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what do you feed your cat?

post #1 of 23
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Hey everyone.. what do you feed your animals? I feed my cats purina cat chow, and my dog purina dog chow. I have been talking to some people about buying a puppy and they say the food brands taste like sawdust.. and aren't good for them.. that science diet is better for them.. is this true?
post #2 of 23
I've been feeding Waffle the Cat Chow Indoor Cat Formula. She seems to really love it.
post #3 of 23
I use Wiskas for wet food.
but my vet told me not to because it causes crystals.
so i only give him wiskas dry food and treats when he is a good boy.
I have Nutrience as a special food bue he doesnt like it so i have 4 different dry cat food packs and i just take some from each and mix it in his bowl.
post #4 of 23
My crew gets Purina Indoor Cat Formula and a can of Friskies to share each day. I'm really considering switching to raw, but I don't know if I'm up to the labor involved. More research is necessary.

Dev
post #5 of 23
Hi there, we actually have a long thread on this very topic that is still current, you'll find a lot of information there, here's the link:

comprehensive food poll

I do not consider Science Diet a quality food ***although their prescription foods work well**....Science Diet uses by-products and more grains than I care to see.

I currently feed Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Weight Management dry food to most of my cats, I do have Patrick, Tyler and Joshua on prescription food or special diets. I feed for canned food - petguard, felidae, active life, and then for my stubborn oldest, (Fancy Feast...said in a whisper).
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Hi there, we actually have a long thread on this very topic that is still current, you'll find a lot of information there, here's the link:

comprehensive food poll

I do not consider Science Diet a quality food ***although their prescription foods work well**....Science Diet uses by-products and more grains than I care to see.

I currently feed Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Weight Management dry food to most of my cats, I do have Patrick, Tyler and Joshua on prescription food or special diets. I feed for canned food - petguard, felidae, active life, and then for my stubborn oldest, (Fancy Feast...said in a whisper).
On the whisper part ..lmao... My vet gave my girls the aqariyums treats...lol.. they love them
post #7 of 23
Both of mine are eating Purina Kitten chow because they are still under a year old. I have tried more expensive brands but they are not liked well, and don't eat them. My vet said purina is fine.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by zoeae
Both of mine are eating Purina Kitten chow because they are still under a year old. I have tried more expensive brands but they are not liked well, and don't eat them. My vet said purina is fine.
Purina is fine... Just there are better foods out there.. depending on your budget try a few and see if they would like... My oldest wouldnt touch many premiums but she is eating Nutro max senior and loves it.. Check out the nutrition poll thread ... many brands with many flavors out there
post #9 of 23
I am interested in this topic. I've always given my babies cheap, generic dry cat food until recently when I heard that Science Diet is a better choice for health reasons. I slowly mixed it in with their old brand and they would pick the Science Diet out of their bowl first. Now they are only eating Science Diet (the Hairball Control formula) and they love it, but I really want them to be eating what is the healthiest for them (I heard today on TV that Science Diet is just as bad as the cheap stuff). I've heard so many different things that I have no clue. Does anyone have any resources or articles that talk about this? Also, I'm a vegetarian and would be tickled pink to feed my kitties a vegetarian food if such a thing is available and a healthy alternative for them (but I won't do it if it's not good for them). Any help you might have is appreciated!!
post #10 of 23
Also, my cats are active, young, and at an ideal weight, so that's not an issue for me. Thanks in advance for your help!
post #11 of 23
Hi,
Feeding your cats a vegetarian diet is not something I recommend - cats are obligate carnivores and have certain nutritonal needs that can not be met solely by plant proteins. Here is an article I have recently found (and so far just skimmed but it has a good explanation of why cats need animal proteins versus plant): click here and by the same vet, this article on quality commercially produced canned cat foods(though I personally feel that Wellness canned, because of it's use of garlic, is not for me or my cats): and click here

This particular author/vet is into raw, which I am not, but if you wished to know more about that kind of diet, she has details.

Key to consider...switching from a dry only or primarily dry food diet to wet/canned as the primary format of food. The first article listed above also has information on why...in a nutshell..too many fillers and carbs...cats do not need sugars, whole or cracked corn, soy or wheat flour, etc., and the higher moisture content in a canned food is preferable.


hth,
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by fwan
I use Wiskas for wet food.
but my vet told me not to because it causes crystals.
so i only give him wiskas dry food and treats when he is a good boy.
I have Nutrience as a special food bue he doesnt like it so i have 4 different dry cat food packs and i just take some from each and mix it in his bowl.
fwan, you mentioned a while back that you had a Petsmart account. I checked out the Web site here in Germany, and they sell Nutro. That might be something you could try with Teufel. www.zooplus.de offers various terms of payment, and has an even greater variety.
post #13 of 23
My cats eat Science Diet (Skin allergy formula). My female cat has asthma and reacts to any sort of flew bite. This food is amazing. They love it and its good for their skin/hair etc.... try it!
post #14 of 23
Buffy and Willow share a 6.6lb bag of Natural Balance dry, though they were on Nutro Natural Choice before it (and on junk foods before Nutro). If the opportunity arises, I would love to switch them to Wellness or Chicken Soup (they both do good on Natural Balance, but I have a feeling that they could look better, especially Willow [regarding her coat shine])
post #15 of 23
My girls all three have been dry this year.. I am using flaxseed and olive oil it seems to help
post #16 of 23
Nutro brand here.
A little expensive with 8 cats, but worth it.
post #17 of 23
I'm currently using Natural Balance dry. For canned I use Natural Balance, Eagle Pack and Innova.
post #18 of 23
I feed Purina Pro Plan Adult Care Chicken formula. My cats are thriving on it. Their coats look wonderfull and they are all ideal weight. They get a bit of Friskies wet in the morning, as a "treat" and everyones doing great!
post #19 of 23
My domestics are fed Eukanuba with an occasional treat of raw turkey. My Bobcats are fed an all raw meat diet that includes the bone as well.
post #20 of 23
Sierra eats Innova Lite canned. Sierra has eaten Innova for years, and I completely support and recommend Natura products.
post #21 of 23
Depending on what's available, my cats eat Felidae or Innova.
post #22 of 23
My cats are on Friskies wet (1/2 can twice a day) and freefed Felidae dry 24/7. My female is a bit underweight due to the male hogging and bullying for food, so I sometimes give a bit more wet food to her since she rarely touches the Felidae.

Might try Nutro (my dogs have always eaten it); they seem to be losing interest in the Felidae since I introduced wet food.
post #23 of 23
I feed my cats Nutro Max.
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