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post #1 of 22
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I started Harley out on Meow Mix and I was told that because of the by-products that it wasn't a very good food to feed him, so now that his bag is getting quite low, I was wondering how to switch him over to a better brand without making him sick or anything? Any good thoughts would be much appreciated
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by babyharley
I started Harley out on Meow Mix and I was told that because of the by-products that it wasn't a very good food to feed him, so now that his bag is getting quite low, I was wondering how to switch him over to a better brand without making him sick or anything? Any good thoughts would be much appreciated
Slowly mix in the new food with the old.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by emb_78
Slowly mix in the new food with the old.
And just gradually not use the old stuff and put more of the new in?
post #4 of 22
Thats right! It's just so their tummys get used to the new food
post #5 of 22
As said above
post #6 of 22
Heres an exaple if kitty eats 1 cup meaow mix a day ... give 3/4 cup meow mix and 1/4 new stuff for 2-4 days then up amount of new ... if tummy upset occurs back down to an 1.8
post #7 of 22
I've got a question related to that....
I recently started to switch from Eukaneuba Low Residue to Nutro. I did it VERY gradually because both my kitties are sensitive. I mean, the first day I gave two bits of new food per feed, next day four bits,etc. They are now to 10 new food bits, I went very slowly, but their stool seem to get softer now, like when they're going on diarrhea again. Should I continue? Is Nutro not good?
If I continue the switch...is it possible that they'll get diarrhea but then adjust on the new food?
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lilycurly
I've got a question related to that....
I recently started to switch from Eukaneuba Low Residue to Nutro. I did it VERY gradually because both my kitties are sensitive. I mean, the first day I gave two bits of new food per feed, next day four bits,etc. They are now to 10 new food bits, I went very slowly, but their stool seem to get softer now, like when they're going on diarrhea again. Should I continue? Is Nutro not good?
If I continue the switch...is it possible that they'll get diarrhea but then adjust on the new food?
They may need rx permantantly.. talk with your vet .. Also look at Natural balences venison and green pea... one meat one carb
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post #10 of 22
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Thank you for your help! Now I just need to go on the mission of finding a good food for him!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Thank you for your help! Now I just need to go on the mission of finding a good food for him!
Consider Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care for Indoor kittens, or Natural Balance (for all lifestages), Felidae...of the 3, I might suggest trying the natural balance first. I'm sure others will chime in with opinions
post #12 of 22
Thanks!
Is "rx" the low residue food though? Also I would love to have them try "Natural balances venison and green pea", I heard only good about it, but can't find this brand in Canada...
post #13 of 22
I just switched mine from Purina one to Nutro Complete Care Adult - I started off with two bowls, one for each. Then I went to one bowl - half and half. Yesterday I noticed that they are not eating much if any of the Purina one.

Here in the Talon household - 4 paws up for the Nutro.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Consider Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care for Indoor kittens, or Natural Balance (for all lifestages), Felidae...of the 3, I might suggest trying the natural balance first. I'm sure others will chime in with opinions
At what age do you stop feeding them kitten type food? Im going to go with the Nutro, but Im just wondering when to start feeding him 'adult' cat food and not the kitten?
post #15 of 22
if he is a regular kitty( not that any kitty is reg) not a maine coon or someone who grows till age two or three ... it is fine to get off kitten by 12 months..

I would go with the regular natural choice kitten over indoor since it has fewer ingrediants ,,,,

Is you doll baby a purebreed or a domestic??
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by babyharley
At what age do you stop feeding them kitten type food? Im going to go with the Nutro, but Im just wondering when to start feeding him 'adult' cat food and not the kitten?
My vet said to give my kitten the kitten food until she's one, and then she can start eating adult. The kitten food is more nutrient dense, since kittens have smaller tummies and are growing.
post #17 of 22
I recommend feeding kitten until a year, but the fact is, many kittens begin trying to eat adult (if with other age kitties in the house) much younger, and I'd be comfortable with a kitten switching to adult at 10 months *if* they refuse their kitten food at that age.
I don't have a problem with new indoor variety of nutro natural kitten - mainly the extra ingredients are veggies, and they provide a per cent more in fiber in this formula, slightly less fat. Either formula would be good, imho.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I recommend feeding kitten until a year, but the fact is, many kittens begin trying to eat adult (if with other age kitties in the house) much younger, and I'd be comfortable with a kitten switching to adult at 10 months *if* they refuse their kitten food at that age.
I don't have a problem with new indoor variety of nutro natural kitten - mainly the extra ingredients are veggies, and they provide a per cent more in fiber in this formula, slightly less fat. Either formula would be good, imho.
I like the indoor but there is some soy pritein so I dont recommend for tender tummys

Pat
Any tips for one that doesnt want off kitten she is 18 months still growing but needs to taper
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Talon
Here in the Talon household - 4 paws up for the Nutro.

Here too--they were eating Iams when I got them from the foster and once I started mixing the two, they definitely picked out all the Nutro and only ate the Iams when the Nutro was gone. It was quite funny actually.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by sharky
if he is a regular kitty( not that any kitty is reg) not a maine coon or someone who grows till age two or three ... it is fine to get off kitten by 12 months..

I would go with the regular natural choice kitten over indoor since it has fewer ingrediants ,,,,

Is you doll baby a purebreed or a domestic??
Harley is domestic (and far from regular!! ) But I was wondering b/c when we got him, the owner was feeding all of the babies (and mother) regular adult cat food, is that bad for them? When we took him in I started him out right away on kitty food, I didn't want to hurt his tummy!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Harley is domestic (and far from regular!! ) But I was wondering b/c when we got him, the owner was feeding all of the babies (and mother) regular adult cat food, is that bad for them? When we took him in I started him out right away on kitty food, I didn't want to hurt his tummy!
Bad no .. since there are many "all stage" foods that are basically adult ... Is kitten better for a growing little tyke.. YES
post #22 of 22
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I just wasn't sure and I wasn't going to keep feeding an 8 week old baby adult food! I just wish he could always stay this tiny!
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