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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I just adopted a kitten a few days ago, and I want to make sure that I'm feeding him good food. He was a rescue and probably has been eatting less than ideal food up till now. What brands do you guys feed your kittens?
post #2 of 23
I fed mine (a recent, now gone to her forever home, foster-all my others were kittens many moons ago ) first, Chicken soup for the Kitten Lover's soul, then, when she was here for a while , she got a kitten food from Walmart called Maxximum (kitten formula), supplemented (as soon as she could reach the "adult table" ) with Felidae All Life Stages, Chicken and Rice formula. She did really well on all of them- I really couldn't tell a difference in her weight gain or her coat, etc. She liked the taste of the Maxximum the best, and it had better ingredients than the other WM kitten foods (first ingredient is chicken). I hope that gives you some choices in availability and price .
post #3 of 23
Best for the least money

Chn soup
Nutros Max
Premium edge

slightly higer
Solid gold
Nutros natural choice
Felidea
Califonia natural

Sky high but good
Natures Prairie
Some Eagle pack
Timberwolf
post #4 of 23
Theres two 'kinds' of Nutro????!?!?!?

At my petsmart, there is only Nutro Natural Choice! GAH! *pouts*
post #5 of 23
I feed my 4 kits Maximum kitten food and then Wellness wet food.They do really good on it.
I have asked at our Petsmart for the Chicken Soup for the Kitten Lover, and they do not carry it.
post #6 of 23
I have only found Chicken Soup Kitten at Pet Supplies Plus- about 20 to 35 mins. from my house. That's when I started the Maxximum Kitten .
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I've been feeding the Maxximum kitten, I just wasn't sure if it was considered a good quality food. I know the ingrediants when I looked at them sounded good, it was just so cheap that I felt maybe there was something wrong with it. But I guess not if everyone's feeding it with no problems.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Best for the least money
Chn soup
Nutros Max
Premium edge

slightly higer
Solid gold
Nutros natural choice
Felidea
Califonia natural

Sky high but good
Natures Prairie
Some Eagle pack
Timberwolf
Sharky, just curious....why don't you have Innova or Innova Evo listed? It's my understanding that the Innova brand is the highest quality feline and canine food product (wet or dry) available (excepting raw, of course).
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Auntie Crazy View Post
Sharky, just curious....why don't you have Innova or Innova Evo listed? It's my understanding that the Innova brand is the highest quality feline and canine food product (wet or dry) available (excepting raw, of course).
I forgot Innova( I am not recommending them right now till all formula changes are finished and I can see what it is then)... I DONT think it is the BEST as I DONT THINK there is a best IT is a BEST for each based on that animal...

EVO I love for dogs for cats I had bad trouble with wet and dry ( YMMV) ... I know a few with great experience with cat Evo ...


I feed one cat dry with wet and raw as she permitts ....

one cat raw and canned

the dog get s raw and very little canned

The cans come from ten different makers and are based on need and willness to eat
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
EVO I love for dogs for cats I had bad trouble with wet and dry ( YMMV) ... I know a few with great experience with cat Evo ...
If I understand you correctly, you like the Evo for dogs, but it caused problems when you fed it to your cats? What kind of problems, precisely? What does YMMV mean?

I'm only asking because I am feeding my rescued litter of kittens Innova Evo wet (twice a day) and dry (one cup per day for all four). I am NOT an experienced cat owner, but (like so many TCS people) I love these guys dearly and want to do the very best by them. I thought the Evo, while expensive, was the highest quality cat food on the market. Now I'm a bit nervous - I surely don't want to be the cause of problems for my little furkids down the line!

If it makes a difference, two of the kittens are girls and two are boys. I've seen lots of posts about crystals in the urine being a problem for male cats, but haven't quite figured out what causes them or what preventive measures are available (if it's even preventable). I think I remember you mentioning a high ash content in either the Innova or the Innova Evo in reference a previous UTI discussion?
post #11 of 23
Yes I like evo for dogs ... it seems better tolerated ... My cats the younger one had constant diarrea and the other vomitted ... YMMV your milage may very...

