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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
One of my kittens sometimes has these coughing/wheezing fits. I think these are hairball related, though he never brings anything up.

I didnt really want to switch him from Nutro Complete Care Kitten that hes on, as the other cats do great on it (for some reason he doesnt do so well on it, he has a little bit of dandruff, and has thrown up once a month or so), so I bought some malt drop treats that are supposed to help hairballs be naturally excreted. But it doesnt say how often to feed.

I know this isnt to be treated like a medicine, but do I feed these treats every day? Every few days?
The brand is Beaphar Malt Hearts - it has 20% malt paste...
post #2 of 13
because he is a kitten I would have him first checked out by a Vet to illiminate any health issues since the wee ones are very fragile.

As to kitten food not every cat can tolerate every cat food equally - he is definitely having trouble with it. Now why not switch the crew over to:

Natural Balance - it's for all lives stages

Here is a link if you like to check into it!!! It's really a great product.

http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/cat...as/beaker.html

PS: My Loki has Food Allergies and is on the Natural Balance venison and Pea !!
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I would love to try some of the better foods out there that you guys have in the US, sadly here in the UK we are still playing catch up

The good dry foods we have (the quality wet foods are even harder to find!) are Nutro, Science Diet, Purina One, Eagle Pack, Royal Canin, Hills and Eukanaba. Not exactly a stellar line up

The other thing is it is difficult to feed them apart, so I am trying to supplement this little guy with other stuff (cod liver oil for his dandruff, I may try flax seed oil instead, and now malt drops).

Thanks for the heads up about the vet, I think if he has another vomity period I will take him in, but he acts like hes in good health generally, apart from the wheezing, which is once every 3 weeks and hairball related..
post #4 of 13
see you pm b ox

I know many have said the SD natural is beter by you than here stateside
post #5 of 13
I agree with Helen that a vet visit is in order here. Coughing/wheezing fits which do not produce an actual hairball are not normal. This really can be a symptom of an illness and you should probably go on ahead and have the vet assess him soon. Hopefully, it isn't serious and you are right about the hairballs, but it is just better to be safe.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Gaah, Im worried now!

Ok I will take him in when I take his sister in to be spayed in a week or so

sharky - no the Nutro doesnt have soy or wheat, the ingredients list looks pretty good, and i think on the bag it says something like 4% linoleic? I hope supplementing him with cod liver oil will help, but it seems like he should be getting enough omega 6 as it is??


Nutro Complete Choice Kitten
- Dried Chicken Meat
- Ground Rice
- Corn Gluten
- Poultry Fat (min. 14%)
- Beet Pulp
- Dried Alfalfa
- Oat Fibre
- Sunflower Oil (min 1%)
- Dried Yeast
- Potassium Chloride
- Menhaden Fish Oil
- Dried Egg Product
- Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Extract
- Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract
- Chicory Extract
- Cranberry Powder
post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by chupi
Gaah, Im worried now!

Ok I will take him in when I take his sister in to be spayed in a week or so

sharky - no the Nutro doesnt have soy or wheat, the ingredients list looks pretty good, and i think on the bag it says something like 4% linoleic? I hope supplementing him with cod liver oil will help, but it seems like he should be getting enough omega 6 as it is??


Nutro Complete Choice Kitten
- Dried Chicken Meat
- Ground Rice
- Corn Gluten
- Poultry Fat (min. 14%)
- Beet Pulp
- Dried Alfalfa
- Oat Fibre
- Sunflower Oil (min 1%)
- Dried Yeast
- Potassium Chloride
- Menhaden Fish Oil
- Dried Egg Product
- Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Extract
- Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract
- Chicory Extract
- Cranberry Powder
He should be I wrote you back as to my suspsion... I too agree a call or vet visit is in order just in case my hypothesis is wrong
post #8 of 13
Royal Canin is actually quite good. Here the nutritional link for RC Kitten 34

http://www.feline-nutrition.com/kitten.htm

Seem better than Nutro!!

Give it a look
post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hell603
Royal Canin is actually quite good. Here the nutritional link for RC Kitten 34

http://www.feline-nutrition.com/kitten.htm

Seem better than Nutro!!

Give it a look
i se corn gluten meal next to ground corn vs rice then corn gluten meal...
Royal canin is great for kittys with no issues
post #10 of 13
Ok point taken- Sharky

Chupi - have you heard of Burns pet food - they claim to be holistic. - Why not take a look

http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk..._range.htm#CAT

and you can even shop on line!

Good Luck !
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi - I had a look at Burns and thought they looked good, the ingredients list seems to be really simple! but the ash content seems high?? I think I remember reading that that leads to less digestibility and more waste?

Also, the main ingredient in the adult version seems to be rice?

But the kitten one looks ok, I think I might try that one, the challenge will be getting the kitten to eat apart from everyone else!

Thanks!
post #12 of 13
Looked okay cept for maize is corn.. and the adult chn starting with a grain..

the kiten looked intresting as I have never tried duck on a kitten
post #13 of 13
Ash at 7 is not high ... it isnt the lowest youll find but not high or high normal...

Ash is the minderals left after the ingrediants are burned..
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