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Is Indoor Food OK for Kittens???

post #1 of 24
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I recently adopted 2 russian blue mix kittens and they are magnificent. One of my good friends who has two cats already recommended me to feed them indoor food. I was wondering if indoor food is ok for kittens or if I should continue feeding them the Purina Kitten Chow. She said that it may make the litter box smell better. I know Nutro has their Complete Care Indoor Kitten food, but they are a bit pricey for me. I was thinking more along the lines of Purina Cat Chow Indoor Fomula. They are 9 weeks old and ate a variety of different foods at their foster mom's house. Thanks in advance of any advice.
post #2 of 24
I would switch them to the Nutro.
It may seem more expensive, but it has far less fillers, meaning you feed less, so it's actually cheaper in the long run.
And of course, the less that goes in, the less that comes out.

As to the original intent of the question, kitten food for kittens.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fubar_ReDRockeT
I recently adopted 2 russian blue mix kittens and they are magnificent. One of my good friends who has two cats already recommended me to feed them indoor food. I was wondering if indoor food is ok for kittens or if I should continue feeding them the Purina Kitten Chow. She said that it may make the litter box smell better. I know Nutro has their Complete Care Indoor Kitten food, but they are a bit pricey for me. I was thinking more along the lines of Purina Cat Chow Indoor Fomula. They are 9 weeks old and ate a variety of different foods at their foster mom's house. Thanks in advance of any advice.
Here is the thing...you want to look for "chicken" or "liver" or "lamb" or some other meat as the first ingredient (make sure it isn't chicken by product but actual "chicken"). Kitten foods that have rice or some other starch first isn't recommended. Kittens need protein to help with their development.

Katie
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
WOW, thank you for the ultra, super, mega fast reply! So they eat less of the Nutro Indoor food than the Purina? I guess its more filling?
post #5 of 24
The nutro indoor is well worth the prrice ... if it is too stepp for you look at the nutro max kitten, it is leaps above the kitten chow..
post #6 of 24
Purina one makes a growth and development formula, it works well and it is a large step above their Kitten, without to much of a price hike. like with other foods that step up in quality they eat less. I would reccomend kittens eating kitten food especially at 9 weeks..
post #7 of 24
Definate thumbs up on the Nutro Natural, another option not quite the same quality but very decent, is PetSmart's Authority brand kitten food.
post #8 of 24
hey, post some pics of your russian blue mix.
post #9 of 24
Kittens need the extra protein and nutrients in kitten food because they are growing. Indoor formulas are usually another kind of weight control food. Diet food is not good for kittens. But you can feed the Nutro Natural Choice Indoor kitten food as long as it's for kittens. I personally don't think indoor formulas and weight control formulas are good even for adult cats because those foods usually have less protein and when they reduce the fat and the protein they have to add more carbohydrates to the mix. Many cats actually gain weight on weight control formulas. When kittens become adults and need to have their weight controlled increased wet food and reduced portions of dry help with that. Purina cat chow indoor formula is way too low in calories and nutrients for kittens and full of artificial colors and by-products and corn. Check the nutrient analysis. Kittens need at least 34% protein. More is better.
post #10 of 24
I have been having a problem with my little kitten as to what to feed her. Ever since we got her about 2 1/2 weeks ago she has had diareaha... and today it was really bad. At first I gave het pure diced chicken mixed with jarred baby food (chicken & wild rice)...she did pretty well on that ... then I gaver her a little turkey breast mixed with the baby food... she got the loose poops right after... since then I have tried numerous things... I bought Purina dry kitten food and mixed it with a can of Fancy Feast flaked tuna...that was last night and this morning........ She goes many times a day, and today, it has been very watery, and her little butt was bloody.
SOOO what to do ? and what to feed this little munchkin? I haven't had a kitten in seven years... I do have an adult cat, but he likes his dry food, and an occasional can of something, and of course good old fresh cooked chicken, not to mention a ,mole or a mouse or two....
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by sissa
I have been having a problem with my little kitten as to what to feed her. Ever since we got her about 2 1/2 weeks ago she has had diareaha... and today it was really bad. At first I gave het pure diced chicken mixed with jarred baby food (chicken & wild rice)...she did pretty well on that ... then I gaver her a little turkey breast mixed with the baby food... she got the loose poops right after... since then I have tried numerous things... I bought Purina dry kitten food and mixed it with a can of Fancy Feast flaked tuna...that was last night and this morning........ She goes many times a day, and today, it has been very watery, and her little butt was bloody.
SOOO what to do ? and what to feed this little munchkin? I haven't had a kitten in seven years... I do have an adult cat, but he likes his dry food, and an occasional can of something, and of course good old fresh cooked chicken, not to mention a ,mole or a mouse or two....
Have you taken the kitten to a vet? Diarrhea for such a long period of time can be very dangerous (dehydration, etc.) even for an adult cat, and the cause may very well be something other than the food, such as internal parasites or even a virus infection.
post #12 of 24
Precisely what Jcat said...this needs a vet exam, a stool check, and some meds more than likely. Poor thing will feel much better once this is being treated, I truly doubt it's simply diet related. vet...asap!
post #13 of 24
Could it possibly be from soap?... We called the vet about 2 weeks ago about her having fleas... they told us she was too young for any flea treatments other than a bath with Dawn dish soap... I have bathed her 2 times since then.... It is impossible to get all the soap off her without nearly drowning her.,....Fleas Suck!
post #14 of 24
The Nutro is definitely worth the money. Both of my cats are on it, and I like it. And it does really help with shedding, hairballs, and litter box odor. It seems expensive, but really, it's not. A bag of it lasts quite a while. Speaking of pet food, time to go buy more dog food!

