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Best food to get from Wal Mart?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
What are the best kitten/cat foods to get from Wal Mart?

Also, what is the best to feed a cat that is very far along in her pregnancy?
post #2 of 27
I think the same rule applies for cats as for dogs a pregnant cat should be fed a kitten food. I know for dogs they need both the extra calories and extra nutrition that is found in puppy food while pregnant. I don't know about a quality food at Wal Mart. If it's like a grocery store there really are no good quality foods but the better one available would be IAMs.
post #3 of 27
I do believe that wal-mart also sell Purina One, I would go with that and same as above, I would use the kitten formula.
post #4 of 27
How about Pro Plan? Or is it Purina One? One of those is supposedly the best bet if you HAVE to shop at a grocery store. We don't have Wal Mart in Chicago, so I have no idea what they carry. Is it a lot like Target? If so, I'd look at one of those. I'm sure someone will come along and know more than I do.

I know a lot of Wal Marts are in rural areas...if this applies to you, might you have access to a feed store? They tend to carry much, much better quality foods.
post #5 of 27
Feed stores will often order specific foods for you as well.
post #6 of 27
If wal mart is truely your only option ... Purina one or wal marts maxuim are the best there and yes get kitten

if you have a feed store they ll likely carry far better products
post #7 of 27
Can you not get to a pet store? She really needs a high quality kitten food and you are not going to find that at Walmart. Even some of their better brands are still not very good quality or even healthy at all.
post #8 of 27
We do not have a Pet Store locally (not closer an an hour away) and I get Harley's food @ WalMart - we feed him Purina One - he's just about a year old now. I know its not THE BEST food - but he's 100% healthy, good weight and active.

Good luck finding a food for your kittens!
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
The feed stores are closed tonite and I'm over an hour away from big named pet stores so they arent an option right now either.
post #10 of 27
Purina One is great. It's not the best but Karma sure likes the Tuna and Salmon blend.
Please don't feed IAMs, I know its a better quality but they test on animals

http://www.uncaged.co.uk/iams.htm
post #11 of 27
Feed her the kitten food now at the last stage of her pregnancy and during the time she is nursing. I was told as soon as she stops nursing, go back to the regular food because the higher protein content of kitten food is not good for adult cats and can cause urinary problems.

My cats for some reason will only eat Whiskas dry food (and I have a hard time getting them to eat any wet food but I keep trying). I don't know why. But one good thing it is also labeled as being good for cats of any age.

When you do start to wean the kittens, if you're going to feed them dry food, moisten it with warm water. In fact, it's not a bad idea to give your cat dry food moistened with water too. It's my understanding cats on a dry-food only diet don't get enough moisture in their diet, regardless of how much they drink, and adding water to it halps.

And I can get the whiskas at walmart. I've tried the better brands, but they will have nothing to do with it.
post #12 of 27
The Wal-Mart brand "Maxximum Nutrition" in the black and purple bag formulated for Kittens is your best bet for the money at Wal-Mart. The 4 pound bag is less than $4.00 and it is nutritionally a good choice for a food in that price range. You will want to feed your pregnant girl canned food as well. I am not sure if Pro-Plan comes in cans or if they are available at Wal-Mart, but if they do, that would be a good choice. As an alternative, you can also get the Friskies Prime Fillet Turkey in Gravy Dinner in the purple and yellow cans. It isn't the best food, but it is relatively inexpensive and in that price range, one of the better choices.

Keep in mind that your pregnant girl may have a little tummy upset as you change her food. It is possible for her to get a little case of diarrhea. make sure you have plenty of fresh litter on hand and you might also want to have a second, unused box in case you need to put the first one out of use for cleaning.

The Pro-Plan by Purina is also a good choice, but it may be higher in price, even at Wal-Mart.
post #13 of 27
I'd say Purina O.N.E. kitten dry and Friskies Kitten and/or Fancy Feast wet would be your best bets if Wal-Mart is your only option. It would be worthwhile, though, to make the trip to a pet supply store and stock up on Nutro kitten food. A 20 pound bag and a couple of cases of cans should last you a while.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom
Purina One is great. It's not the best but Karma sure likes the Tuna and Salmon blend.
Please don't feed IAMs, I know its a better quality but they test on animals

http://www.uncaged.co.uk/iams.htm


So does Purina.

