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post #1 of 41
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 We just got Oliver a couple days ago and he's a skinny thing. We want to fill him out to what he should be judging by his frame. Anyway, since he was a surprise emergency rescue (abandoned outside) and we had nothing that night I picked up some Whiska's wet food in the foil stand up pouch and President's Choice Finicky Cat in the same form. He loves them :) 

  As for dry food, the next day we went out and bought Friskies Stuffed Morsels. He eats them free fed. His treat are and always will be Temptations. Tomorrow or Wednesday I will also pick up chicken hearts for the taurine. 

  I am a believer in raw diets but I'm afraid I don;t have enough money or variation to keep at it for 20 years so I want to ease into that slowly. For now, what foods do you recommend? Is there a cat food analysis site I can check foods on? (theres a dog food analysis site). I fed my senior dog PC Nurtition First, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Holistic Blend and Lick your Chops last going off and I had great results. I want to take a more proactive measure this time and start right for my cat as I tried too late for my poor dog. 

 

  I hear EVO is good, Blue Buffalo, Wellness but are those priced fairly? and easy to get at? What wet food do you recommend? 

  All thoughts are appreciated :) This is my first kitty and I wanna do by him right!

  I am also going to pick up enzymatic toothpaste next time I goes to PetSmart.. Do cats take it well? Is there flavours that some cats prefer?? And is there any preferred brands? Or is PetSmart brand or whatever's cheapest okay?

 

  I am by no means made of money. I get by on part time work and a student loan so I cannot afford crazy expensive stuff, just good food for reasonable price :) Thanks!

post #2 of 41
Unless you have the money to feed a Ton of them, I wouldn't feed pouches. For a cat not gaining weight you need three, for a cat gaining weight, 4+ a day.

Unless you are planning on switching to raw, there isn't much point in feeding chicken hearts alongside Friskies dry. Like this article explains, the dry food basically voids out the benefits that the raw meat would bring. http://feline-nutrition.org/answers/answers-feed-raw-and-dry-at-the-same-time (Unless of course, you switch to a much higher quality dry like Evo or Nature's Variety, then it might not be cancelled out so much.)

If you are thinking about going raw, I would contact Auntie Crazy and/or post in the raw feeding forum to get more info. It's really actually cheaper than buying commercial food once you know how to shop sales, buy in bulk and pre-prepare all meals.

I do have some sites that analyze cat foods, but unfortunately my computer is out for repair so I don't have them... Maybe someone else will.

I recommend Authority, By Nature, Merrick, Innova, Blue Buffalo, Wellness Core, Simply Nourish, Nature's Variety and Evo. I can't say what the prices on their dry foods are because I don't feed dry, but before my cat developed allergies I was only spending *87 cents* a day on wet food. (Those being By Nature, Innova, Authority, and Before Grain.)

I don't know anything about toothpastes besides go slow and get him used to your finger before trying the toothbrush.

I also am a part-timer and going to school, so I understand budgeting. agree.gif
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 

 Thanks :) 

 I don't plan on keeping him on Friskies (it was the 'best' kind in the store 30 seconds from our house) so it had to do. I wish we were better prepared for Oliver then I would have picked up a food I knew was good because I had planned on looking it up before adopting!

  Are chicken hearts okay as a treat? I think it would be gross but fun to feed. He comes from an indoor/outdoor lifestyle and I thought the hearts would benefit him? 

  I will look more into raw food but I would have to get my boyfriend on board. He knows I'm educated when it comes to my animals bc I'm always on the pet-specific forums (betta, bunny, cat, all pets) but I think it might take him a while to get used to a raw food diet (is it called BARF?) So for the time it will have to be dry/wet. 

  Dollarama sells Whiska's brand cat food for 50c a pouch. That's reasonable, and the fact that we can walk there from our house (or bike) is even better! I don't mind feeding him the pouches... Is there a more economical savvy wet food? I don't like the idea of refridgerating an open can for later... How does everyone else go about the cold can dilemma?

