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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Do cats need canned food? I am feeding my two kittens dry (free feed) and canned (AM and PM). I thought I read somewhere that cats should have wet and dry? Is this true?

I just need a solid argument to present to my husband, who hates the smell of wet food (I get Braden Organics, not cheap garbage, but it still smells bad to him!)
post #2 of 16
Canned food is better for them.
post #3 of 16
Actually an all-wet diet is the best, but most folks (myself included) feed wet twice daily with a measured portion of dry for snacking on between wet meals.

If hubby doesn't like the smell, tell him to stop sniffing it.
post #4 of 16
Wet is far superior to dry. Yes, they need it. I think Yosemite is right, he should hold his nose.

Some links to articles written by vets, pertaining to the wet/dry subject...

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...needcannedfood

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...ouldeatexcerpt

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...=show&item=016

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...dcleantheteeth

http://www.catinfo.org/
post #5 of 16
There is a lot of different reasons to feed your cats canned food. It has been shown that a mostly dry food diet can contribute to heath problems such as Feline Diabetes, Dehydration, and Urinary Crystals. Just tell your husband less vet visits, he will change his mind.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Actually an all-wet diet is the best, but most folks (myself included) feed wet twice daily with a measured portion of dry for snacking on between wet meals.

If hubby doesn't like the smell, tell him to stop sniffing it.
PRICELESS... and so true
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Actually an all-wet diet is the best, but most folks (myself included) feed wet twice daily with a measured portion of dry for snacking on between wet meals.
This is what I do as well.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
I think it bothers him because 'his' couch is right next to the kitty feeding area. Personally, I don't notice the smell at all!

OK, thanks for the links and info, I'll let him know. Maybe I'll buy him some nose plugs, he can wear them until the babies are done eating!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Boxersncats View Post
I think it bothers him because 'his' couch is right next to the kitty feeding area. Personally, I don't notice the smell at all!

OK, thanks for the links and info, I'll let him know. Maybe I'll buy him some nose plugs, he can wear them until the babies are done eating!
We feed Merrick's and it's better looking than some of the food I've seen in restaurants and doesn't have that "pet food smell". If anything, it smells and looks good enough for me to eat.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
I had them on Merricks, but their stool was really loose. I figured it was too rich. I love Merricks for my dogs, especially for my skinny fosters - it's like doggy crack, they eat it very well.

They are on Brandon Farms Organic, it has a good ingrediant list, I really don't notice any smell at all. I tried Newman's Own and that did stink.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Boxersncats View Post
I had them on Merricks, but their stool was really loose. I figured it was too rich. I love Merricks for my dogs, especially for my skinny fosters - it's like doggy crack, they eat it very well.

They are on Brandon Farms Organic, it has a good ingrediant list, I really don't notice any smell at all. I tried Newman's Own and that did stink.
How long did you try the Merricks for? Perhaps their stool would have firmed up after their system got used to the food. (Just guessing here.)

Our babies wouldn't touch Newman's Own.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
How long did you try the Merricks for? Perhaps their stool would have firmed up after their system got used to the food. (Just guessing here.)
Cable's was a bit loose when i started switching them over to the wet Chicken Soup, but they did eventually firm back up. she does that every time i'm done switching foods!
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Probably not long enough, honestly. I had Sky (who I've had longer) on it for a month, and little Sqawk only a week before I switched, because Sky's stools were still loose. It was making me nervous, not being a cat person at all, I didn't know how long kittens take to get used to new food. I tried a can of Newmans, but they weren't eating it. They've been on the Brandon Farms for 2 weeks (if I am doing my math right, LOL!) and everything is fine, stools are normal looking.

I didn't think, either, that it may have been worms causing the loose stools, not the food. Because they were wormed about the same time I switched foods! I am so NOT a cat person (but am learning as I go!)
post #14 of 16
are your adults at a healthy weight? if so, you might consider just feeding everybody the kitten kibble for now. i've found that kitten kibble, the lesser brands, is higher in protein that adult kibble, anyway. if i have to buy what i consider a lower-quality brand [i'm out, & the store i buy my regular stuff from is closed...] i buy 'kitten' kibble - the ingredients are usually more to my liking.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
They are both around 7 weeks, I don't have adults (yet!).
post #16 of 16
sorry! got you mixed up with someone else! check out the free stuff thread - you can get samples of all kinds of different kibbles just by writing to the companies. most of them are ok with emails, too!
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