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post #31 of 47
I wish I had a store close to me that sold premium foods. The best I can get in my local area is Iams and science diet Dry. The only wet food other than Friskies is Science diet and that you have to go to the Vet to get that. I live in a very small town in south central Nebraska. The closest Petsmart is 250 miles away. I did find Chicken Soup for the cat lovers soul at a store 40 miles away from me so I have been buying that for dry food. The only way for me to get the real good food is to have it shipped and the cost of the shipping with the food would kill my budget for the month. I'm trying the very best I can for my cats. My Bengal was put on Z/D diet for her sensitive tummy and it seems to be helping her alot! She actually eats the stuff, and 2 of my other cats like it too. Go figure

I am still checking out options for getting food here. I did find a health food store 40 miles away that will order Wellness for me and I won't get charged the shipping. I will have to order a case at a time so I hope they like it.
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Guess that makes me a food snob as well. I actually pay less for food now since the cats don't eat as much of the better quality food as they did the "lower grade" food. Also saves on litter since there is less mess in the litter box.
That's been my experience, as well. I just wish I'd known that 15, 20, or 30 years ago.
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by abbycats View Post
The only way for me to get the real good food is to have it shipped and the cost of the shipping with the food would kill my budget for the month. I'm trying the very best I can for my cats.
That's really all you can do, and I doubt (rather, hope that) anybody will fault you for that.
post #34 of 47
Since I work at a shelter I have been asked at least a thousand times "What should I feed my cat?"

My answer is simple. Sure you don't want to buy anything with by-products. People who can afford the higher end quality food, more power to them. What I care about is simple. I don't care what you feed your animal just as long as you feed them. That's it.


My Mr. Murphy whom I had since I was 15. I took him with me when I moved out on my own. I struggled for money. He got 9-lives or Friskies. I remember days when I only had a dollar to spend. I would get me a 25 cent popcorn at work for dinner and buy 2 cans of friskies for him a day. I was really broke and struggling but feeding my animals was always important. Even more so than me being hungry.

So for the 15 years that Mr. Murphy lived he who ate what most would consider "low quality food". That cat wasn't sick a day in his life. Not once!

There is nothing sadder than seeing an emaciated animal. Those are the people who I focus on. The ones that don't feed their animals.
post #35 of 47
Thank you mrblanche for starting this thread.

What to feed my cats is a subject that makes me want to cry at times. I live on disability and feed not only my three indoor cats, but eleven more outside. It breaks my heart that I cannot feed them higher quality food.

Recently my daughter began researching cat food because one of her two boy cats was overweight. She was very successful and he has not only lost weight, but looks just beautiful on his new diet.

When she took me for our weekly shopping trip yesterday she showed me the food she is buying. It costs her $3.00 a day to feed her two cats. I am just unable to spend that much and when I started to buy some of the same food, she discouraged me because she knows it's money out of my own food budget.

I know people are trying to be helpful, but it is a good thing to keep in mind that most people on the cat site want to do the best they can and to be gentle in the way information is presented. It's possible to be both poor and sensitive.
post #36 of 47
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There is nothing sadder than seeing an emaciated animal. Those are the people who I focus on. The ones that don't feed their animals.


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I know people are trying to be helpful, but it is a good thing to keep in mind that most people on the cat site want to do the best they can and to be gentle in the way information is presented. It's possible to be both poor and sensitive

Some people have more money than others do. Gosh I think this is worth considering myself . .. other people don't care enough about their animals they will dump them abandon them naturally they wouldn't bother joining an on-line cat community

I felt bad because one of the brands that was called "junk" is what I am feeding my cats - I have the means apparently I just lacked the knowledge. I began to feel bad about it until I remembered what they were eating before I brought them here -

Mr Mischief - eating what he could catch he escaped sever abuse -

Mee=Too - scraps dropped in restaurant parking lot and what she could catch

Fussy- was fixing to be dumped and abandon who knows where - he could have been eating asphalt for all I know


Ferocious - special kitty thrown out a front door of a trailer once a day - what she could swallow before the bigger cats chased her away.

{in the guys defense he is feeding a colony of cats, he and a couple of other people feed a huge colony about two blocks form my house - if I only knew thing one about TNR- my point they are trying I wouldn't dare degrade them for feeding the colony special kitty most of these people live on limited means}

Generations of my family have been feeding their cats Purina cat chow - apparently there is a possibility the food isn't as good now as it was back in my grandparent's days.

Our means are less limiting some time when one thinks they are educating one person in reality they are educating many more because what I learn here I will in turn share with my mother and daughter and other cat lovers I run across -why blow the possibility of helping all those cats on a bad attitude?

I will admit my ignorance in the area of cat food but I am buy no means stupid -I am willing to learn

luckily I am also fairly ambivalent when it comes to other people's attitudes - oh yea I will stand up for what I believe but the only one I have to worry about following the guidelines here is me {man what a break that is too}

I am by no means a forum newbie - some thing I frequently tell members on another on-line community I help moderate


We each post and respond to other members according to who and what we are - having little if any thing to do with any one else.


