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How long will it last?

post #1 of 11
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I am going to buy Wellness Core tomorrow to start mixing with their Iams Kitten. I would like to buy 2-3 large bags of it so I don't have to buy it for a long time. Around how long will it last for two cats? I know it expires in one year, but will 2-3 bags last for a full year? Will I end up having to buy more, or will some of it go bad?

I bought them a 7 pound bag of Iams kitten a week ago and it is 1/2 - 3/4 gone already.

I want to buy the big 12lb bags and put one at a time into a air tight container. What do you think??
post #2 of 11
What is the age of your cats, and how much do they weight?
post #3 of 11
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Milo is 14 weeks and is between 2 and 3lbs.

Nora is 7 months and is around 8lbs.

When I feed them Iams kitten, they recommend to feed Milo 1/2c per day and Nora 3/4c per day. I also give them each 1/2 of a 3oz can of wet food in the am, and another in the pm.

I currently split their dry food in half and give it to them twice per day. Milo will occasionally eat all of his but not very often (gets 1/4c per serving) and Nora usually only eats about 1/2 of her food (gets around 1/3c per serving).

What I feed them now is what Wellness suggests. I give them the amounts and whatever they don't eat I put back in the container. I know when they get older they will most likely eat more.
post #4 of 11
You made me dizzy Kara!
For what I see, it is not going to last anymore than Iams... I was surprised to see that the Wellness Core, a high protein food recommends feeding that much... Orijen you feed 1/2c instead of 3/4c... Maybe it's richer... I can be completely off, but by my calculations a 12lb bag will last you 24 days, considering you feed them as per instructions...
post #5 of 11
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I offer them that much, but they don't usually eat it all. Maybe 1/2 of what I give them at each serving...if that?? So Milo eats around 1/4c and Nora a little over a 1/3....give or take a bit.

Whatever they don't eat (once they walk away from the dish) I just put it back in the container.

I've never bought a bag bigger than 7lbs, so I had no idea. I have never really kept track of how much or how fast they eat the food before, since our cats have always free fed 100%. We just bought more food when it was almost gone. I can't tell you how often.
post #6 of 11
so I would say a bag will last around 1 1/2 months... 3 bags 4-5 months....
And......... I guess both of us have been bitten by the insomnia bug, huh?
post #7 of 11
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lol yeah. I have a hard time falling asleep, so I tend to stay up pretty late most nights. It didn't help my husband let me sleep in today and I didn't get up until 2:30!

I just cannot wait to buy them some Wellness to see how they do on it. Hopefully I get a good paying job soon so I can afford to keep up with their diet and not have to go back to feeding them nasty Iams.
post #8 of 11
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Do you think that since Nora is older, it would be okay to feed her only 3 times a day?? She might eat better if I do that. Feeding her 4 times a day, she only eats well in the morning and then picks at her food the rest of the day.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by kara_leigh View Post
lol yeah. I have a hard time falling asleep, so I tend to stay up pretty late most nights. It didn't help my husband let me sleep in today and I didn't get up until 2:30!

I just cannot wait to buy them some Wellness to see how they do on it. Hopefully I get a good paying job soon so I can afford to keep up with their diet and not have to go back to feeding them nasty Iams.
Funny you say that - I woke up at 4pm today!!!!! (Slept around 7-8 last "night")

As far as the food - I feel your pain - I also stocked up on good food for Lucky when I quit my job - she is now the only one to have health insurance in the household . I start my new job on Jan 1st - she is the only one guaranteed to have good food until the 15th!!!

Nora is still a kitten... I would just leave food out for both of them to eat as they want - of course ONLY if they are eating the canned food well... After she is one, then you can do the 2X day feeding... I think that would be better for you both?
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
Nora is still a kitten... I would just leave food out for both of them to eat as they want - of course ONLY if they are eating the canned food well... After she is one, then you can do the 2X day feeding... I think that would be better for you both?
On Wednesday or Thursday evening (I can't remember exactly which night, but it was one of the two) I started leaving the dry food to free feed because we were going to be really busy almost every day and weren't going to be home to feed them their scheduled feedings, and that is when Milo completely stopped eating the canned, and Nora eats MAYBE an 1/8th of a can at each serving. Once I get the Wellness tomorrow (I have to go to Whole Foods and see if it is any cheaper there first) I will put them back onto the scheduled feedings I mentioned above.

I have been feeding them Wellness kitten, but tomorrow I'm going to pick up a few different flavors of the adult varieties to see if they may be just bored or not like the kitten formula. I'm just going to stick with the meat varieties and not get fish but maybe once a week or so, if that. I don't want them to get used to it.

Does shellfish give cats the same urinary problems as fish does??
post #11 of 11
I started off feeding Miss Kitty the Wellness Kitten dry and the canned grain-free Kitten I noticed after a couple weeks and i think she realized she had a home she decided she didn't like the canned anymore either. She prefers Natural Balance canned over the wellness... she likes all different flavors her fav is Venison and Green Pea.

Good luck with the Core

Jen
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