 

  (*Thanks for the raw food article, I'll read it after posting this)

 

 *edit* Okay, I understand now why raw food + dry food is no good. Is there any reason I shouldn't feed him a chicken heart once a week or so? Then it wouldn't have an effect on his acidity and the release of those 2 hormones. And just a question regarding this, cats who go outdoors and kill their own prey (birds, mice) eat parts of them and then go home to eat regular food, or scavenge around garbages etc. Might Ollie have some sort of indigestion problem if he was outdoors?

post #4 of 41

This is the diet I feed my cats: The F3 Savannah gets one cup of Evo dry daily, plus one mouse. My DLH which has medical issues, is fed half a cup of grain free dry food, such as: Origin, Nature's Balance, Taste of the Wild etc. Plus one feeding of canned food and dry food mixed daily. The wet foods in my rotation are: Wellness, Wellness Core, Daves'. and so on. My two DSH are fed unlimited dry food from the above list, plus two feedings of a wet and dry food mixture. They are indoor/outdoor cats, so they also eat birds, mice, and so on.

 

I also do not see any problem with giving some raw diet along with the dry food. I am a vet tech and do not see this as a problem. However, many veterinarians do not like the raw or whole prey diet.

 

post #5 of 41
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Hm, thanks! So it won't hurt if I buy chicken hearts today for Oliver and my mom's cat Mama?? I also need to go out to PetSmart for a good litter box and toothpaste sometime the week. Is there anything I should be looking for in labels?

post #6 of 41
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Hm, thanks! So it won't hurt if I buy chicken hearts today for Oliver and my mom's cat Mama?? I also need to go out to PetSmart for a good litter box and toothpaste sometime the week. Is there anything I should be looking for in labels?



I do not see it as harmful, but if the cat starts to vomit, has change in stools, or change in urination, I would stop the raw feeding. I am confused (nothing new laughing02.gif ) by what you mean regarding "Is there anything I should be looking for in labels". Labels of: dry food, raw food, litter boxes, toothpaste, or something else.

 

I would be happy to give my opinion, just want to make sure I give it on the right thing laughing02.gif.

post #7 of 41
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 :D Yes I should clarify.. In wet food and dry food- are there particular ingredients I should avoid? I already know I'm probably going to go holistic (at least for dry) but analysis wise, how much protein and fats and taurine and all that should be present??

 

 An off question related to, is there any foods I should begin feeding now to help prevent problems later on?? (because I know with my dog I should have started him on glucosamine/chondriotin earlier than I did and he developed really bad arthritis) 

  

  Thanks for your patience! :D I really appreciate the help! 

post #8 of 41
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 :D Yes I should clarify.. In wet food and dry food- are there particular ingredients I should avoid? I already know I'm probably going to go holistic (at least for dry) but analysis wise, how much protein and fats and taurine and all that should be present??

 

The only ingredients, I would try to avoid, are the filler ingredients in dry food.  The correct term is, keep to a minimum, if you ask me, not avoid. Anyway, the ingredients are: Corn, Carrots, Wheat, Peas and so on. Or an even simpler way to remember it is, try to keep the amount of grains, vegetables, and fruit to a minimum. As far as, wet/canned food goes, just try to pick ones that have a lot of: meats (Chicken, Turkey Lamb), organ meats (Liver is the main one) and low to no fillers. Like grains, fruits, and vegetables. 

 

The higher the protein value, without the ingredients listed above the better. As far as fat goes, that depends on the age and activity level of the cat, as a general rule of thumb. Most, commercially manufactured foods have the proper vitamin and mineral supplements in them already.

 

 An off question related to, is there any foods I should begin feeding now to help prevent problems later on?? (because I know with my dog I should have started him on glucosamine/chondriotin earlier than I did and he developed really bad arthritis) 

 

Not that I can think of, if you are very concerned, speak to a licensed veterinarian you trust!

  

  Thanks for your patience! :D I really appreciate the help! 

 

Your are welcome. Just remember, the "best" diet in the world, is no good if your cat will not eat it.



Please note, my answers are in bold font!

post #9 of 41
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Thanks again! Well I stopped into the grocery store earlier today and was reading the analysis on dry food to compare. The Holistic Blend is without all the ingredients you mention but only has protein of like 30-32% whereas there was a Purina One variety with 43%.. Would that be bad protein? Probably.. I don't intend on feeding these store brands I was just getting used to reading and comparing the ingredients and nutritional min/max's. 

