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post #31 of 55
I don't get the "wet food is inconvenient". I actually find measuring dry food (I can't free feed pudgy Jamie dry food), putting it in an automatic feeder that has to be set to prevent being woken at dawn a lot more inconvenient than opening a pre-measured can and plopping it into a dish that will be popped into the dishwasher after use.

Maybe it's just me - all our previous cats ate canned food, and I find having a cat that wants dry a bit strange. Since he's allergic to most grains, the dry foods he gets are actually more expensive than wet food.
post #32 of 55
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan View Post
I'm not interested in the expense or inconvenience of feeding her wet food.
INCONVENIENCE?? How inconvenient is it? You don't even need a can opener anymore to serve wet food! You have those pop-up lids. My sweeties get wet for breakfast and dinner, and a bowl of dry in between...
post #33 of 55
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Originally Posted by moggiegirl View Post
It would be really boring for me as a cat owner as well as boring for the cats (although a cat that's never had wet before may not know any better) to feed only dry food to my cats. House cats are supposed to be pampered and catered to. Cat owners should not refuse to feed wet on the basis of, "Well it's inconvenient for me to open a can, I don't like the smell, etc." Your cat has no choice in regards to what your cat gets to eat especially an indoor cat who cannot hunt it's dinner. I am in favor of keeping cats indoors and safe but in this case shouldn't they be allowed variety of food choices that include variety of flavor, texture and smell? Shouldn't they be encouraged to eat food that's more similar to the nutrition they would find in a mouse? Shouldn't they be encouraged to get moisture from their food as they would in the wild, especially if it benefits their kidneys, urinary tract, digestive system etc? What is the rationale for "I'm not going to feed my cat any wet." It's just too stubborn.

I want my cats to have all the variety they can enjoy at mealtime as well as opportunities for play, cuddling, petting, entertainment and all the comfort they should have as a house cat. Would you like to be fed from a box of dry human food exclusively and denied anything else to eat, even if it has all the vitamins and minerals you need? I think it's must more fun to plan my cats meal menu as if to say today they get chicken and liver for dinner, tomorrow it's salmon supreme, Wednesay Turkey in gravy surprise and so forth. Come one now part of loving your cats means you spoil them a little (or a lot). I can totally understand no jumping on the table, no scratching the couch but I don't understand, "Wet food restricted, wet food denied or wet food not allowed except as occasional treat." Too stubborn and not enough logical rationale behind it. Now if your cat won't eat wet food, that is another matter.

You took the words right out of my mouth...
post #34 of 55
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan View Post
I'll wager that my cat on a diet of dry food will outlive many of the cats whose owners on this forum allow them to go outdoors. And I bet most of the people here who lecture about using wet food are also raping the Earth by using clay litter. So I guess we all have our own opinions and priorities.
Wager me this, Batman... My sister had an indoor/outdoor cat that lived on dry AND wet food, and in an apartment which my sister smokes cigarettes and the cat lived to be 23 years old. Alot of it has to do with genes as well, so sometimes there's only so much we can do as far as food goes.
post #35 of 55
I've started feeding my kitties wet food and it's really not that bad. I have to wash the bowls because they're plastic and can't go in the dishwasher, but that's the worst thing. Well, actually the worst thing is Loki and Possum saying "What the @#$%, Mom?! We haven't eaten in days!!! HURRY UP!!!" every morning and night while I'm getting it ready and setting it down. That's obnoxious.

Also, what's wrong with clay cat litter?

Tricia
post #36 of 55
I adopted my cat last month and started feeding her wet food for the first time when she came home with me. I have never used wet food before only because I wasn't aware of how beneficial it is for them. Babee was never fed wet food but loved it immediately. It costs $15 a month for her wet food (Natural Balance). I use coupons and buy it in bulk which saves some $$. I also like to leave a bowl out with some dry food so she can nibble on during the day. That bag costs $10 and will last me 4 months. The money used to buy canned food is low compared to the costs you may have to spend on vet visits for illnesses that may have been prevented by proper nutrition. Plus it only takes a couple of minutes to open a can/heat up leftovers and put it on a plate.
post #37 of 55
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan View Post
I'm not interested in the expense or inconvenience of feeding her wet food.
It's not that expensive to buy good quality wet food (I'm definitely not rich and I manage it), and certainly no inconvience to pop open a can and spoon some in a dish. Or to pick it up when they're done and wash out the dish. It's less of an expense and inconvenience to cook for the human population in this house!

And if I felt any part of owning a cat was an inconvenience, I wouldn't own a cat!
post #38 of 55
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan View Post
I'll wager that my cat on a diet of dry food will outlive many of the cats whose owners on this forum allow them to go outdoors. And I bet most of the people here who lecture about using wet food are also raping the Earth by using clay litter. So I guess we all have our own opinions and priorities.
My cats do not go outdoors and I don't use clay litter. Unless your cat is going to the bathroom outdoors, anything you use is taking from the earth in some way (as is most everything associated with our present-day lifestyle). And IMO, keeping your cat indoors is no guarantee they'll be living longer anyway. I've known indoor/outdoor cats who lived to be 19 and older.

This is so irrelevant to this thread, anyway.
post #39 of 55
I know wet is good but the reality is not every cat will go for it. I have Gizmo on a mostly dry diet. I'd love to give him more variety but he's just not interested. The only canned food he will touch is California natural and believe me when I say tried every canned food imaginable. It may not be very exciting but if he likes it and continues to eat it then so be it. At least he's eating some wet, which I figure is better than nothing.
post #40 of 55
The only wet food our cats will even touch is Merrick's. I go through 1 can per day at $1.69 per can plus 14% tax. That's what I pay per month to keep my kitties happy and healthy. I also buy them bottled spring water and Orijen dry food. So monthly they cost me a bit of $$, but they are part of our family and should eat as well as we do.
post #41 of 55
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I also buy them bottled spring water and Orijen dry food.
Why do you buy them bottled water? I'm just curious. The tap water here is disgusting, so I ended up buying a filter, which makes the water so much better. I only give the boys the filtered water because if I refuse to drink the unfiltered tap, then why should they?

