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food fountians, good or bad?

post #1 of 10
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Is it bad to have a steady supply of dry food for your cat? Will a cat tend to over eat and get fat?
post #2 of 10
Many Many cats over the last 150 yrs have lived fine on just dry food... Many studies now are showing wet food is more benificial .. oh and common logic would say that ie closer to natural diet ...

I have until about 6-10 yrs ago ( dog got good first ) got grocery dry and wet with scraps ... the shortest lived cat was 14 the longest 19.5 ...

I measure free feed ... dry food is measured out and then left down at all times ( refill 2 times a day ) ...

Some cats do not self regulate and could gain wt ...
post #3 of 10
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Many Many cats over the last 150 yrs have lived fine on just dry food...
That was about the time when the first dog biscuit was produced. Dry cat food didn't come out until about the 50's or 60's.

My vote is for measuring the food.

Take care
post #4 of 10
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That was about the time when the first dog biscuit was produced. Dry cat food didn't come out until about the 50's or 60's.

My vote is for measuring the food.

Take care
http://www.answers.com/topic/pet-food-1

we are both wrong ... the 1930's so about 80 yrs ago... it appears it took them about 30 more yrs for " variety"
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http://www.answers.com/topic/pet-food-1

we are both wrong ... the 1930's so about 80 yrs ago... it appears it took them about 30 more yrs for " variety"
Just for some History ...
Nutro Products was one of the first company's to have dog and cat food.
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Just for some History ...
Nutro Products was one of the first company's to have dog and cat food.
off topic

what company is still around but about 50 yrs older than nutro???
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http://www.answers.com/topic/pet-food-1

we are both wrong ... the 1930's so about 80 yrs ago... it appears it took them about 30 more yrs for " variety"
I was going off of http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/petfoodhistory.htm
I have heard of this institute but don't see the name come up often. So not sure if they are reputable or not.

But I can accept 70-80 years.
post #8 of 10
I think it probably depends on the cat. Right now I have two grazers that like to nibble throughout the day, but never take too much at one time. Neither is overweight. They both eat strictly dry because the few times I have given them wet food, they have left it mostly untouched. My mom feeds her cats twice a day. They each get half a tin of wet in the morning and dry later in the day. My first cat was a pig When we figured out he was getting fat (actually the vet told us he was overweight - we just thought he was a big cat), we had to put him on diet cat food and carefully measure the quantities until we got the weight under control, and then we had to watch how much he got for the rest of his life.
post #9 of 10
my parents 2 kittens were diagnosed with obesity with a food fountain over 6 months. they wouldnt stop eating!!!

i have my kittens on the same diet as hers. she has a cat that was 22lbs that with a decent diet is safe at 12-14 or so cant remember exactly.
post #10 of 10
I have a feeder for each one, and no fat cats. They all eat out of one, then go on to the next one, and when the last one is over half empty, I refill all of them.
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