad.  My vet says this is totally fine, and they are healthy. 

The only issue I’ve ever heard of with dry food is that male cats on a dry food diet can develop urinary tract blockages if they don’t drink enough water.  Our male is obsessed with water (he jumps in the shower with it on…he loves to watch the toilet flush, and plays in the sink) so he drinks plenty. 

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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MissCountryGirl727:  My one cat is the same with tuna.  No actual fish, but she will be freakout excited if you give her the water from the can.  The other one will eat anything.

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