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post #1 of 12
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As I posted a few weeks ago, I am trying to get my cats on a more healthy food and on an eating schedule. I have done some research and have even had some taste tests with my cats to figure out what is best. I have decided to go with wet (wellness- grain free variety) morning and night and leave out measured food during the day. I have decided I like what Orijin has to offer for the dry, but I was wondering what anyone would recommend a second food to mix with it? Sharky?? ha ha
I am also really scared that I will under feed my cats. They have always had their bowls filled all day and I worry that if I start measuring the food I won't be giving them enough. Can anyone give me a good amount??? I have (4) ten pounders and (1) 5 pounder. The big guys will eat anything you put in front of them. But my two girls are somewhat finiky.

Any help would be much appreciated!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by brookey326 View Post
...I have decided to go with wet (wellness- grain free variety) morning and night and leave out measured food during the day. I have decided I like what Orijin has to offer for the dry, but I was wondering what anyone would recommend a second food to mix with it?...
This is precisely what I am feeding my five. Nothing more.

What is the purpose of the "second food"?

(I have not found "taste testing" to very useful, in fact, when I first got the Orijen, all 5 turned up their noses at it! Remember, you'll need to transition them over to whatever you choose for new foods - including the Wellness. I started adding a few pieces of Orijen in increasing quantities until, after about a month I was feeding 100% Origen.)

One of my cats has trimmed down in weight, all of the others are maintaining their appropriate weights.
post #3 of 12
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It seems that most people on here recommend mixing two different dry foods. I guess to keep variety in their food....I am not partial to doing this. I am just trying to get recommendations from everyone I can, Everyone has their own rules and opinions though so I get frustrated and confused.

But Yeah, I will be switching them over slowly. As soon as I figure out what I want to feed them. Ha Ha,
post #4 of 12
I use wellness wet, orijens and mix it with wellness complete health dry (salmon) my cats love both and do awesome on both!
post #5 of 12
wellness core would be another grain free to think about.. Most rotate or use two in case of recall , allergy or avail issue....

Do you want a grain free or grain containing??
post #6 of 12
I am pretty much going through the same with my 9-month spayed female. She's 11 pounds. (yikes!) I am semi-free feeding Wellness Dry (not the CORE) right now. I put out 1/4 cup in the morning and a 1/4 before I go to bed.. When I come home from work around 5pm, she gets a few teaspoons of Wellness or Natural Instinct Wet. She's been spoiled in the past, so I am afraid I am underfeeding, too.

As I said in my other thread, I think mine did better on 2 foods. She has loose stool and some gas right now and I may start introducing Fromm's Duck ala Veg, very very slowly. But I'm giving the Wellness a few more days. I may try a tad bit of pumpkin tonight first.

Good luck!
post #7 of 12
I'm mixing dry foods because they like one for the taste and I like the other for nutrition. I'm mixing Royal Canin (just for the taste of it!) with Wellness Salmon & Deboned Turkey. I picked up a bag of Instinct Lamb flavor and I'm going to road test that for treats (so I'll know if they like it in case I have to switch).

We're combo feeding 3oz of wet per day with ~1/4 cup of dry for each cat. Both cats are holding at 9-10 lbs which is ok for their frames (can still feel ribs, see a waist). The combo-feeding guidelines on the wellness bag tell you to feed too much dry IMHO, so I go slightly lower.

They have usually 3 wet meals and 1 dry. Once the dry is gone, it's gone...they did whine a bit at first, but now that we're feeding low or no grain wet, they don't seem to get hungry as fast.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
I would prefer a grain free.
post #9 of 12
this likely should be updated as many more grain frees are out

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...rain+free+drys
post #10 of 12
While I don't have my kittens yet, it's my intention to feed Wellness wet in the morning, wet in the evening and an alternating combination of both Orijen and Core in a measured amount through the day. I would like to keep things as grain free as I can. I guess my concerns also are if I will under/over feed.
post #11 of 12
Kittens eat loads of food. They eat 3 times the adult amount of food.
post #12 of 12
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Kittens eat loads of food. They eat 3 times the adult amount of food.
that is what most bags say... and some will many only eat 1.5 to 2 times the adult
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