Originally Posted by hoosbunny
Thanks to all my TCS friends for your attention to my post!
I'll mention to the vet about monitoring HCM next time I see her. Her main diet is Hill's Science Hairball control "crackers". In addition to that I give her Fancy Feast Medley every night (about 1/3 can each time), tuna flakes twice a week, and regular hairball elimination gel. Is that "Protein enough" for a Bengal? (note that she is allergic to human food, I had to send her to the ER one time because of a little piece of boiled chicken. sigh...)
Take care everyone! Hope you had a good 4th of July celebration!!
Welcome to TCS. I hope you had a good July 4th too.
I can't see the pic of your baby.
The Science Diet Hairball food is honestly not one that I would feed. To answer your question, that food is somewhat low in the protein department, particularly in the good "meat" protein department. I'm sure you have good intentions...I just want to share my thoughts about that food.
Please forgive me if I sound like a cat food snob.
The first handful of ingredients...
Chicken By-Product Meal - "by products" are something I avoid. They have a vague name because their origin and quality is somewhat unpredictable. "by products" can be heads, feet, intestines, etc. We have no way of knowing what they are, and I don't think they want us to know.
Brewers Rice - shards of rice left over from the rice milling process...these can be sweepings from the floor of a mill.
Corn Gluten Meal - Very, very high on the list for a food fed to a carnivore. Corn can serve a valid purpose but personally I don't feed it. I like to see more meat on the list, fewer grains.
Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid) - "animal" fat...is vague...could be any animal.
Powdered Cellulose (11.1% source of fiber) - this can be paper or sawdust...no nutritional value.
Ground Whole Grain Corn - more corn.
Maybe I should let Kai Bengals give you specific suggestions for other foods. As far as dry foods go, I guess my suggestions would lean towards the "grain free" foods such as Wellness CORE, Orijen , Serengeti or Raw Instinct or Innova EVO. Those are very high in protein...50-75% higher than the SD hairball food.
Forgive the increasing length of my reply, but to be fair I thought I would add the first 5 ingredients of one of those foods I mentioned, Wellness COREhttp://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/well..._dry_core.html
Deboned Turkey - just what it says.
Deboned Chicken - ditto.
Chicken Meal - chicken minus most of the water and fat...like dehydrated chicken.
Whitefish Meal - ditto, but whitefish.
Potatoes - TMK, this is what holds this dry food together...it needs something starchy to make a "cracker".
I think it sounds much better.
I hope I didn't bore you