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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
So what's the scoop with soft food?
Some people say that cats should be given soft food their whole life, even as they are older.
They say it's not just for kittens, but it offers more nutrition in addition to hard food.
Is this true??
post #2 of 16
Yes canned or tinned as commonly called ... IS VERY good for kitty as it mimics natural prey in water / moisture leval , protein and fat ...

Take a common made up dry label;0

30% protein
16 fat
10 moisture

likely is 32 % protein , 17 fat

where as a wet food

read s
9% protein
5% fat
78% moisture

reality
protein is 40 ish %
fat is 20 ish %


see the difference??
plus as a whole wet is far easier due to the moisture to digest ...

common mouse
50 protein thou many studies show 60
20 fat
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Okay, thanks.
So, it's fine if I give my 9 month old cat canned food (Friskies brand) every two-three days??
He goes nuts over it, and just loves it.
post #4 of 16
Friskies is fine if that is the best hell eat and you can afford ...

BUT there IMHO are FAR better foods for the same or a little more$$...

If you want I will post a few links for you
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Okay, please do, if it's not a hassle.
Or you could just tell me the name brand.

I never really tried anything else. I just weaned him from his mother with that, and have been feeding it since.
post #6 of 16
Okay I see your in the US ...

Next >??? where do you shop??? grocery , pet shop , big box pet??

this helps narrow names... ie dont want to give you brands you cannot get
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supermarket, Walmart...

That's just about it when shopping for the pets.
post #8 of 16
walmart
Natural life
Meow mix
sheba
Iams ( read to ensure no animal by products )

Petco
nutro
natural balence
avoderm
castor and polluck
solid gold
the natural pro plan

Petsmart
nutro
by nature
avoderm
natural pro plan
blue spa

I dont have pet supermarket so can someone help
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
The ones you listed is enough.

Thanks so much! I appreciate it!


post #10 of 16
Hi, would you mind putting in a few brand names for me as well? I have been looking over past posts for help. My crew consists of two orphaned kittens presently on PetGuard turkey and rice. (they had problems with vomiting and have stopped since being on turkey/rice petguard) About 10 weeks old.

I have several ferals that I need help with. I want to give them the best for their health long term because I know how difficult it is to get them to the vet. All have been spay/neuter, vaccinated and presently healthy.
Age 1 to 4 yrs

I order most pet food from internet so anything you suggest will be great. They have gotten picky. Like a few flavors Wellness. Tried one flavor Natural Balance that they did not seem to like much. Would like to keep them on mostly canned. I leave some dry out for them. Thanks for your time.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Skimble View Post
Hi, would you mind putting in a few brand names for me as well? I have been looking over past posts for help. My crew consists of two orphaned kittens presently on PetGuard turkey and rice. (they had problems with vomiting and have stopped since being on turkey/rice petguard) About 10 weeks old.

I have several ferals that I need help with. I want to give them the best for their health long term because I know how difficult it is to get them to the vet. All have been spay/neuter, vaccinated and presently healthy.
Age 1 to 4 yrs

I order most pet food from internet so anything you suggest will be great. They have gotten picky. Like a few flavors Wellness. Tried one flavor Natural Balance that they did not seem to like much. Would like to keep them on mostly canned. I leave some dry out for them. Thanks for your time.
do they like cuts in gravy or the loaf style
post #12 of 16
They seem to like loaf style better. One will eat the gravy type. They were eating whatever we had that was inexpensive while in the colony. Now that they live with me I want to get them the best that I can rather than just fill their stomachs. I like to rotate brands, flavors as well. Thanks for your help
post #13 of 16
I just purchased a case of Merrick's New Englad boil for my "work cats" and it was a big hit. They also have variety packs available.

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/...?submit_next=4

I order through petfooddirect.com. Discount code PFD060320D saves you 20%.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by kittyTales View Post
I just purchased a case of Merrick's New Englad boil for my "work cats" and it was a big hit. They also have variety packs available.

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/...?submit_next=4

I order through petfooddirect.com. Discount code PFD060320D saves you 20%.
Merrick is a gravy type ...

Innova
Natures Prarie
Pro Pac

plus the others listed
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Merrick is a gravy type ...
That depends on the formula. I would say that most are of a chunky stew consistancy with varying amounts of moisture. The New England Boil, for example, was easy for me to slice in half and split between both cats.
post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by kittyTales View Post
That depends on the formula. I would say that most are of a chunky stew consistancy with varying amounts of moisture. The New England Boil, for example, was easy for me to slice in half and split between both cats.
most are gravy the others are chunky ...none are pate
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