Post # 1
Our new Maine Coon kitten will come home in 5 weeks, and we’re in the process of preparing and kitten-proofing our home. I’ve had a MC before; she’s still alive and enjoying her golden years at my parents’ house. But it’s been a long time since I’ve had to think about a kitten or cat, and I’ve been doing rather a lot of research (so much information wasn’t available even 10 years ago, it’s amazing). What I’ve found is pretty eye-opening, particularly concerning the content of a cat’s diet.
Apparently, any corn or gluten product — or grain of any kind, it seems — is just used as a filler and doesn’t do good things to the cat’s digestive system or overall health. Yikes. I know cats are obligate carnivores and need high levels of meat-based protein, but it never occurred to me that corn could somehow be *bad* for them.
We have always fed our cat Purina Pro Plan, which contains corn (3rd ingredient). But our breeder suggests some other brands, some of which we’d have to order by mail, that don’t contain any corn and supposedly last longer because the cat doesn’t need to eat as much of it. Obviously this stuff is more expensive.
I’m facing both a financial and moral conundrum here: I obviously want what’s best for my can’t health, but I’m still not convinced that everyone who uses the less expensive products is somehow killing or neglecting their pet. Frankly, though its health is important, it’s still a CAT, and I wonder if these supposedly superior food producers are just playing on pet lovers’ guilt and fear.
So, that was a very long-winded way of asking: what do you feed your cat/kitten? Do you believe any or all of the hype about corn and grain being harmful?
And because I know cute kitten pictures are awesome, meet Perkins at 7 weeks:
Post # 3
Perkins is adorable! I’m not sure I will be much help to you. I’m not completely sure about the corn and grain filler but it makes sense that it wouldn’t be necessary since they are carnivores.
My 2 cats are on very expensive vet foods. Both of my cats have skin conditions and one of them was blessed with chronic constipation as well, so the specialty foods are supposed to help with their issues. However, I’m not sure they are helping. One is on a venison food and the other is a chicken or fish.
Post # 4
I have a 3yr old kitty who is on a weight loss/indoor catfood. It’s also great for hairballs. I use Max Cat by Nutro.
Post # 5
Congrats on your new baby! SO CUTE! we use science diet. every vet I know recommends it and so does PAWS (animal shelter that I volunteer at). The only downfall is that it is kinda expensive and only available at certain pet stores. My cat used to use Iams and he had bathroom problems, they have improved since switching him to science diet! I highly recomend it for your animals health!
Post # 6
Congrats on the new kitty! He’s adorable 🙂
I feed my Siamese (6 months old) a mix of things. I leave dry food out for him all day which I get from the vet. Then for breakfast I feed him raw food that I buy from an all natural pet food store here. It’s ground chicken/beef/fish etc with vitamins and in the shape of a frozen patty. Then for dinner he gets canned food which has only meat in the ingredients, no chemicals or filler. I definitely pay more for all this but he likes it and it’s good for him so I give him the best! My family has also had a 15 year old Siamese and feed her a similar diet and she is doing great.
Post # 7
awww little Perkins is beautiful!! I try to feed my boys as natural of food as possible, we are using “Blue Buffalo”. It is more expensive but I think they are worth it and if it keeps them healthy then I’m all for that. Hopefully with a healthy diet it will costs us less in our vet bills for our six kitties.
Post # 8
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My cat only eats Whiskas in ‘Meaty Selections’, she’s so picky! She won’t eat anything else haha! She won’t eat treats or canned food, and she refuses to eat meat. I can’t feed her scraps as a treat because she ignores them 🙁
Congratulations on your new fur baby! (:
Post # 9
I forgot to mention the wet food brand – its Alma Nature.
Post # 10
Perkins looks SO much like our Lincoln when he was that little. Watch out, now he’s a 22lb pain in my ass! lol
We feed him Iams Proactive Health. I couldn’t tell you what the ingrediants are but our vet has always said that it’s a good choice for our furball. It’s a grocery store brand, which I know some pet owners are against, but he’s always been in good health so I think his food is just fine. Sometimes I can find it on sale but normally it’s about $10 a bag that lasts 2-3 weeks or so.
Post # 11
I havent done much research but my parents have fed our outdoor cats with MeowMix for years and almost all of our cats live to be at least 18 years old (oldest 22). (We have/have had alot of kitties 🙂 and we love that they live to be 20!) My indor cat gets a special mix.. and she seems to have more digestive troubles!! I wish i could remember the name of hers. I believe its Purina something or other..
Like I said, I’m not an expert, but my outdoor cats seem to do great on just regular old MeowMix. We do, quite frequently, give them chicken and other various meats, and they catch their own food sometimes for fun..
Post # 12
I feed my cats science diet.
Post # 13
So jealous you’re getting a maine coon!!! I want one!!! I actually just went and checked the ingredients. My cats eat Royal Canin, a mix of their digestive comfort and oral care dry food. For wet they eat Almo Nature natural cat food. Their coats are SO soft and shiny since we switched to Almo Nature, it’s amazing!
Post # 14
@bakerella: I agree! My kitty has beautiful fur and I feed him the same brand.
Post # 15
@Pinkmoon: It’s incredible isn’t it?! Expecially my black cat, his fur is like silk!! People pet him and they always remark on how unbelievably soft he is, LOL! Your kitty is beautiful!!! Those eyes, wow!
Post # 16
I feed mine Merricks Before Grain. I won’t feed my dogs something with corn as a main ingredient, so I’m definitely not feeding it to my cat. Bad kibble gives me the willies when I look up the ingredients (hello meat and bone meal, etc).