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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
would this count as high quality food suitble for a nursing mum?

i buy hi-life cat food because it boasts more % meat and mav actually likes i

Ingredients

Cod (min 28%), Pork, Chicken, Liver, Skimmed Milk, Rice Flour, Vitamins & Mineral Supplements, Taurine. Contains EEC permitted colourant.

Nutritional Analysis

Protein 12.5
Oil 6.5
Fibre 0.2
Ash 2.3
Moisture 77.6
Copper 4
Phosphorous 0.35
Calcium 0.55
Vitamin A 5000
Vitamin D3 300
Vitamin E 50
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
would this count as high quality food suitble for a nursing mum?

i buy hi-life cat food because it boasts more % meat and mav actually likes i

Ingredients

Cod (min 28%), Pork, Chicken, Liver, Skimmed Milk, Rice Flour, Vitamins & Mineral Supplements, Taurine. Contains EEC permitted colourant.

Nutritional Analysis

Protein 12.5
Oil 6.5
Fibre 0.2
Ash 2.3
Moisture 77.6
Copper 4
Phosphorous 0.35
Calcium 0.55
Vitamin A 5000
Vitamin D3 300
Vitamin E 50

Looks good though my vet had a fit when he learned my kids got pork..
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
i always though cats couldnt digest pork? so it confused me a little. what did your vet say?
post #4 of 15
I just feed my pregnant and nursing cat Purina Kitten Chow... and the outside cats get Special Kitty Kitten Chow when they're pregnant or nursing.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by CJandBilly
I just feed my pregnant and nursing cat Purina Kitten Chow... and the outside cats get Special Kitty Kitten Chow when they're pregnant or nursing.
Have you ever read what they put in kitten chow??

Lisa
post #6 of 15
In the US, cat foods are labeled as appropriate for "growth and reproduction" or "kittens and pregnant/lactating cats" if they contain the proper proportion of nutrients for pregnant cats. I'm not sure if there is an equivalent label in the UK.

I think the Hi-Life sounds like it might have more fish than is ideal, and personally I am not comfortable feeding pork to cats, but otherwise it sounds like it doesn't have any scary garbage in the ingredients. Looking at the percentages, the protein percentage is fine for pregnant/lactating cats but there is no fat percentage listed, which does factor in.

CJandBilly, Purina kitten chow isn't the kind of food you want to be feeding a mother cat. The ingredients are basically crap. Go to the pet supply store and get some good quality food without by-products or chemical preservatives. If you can't get to a pet supply store and have to rely on what is in the grocery store, at least get Iams or Purina One.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
whats wrong with pork? i've heard conflicting things about it
post #8 of 15
I wouldn't be feeding Iams or Purina One either if you are trying to avoid by-products and/or a high use of corn or items such as soy flour (Purina One's Growth and Development formula)(Iams Original formula in the orange bag which is the formula my grocery store carries of Iams, has corn grits etc.).

If I had to shop for my cat food solely in the grocery store, I'd switch to canned, and buy the best of the available canned.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
whats wrong with pork? i've heard conflicting things about it
I can't quote specifics, but I personally don't feel that pork is a safe food for anyone. It might just be a personal issue.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I wouldn't be feeding Iams or Purina One either if you are trying to avoid by-products and/or a high use of corn or items such as soy flour (Purina One's Growth and Development formula)(Iams Original formula in the orange bag which is the formula my grocery store carries of Iams, has corn grits etc.).

If I had to shop for my cat food solely in the grocery store, I'd switch to canned, and buy the best of the available canned.
Agree completely. But they don't even have decent canned food in the grocery store, except for a couple of byproduct-free flavors of Fancy Feast.
post #11 of 15
Personally, I've never had a problem with grocery store bought cat food... dry or canned. I've never had a cat develop problems, nor have I had any problems getting them to eat it. IMO, I don't think there's a need for any other type. I really like the Purina brands, and it makes such an improvement for their coat, and energy levels, and I, personally, am not going to switch.
post #12 of 15
There are a number of less offensive Fancy Feast flavors, though the best I agree are several of the seafood. I also check if my cats would be happy with the new line of pouch foods by Meow Mix (such a surprise!), as these flavors contain no by-products (at least one does contain cane sugar which I object to...):
What's the Catch, Hook,Line and Sinker, Upstream Dream, Fillet Meow, Cluck-A-Doodle-Do, and Deep Sea Delight.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
There are a number of less offensive Fancy Feast flavors, though the best I agree are several of the seafood. I also check if my cats would be happy with the new line of pouch foods by Meow Mix (such a surprise!), as these flavors contain no by-products (at least one does contain cane sugar which I object to...):
What's the Catch, Hook,Line and Sinker, Upstream Dream, Fillet Meow, Cluck-A-Doodle-Do, and Deep Sea Delight.
You're kidding! I think I remember seeing one of the Friskies pouches that was also byproduct-free. I didn't try it because I don't buy Purina products unless absolutely necessary due to personal ethics (they're owned by Nestle).

I don't think I'll be switching to Meow Mix anytime soon, but it's good to know that there is something decent out there. I'm not crazy about cane sugar either but at least it's an identifiable, natural product and not an amorphous by-product or crazy chemical.
post #14 of 15
I gave the meow mix a whirl after finding it not to bad.. great as a Darn I forgot to get the cat food... not a regular diet fat is too low...

Maverick
My vvet said the fat in pork is totally not digestable and gave me a lecture about it... no more pork for my kids..
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sharky
My vet said the fat in pork is totally not digestable and gave me a lecture about it... no more pork for my kids..
i heard that too which was why i was a little confused as to why they use if in the kitten food.

the food has worked wonder with Maverick though so i'm reluctant to change it.

now i'm all
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