Originally Posted by greenvillegal
I basically need to get canned food that has single digits of carbohydrates if possible... any suggestions?
Know that you are on the right track. My kitty was overweight, so I switched him from free-feeding dry to scheduled & measured amounts for meal times with canned, beginning this time last year. He has gradually (thus safely) shed his extra pounds. I looked for foods that were quality high-protein (no by-products) and very low in carbs, no different than what you attempt now. Stick with it. It works.
Here's some information I have, which was collected by emailing/calling manufacturer's. This list is organized by caloric content, from lowest to highest;Foods without Fish:
Natural Balance Venison/Pea 5.1% Carb 26 kcal per oz.
Merrick Turducken 8% Carb 29 kcal per oz.
Natural Life Lamaderm 16.7% Carb 31 kcal per oz.
Eagle Pack Turkey/Barley 2.98% Carb 32 kcal per oz.
Natural Life Chicken & Veggie 14.87% Carb 33 kcal per oz.
Eagle Pack Chicken/Lamb 1.91%\tCarb\t35 kcal per oz.
Innova 2.97% Carb 38 kcal per oz.
Evo 1.06%\t Carb\t 39 kcal per oz.Foods with Fish:
California Natural Deep Water Fish Formula 3.5% Carb\t25 kcal per oz.
Nutro Maxcat Chicken & Lamb Lite 7.6% Carb 25.5 kcal per oz.
Nutro Maxcat Gourmet Classics 7.4% Carb 25.6 kcal per oz.
Nutro Maxcat Turkey & Chicken Lite 7.2% Carb 26 kcal per oz.
Authority Lite Chicken/Rice 5.6%\t Carb\t 26.5 kcal per oz.
Chicken Soup Lite 6.7% Carb 27\tkcal per oz.
Californa Natural Chicken & Brown Rice 3.5% Carb 27 kcal per oz.
Merrick Surf & Turf 8% Carb 29 kcal per oz.
Eagle Pack Salmon & Shrimp 2%\t Carb 32 kcal per oz.
Chicken Soup Adult 3.6% Carb 34 kcal per oz.
I have misplaced the information for the Wellness foods. They are certainly worth looking into. Being grain-free, the carb levels for the following flavors were anywhere from 1-3%;
Beef and Chicken Formula
I eventually settled on California Natural, when I first began switching my kitty from free-fed dry to scheduled wet. I settled on the CN because it was low calorie, but also very low in carbs.
Since reaching what is most likely the optimal weight for my cat, he now gets the above mentioned Wellness flavors, with the occasional can of Evo. These foods are much higher in calories, but at this point, I am more concerned with limiting the carbs. Amazingly enough, he has gotten a wee bit skinnier since I switched him to higher calorie but lowest carb foods like Wellness and Evo, with the switch occurring about a month ago.
Keep in mind, some of the information quoted in this post was collected well over a year ago. I do not guarantee any of this information, since formulations could well have changed since then. If you are in doubt, contact the manufacturer. Most are pleased to provide statistics on their foods to the public.
Originally Posted by greenvillegal
I will never feed them dry again!
My kitty was a dry food addict and still is. Even though he is down to two meals of wet per day now, I do give him just a wee bit of dry at bedtime, which he considers to be a treat. Innova Evo dry is 7% carb, while Nature's Variety Raw Instinct dry is 6% carb. If you do the Evo dry, keep plenty of water around, as it makes the animal ravenously thirsty (which cause some to worry of health consequences of a food with such a side effect). I presently use the Raw Instinct for the bedtime treat, which doesn't seem to have that problem. Feed VERY small amounts of either of these foods, as they are both RIDICULOUSLY high in calories (which is why we shouldn't let the price of such foods scare us. We feed so much less when the caloric content is so high).
I personally believe wet is better for kitties, since it more closely mimics their diet in nature. However, a wee bit of high quality, low-carb dry, seems to be much appreciated by my kitty.