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post #211 of 237
I hope this ok for me to post again, i can't seem to update my last post...

Foods as of now

dry

royal canin kitten 36- reasons for feeding breeder used this food with my newest addition so for now it is continued.

royal canin 33- an adult option so the grownup's will leave kittens food alone... yeah that works out so well

chicken soup adult- decent food at a reasonable price, cats do well on it, i also have the kitten counterpart for the 'baby'

kirkland cat food- again decent price, they respond well too it.. eaten by all

california naturals- fairly pricey but my males like it, plus i like the fact it's okay for all life stages..

wet foods

still using friskies and fancy feast with the odd addition of a better quality wet since the kitten is more neutral on foods ... no specific go-to brand choice there however it varies..
post #212 of 237
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Originally Posted by Sakura View Post
Is that per cat? That's 2-3 days worth of food for one kitty! That would solve the weight gain issue pretty quickly You must mean that's the total...
What! But the bag says to feed 3/4 cup for weight reduction for cats 10-15lbs, and add up to a 1/4 per every 2lbs over the 15. Well Chloe (the lightest one) weighs 22lbs. So that's like 1&1/2 cups every day but I'm only giving her a cup. And the bag said that I could replace 1/4 cup with a full can of moist. I should mention that I'm feeding them out of the 5.5 oz food...

Stupid bag instructions! Grrrr!!!!

I've been thinking about moving them to a more wet food based diet anyways after reading a few of these threads. I'm thinking to slightly up the wet (SLIGHTLY - I PROMISE!!!!) so they are getting just under the 5.5 oz of moist a day and halve the dry food (as they really like it). And then if they seem to do well and I'm not having too many stomach issues, I will fully wean them off of the dry and put them on a 90% wet diet and reserve a little bit of dry for free feeding throughout the day. But I'm guessing I wouldn't do that until the little ones are eating adult grade food.

Also - my cats may be Maine Coons and Chloe is well over the length and height of an average male domestic short hair cat. The boy Kinko is able to reach his head to my hips, now I'm only 5'3" and he does stand on his tip toes - but I know that he's a long boy and is now weighing in at 26 lbs.
post #213 of 237
I'm posting again because I've changed foods since California Natural. I wish I could have stuck with that because it helped Siddha's poops stay firm, but Bodhi kept getting constipated. It is just not practical to feed two separate foods to them, so I had to find something else.

Now, I've got them switched over to Royal Canin Special 33. It seems to be helping Siddha not have diarrhea and Bodhi isn't constipated so I'm hoping this will be a winner! I sure wish it wasn't so dang expensive though!
post #214 of 237
I am currently using Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck dry because it's the only food I've found that doesn't upset Tiffany's very sensitive stomach. Anything else and she'll just puke it all up after eating.

All three also get Whiskas pouches or Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys for wet, depending on which we have on hand. I've tried some of the better brands but they just don't like it all that much. Well, Zippy will eat any kind of wet food but Chaos hates the pate style. He also tends to just lick all the juice out of the gravy ones. It's tough finding one he'll actually eat.
post #215 of 237
I currently free-feed them Nutro, but I'm in the process of ordering TOTW. I could eat it, and it's extremely affordable (just barely two dollars per pounds, which is excellent for a grain-free food). The cats refuse to eat wet food, but I supplement their diet with chicken and beef scraps and yogurt. We will also get a water fountain in the next month or two.
post #216 of 237
Kiwi eats Before Grain chicken, mixed 50-50 with Performatrin Ultra lamb & brown rice. Both are dry, because she absolutely will not eat wet food. She will also only drink water out of a glass... (but that is a whole other story) I use these foods because I like their ingredients, they fit my budget, and Kiwi has a beautiful body of soft, shiny fur.
post #217 of 237
My kitties eat Royal Canin Digestive Comfort 38, which seems to keep Manytoes' stool a lot more consistent and a lot less smelly. For wet, I try all sorts of "better" kinds with very poor results - they tend to only really like Save-On-Foods store brand chicken & liver. No fish flavours liked by my kitties, and daisy only licks wet and won't really "eat" any variety we've tried (which is pretty much every available!)
post #218 of 237
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Originally Posted by fattykitty View Post
I currently free-feed them Nutro, but I'm in the process of ordering TOTW. I could eat it, and it's extremely affordable (just barely two dollars per pounds, which is excellent for a grain-free food). The cats refuse to eat wet food, but I supplement their diet with chicken and beef scraps and yogurt. We will also get a water fountain in the next month or two.
I know I am having a brain freeze, but what is TOTW?

