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post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
My cats won't eat a premium wet food either, Fran, so I make sure they get a good dry in exchange. I also went through I don't know how many cans trying to find one at least the majority liked, never found one and I tried all flavors of all premium brands available to me.... they actually didn't even like Fancy Feast (got it to try to entice a sick cat to eat) so Meow Mix cups it is!
Same exact thing for my Ginger - and although the MM cups and pouches are exactly the same, she prefers the wet from the cups, which, of course, is the more expensive package.

Furkids. What are ya gonna do?

Now I have Penny coming in, and she eats Sheba Chicken & Duck wet - at TWICE the cost per can than the MM!

Spoiled rotten furbabies.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Now I have Penny coming in, and she eats Sheba Chicken & Duck wet - at TWICE the cost per can than the MM!

Spoiled rotten furbabies.
I think Sharky or another user has said that Sheba isn't nutritionally complete? So it can't be the only thing you feed.
Occasionally I get a tub or two as a treat for my boys, they love the tuna & mussels.
Who knows? Maybe she'll see the other two eating the meow mix cups and decide that she has to have it too?
post #33 of 47
I do agree with you but I'm going to be the devils advocate. There are a lot of people who feed strays or barn yard cats. I can totally understand not wanting to buy the expensive stuff for those cats. Dogs on the otherhand, aren't allowed to roam the streets like cats and there aren't too many farms that have more than a few dogs to feed, which I'm sure they get crap food too.

I'm guessing that's why there are so many more junk brands of cat food compaired to dog food. Crap Cat Food is in demand!
post #34 of 47
Your all going to kill me for this one..... But I've always fed my cats Purina cat chow. I always thought it was an OK brand until I met TCS... then I learned its not good nutritional food. Right now I am looking for a different cat food... that's another story. But I will stick up for people that feed there cats "junk" food.... MAYBE THEY DIDNT KNOW!!! Maybe they need TCS to tell them. Maybe its all they can afford. Maybe without the "junk food" the cats would die.... Maybe.. Maybe... Maybe.... you don't know there story and don't know WHY they buy the "JUNK!"

Ok, thank you for letting me vent
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I do agree with you but I'm going to be the devils advocate. There are a lot of people who feed strays or barn yard cats. I can totally understand not wanting to buy the expensive stuff for those cats. Dogs on the otherhand, aren't allowed to roam the streets like cats and there aren't too many farms that have more than a few dogs to feed, which I'm sure they get crap food too.

I'm guessing that's why there are so many more junk brands of cat food compaired to dog food. Crap Cat Food is in demand!
I'm one of those who feed strays/barn cats! I'll admit, mine do eat 9 Lives Urinary, Purina Indoor(hairballs/stool issues), but they also get MAX Cat, Chicken Soup(if they'll eat it), Maximum(Wal Mart brand), & Purina ONE. My seniors get wrangled & fed senior food.

So, I think this post is sort of hypocritical....as I do feed junk foods. However, since adding 9 Lives urinary, I have not had one single UTI when all 8 have had a history of UTIs. The hairball/loose stool issues cleared up with the Purina Indoor.

What gets me is that for some reason, cats aren't worth it. I mean, people feed their dogs EVO or Merrick, but the cats get store brands.
post #36 of 47
I am not familiar with the brand names you refer to, but here it is true that people (not everyone obviously but as a generalisation) view cats as 'low maintenance' pets. You get a kitten free, because someone you know will always have unwanted kittens to give away, afterall breeding is what cats do naturally and we wouldn't want to stop them doing so, when they are old enough you put them outside, they are cheap and easy and require nothing from you in terms of expenditure, time, or effort.

OK that is a huge generalisation, I know plenty of people who love their cats and keep them in superb health and conditions, but there are plenty of people out there who view them as the 'cheap', 'low maintenance', 'look after themselves', 'not worth paying for vet care' pet.
post #37 of 47
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
Your all going to kill me for this one..... But I've always fed my cats Purina cat chow. I always thought it was an OK brand until I met TCS... then I learned its not good nutritional food. Right now I am looking for a different cat food... that's another story. But I will stick up for people that feed there cats "junk" food.... MAYBE THEY DIDNT KNOW!!! Maybe they need TCS to tell them. Maybe its all they can afford. Maybe without the "junk food" the cats would die.... Maybe.. Maybe... Maybe.... you don't know there story and don't know WHY they buy the "JUNK!"

Ok, thank you for letting me vent
No hun. We won't kill ya!

I didn't know Purina was bad til I came here, either. It's the people who know it's bad, whose cats will eat the high quality & can easily afford it, yet continue to feed store brands.
post #38 of 47
Awwww thank you I'm so glad you didn't kill me!!

It's just... when you don't really know the owners/cats story.... how can you really judge them? I mean.. you just really don't know!
post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
Awwww thank you I'm so glad you didn't kill me!!

It's just... when you don't really know the owners/cats story.... how can you really judge them? I mean.. you just really don't know!
Absolutely, especially when you consider that every ad for pet food states that this pet food [insert whatever brand you like right here] is the best possible food you can feed your cats. Unless you actually know what to look for (and what to look out for), you're likely to put your faith in the pet food companies. I don't think people are intentionally buying crappy food for their pets, but if an ad says that such-and-such food is nutritionally complete, healthy food for your pet and it's well within your financial means, why wouldn't you buy it?