I'm not a fan of Iams by any means, but they're hardly the only evil company out there and personally, I think they are unfairly criticized considering the other large companies are really just as bad.

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post #15 of 27
I have Hershey on Iams I don't believe anything that I've read about Iams. HOw do you know the food you use isn't tested on animals???
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by MyFirstRagdoll
I have Hershey on Iams I don't believe anything that I've read about Iams. HOw do you know the food you use isn't tested on animals???
It doesn't have a label that says "Animal feeding tests..." anywhere on it. It may say "formulated to meet..." or "animal feeding studies...".
post #17 of 27
Most foods are tested on animals wether it be a formal independant lab enviornment( not ideal but does tell the tale ) ... a breeder or kennal .. drop in where they have regular homes and go to like daycare. some use a conbo ... I try to avoid the formulated to meet cause I can do that at home
post #18 of 27
If you do not have a good pet store near you I would suggest shopping ONLINE at places like petfooddirect.com and buying wellness or EVo or Innova, or Felidae! THEY are the best you can buy!
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
If you do not have a good pet store near you I would suggest shopping ONLINE at places like petfooddirect.com and buying wellness or EVo or Innova, or Felidae! THEY are the best you can buy!
you mention some good ones but many of us are still leary of online shopping..
post #20 of 27
arent Iams and Purina One made by the same company ? <- just found thats not the case, it's Purina One and Friskies, which may explain the similar ingredients.

If you have Friskies dry over there (may be called Go-Cat) is has more or less the same ingredients as Purina One, but is half the price. I haven't got a packet here at the moment to put up a comparison, as I can't find the Friskies Kitten very often, so I normally buy Iams.

The local Petshops actually have worse choice than the supermarkets. They have their own stuff (comes in big potato sacks and you can buy it by weight), Whiskas, Felix and Friskies, thats it. Petsmart seems to be only one where here is more choice, but I don't like driving that far.
post #21 of 27
Maybe ask your vet what ingredients to look for and base your decision on that.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by princeegrl
Maybe ask your vet what ingredients to look for and base your decision on that.
IMHO that would be one of the last to ask... but times are changing and vets are educated themselves past the seminar given by a well known pet food company
post #23 of 27
We feed our cats 'Purina Cat Chow Indoor Formula',don't know if it's really the best thing to feed them but they love it and are very healthy.When we fostered our pregnant mom cat about 4 months ago we fed her and her kittens 'Purina Kitten Chow' during and after her pregnancy and everyone was healthy and we never had a problem with any kind of illness or vomiting.Just a suggestion....
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by KittyCity81
We feed our cats 'Purina Cat Chow Indoor Formula',don't know if it's really the best thing to feed them but they love it and are very healthy.When we fostered our pregnant mom cat about 4 months ago we fed her and her kittens 'Purina Kitten Chow' during and after her pregnancy and everyone was healthy and we never had a problem with any kind of illness or vomiting.Just a suggestion....
My suggestion is doing a search on this site on nutrition
post #25 of 27
I feed my cats Maxium Nutrition and they all really like it They also get canned food as well though. I also have a pregnant cat and she is on the kitten food, and she seems to be just fine, and healthy!
post #26 of 27
IMHO iams or maxximum nutrition for dry are your best bet. and fancy feast for canned. although, when i worked at a shelter the kittens loved, and did great on friskies kitten canned food.

there is a new purina one that is out: purina one naturals. there's a website for it too. that looks like a really good new dry food for those who can't get to the pet stores/feed stores.
post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your insights, thoughts, suggestions and so forth! I apologize for not being back sooner. Work has kept me quite occupied. I had just needed a "quick fix" for that evening and I thank you all for answering me.
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