Amber
post #15 of 24
I have bathed her twice because of fleas, using Dawn, as the Vet perscribed... I am wondering ...... since it is So hard to get the soap completely off of her.... could it possibly be happening because of her licking herself that she is ingesting some of the soap??? COuld this be giving her the poopers?? she is only 8 weeks, and I don't want to drown her.... besides she HATES a bath... it is not a fun time for her or me
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks fatkitties and to everyone who input they're information about what food is best for my new kittens. I believe I will be getting the nutro food shortly.

For sissa, I would stop the dawn bathings and see if the poopers go away. If she has fleas I think you may just have to wait it out till she's old enough for a treatment. If the kitten doesn't like the water, what does everyone think about the wipes that are available? Or the waterless shampoo???
post #17 of 24
where do you buy the Nutro for kitties?
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by sissa
where do you buy the Nutro for kitties?
You can find it at many pet stores, plus Petco and Petsmart (Petsmart has a better price than Petco).
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fubar_ReDRockeT
I recently adopted 2 russian blue mix kittens and they are magnificent. One of my good friends who has two cats already recommended me to feed them indoor food. I was wondering if indoor food is ok for kittens or if I should continue feeding them the Purina Kitten Chow. She said that it may make the litter box smell better. I know Nutro has their Complete Care Indoor Kitten food, but they are a bit pricey for me. I was thinking more along the lines of Purina Cat Chow Indoor Fomula. They are 9 weeks old and ate a variety of different foods at their foster mom's house. Thanks in advance of any advice.
About three weks ago I bought Royal Canin indoor for my 5 yrs old female cat with the idea that the smell in her litter box would be less. Even though I check it daily, sometimes when I come home from work after 10 hours out of the house I noticed the smell when I walk into the bathroom where I have her litter box.

BAD IDEA. This food, probably some of the aditives in it, harden my cat feces and I had to run with her to the vet. After three days and a long invoice from the vet she seemed to be back to normal, but yesterday she started developing cystitis. Wells she went through a complete check up, all her lab tests came back normal same as her x rays, urine and feces tests. Seems she is having some kind of stress attack since she hates going to the vet. It cost me a pretty penny and now I have to deal with the cystitis problem all so that her #2 would not smell so bad. It was not worth it
post #20 of 24
Nutro is good because they don't use chicken by-products such as chicken head or feet or organs. You can see this on their ingridient list. What goes in the cat comes out, so if you feed them premium food then less junk come out.

