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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I am still having a hard time keeping my kitten out of my adult cat diet food. She just doesn't eat kitten food- unless it's a pouch of wet food. I can only afford to feed her one pouch a day. My adult cat eats lite food. The thing that worries me is that my kitten gobbles up the diet food! Even if I sit there while they are eating I have to pick Isabelle up and put her in front of her food constantly. My vet said it would be ok for Annabelle to eat regular food in moderation. I was thinking about just buying some regular adult food (I used Chicken Soup) and giving it to both cats. Isabelle is 6 months old now. Would this be ok? I figured it would be better than her eating diet food. I just wish I could afford one of those fancy cat carrier food systems where only the cat with a specific collar on can get into the carrier.
post #2 of 16
according to my vet after age 6 months a kitten can eat adult food
post #3 of 16
Feeding the kitten adult food is no problem, but feeding it diet food is. Every diet food I've found, that cat should be at least a year old.
post #4 of 16
I would suggest if you are going to switch your adult and your kitten, find a dry food that says it is formulated for all life stages, and just watch the portion control with your adult - since you had it on lite I'm assuming in order to slim it down a bit
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I would suggest if you are going to switch your adult and your kitten, find a dry food that says it is formulated for all life stages, and just watch the portion control with your adult - since you had it on lite I'm assuming in order to slim it down a bit
too! Great catch, Pat!
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by CJandBilly
too! Great catch, Pat!
Thank you!
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! I saw an Iams food formulated for multiple cats- but I didn't like all the additives. I used to feed everyone Iams. I'll check out foods on petfooddirect.com and at PetSmart and compare them with the regular Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul.
post #8 of 16
I heard you can also mix kitten food with adult food is that true?
post #9 of 16
You can do anything, whether it's the best choice or not is another thing! I would only do that if as part of the process of transitioning my kitten to adult food. For a kitten determined to eat "adult" food, I'd switch to one of the formulated for all lifestages foods.
post #10 of 16
Is there one for all lifestages that would be sooooo great for me lol
post #11 of 16
There are a number of them...better brands that are include PetGuard & Felidae. They will say if they are for adult only, or for cat and kitten and formulated for both.
post #12 of 16
i wonder if pet stores has these
post #13 of 16
Natural balence is also all life stage... avail at petco

Innova Evo is all stage

I think california natural is ( ohh would i like this avail in my area)
post #14 of 16
hey thanx
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
We have a Petco! Thank you for the suggestions. I will stop by PetCo on Wednesday and check out Natural Balance. I will also look into those other foods at petfooddirect- they seem to have everything. I wish Chicken Soup had a formula for all life stages- it's pretty easy to get around here at pet shops.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Natural Choice looks like a great food and it's the same price as Chicken Soup. Does "bottomless bowl" mean you can buy it in bulk? I noticed they had some bulk foods and treats at PetCo last time I was there. I know that there is some controversy about garlic though, is it ok to feed cats a food with garlic in it?

Edited to say that I visted the website for Natural Choice and garlic is not listed as an ingredient there. Is it safe to assume they no longer put garlic in their cat food?

Oddly enough I just watched Space Balls the other night and Dick Van Patten stars in it! I thought his name sounded familiar.
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