Originally Posted by erinb_86
lol Well just to clear it up, even though I am a vegetarian I am well aware that cats must have a diet rich in meats and hearty proteins. I just mentioned vegetarianism to let people know that proper nutrition is important to me! :P
Anyways I would love to find out more about this Oijen brand like where I can purchase it, etc, etc. if anyone has info for here in Canada I would be truly grateful! Also it seems that most of you do feed your kittens wet food and I was just wondering if there is a certain age that I should start or is 10 weeks old enough?
Also since we are on the subject, is it better to let your kitten/cat graze throughout the day or divy up portions throughout the day? I read in a book its better to always leave a full bowl of food out, however I know that some people (my sister) put out a certain amount in the morning and then again in the evening. Is this supposed to be done? Tux seems to be fine with the grazing all day method but I'm just wondering if in the long-run this is a good idea?!
Thanks so much!!
Erin and Tux
I feed Orijen. I asked the pet store in the small town where I live and buy my pet food if they would get it in for me and they did. They now have other customers buying it as well. They did the same for me when I wanted to order in Merrick wet food since that was the only quality wet my cats would eat.
Orijen is made in Manitoba I believe (not 100% sure of that). Because it is quality food, the cats actually eat less because they don't need as much to satisfy their nutritional needs so although it is a bit more pricey, it lasts longer than the same amount of another brand.
If your kitten is 10 weeks old then you should be able to start feeding it wet food at any time. I'm one of those who believe that a kitten should get as much food as it wants until it is at least 9 months to 1 year old. Small kittens should be fed several times a day (rather than just morning and night) so if you are unable to be home to feed during the day, then I would also agree that leaving a good dry food down for them during the day is a good idea.
We feed wet morning and night with 1/3 cup of Orijen for our two to share during the day. (Mika is tiny compared to Bijou so she gets extra dry at night when she is in our daughter's bedroom behind closed door. In the morning our daughter picks up the dry food so Bijou doesn't get it.) Bijou was getting seriously heavy on the other dry food I was feeding and that's when I switched to 2 wet meals a day and a smaller quantity of good dry. He has lost 1.5 lbs and is looking a bit slimmer.