If the Nutro Indoor formula is pricy for you, you can try the Nutro Max cat line. They have kitten food in that line, and its price is cheaper than the Indoor formula. The basic ingridient is similar, and I would go with Max because the Indoor formula really target specific problems that kittens usually don't have.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by pollycharlie
Nutro is good because they don't use chicken by-products such as chicken head or feet or organs. You can see this on their ingridient list. What goes in the cat comes out, so if you feed them premium food then less junk come out.

If the Nutro Indoor formula is pricy for you, you can try the Nutro Max cat line. They have kitten food in that line, and its price is cheaper than the Indoor formula. The basic ingridient is similar, and I would go with Max because the Indoor formula really target specific problems that kittens usually don't have.
Nutro and Eukanuba is what I used to feed my cat before switching to Royal Canin and I am going back to Nutro and Eukanuba again. Never had problems with them
post #22 of 24
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I've noticed that both Nuto Max and Natural Choice CC Kitten food lists Chicken Meal as the first ingredient. By definition chicken meal is chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size. The quality of the protein will depend on the type and amount of chicken meat in the mixture, as well as the amount of bone and connective tissue processed with the meat. Although better than chicken by-product meal, chicken meal is generally a lesser quality of protein source than chicken meat.

What does everyone think about the Purina One Growth and Developement food?? It has Chicken listed as the first ingredient but also has chicken by-product-meal as the second ingredient. Natural choice cc has ground rice as second ingredient, and Nutro Max has Corn Gluten Meal. The purina also has 5 more percent protien than the nutro products. Thoughts?
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fubar_ReDRockeT
I've noticed that both Nuto Max and Natural Choice CC Kitten food lists Chicken Meal as the first ingredient. By definition chicken meal is chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size. The quality of the protein will depend on the type and amount of chicken meat in the mixture, as well as the amount of bone and connective tissue processed with the meat. Although better than chicken by-product meal, chicken meal is generally a lesser quality of protein source than chicken meat.

What does everyone think about the Purina One Growth and Developement food?? It has Chicken listed as the first ingredient but also has chicken by-product-meal as the second ingredient. Natural choice cc has ground rice as second ingredient, and Nutro Max has Corn Gluten Meal. The purina also has 5 more percent protien than the nutro products. Thoughts?
I would not consider a food using chicken by-product meal as superior to Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care line, and corn gluten meal, which is a source of protein, is okay with me so long as it is not the only or main source of protein in a food (I've seen foods that list corn gluten meal as the first ingredient, and there's no sight of meat or fowl or fish after that ingredient!)

The ground rice, I'd rather it weren't the second ingredient, but I'll take it any day over a food using ground/cracked/whole corn or corn meal, plus wheat and soy flowers, plus rice/or barley as I've seen. Rice is less of an allergen than other grains,as I understand it.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Fubar_ReDRockeT
I've noticed that both Nuto Max and Natural Choice CC Kitten food lists Chicken Meal as the first ingredient. By definition chicken meal is chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size. The quality of the protein will depend on the type and amount of chicken meat in the mixture, as well as the amount of bone and connective tissue processed with the meat. Although better than chicken by-product meal, chicken meal is generally a lesser quality of protein source than chicken meat.

What does everyone think about the Purina One Growth and Developement food?? It has Chicken listed as the first ingredient but also has chicken by-product-meal as the second ingredient. Natural choice cc has ground rice as second ingredient, and Nutro Max has Corn Gluten Meal. The purina also has 5 more percent protien than the nutro products. Thoughts?
the chn as first ingrediant is debatable as a true thing.. since ingrediants are listed wet aka raw ...
example list
chn, rice , corn ,chn by product meal
after cooking would read
rice , corn chn by product..then chn

it take five lbs of fresh chn to get one lb of meal and since meal is chn with or without a bit of bone it is the better prrtein source..

Ideally chn meal with some chn is the first five ingrediants...

Another thing to think about is ... Is your food processed by a company that only make s dog and cat food ???
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