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post #1 of 21
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Can I give Andy the MAX CAT Gourmet Kitty treats as regular food?
post #2 of 21
I wouldn't advise it. Why would you want to anyway? I would think it would cost more than regular food.

I'm no expert, but I would imagine that would be like you only eating potato chips or chocolate bars and nothing else. I would think it could lead to all sorts of health problems.
post #3 of 21
I agree with everything Yosemite said.
post #4 of 21
Treats do not meet the full nutritional needs of a cat.

Yosemite's example was perfect. Those treats are like potatoe chips, and a person can't strictly live on potatoe chips, like a cat can't strictly live on treats.

You could feed them alongside regular food, but they cannot be the sole nutrition.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I wouldn't advise it. Why would you want to anyway? I would think it would cost more than regular food.

I'm no expert, but I would imagine that would be like you only eating potato chips or chocolate bars and nothing else. I would think it could lead to all sorts of health problems.
right on the package it will say for intermitant and supplemental feeding only....
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Blue_Copper
Can I give Andy the MAX CAT Gourmet Kitty treats as regular food?
No...I wouldn't give anything to my cat that has ground wheat as it's first listed/main ingredient, as a diet. I am pretty sure the package under feeding guidelines cautions that this is to be used as a treat and not meal replacment.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for the replies.
Andy is tired of cooked chicken and turkey. So, two weeks ago I try getting him on cat food, but he only likes Science Diet, which I was told is not a good brand. I have tried the best brands like Innova and Felidae but he doesn’t like them. Today I bought Nutro dry food and some gourmet kitty treats. I mixed the food with the treats and he ate it. So I was wondering if the treats were good food. I was willing to buy just the treats but since treats are junk food I will not.
post #8 of 21
I'm not sure where you live, but there are some other good brands of cat food with no by-products - Wellness, Merricks (our kitties' favourite), Natural Balance.

I just bought one can of each and tried them all to see which ones the cats would eat.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Blue_Copper
Thank you so much for the replies.
Andy is tired of cooked chicken and turkey. So, two weeks ago I try getting him on cat food, but he only likes Science Diet, which I was told is not a good brand. I have tried the best brands like Innova and Felidae but he doesn’t like them. Today I bought Nutro dry food and some gourmet kitty treats. I mixed the food with the treats and he ate it. So I was wondering if the treats were good food. I was willing to buy just the treats but since treats are junk food I will not.
I wouldnt use them as a feed still but the label on the treats I have said they meet the nutrtional requiremetnts for adult mantaneinece
post #10 of 21
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I found a store that sales Eagle Pack, how good is this product?
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Blue_Copper
I found a store that sales Eagle Pack, how good is this product?
First...I would not recommend Wellness if you wish to avoid giving your cat garlic, which is in the onion family and can also cause Heinz Body Anemia (which onions cause).

Eagle Pack regular - contains corn, which I would not feed my cat.
Eagle Pack Holistic (i.e. their chicken and I think it was rice) my only concern here is that there are some who question giving alfalfa to cats (can cause nausea and throat irritiation if I recall correctly) - I believe if you do a search on plants harmful to cats, alfalfa comes up as one.

If you do a search on this forum on "best cat foods" or "recommended cat foods" you will bring up many past threads on this very popular topic and many of my past researched notes on diet from when I was a volunteer nutrition adviser here.
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank everyone.

Pat & Alix
I have read what some people recommends to others, and some recommended products are not good. For example, I have in my hands Innova (the red bag), people recommend this food and it contains garlic and alfalfa sprouts. The good thing is that my cat doesn’t like it; if he did he would be eating this stuff.

I was thinking about tricking my cat, I want to mix Nutro natural choice complete care adult oceanfish flavor with Nutro choice complete care kitten. What do you think about these products?
post #13 of 21
I cant answer for Pat ... I happen to use the chn flavor adult natural choice and for a while I did mix in kitten it can be a great trick ... but how old is the kitty??

Innova for the record doesnt have garlic anymore...
post #14 of 21
I like Nutro Natural Choice products - my only caution would be that while corn gluten meal is used as a protein source, if one had a cat allergic to corn you may want to avoid corn gluten meal too.

I think Nutro Natural is a good, mid-range priced food.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your input Sharky. I notice that Innova EVO doesn’t have garlic but the red bag does say garlic.
post #16 of 21
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Thank you so much Pat & Alix for writing back. Which would be the allergic reactions to gluten meal? A reaction for example would be vomiting?
And which brands do you recommend? In case I see them around.
post #17 of 21
if you have itching and scratching (excessive )or vomitting ... a simple food trial should be discussed with the vet...

good one s are

California Natural and Natural Balence ( the vension and green pea) are good one over the counter..
post #18 of 21
I like Eagle Pack a lot. The corn is not ideal but the meat is "human grade" while Nutro is not. So overall I would consider it a better food. My cats really like it, especially the canned Turkey & Barley and Chicken & Lamb flavors.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by semiferal
I like Eagle Pack a lot. The corn is not ideal but the meat is "human grade" while Nutro is not. So overall I would consider it a better food. My cats really like it, especially the canned Turkey & Barley and Chicken & Lamb flavors.
Eagle pack holistic is the only food I have had a vet frown on feeding and it wasnt corn ... Human grade doesnt exist per AFFCO .. I am sure they will define it at some pt but till then i call it marketting...
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Blue_Copper
Thank you so much Pat & Alix for writing back. Which would be the allergic reactions to gluten meal? A reaction for example would be vomiting?
And which brands do you recommend? In case I see them around.
I can give only some of the possible things you'd see, it would be a good topic to ask your vet about...chewing at feet, or fur, pulling fur, intestinal issues that are not caused by parasites and do not respond to treatment. Corn is just one food item that can be an allergen for cats (and dogs).

Brands I like include what Sharky mentioned, plus Petguard's canned foods, Wysong's "just meat" canned foods(not a complete food, has to be supplemented), Merrick's canned cat food, Innova, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul, Flint River Ranch, Addiction - a canned food only.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much everyone for your comments.
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