I wish there was as much of a push to help people understand the nutritional requirements of their pets -- and the nutritional information on pet food packaging -- as there is for human food. For the most part, though, unless you have an exotic pet, you're not going to research what kinds of foods are best for your pet, because it appears that this information is already readily available.
post #40 of 47
I agree. That's why I thought Purina was healthy, noone told me otherwise! Until I met TCS of course
post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by Mirinae View Post
I wish there was as much of a push to help people understand the nutritional requirements of their pets -- and the nutritional information on pet food packaging -- as there is for human food.
More vets will have to do this first, and actually make an effort to learn, not just default to the brands they sell in their offices.
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For the most part, though, unless you have an exotic pet, you're not going to research what kinds of foods are best for your pet, because it appears that this information is already readily available.
Believe it or not, exotic pets get the same treatment. There are commercial "nutritionally complete diets" on pet store selves that are nothing more than junk food. Corn based garbage in fancy containers and brightly dyed colors that sells because people want an easy solution.

One could easily argue that while many of the people care for their cats and dogs nutrition properly, are they researching their other animals needs?
post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
More vets will have to do this first, and actually make an effort to learn, not just default to the brands they sell in their offices.
Believe it or not, exotic pets get the same treatment. There are commercial "nutritionally complete diets" on pet store selves that are nothing more than junk food. Corn based garbage in fancy containers and brightly dyed colors that sells because people want an easy solution.

One could easily argue that while many of the people care for their cats and dogs nutrition properly, are they researching their other animals needs?
Yes I learned about the colored corn...lol.. one place said to try this colored jelly stuff for feeding a tortise as a treat
post #43 of 47
This thread made me curious. I've already posted that there seems to be a better variety of cat food than dog food here in Germany, despite the fact that Germans are known as dog lovers, and many breeds originated here (German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Dachshunds, Pugs, Pomeranians, Schnauzers, German Short-haired Pointers, and, and, and), but an Internet search revealed that there are far more "cat-only" stores/Internet sites than ones for dogs.
It would be interesting to see if there's a difference between urban and rural areas in the U.S. and Canada.
post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
This thread made me curious. I've already posted that there seems to be a better variety of cat food than dog food here in Germany, despite the fact that Germans are known as dog lovers, and many breeds originated here (German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Dachshunds, Pugs, Pomeranians, Schnauzers, German Short-haired Pointers, and, and, and), but an Internet search revealed that there are far more "cat-only" stores/Internet sites than ones for dogs.
It would be interesting to see if there's a difference between urban and rural areas in the U.S. and Canada.
Way different/...

Most urban dwellers can get nearly every food... I have to travel a hour or so for many or the "higher End " stuff from my small town as I dont have a pet store in my town only a hardware store
post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Way different/...

Most urban dwellers can get nearly every food... I have to travel a hour or so for many or the "higher End " stuff from my small town as I dont have a pet store in my town only a hardware store
We don't have a pet store where I live, either. I do a lot of online shopping, and have found that there are far more online "feline shops" than "canine" ones here. That rather surprised me, because Germans are known as dog lovers - just think of the number of dog breeds that originated here. Population density might play a role. It's pretty high here, and cats simply don't require the space dogs do, which would explain why they're more popular pets.
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I'm one of those who feed strays/barn cats! I'll admit, mine do eat 9 Lives Urinary, Purina Indoor(hairballs/stool issues), but they also get MAX Cat, Chicken Soup(if they'll eat it), Maximum(Wal Mart brand), & Purina ONE. My seniors get wrangled & fed senior food.

So, I think this post is sort of hypocritical....as I do feed junk foods. However, since adding 9 Lives urinary, I have not had one single UTI when all 8 have had a history of UTIs. The hairball/loose stool issues cleared up with the Purina Indoor.

What gets me is that for some reason, cats aren't worth it. I mean, people feed their dogs EVO or Merrick, but the cats get store brands.





I love that you started the post and you're a culprate yourself! I'm just teasing. I honestly think that's why there is so much junk cat food. That and people can't afford $1 per lb. I feed our indoor cats the best I can and strays and barnyards the cheapest I can find. I didn't even know Science Diet was bad till I joined. Heck, our cat who was fed on it for 16 years had a great life/health until the last few months. The "bad" food can't be THAT bad.
post #47 of 47
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I love that you started the post and you're a culprate yourself! I'm just teasing. I honestly think that's why there is so much junk cat food. That and people can't afford $1 per lb. I feed our indoor cats the best I can and strays and barnyards the cheapest I can find. I didn't even know Science Diet was bad till I joined. Heck, our cat who was fed on it for 16 years had a great life/health until the last few months. The "bad" food can't be THAT bad.
Bad is the wrong word to use .... Most food is AFFCO approved and thus complete and balenced and capiable of sustaining life

There are better foods which are usually more digestable ( feed less , less comes out) help with shed control( they still shed but less) ... True premiums offer these benifits plus natural added viatmins and minerals and are closer to natural than typical grocery or some premium foods
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