I have posted it so many times it is almost like a signature statement { people from over there would know instantly who I am just by that one sentence alone}

I share it because I have found the ability to maintain the proper perspective via this simple truth. Maybe it will help a few people over here not feel so guilty just because another cops a bad attitude -
post #37 of 47
Most of the time, food recommendations are made to people who have come here and asked about the food they're feeding or something related to it.

My sister's cat recently died of chronic renal failure and he was barely a senior cat (~8ish). He was fed 9lives and other discount brands his whole life. Sometimes I would take Zissou to visit, and she would eat their food. Her coat would get greasy, she would start to smell, she would act a little "off" but as soon as we got back to my house and she started eating her food, she'd be immediately better.
post #38 of 47
I have read a lot about CRF so I decided to check this condition out - apparently dietary and fluid management is paramount much like humans. Acidified diets are suspect however other factors including breed may also play a part. What is CRF?
post #39 of 47
All I can say if my cats won't eat anything BUT Indoor Cat Chow. I've tried to feed them premimum brands (mixes with cat chow) but they pick out their favorite. I also feed them wet friskies (1 can shared by 6 cats) at night for a treat and they're doing fine.

TCS isn't really bad for bashing about food, but another site I was on insisted if I wasn't feeding my cat raw chicken and beef I was a bad cat owner. This was a few years ago, and apparently that was the trend in the cat world? Who knows. I will stick with what my cats like because...well...they need to eat.
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
but another site I was on insisted if I wasn't feeding my cat raw chicken and beef I was a bad cat owner. This was a few years ago, and apparently that was the trend in the cat world? Who knows. I will stick with what my cats like because...well...they need to eat.
That is not a trend. It is a way of feeding cats that has been around LONG before kibble was even though of I know a lot of people that feed raw with wonderful results. You might want to just thumb through an easy to read book, it is readily available at libraries, called Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...9780875962436/

This is a great book by a VET that tells you some of the reasons why a natural diet will benefit your pet. Feeding raw is not for me either for a variety of reasons, but I do respect those that take the time to research and do that extra work to do what they feel is best for their cat(s). It is a lot more work than just throwing a bag of dry food into their cart at the grocery store.

And sure cats like the junky food, pet food companies spray on additivites to make sure they do, OT- but slightly related many kids will eat junk for every meal if allowed, it tastes good
post #41 of 47
What I've always wonder is who, first decided to manufacture cat food as dry crunchy bits? Cats are carnivores and their teeth aren't exactly designed for crushing up hard bits of kibble. I'm not being a dry food snob, I just wonder how it came to be.
post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
What I've always wonder is who, first decided to manufacture cat food as dry crunchy bits? Cats are carnivores and their teeth aren't exactly designed for crushing up hard bits of kibble. I'm not being a dry food snob, I just wonder how it came to be.
I dont have a link but kibble came about as a means to utilize bakery goods that were stale or not sellable
post #43 of 47
with my picky older cat theres very few things i can feed her. chloe isnt picky but has a sensitive tummy so they eat friskys wet and dry. i often wonder if they get sick of eating the same thing every single day.
post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
What I've always wonder is who, first decided to manufacture cat food as dry crunchy bits? Cats are carnivores and their teeth aren't exactly designed for crushing up hard bits of kibble. I'm not being a dry food snob, I just wonder how it came to be.
This article talks about the invention of commercial pet food; it's about dog food, but is nevertheless informative: http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/petfoodhistory.htm
post #45 of 47
While I agree that it's better to advise nicely than to sound dictatorial, I am very grateful that all the educated people on here have shared their knowledge and opinions on what to feed. I used to feed a pretty good quality dry food plus a small amount of junky wet food. Thanks to the peeps on here (and my own research which was prompted by comments on here) I now feed mostly good quality wet food with just a small amount of premium dry food (usually Orijen). I used to think I was doing the right thing by my cats with their old diet but now I know that I can do better than that. It does cost more to feed mostly wet food, but I've managed to find some good compromises and now feed some good quality wet foods that cost less than the junk I was feeding before.
post #46 of 47
My two cents:

Good quality food does not need to be expensive. I feed Harry Bozita which is 33 cent (euro) per 100g whereas Whiskas is 41c per 100g. So food that is not full of crap is actually cheaper than food that is.

I did appreciate the advice I got regarding what to feed Harry when I first got him but I understand the OP's sentiments. I felt like a bad owner when I posted that I fed him Felix; I was told it was absolute rubbish and I shouldn't be feeding him it! I didn't know any better so it could have been worded less harshly at the time. In saying that I'm delighted I changed his diet as he has never looked healthier.
post #47 of 47
I think sometimes people's passion for nutrition may make them seem zealous. I know that I am a true believer in high quality grain free products and raw. I feed a 75 percent raw with 25 percent wellness and for a change Nature's Variety.
I stand firm in my beliefs but I don't judge others. I have no doubt that everyone here loves their cats with all of their hearts.
But there is always room to learn and improve. That is why I come here to get some support but to learn too.
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