EVO is INCREDIBLY high in ash ... If you want a near raw food might I suggest Natures prarie Raw instinct .... EVO may work well for you if it does keep with it but if UTI issues show up I will help you find something else

The food s that help with UTI health often have corn gluten which acidifies the chicken common in high end pet foods or has things like cranberries .... The best ingrediant and having been tested I have found is Nutros Max adult and lite( kittens usually arent to prone)

I have too girls and the oldest at age 18 is giving me UTI issues for the first time , she always ate a food with corn gluten in it ( not that I knew ) ... she no longer gets dry she gets raw and wet and seems to need to be a low fish girl ... fish is a common UTI culprit
post #12 of 23
Maxximum isn't bad... I started my new cat Tribbles on Nutro Max kitten and she did great on it.. She was extremely underweight at first and she got right up to normal in no time it seemed and now two months later she looks great.. She's about six months now and she is integrated with the other cats so it is difficult now to keep the food separate so I have some kitten food set out still but I don't know who is eating it.. The last two kittens I had ate nutro max to start as well. I would not reccomend kitten chow or special kitty kitten or anything that has a lot of red dye in it.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky View Post
Maxximum isn't bad... I started my new cat Tribbles on Nutro Max kitten and she did great on it.. She was extremely underweight at first and she got right up to normal in no time it seemed and now two months later she looks great.. She's about six months now and she is integrated with the other cats so it is difficult now to keep the food separate so I have some kitten food set out still but I don't know who is eating it.. The last two kittens I had ate nutro max to start as well. I would not reccomend kitten chow or special kitty kitten or anything that has a lot of red dye in it.
I fed Blaze the Special Kitty when we first got her.She did really good on it.NO problems at all.
BUT< that was before I knew BETTER!!
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by ClaireBear View Post
Thanks for the replies. I've been feeding the Maxximum kitten, I just wasn't sure if it was considered a good quality food. I know the ingrediants when I looked at them sounded good, it was just so cheap that I felt maybe there was something wrong with it. But I guess not if everyone's feeding it with no problems.
I thought the same thing too - I had to read the ingredients three times before I decided I would try it, just because it was so inexpensive ! I was reassured, however, when I read here that other people thought it was okay, too .
post #15 of 23
I know, I used to feed Zakk dry friskies and dry whiskas, plus got him addicted to junky wet cat food, though I'm convinced that some cats just won't eat the good wet stuff no matter what. Now that I've been on here I know what to avoid.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Yes I like evo for dogs ... it seems better tolerated ... My cats the younger one had constant diarrea and the other vomitted ... YMMV your milage may very...EVO is INCREDIBLY high in ash ... If you want a near raw food might I suggest Natures prarie Raw instinct .... The food s that help with UTI health often have corn gluten which acidifies the chicken common in high end pet foods or has things like cranberries .... The best ingrediant and having been tested I have found is Nutros Max adult and lite( kittens usually arent to prone)... fish is a common UTI culprit
Thanks for the reply, Sharky! I'm learning everything I can in preparation for migrating my kitties to a high-quality adult food when they're ready for it, and you've given me some good info here.
post #17 of 23
I have two kittens that I started out with the Nutro Natural Choice Complete for Kittens for about 2 months. I later found Premium Edge which is a lot better than the Nutro, at least for my kittens. I have noticed just 1 month of feeding them Premium Edge, their coats has become extremely soft and they shed less (they use to have flaky skin too that I found on their bed). I know premium edge has omega fatty acid which is food for their skin and coat as well as a healthy heart but I'm not sure whether Nutro has it. I believe premium edge contains no by-products, not sure about nutro. Few other premium food were mentioned in this posting but haven't tried them on my kittens so can't say anything yet about them. I wouldn't go for any "commercialized" brand like Iams or Purina brands as they all contain by-products (their second ingredient).
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by MamaKitties View Post
I have two kittens that I started out with the Nutro Natural Choice Complete for Kittens for about 2 months. I later found Premium Edge which is a lot better than the Nutro, at least for my kittens. I have noticed just 1 month of feeding them Premium Edge, their coats has become extremely soft and they shed less (they use to have flaky skin too that I found on their bed). I know premium edge has omega fatty acid which is food for their skin and coat as well as a healthy heart but I'm not sure whether Nutro has it. I believe premium edge contains no by-products, not sure about nutro. Few other premium food were mentioned in this posting but haven't tried them on my kittens so can't say anything yet about them. I wouldn't go for any "commercialized" brand like Iams or Purina brands as they all contain by-products (their second ingredient).
Premium edge has the same Fatty acid as Nutro Max less than Natural choice... Premium edge makes a great kitten food I personally wasnt thrilled with the adult .... So mine went to Nutro( no by products no grd corn) which I found has less grains and extras ...lol.. she has an allergy to corn so I am now with Felidea chn and rice
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Premium edge has the same Fatty acid as Nutro Max less than Natural choice... Premium edge makes a great kitten food I personally wasnt thrilled with the adult .... So mine went to Nutro( no by products no grd corn) which I found has less grains and extras ...lol.. she has an allergy to corn so I am now with Felidea chn and rice
Is there a reason as to why you felt the adult premium edge wasn't good? I'm debating on switching to Natural Balance sometime mid next year when they turn 1. I'm trying to give them more fiber than what the dry food offer right now but it seems like Natural Balance fiber is at 3% versus the premium edge hairball control at 8%. It seems like natural balance does offer a reduced calories formula since I'm concern about one of my cat being a bit on the overweight side. Fiber factor may not be the biggest concern since I give them fresh wheat grass to eat.
post #20 of 23
I got a kitten almost 6 months ago and love him to death. I did have him on Purina's Kitten Chow but i recently switched it to the Maxximum Nutriton from Wal-Mart. He seems to like it and his bowel movements smell much less violent than when he was on the Purina... now reading this thread it worries me that i had him on the PUrina for so long... should i be or will he be fine?

