Originally Posted by bhoditengzeng
That sounds like it would help. There is a really great indie pet store nearby that carries some great brands. Now...Do you think I should still take him to the vet? I would in a heartbeat if he didn't seem to be feeling good (admittedly...though it would never be a factor in my decision...it would be a rather big financial burden...well, at least for the next nine days till my paycheck gets in). He seems to feel just fine. He's just as loving and peaceful...still makes his happy rat-like sounds when I come home and he hops up on my chest to nuzzle. He's just kind of...becomeing a little lazy.
Okay, I'm a bit confused. What is it you are still concerned about with him - a bit of lethargy? Is he constipated? Or did you mean he has a cling on or two on occasion? Do his stools tend to be hard - does he strain to go?
Food wise, I *think* the bag you described is the Solid Gold brand - Katz-N-Flocken (click here
to see a photo of the bag and description of the product from the manufacturer's website.
If your kitty is having constipation issues, increasing water intake would help - a pet water fountain is one way to encourage increased intake, and yes, changing the diet from mainly dry to all or mainly wet food would also help increase the daily fluid intake.
There is a wonderful (and lengthy) thread a Comprehensive Food Poll thread
and here is anotherthread on advice and opinions on all natural cat foods
which you might find interesting to browse.
In general, look for a canned food that has real meat (or poultry or fish) as the first several ingredients, does not use multiple carb sources such as soy and wheat flour and/or any sugars, does not have by-products or animal/poultry digest, any colorings or artificial flavorings.
Good brands included innova, petguard, wysongs all meat line (needs supplementation though - is not a complete food), felidae, active life, natural balance (which has a superb dry and canned low allergy food - venison and green pea).
hth a bit!
ps if constipation is an issue, you may wish to consult your vet and/or try adding plain canned pumpkin to the diet for extra fiber. It really does depend on what is causing the constipation. I have a young lady who tends to have issues, who we are using a prescription med for and my vet has mentioned moving her to a low residue food.