Thanks
post #219 of 237
I feed my cat 100% raw - chicken thigh, wing, beef liver, beef heart, egg yolk & bones... occasionally a sardine (no salt, spring water) ...

When he did eat commercial food, I fed him Wellness canned and Natural Balance canned....

When I adopted him, he was eating Friskies & 9-lives canned and Science Diet kibble... (yuck )

ETA: I feed raw because I strongly believe it is closest to a natural diet (closest besides feeding whole prey)... I also believe in all the benefits of a raw diet... I am strongly against kibble and low-quality brands; if I didn't feed raw, I'd feed high quality canned commercial (Wellness, grain-free)... but after seeing the benefits of my cat on raw, I just don't think I could ever go back to ANY commercial again........... he's so much healthier, more active...... even since switching from Wellness canned... it's amazing...........
post #220 of 237
Do you add supplements to the raw food?
post #221 of 237
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Do you add supplements to the raw food?

If you're asking me -- I follow the recipe on catnutrition.org (and the slight variant by Dr. Pierson on catinfo.org) .... both use Taurine, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B complex supplements... I also opt for a bit of whole fish vs. fish oil... and I do not grind the food to a bloody pulp, as my cat will chew chunks of meat -- he just will not chew meat as is off the carcass (yet)...
post #222 of 237
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If you're asking me -- I follow the recipe on catnutrition.org (and the slight variant by Dr. Pierson on catinfo.org) .... both use Taurine, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B complex supplements... I also opt for a bit of whole fish vs. fish oil... and I do not grind the food to a bloody pulp, as my cat will chew chunks of meat -- he just will not chew meat as is off the carcass (yet)...
Thank you sorry I forgot to include your original message.

post #223 of 237
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post #224 of 237
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I know I am having a brain freeze, but what is TOTW?

Thanks
I believe it's Taste of the Wild kitty food
post #225 of 237
Bean Bean eats only Kit n' Kaboodle dry food and that's why I feed it to him. If I've ever tried to get him to eat anything else he refuses and will spend his time throwing his food all over the floor instead of eating.

For wet he likes 9 Lives, Wiskas, and Special Kitty.
post #226 of 237
We switched things up slightly since I last posted here. Alpine is now eating a mix of Purina Pro-plan UTI Chicken and Taste of the Wild dry foods. She also eats a huge variety of wet, anything from Friskies to Wellness--no fish/seafood flavors though. She's been 4 months UTI free since adding the ProPlan to the mix and it's been a relief. She's very active and her fur is silky soft!

The only wet foods she seems to genuinely dislike are any Felidae, and Natural Balance Venison. She's also less fond of the Before Grain wet.
post #227 of 237
It changes here LOL.

Kizzy gets a combo currently made up of Taste of the Wild, Wellness Core, and Nutrience. (TOTW is the bulk of it)

For wet, he eats Fancy feast grilled chicken.

The kittens get Wellness kitten, TOTW and Wellness Core. (bout 2/4 WK, 1/4 TOTW, and 1/4 WC)

For wet, they eat whatever.... It varies depending on whats on sale. For example, right now they are working on a large can of Wellness, mixed with Wellness kitten.... but on the shelf is some NB, Wellness, Nutrience and a couple others.


The kitties all do well on TOTW, and I find it to be quite affordable It will remain the bulk of the feedings, but I like to mix something else in with it so they aren't getting hooked on just one food.
post #228 of 237
I'm a HUGE believer in switching it up and rotation diets. My cats get a mixture of dry kibble, tinned food and raw. They also get kibble toppers such as canned fish, raw eggs, etc. I try to never just feed straight up dry kibble. They usually get kibble with tinned food/toppers in the morning and then raw in the evening.