  When I have a day off I'll head out to PetSmart and see what they carry in the way of holistic or close to it foods. I know they have some pretty knowledgable staff there for dogs, fish and reptiles but I'll go in and take their opinions with a grain of salt. (I was never keen on taking their advice wholly)

post #10 of 41
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Thanks again! Well I stopped into the grocery store earlier today and was reading the analysis on dry food to compare. The Holistic Blend is without all the ingredients you mention but only has protein of like 30-32% whereas there was a Purina One variety with 43%.. Would that be bad protein? Probably.. I don't intend on feeding these store brands I was just getting used to reading and comparing the ingredients and nutritional min/max's. 

 

I would say, that if Holistic Blend has less of the fillers, I mentioned. Then that would be a better food. Or vise verse. I would say, first go by ingredients, then protein, fat, and so on. Again, that is just my personal opinion.

 

  When I have a day off I'll head out to PetSmart and see what they carry in the way of holistic or close to it foods. I know they have some pretty knowledgable staff there for dogs, fish and reptiles but I'll go in and take their opinions with a grain of salt. (I was never keen on taking their advice wholly)

 

Do NOT take anyone's advice as wholly (Petsmart/petsore's, people on the forum, including me), unless it is your veterinarian or licensed animal nutritionist.


 

 

post #11 of 41
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 :) well, I also am a little edgy taking a vet's nutritional advice. My dog's vet reccomended I buy their vet food for him and after 2 months he was still losing weight and not feeling well on it. I took him off that and he got better. But I hear what you're saying, I always do my own research and back up my findings usually.. Anyway, after browsing around I think I like the looks and reviews from Blue Wilderness. I'll see what kinds the PetSmart carries and begin switching him this month :)

post #12 of 41
Imho, if you want to feed the best food (other than raw), feed canned, preferably grain.-free. Stay away.from the.pouches as they are expensive and contain starch which cats cannot digest. Well their.bodies will process them but as their.bodies are not made to process them, their pancreas.has.to work harder. Dry food , though cheaper, will make your cat chronically dehydrated as cats will not compensate for the lack of moisture by drinking.

If you can afford it, feed all canned. I have heard that.Chicken Soup for the Cat Soul (not sure if that is the correct name) is reasonable in price. Same with Taste of the wild. Canned is more digestible and has no preservatives. Because it's 70% water, you wipl have to feed more. For my4.5 kg cats, I feed 1.5 cans per day, each can being 5.5 oz.

I know it can be expensive so if you have to feed half dry, I would suggest feeding go! Grain-free - it is high in protein and calories so you don't have to feed a lot to get good nutrition. You can feed 1/8 cup twice a day with 1/4 can of wet. Go! Is expensive but you feed half as much, and they do the buy 10 bags and get the 11th free deal.

Raw is a bit more difficult even if you buy pre-made. Some aren't complete and balanced. If you do homemade, it is more work to make it complete and balanced. But when you get the hang of it, you will see a difference.

I'm not a big fan of.dry food but I understand that it's more economical and if you are feeding a cat family, then it is what you have to feed.
post #13 of 41
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Thanks alpha! That was informative ^.^ I didn't realise there was any difference between canned wet and pouch wet! I'll feed off what I have already bought. I like the idea of feeding dry for the time being because it gives him something to snack on when he's hungry. The wet food is more or less just to substitute so he has a routine and looks forward to meal time. Plus, I would need to get my boyfriend on board with any diet change because I need him to take responsibility too. I don't want to be expected to take all the food buying chores just because I did the research, I need him to fully understand and accept any choices we want to make in Oliver's diet :/ Seems like an extra pet sometimes!

post #14 of 41
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 Thanks smile.gif 
 I don't plan on keeping him on Friskies (it was the 'best' kind in the store 30 seconds from our house) so it had to do. I wish we were better prepared for Oliver then I would have picked up a food I knew was good because I had planned on looking it up before adopting!
  Are chicken hearts okay as a treat? I think it would be gross but fun to feed. He comes from an indoor/outdoor lifestyle and I thought the hearts would benefit him? 
  I will look more into raw food but I would have to get my boyfriend on board. He knows I'm educated when it comes to my animals bc I'm always on the pet-specific forums (betta, bunny, cat, all pets) but I think it might take him a while to get used to a raw food diet (is it called BARF?) So for the time it will have to be dry/wet. 
  Dollarama sells Whiska's brand cat food for 50c a pouch. That's reasonable, and the fact that we can walk there from our house (or bike) is even better! I don't mind feeding him the pouches... Is there a more economical savvy wet food? I don't like the idea of refridgerating an open can for later... How does everyone else go about the cold can dilemma?