Also, he's 8 months old now and am starting to look into adult foods for him, but not sure what to give him... any advice would be greatly appriciated... thanx
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post #21 of 23
Kitten food is recommended for the first year for a kitten. Maxximum isn't the best out there, but it's IMO, the best you can get from a grocery store. The pet stores have much better foods. I have heard that Maxximums kitten food is pretty good though...
post #22 of 23

Iams is the best cat and kitten food and blue is the best dog foodcreampersian.gifhobbes.gif

 

 

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by cat girl2019 View Post

Iams is the best cat and kitten food and blue is the best dog foodcreampersian.gifhobbes.gif

 

 

OK, this thread is only 6 years old, but since it is now at the top of the list, I have to comment...

About the IAMS, I'm sure she meant well, but Cat Girl obviously does not know how BAD corn really is for cats,

and sadly, for us as well these days.

 

The second ingredient is CORN meal, which has no nutritional value for a cat and even worse,

is made with Genetically Modified Corn which likely has cancer causing Pesticides in each and every kernel.

Do you want to feed pesticides to your Kitty? I certainly do NOT.   dontknow.gif

 

Iams ProActive Health

Chicken, Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Rosemary Extract.

 

Blue Buffalo Spa Select or Wilderness Kitten or Innova Cat & Kitten are much better choices.

If you need something a little less expensive, consider Evolve which is about $16. for 15 pounds at WalMart,

or even less on PetFoodDirect.com, or else read the ingredients on the bags at your store and

choose something without any type of corn.

 

If you need inexpensive cans as well, consider Friskies Poultry Platter.

Please feed at least one wet meal per day if at all possible - much better for the Kitties.  catman.gif


Edited by SevenWonders - 11/19/12 at 7:16pm
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