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Puppy food?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Alright, I know. I must be crazy. When the recall happened (Natural Balance V&GP) I was desperate to switch foods. I live in a very small community, and couldn't find any dry cat foods within a 3 hour drive that didn't contain fish or chicken in them. (One scratches her face off with fish, the othr gets "squirty" with chicken, and neither of them will really eat wet) Since I was leaving on Friday to go on vacation, and my neighbor is not exactly the type to cook meals for my cats in my absence. So, in a final act of desperation- I bought a bag of California Natural puppy food (lamb and rice). Now, I understand that such a food is not a good idea for the long term, but, I am wondering if this food is sufficient to feed for a few weeks until the venison & green pea is rereleased (4-6 weeks). Because it's puppy food, it has increased protein, and it has added taurine, so? Anyway, without further ado, here is the info:
Moisture 10.0 %
Protein 26.0 %
Fat 16.0 %
Linoleic Acid 5.46 %
Omega 3 0.10 %
Carbohydrates 36.17 %
Fiber 2.5 %
Ash 8.83 %
Calcium 1.25 %
Phosphorous 1.04 %
Magnesium 0.12 %
Sodium 0.47 %
Potassium 0.79 %
Chloride 0.85 %
Iron 785 mg/kg
Zinc 295 mg/Kg
Copper 16 mg/kg
Iodine 1.7 mg/kg
Manganese 38 mg/Kg
Selenium 0.31 mg/kg
Arginine 2.56 %
Histidine 0.93 %
Isoleucine 1.53 %
Leucine 2.71 %
Lysine 2.14 %
Methionine 0.79 %
Met-Cysteine 1.12 %
Phenylalanine 1.39 %
Phe-Tyrosine 2.52 %
Threonine 1.37 %
Tryptophan 0.44 %
Valine 1.69 %
Taurine 0.33 mg/kg
Choline 2851 mg/Kg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 10.70 mg/Kg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 6.5 mg/Kg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 75 mg/kg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 5.8 mg/Kg
Folic Acid 1.76 mg/kg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 28 mg/Kg
Biotin 1.10 mg/Kg
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) 86 mg/kg
Vitamin A 22388 IU/kg
Vitamin C 300 mg/Kg
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 1409 IU/kg
Vitamin E 300 Iu/Kg
Vitamin K1 912 IU/kg
Glucosamine 0 mg/cup
Chondroitin Sulfate 0 mg/cup
Calories 1931 Kcal/oz
Calories 4247 Kcal/kg
Calories 591 Kcal/cup

Lamb Meal
Brown Rice
Sunflower Oil
Potassium Chloride
Choline Chloride
Calcium Carbonate

So, should I be okay with feeding this on a temporary basis? Forgive me, but I'm still a little clueless about cat nutrition
post #2 of 5
Well, I'm not an expert but at first glance - the protein is low, the ash is a little high, the taurine seems sufficient, and the calories are high.

I would look for something else, honestly. Most of the California Natural wet dog food has got comparable or better nutrient content than some other cat foods...but the dry, ehhh I don't think I'd do it.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the quick reply. I knew that it probably wouldn't work, but figured, hey, maybe? I'm just banging my head against the wall with this. I can't seem to find a food that will work for them. I've considered going rx, but my vet only carries Science Diet rx, and I'm not a big fan of their ingredients (too much rice or peas for me). I've also considered Wysong Anergen, but I've heard quite a bit of "eh" response to it. So now I'm just
post #4 of 5
You're welcome. Maybe Sharky will have some other suggestions and/or some thoughts on the puppy food.

Too bad they won't do wet food...that would give some other options.
post #5 of 5
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