  (*Thanks for the raw food article, I'll read it after posting this)

 *edit* Okay, I understand now why raw food + dry food is no good. Is there any reason I shouldn't feed him a chicken heart once a week or so? Then it wouldn't have an effect on his acidity and the release of those 2 hormones. And just a question regarding this, cats who go outdoors and kill their own prey (birds, mice) eat parts of them and then go home to eat regular food, or scavenge around garbages etc. Might Ollie have some sort of indigestion problem if he was outdoors?
Yes, they are fine as a treat, I just wanted to inform you that the benefits would be reduced when also feeding high carb dry.

BARF is one of the numerous names for a kind of raw diet. Ground, whole and frankenprey are a few more.

As long as you are okay with spending $1.50 on pouches each day, then it's fine to feed them. Like I said, I fed a mix of Authority, Before Grain, By Nature, and Innova. Shopping sales and buying in bulk allow me to do this without spending more than 87cents a day. I also mix in Simply Nourish, Blue Buffalo and other brands to mix it up. I buy whatever is on sale. Cold food is easily cured by either: heating up the whole can in hot water, heating up the dish with hot water, adding hot water to the food, or microwaving the food for a few seconds.

I don't think he'll get any digestion Problems if he eats outdoor birds and such, he just won't be able to get as much out of the meat if his dry is high carb.
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 biggrin.gif Yes I should clarify.. In wet food and dry food- are there particular ingredients I should avoid? I already know I'm probably going to go holistic (at least for dry) but analysis wise, how much protein and fats and taurine and all that should be present??

 An off question related to, is there any foods I should begin feeding now to help prevent problems later on?? (because I know with my dog I should have started him on glucosamine/chondriotin earlier than I did and he developed really bad arthritis) 
  
  Thanks for your patience! biggrin.gif I really appreciate the help! 
I avoid soy, corn, dyes and any type of gluten. Soy is bad for the thyroid and corn and gluten are just cheap cheap fillers. If they are in there, that tells you about the quality of the food. I try to keep added flavors (artificial, natural or animal digest), grains and by-products to a minimum.
I mostly concern myself with how much protein is in the food however. To keep it simple, if the food has 78% moisture and 9.5% or higher protein, you are good to go. smile.gif
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Thanks again! Well I stopped into the grocery store earlier today and was reading the analysis on dry food to compare. The Holistic Blend is without all the ingredients you mention but only has protein of like 30-32% whereas there was a Purina One variety with 43%.. Would that be bad protein? Probably.. I don't intend on feeding these store brands I was just getting used to reading and comparing the ingredients and nutritional min/max's. 
  When I have a day off I'll head out to PetSmart and see what they carry in the way of holistic or close to it foods. I know they have some pretty knowledgable staff there for dogs, fish and reptiles but I'll go in and take their opinions with a grain of salt. (I was never keen on taking their advice wholly)
Do you think you could point out which food it was that was 43% protein? http://www.purinaone.com/Products/Cat.aspx I couldn't seem to find it, so I can't rate the ingredients.
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 smile.gif well, I also am a little edgy taking a vet's nutritional advice. My dog's vet reccomended I buy their vet food for him and after 2 months he was still losing weight and not feeling well on it. I took him off that and he got better. But I hear what you're saying, I always do my own research and back up my findings usually.. Anyway, after browsing around I think I like the looks and reviews from Blue Wilderness. I'll see what kinds the PetSmart carries and begin switching him this month smile.gif
Keep in mind there is a difference between a vet and a licensed Feline Nutritionist. The later is the only one who really has the knowledge to make food recommendations.
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Thanks alpha! That was informative ^.^ I didn't realise there was any difference between canned wet and pouch wet! I'll feed off what I have already bought. I like the idea of feeding dry for the time being because it gives him something to snack on when he's hungry. The wet food is more or less just to substitute so he has a routine and looks forward to meal time. Plus, I would need to get my boyfriend on board with any diet change because I need him to take responsibility too. I don't want to be expected to take all the food buying chores just because I did the research, I need him to fully understand and accept any choices we want to make in Oliver's diet :/ Seems like an extra pet sometimes!