As far as the dry kibble goes, I get whatever grain free is on sale when I order online. With kibble, I don't care as much with price, because they don't eat that much of it. Sometimes I'll splurge. Currently, all three are eating Natural Balance Green Pea & Chicken formula.

Canned food is where I like to try and get sales. The brands and flavors they eat changes constantly. Currently, they're getting by Nature Organics Turkey & Turkey Liver, by Nature Organics Chicken & Mackeral and Natural Life Lamaderm.

Raw stays roughly the same, since the cats seem to be more picky about it. I always have the following stocked for the cats: beef heart, ground beef organ blend, chicken necks, duck necks, ground whitefish w/bone and whole chickens that I cut up.

WHY? Because I feel that this is a healthy and variety rich diet for my cats. I would LOVE to feed a raw only diet, but with 3 cats and 4 dogs, it just isn't financially possible. So I do my best to give them healthy, but money wise, options.
post #229 of 237
I have changed foods once again also. Now they are getting at most an ounce of dry food per cat, the rest of the food is 50% raw and then everything else is wet.

dry - Kirkland, Instinct, TOTW, Natural Balance
wet - Sophistacat
raw - i make a mix myself. It is whatever meat i can get for cheap, mainly beef, turkey, and chicken. If i get lucky with what i find they also get lamb, pork, duck, buffalo, and venison.
post #230 of 237
I switched up too.

TOTW Dry
and either Fancy Feast wet or Meow Mix Wholesome Goodness wet.
post #231 of 237
Before I adopted my boys - Professional kitten and then Iams kitten food

More recently - combo of Iams kitten and Natural balance dry, some wet food at night (nutro max, nutro naturals, iams kitten, wellness core...trying diff flavors and brands out)

Now - finishing off the iams/natural balance combo but added in Felidae (which they seem to really like the Felidae) plus 1/4-1/2 can of wet kitten food. Still experimenting with diff flavors and brands, they tried Spots Stew in turkey last night and loved it.
post #232 of 237
wet: a rotation of mostly Wellness beef & chicken, with a few Wellness core - chicken & Evo venison in between...

dry: nothing seems to work, or for those that may work results in tons of smelly poop
post #233 of 237
Well, now all 3 of my cats are finally eating the same dry food. This is a first! It's so much easier this way. They are all eating the Taste of the Wild dry food. Mattie and Chloe have been eating this for a few months and are doing well on it, I just switched Henry to it too.

For wet food:
- Mattie & Chloe: Chicken Soup Adult
- Henry: Authority

I've been thinking about upgrading their wet food. Mattie and Chloe hardly touch the more premium wets though (Wellness, California Natural, etc.).
post #234 of 237
Well, a bit of a change here.

My two are still eating Eukanuba Wholesome Naturals dry food, but we've added in Blue Spa Select canned.

It's officially the only canned food he's ever eaten and the only one we've found that doesn't upset her stomach.
post #235 of 237
Fancy Feast wet, because I have a spoiled picky diva. She also gets Blue Organics dry because it is organic and healthy, and low protein for her damaged kidneys. Squeak the baby will eat anything and everything Dusty leaves behind. She is a one kitty clean up team!
post #236 of 237
All three are on Purina Indoor Cat Formula...It seems to be working well they all like it but after reading some of this Im starting to wonder if Ive made the right choice....Im looking into Purina One for Indoor Cats. But Im going to now to a web search on cat foods to look and see what would be better for all three. I cant feed them all different foods because Fatman will eat everyone elses food and theres no keeping him away from any food type products he is a theif and a glutton and will eat anything in site...Including people food
post #237 of 237
Hi
I feed my almost year old [9/18/08 ]maine coon
wet natural balance duck and pea good on his stomach
dry wysong nurture w pheasant he likes it and it has freeze dried chunks of pheasant
before grain chicken he eats it







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