Okay, both of you, thanks for writing. The Innova dry food (sometimes canned) I am using is Evo, which is low carb.
I will go back to A Better Way and ask their advice on some different canned food. Sometimes I had tried the supposedly premium canned foods, and my cats turned up their noses even though I thought they smelled pretty good.
One of the problems with getting cats from rescues (or indeed, any source but a breeder who is aware of such things) is that they are frequently raised on dry kibble only, which saves their lives in the short run, but, as you mention, slowly dehydrates them over time. Plus most kibble is full of carbs.
One of my remaining cats was raised in rescue until she was about a year old, at which point I adopted her. She mostly won't eat anything but kibble, although if I put some soft food (canned) on a finger, she will lick it off. She sometimes will eat a bit of meat from our plates if we give it to her.
I realize there was more I could have done in terms of nutrition. Well, Callie had been captured at a time when she was starving. The vet clinic was seemingly feeding her only cheap supermarket kibbles (I realize that a lot of vets aren't up on nutrition). She was seriously undersized, and would literally eat anything. I was amazed at how much she could put away. I'd give her half a can of food, plus kibbles, when I got up, and she'd want to eat again in the wee hours, while I was still working at the computer. Plus, she'd graze on leftover cat food, plus she'd want some of whatever I was eating. She'd even slurp up leftover egg yolk after I was done eating several over-easy eggs.
So... at least she wasn't starving while she was with me, and I loved her a lot. She was very, very playful. She had made friends with one of my remaining cats (the 7-year-old tortieand-whte), although the oldest red tortie would mostly avoid her. Callie was chirpy with me. She had gotten to jumping on our bed in the night sometimes and snuggling down with us, either by our sides or at our feet.
Had she lived, I was going to take her in to a vet and get an estimate on excising that BB from under her skin. Some dumbass down there was probably using her for target practice, and she came to me that way.
Another weird thing about her is how her coat colors and textures were changing. When I got her, she was very short-haired. She had some smoke-colored patches on her to indicate that she was a tortie. She had the barest suggestion that she'd have some stripes on her, light brown, which, as she grew, did become characteristic red tortie stripes.
She had eyebrows, which at first weren't very colorful, but got kind of coarse and spiky, Those, too, were getting more colorful as time went on. The skin around her eyes looked a little weird, kind of wrinkled, maybe a little irritated ? Not sure. I was going to have had a vet look at that too. Her little face had freckles of color on it. She seemed to see okay, but every once in a while would run into my feet, and I stumbled over her a couple of times because I am clumsy and also have some diabetic neuropathy in my legs.
My oldest tortie, now 11 years old, also changed her markings after I got her as a tiny kitten. She was originally kind of charcoal colored, with spots indicating that she was a tortie. As she grew, she got in literally waves of color... sable, brown, black, cream. But her coat has always been very soft.
The tortie-and-white was about a year old when I adopted her, and her markings haven't changed all that much. She has white feet and white splotches on her throat and belly. She has a harlequin face, half black and half cream.
The first tortie I ever had, I rescued from an alleyway where she'd been dumped. She didn't live to be an old cat, but I have loved torties ever since. She was long-haired, and her colors looked like somebody had thrown paint spatters on black velvet.
I sometimes see people coming out of stores with a lot of large bags of kibble (usually Purina), and on those occasions where I've asked about it, they are rescuers.
I realize that low-sodium canned tuna would be better; usually I don't buy it because it can get very pricy. I also don't buy canned fish at the health food store. I can soak the stuff in water to get out some of the salt. I use sea salt on our human food.
Okay, thanks again!