Lol, once you have foods picked out, you can always just write a list of the foods that are okay, that way he can't screw up.
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Thanks alpha! That was informative ^.^ I didn't realise there was any difference between canned wet and pouch wet! 



I'm curious about this too. We do a blend of Before Grain Chicken for my dry, and then Wellness, AvoDerm, Before Grain, and Soulistic for wet. My boys LOVE the Wellness Healthy Indulgence and the Soulistic pouches... are there really harmful starches in these? paranoid.gif

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I do not see it as harmful, but if the cat starts to vomit, has change in stools, or change in urination, I would stop the raw feeding. I am confused (nothing new laughing02.gif ) by what you mean regarding "Is there anything I should be looking for in labels". Labels of: dry food, raw food, litter boxes, toothpaste, or something else.

I would be happy to give my opinion, just want to make sure I give it on the right thing laughing02.gif .
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I'm curious about this too. We do a blend of Before Grain Chicken for my dry, and then Wellness, AvoDerm, Before Grain, and Soulistic for wet. My boys LOVE the Wellness Healthy Indulgence and the Soulistic pouches... are there really harmful starches in these? paranoid.gif

Searches in general, are not easily digested in the cat. The foods in pouches have gravy or some kind of sauce which needs a starch to thicken it. There are some canned food that have gravy which would contain starch as well. I only put that 'warning' out to make you aware that foods like the Wellness Healthy Indulgences may say grain-free but are not necessarily carb-free or low carb. Some foods, whether dry or wet, say grain-free but contain fruits and veggies which provide carbs. Mind you, the amount of fruit,.veggies or beans may be questionable as they are usually lower on the ingredients list.

Also remember that cats aren't herbivores so they don't need to eat constantly as some birds or rabbits do.

The boyfriend could be a problem..hmmm....you could put a glob of vaseline in all his underwear until he decides to take responsibility for feeding the kitties! Of course if writing it down doesn't't work.:P
post #17 of 41
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@Minka, thanks again! It's all a learning experience for me :) I always grew up with cats but it's only now that I have responsibility of food and stuff. I want the best for my kitty :) I only feed him 1 pouch in the morning- so it's like 50c a day in wet so far :) The dollar store carries Whiska's and Friskies brand wet food. But if I find some economic value somewhere else I'll switch. 

 Oh, the bag I picked up was the kitten kind in the Purina 1... So I guess that was my mistake!! :P oops! I think I will write up a list when I drag him to PetSmart with me :D

 

Vaseline in the drawers?!? That would be just too funny.. and , erm ... Messy! I'm sure we'll work something out, even if it means I pay for it with his card so I make sure I get the right kind! 

post #18 of 41
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@Minka, thanks again! It's all a learning experience for me smile.gif I always grew up with cats but it's only now that I have responsibility of food and stuff. I want the best for my kitty smile.gif I only feed him 1 pouch in the morning- so it's like 50c a day in wet so far smile.gif The dollar store carries Whiska's and Friskies brand wet food. But if I find some economic value somewhere else I'll switch. 
 Oh, the bag I picked up was the kitten kind in the Purina 1... So I guess that was my mistake!! :P oops! I think I will write up a list when I drag him to PetSmart with me biggrin.gif

Is it this one? http://www.purinaone.com/products/productdetails.aspx?productid=39568dc5-31c2-4596-bb94-8175838ba7c5
It does have a very good amount of protein, but in all the wrong ways: by-products, gluten, soy and brewer's rice. You probably can find something better for the same price.