Tricia
post #42 of 55
My sister always refused to give her cats wet food because "it makes their poop stink." Here one kitty died at age 12 of kidney failure and other chronically peed outside the box until she put it to sleep.

I personally love seeing how happy and excited my cat gets when I open a can of food. It is the highlight of his morning and it is good for him.
post #43 of 55
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Originally Posted by Green Bunny View Post
Why do you buy them bottled water? I'm just curious. The tap water here is disgusting, so I ended up buying a filter, which makes the water so much better. I only give the boys the filtered water because if I refuse to drink the unfiltered tap, then why should they?

Tricia
Because I don't drink our tap water so I don't like them drinking it either. I also find it easier to keep their water fountain clean with the bottled water versus the tap water.
post #44 of 55
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Originally Posted by meow meow View Post
My sister always refused to give her cats wet food because "it makes their poop stink." Here one kitty died at age 12 of kidney failure and other chronically peed outside the box until she put it to sleep.
That's normally only a problem with lower quality food, as I'm sure you've discovered.
post #45 of 55
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Originally Posted by meow meow View Post
I personally love seeing how happy and excited my cat gets when I open a can of food. It is the highlight of his morning and it is good for him.
Same here! My cats get so excited when I tear open the wet food!
post #46 of 55
mine will immediately drop what shes doing as soon as i pick up a can of food! at night she meows at me when i walk near where the cans are kept coz she knows that she'll be getting some goodies!
post #47 of 55
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Originally Posted by Fenleebe View Post
Nope....


I think any comments you got regarding your diet of dry food were mainly due to the way you worded your previous post. Frankly, it sounds as if you didn't care about the health benefits and feeding canned food isn't worth your time or energy. And, most animal lovers would have a problem with someone taking that attitude towards their pets. That's all.


You can't come on a board like this with people very well experienced in this matter and make comments like that without expecting some comments toward what you are saying.

It's too much of an inconvenience? Are you kidding me???
I'm not going to provoke any arguments because to each their own, but I would consider myself very lazy if it were too much of an inconvenience to pop open a can and pour it onto a plate before work in the morning and then when I get home.
post #48 of 55
My opinion but I think cats need both, hard and canned foods. Canned food to control their weight and for a healthy urinary tract. Male cats especially can form crystals in their urinary tract from dry food. If left untreated can eventually kill them. I think some dry food is needed for the health of their teeth. I'm not sure that expensive is better then the cheaper brands. My cats eat cat chow and friskies...not expensive or cheap. Anyways this is just my opinion.
post #49 of 55
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Originally Posted by mstishtwo View Post
My opinion but I think cats need both, hard and canned foods. Canned food to control their weight and for a healthy urinary tract. Male cats especially can form crystals in their urinary tract from dry food. If left untreated can eventually kill them. I think some dry food is needed for the health of their teeth. I'm not sure that expensive is better then the cheaper brands. My cats eat cat chow and friskies...not expensive or cheap. Anyways this is just my opinion.
The belief that dry food is needed for their teeth is a myth. Cats do not chew (their jaws go up and down only - not side-to-side). The cat bites the dry food breaking it with the tip of the tooth and swallows. My belief is that dry food could be worse than wet. If you yourself eat a dry cracker you will find lots of it stuck in and around your teeth after you swallow. If you eat some beef stew you won't have that happening.

As for quality of food, I posted in another thread that I think a lot of folks are confused between "expensive" and "quality". Quality food does not need to be expensive. I've noticed since I've been feeding Orijen (quality food), the cats eat less and the litter box contains less. So in essence, I'm saving money on food and litter and I feel better for giving my cats good food that is healthy for them.
post #50 of 55
With soft food the litter box will contain less because soft food is 75% moisture. Less poop more urine. Sorry I have to disagree with the hard food controlling tarter. But yes I agree soft food is better for over all health.
post #51 of 55
I feed canned and dry food. My cats had urinary tract health problems when I fed exclusively dry. Besides, a diet of dry cereal day in and day out would be pretty boring. I also rotate flavors of wet for variety.

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The Cat's Diary
Day 983 Of My Captivity
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by mstishtwo View Post
With soft food the litter box will contain less because soft food is 75% moisture. Less poop more urine. Sorry I have to disagree with the hard food controlling tarter. But yes I agree soft food is better for over all health.
Orijen is not soft food and that's the one I mentioned re less in the litter box. If you do some research you will also find that many are realizing dry food does nothing for tarter.
post #53 of 55
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Orijen is not soft food and that's the one I mentioned re less in the litter box. If you do some research you will also find that many are realizing dry food does nothing for tarter.
Very few dry foods ( three off top of my head) have actually been determined to AID in dental health...
post #54 of 55
Lots of cats swallow dry food kibbles whole as well. Jaffa will even swaller the dental formulas (such as hills t/d) without crunching them.
post #55 of 55
Get a few cans of Fancy Feast. It's kitty crack, but it smells good and should entice kitty to eat. Slowly mix in more of the food you want the cat to eat. Bunny refused to touch her canned food when we got her, but she was willing to taste the FF. It took about 2 weeks to switch her over.

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Lots of cats swallow dry food kibbles whole as well. Jaffa will even swaller the dental formulas (such as hills t/d) without crunching them.
Have Jaffa's teeth checked. We noticed Patches doing this about 10 years ago and took her to the dentist. Turned out, her back molars had were in bad shape and had to be pulled.
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