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post #1 of 16
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I've noticed that when I open a can Harvey comes running and will stand by my feet and watch me and meow really loud. We got him from the shelter so we don't know what his home life was before. I do believe he was fed caned at food just because of the way he reacts.

Is there any real benefit of feeding them soft caned food or is he ok just eating dry cat food?

What do you feed your cat?
post #2 of 16
Well, some of the most important benefits of feeding a high quality canned food is that the cat will get all the water it needs, you don't have to think about having a cat developing health issues because it drinks to little water and high quality canned food contain high amounts of meat and organs which is a lot better for a carnivore than dry food that contain a lot of rice, corn, wheat etc.

I believe high quality canned food is more "species appropriate food" than dry food when it comes to cats.

I raw feed my cats.
post #3 of 16
Hi I have read that that wet food is better for cats. I couldn't live on dry food alone, so I think cats can't either. My cats get both wet and dry and do just fine. Hope I was able to help a little .
post #4 of 16
Hi,

I agree with Sol...canned food is closer to what cats would eat, and is good for them. Article on dental health and canned food diet this is an article you might find interesting to read, and this thread extensive, and long running on what a number of TCS members feed their kitties.

hth!
post #5 of 16
agree with all written
post #6 of 16
I feed my girls one pouch of wet food per day, and dry food in two meals. They both prefer wet food, but it's too expensive! One pouch at least gives them some variety. They like the regular canned food as well- but for some reason the Natural Choice pouches are cheaper than the cans.
post #7 of 16
I feed my cats dry food in the morning and wet food at night. My girls like the wet but my big boy hates it and turns up his nose at it. He would rather have the dry food so I make sure he drinks water by placing him near his water dish and watch him drink.
post #8 of 16
That settles it, I'm ordering that case of canned food first thing Monday!!!!!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by RicaLynn
That settles it, I'm ordering that case of canned food first thing Monday!!!!!
I'd be wary about ordering a case...my kitties are so picky, they stop eating whatever I feed them after a few days.
post #10 of 16
I would also reconsider ordering a whole case of canned food. I have four cats and they can be very picky about their food. I usually try just a few cans when I'm getting them a new food to try. I learned my lesson the hard way. I would by a whole case (because I have to travel so far to find premium canned foods). They would turn their noses up at it and I would end up donating it to the local animal shelter. I have a whole case sitting in my basement right now waiting to be taken to the shelter.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by j171978
I've noticed that when I open a can Harvey comes running and will stand by my feet and watch me and meow really loud. We got him from the shelter so we don't know what his home life was before. I do believe he was fed caned at food just because of the way he reacts.

Is there any real benefit of feeding them soft caned food or is he ok just eating dry cat food?

What do you feed your cat?
My cats react exactly like your cat. But they eat dry food since they will very young. They only get to eat canned food during special occasion. Beside it will be too expensive for me to let both my cats eat canned food everyday.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by luvmy4cats
I would also reconsider ordering a whole case of canned food. I have four cats and they can be very picky about their food. I usually try just a few cans when I'm getting them a new food to try. I learned my lesson the hard way. I would by a whole case (because I have to travel so far to find premium canned foods). They would turn their noses up at it and I would end up donating it to the local animal shelter. I have a whole case sitting in my basement right now waiting to be taken to the shelter.
Been there, done that. I also have a whole bunch of cat food my cats wouldn't eat. Wet food is very healthy for cats because they don't drink enough water. But buying the whole case of food is not a good idea because some cats are picky and might not eat it. THere are many kinds of food, I wold buy a can or two of different kinds and see what the cat is going to eat.
post #13 of 16
I buy cases - but my cats must be the odd balls - they have "their" foods - different flavors of course - but try to give them something different? Eeek! I don't want to think abou it.
post #14 of 16
I buy by the case, too, but only foods that Jamie has tried several cans of. ZsaZsa isn't so picky.
post #15 of 16
We buy it by the case here too, but the kids love their certain foods. They have certain flavours they prefer as well, Natrually.
post #16 of 16
I've returned unopenned cans to Petsmart of food my cats didn't like.

I'm never exactly sure which canned foods they like, dry isn't a problem.
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