Starches aren't any worse than grains or veggies, but like sweetpea said, just don't be tricked into buying a food that is grain free but has a ton of potato and other carb sources instead.
post #19 of 41
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Well I already stated I am not going with regular store brands like Purina 1. I just noted the 40% protein in the kitten variety and wondered why is all :)  I'll make sure to check for potato and other starches though! ^.^ 

post #20 of 41
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http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/products.jsp?type=details&catIds=41&productId=prod530127 this is the food I picked up to transition Oliver off crappy grain food. I know it has potatoes and fruits but it seems to be a better quality store brand. Plus I work at a Loblaws location and save 10% on my purchase.. I'd like to switch him to Blue Wilderness (or whatever band is blue with a picture of a lynx on it) but I'm slowly getting swallowed up in debt and priority sets my realism straight - vet comes first. 

  What do you guys think of PC Nutrition First?

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What's the guaranteed analysis? Protein, fat, moisture, etc percentages?
post #22 of 41
Thread Starter 

Protein= min 32%

crude fat= min 15%

crude fibre= max 3%

moisture=max 10%

ash=max 7%

Magnesium= max 0.1%

taurine= min 0.15%

omega 6 fatty acids= min 2.3%

omega 3 fatty acids= min 0.3%

post #23 of 41

Hi, OllieOxenfree! Welcome to TCS! wavey.gif

 

Before I shell out my two cents, I'd like to thank you for taking in Ollie like that; he's a lucky kitty and the world needs more people like you!

 

Now here's my input...

 

First, stay away from pouches, as they have a very high percentage of colorings, texturizers, and preservatives, many of which are proven carcinogens.

 

Second, if at all possible, don't feed kibble. As has been mentioned, kibble-fed cats run the risk of chronic dehydration, which stresses all their body organs. In addition, kibble has been linked in studies to ailments such as urinary tract issues and cancers, among many others. CatInfo.org, Feline-Nutrition.org and LittleBigCat.com are all GREAT sites for researching feline nutrition and how diet impacts their health.

 

Since cats - like sharks, snakes and birds of prey - are obligate carnivores, looking for canned products that are low-carb (or grain-, fruit- and vegetable-free) and have a high percentage of named animal meat (i.e. "turkey" instead of "poultry") is a good place to start. Wellness, Natural Balance and Felidae all have grain-free varieties, and Nature's Variety Instincts and Evo 95% meat products are all grain-free. A "grain-free canned cat" search on petfooddirect.com will yield a veritable cornucopia of options, and you can conduct a side-by-side analysis of the ingredients and nutritional profiles.

 

Feline-nutrition.org has a nice article on deciphering pet food labels under their Nutrition section that offers additional insight into choosing different products, and LittleBigCat.com has two very good articles discussing various food products and ingredients, what to look for, what to watch out for and why: Selecting a Good Commercial Pet Food and Lifestages, Lifestyles, and Cat Food.

 

I'd also recommend feeding Ollie a rotation of canned foods; this will keep him from becoming fixated on any one product (a problem if they change or stop producing it) and protect him from potential quality control issues by diluting their impact. Since cats can develop hypersensitivity when continually exposed to the same proteins or ingredients for extended periods, it will also help prevent food intolerance issues (and the associated diarrhea and vomiting).

 

Dr. Hofve has a great article with even more reasons for rotating foods: Switching Foods.

 

Hope this is helpful!

 

AC

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Thanks Auntie! ^.^ I'll check out those articles and pick out some better canned food. I have a test Monday which I must study for so the articles will have to wait actually. But I appreciate your comment! I always agreed with feeding variety and as far as these store brands go I've been buying different brands and already took him off the pouches! I cannot believe there are such bad ingredients in it! how can they get away with that?! 

 

 Anyway, I'll look into what PetSmart and my local non-animal-selling lps carries :) 

 

 

post #25 of 41
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 Wow.. Now I'm super paranoid about the dry food I feed Oliver! I think I can increase his wet food to maybe 2 cans a day (since the article mentioned wet must be 50% of the daily diet) but money wise it will likely be the cheaper ones, things like Friskies and Fancy Feast. They're better than not receiving wet food at all! I also learned about the ingredients bone and meat meal etc. Euthanised pets?!? How terrible! Could Oliver's digestive upset be caused by eating a poor diet all this time and now he's getting a better food (albeit it's PC Nutrition First) 

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 Wow.. Now I'm super paranoid about the dry food I feed Oliver!



Hanging out around here does that to ya. I'm still not sure I'm doing it right... laughing02.gif

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 :D 

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Second, if at all possible, don't feed kibble. As has been mentioned, kibble-fed cats run the risk of chronic dehydration, which stresses all their body organs. In addition, kibble has been linked in studies to ailments such as urinary tract issues and cancers, among many others.

 

For a balanced viewpoint, studies have shown that chemical leaching from the lining and sealant required in metal cans can itself be a cancer risk (see concerns over BPA), and it is well accepted that food quality itself plays a more major role, which is not about how the ingredients are cooked but what those ingredients are and their quality to begin with.  A wet junk food with poor quality protein sources and nitrates would clearly be inferior in that respect to a high quality dry food.  

 

The science of urinary tract issues is still in its infancy, and research will show you that in over half of all cases the cause remains unknown and aren't necessarily food triggered (stress, genetics, autoimune, viral, urine retention, unhygienic litterbox conditions, and other issues can play a factor), and there certainly is no consensus in the medical community that dry food is attributed to this, nor are all dry foods the same anymore than all wet foods are.   Given the choice between a urinary diet dry food and tuna wet food is a no brainer for a UTI prone cat for example.   While proper hydration is clearly important, the latest research indicates that urinary PH is one of the primary factors in preventing UTIs, which is why there has been a shift in the industry of late to advertise or at least make available target urine PH's for their recipes.    There are also studies that show dental disease, by far the most common disease in cats, was "significantly more absent" in cats fed at least some dry food compared to cats fed exclusively a wet food diet  such as in one of the largest scientific pet nutrition studies to date (38,776 cats and dogs in the study).

 

Its great that there is a lot of attention being given to feline health, but note that the above sites provided are all getting their information primarily from a single source and thus parroting the same information from Lisa A. Pierson that has made overgeneralized statements that not all industry leaders or veterinarians agree with.     There are no shortage of DVM's with varied opinions on nutrition after all, and Dr Pierson has not held any professional position in feline nutrition (no government, board, or other private industry experience that I am aware of) to be considered an absolute authority anymore than your local veterinarian.  

 

As they say, there are always two sides to any story, heh.  smile.gif

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We're going in to the vet Saturday morning. I have a list of things to go over with her as it is (I'll make a post of my concerns in another thread).. As for food..Enzymatic toothpaste- benefit for dry-food eating cats? Oliver loves dry food. He wakes us up when his bowl is empty overnight if we forget to fill it. Sometimes he puts it above his wet food! Oliver also is not dehydrated. He drinks his full bowl of water every day and sometimes he wants to go "look" at the bunny's water bowl :P I don't notice his thirst as excessive but I know he's not starved, so to speak, for water. 

  Foods formulated to balance urine ph are they a gimmick? What makes them worth buying?? I will have a look around bc I still need to find a way to the pet store to get his toothpaste and some other things. 

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Not a gimmick from everything I have read, and you will find no quality food manufacturers that won't be able to list their target urine PH today.   Simply put, too acidic or alkaline (most common) of a urine PH has been found to contribute to different types of crystals.   Plenty of hydration and frequent elimination can dilute the urine enough to mask even a very unhealthy urine PH, but the benefits of a healthy target seem quite apparent. I had a list a little while back, will have to find it.  

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_lower_urinary_tract_disease

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Approximately 15-20% of FLUTD cases are caused by uroliths, with the most common form being calcium oxalate and struvite(magnesium ammonium phosphate) uroliths. The majority of uroliths are located in the urinary bladder, but can also form in the kidneys, ureters and urethra. Many studies have concluded magnesium in the diet as a primary cause of struvite urolithiasis in cats. However, researchers have found that urine pH is a more important contributing factor. Urine that is acidic helps to dissolve struvite uroliths and also provides a less favourable environment for its formation.

Commercial feline diets now limit the amount of magnesium and add acidifiers in the food to increase urine acidity, thereby reducing the likelihood of struvite formation. The decrease of struvite uroliths coincides with an increase in oxalate uroliths, low magnesium levels and urine pH both being a factor in calcium oxalate formation.[2][3]

 

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