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post #31 of 54
What is the best food for Adult cats and Kittens?
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by mommaoftwo2006
What is the best food for Adult cats and Kittens?
That is the 64000$ question... truly there is no best food for all cats .... or kittens/./// ... there are many foods that are far from quality yet some cats thrive .... while others need special food or some need raw / homemade...

do a search on this forum on food youll pull up some very "loaded" threads on the subject ///
post #33 of 54
We recently switched from Purina One to Nutro Natural Choice. Before that we were feeding them a prescription food because one of our boys had FUS (Feline Urinary Syndrome) and we needed to watch the amount of magnesium in his diet. He is no longer with us, so we switched to a less expensive brand and now we're using Natural Choice since it has no preservatives.

I did notice a difference in their preference; they seemed to like the Purina One best, but we're slowly integrating the new food and they're eating just fine.
post #34 of 54
I have a very picky cat (who is sitting on my lap as I try to type this) and she will only eat Fancy Feast, and then only the fish and chicken flavors. She gets 1 can a day - half in the morning and the other half at night. She supplements with dry - either Friskies or Fancy Feast.

I have tried other cheaper brands, but no way will she touch those.

Hubby likes to fish, so we always have trout in the freezer. Once in awhile I will boil a fish until it falls apart, grind it up in the food processor with some oil to moisten it. She likes that!
post #35 of 54
My "permanent cats" get Wellness dry, Wellness wet when they'll eat it and Fancy Feast as a rare "treat".
Foster momcat (Miss Chaffin) and kittens (once they are eating dry/wet food) get Royal Canin kitten kibble, Wellness and Natural Balance wet food.
post #36 of 54
Everyone in my home (14 of them) eats Royal Canin of one form or another - the senior catizen is on Fit32, and everybody else is on a mix of RC Persian, RC Exigent and RC Sensible - I allow the Abys to eat the Persian food simply because their coats are better with it!!!
post #37 of 54
All four of mine eat Inova Evo. They seem to thrive. One of my cats, Zander, had to have his ears cleaned constantly when on a different brand. Switched to the Inova and they cleared right up. I have had good luck with it.

Tricia
post #38 of 54
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Originally Posted by CheshireCat
When I got Chester from the shelter the information sheet on him said that he was fed “cat chow”. I have no idea what he was eating at the shelter.

On the way home we stopped at the pet store and my niece, who was doing the shopping, got Purina Cat Chow ‘indoor formula”. This surprised me since she is the one who is into natural foods and is a semi vegetarian.

Luckily Chester likes the cat chow. He does not like any people food other than cheerios and only if they are wet with milk. This is the first cat that I have had that does not respond to the can opener or the cheese wrapper.

He is also very tall and skinny. I’ve never had such a skinny cat. He does have a good coat and never does stinky things in or out of the box. I free feed (a full dish may last three days) and this has not been a problem. (My niece says her cats would eat the whole thing all at once.)

One other thing just thought of it as he just came into the room looking for treats. He loves cat treats! I give him the moist treats because I think he gets enough dry food. I think he would eat the whole jar if I let him.

Getting back to my confusion sine I have been following the boards here I started to think that maybe I should feed him better food.

The only problem with this is I have no idea what to buy and I am semi disabled and have my groceries delivered. So my selection is limited to say the least. However, this week I found that the place I order from does carry Iams but only the “adult weight management’ formula. But since I don’t always get what I order I gave it a try thinking they would substitute the regular formula if that all they have.

My only other option is to get it myself at the pet store when I go to buy cat litter. Since it’s a major chore to get the litter I was hoping that I can order the food with the groceries and save myself the hassle.

Now I have an 8 pound bag of Iams adult weight control formula. My guess is it’s about the same as indoor formula. The ingredients read better than the cat chow. Now I am worried that he won’t eat it. I am also worried that it’s not the right choice since he was doing ok on the other stuff. Like I said I get so confused some times.

I’ve started mixing a little of the Iams with the cat chow to gradually switch him over. When I dumped the stuff in he made a mad dash to the dish but didn’t touch it. This is not unusual since he does this normally.

He has been nibbling on it but my luck he is eating just the cat chow. I will probably find the Iams left at the bottom of the dish. Either that or I will find a horrible surprise in the litter box tomorrow!


Perhaps you could order whatever cat food you want on line.

www.petfooddirect.com
post #39 of 54
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Originally Posted by moggiegirl
Perhaps you could order whatever cat food you want on line.

www.petfooddirect.com
Thanks for the link! I will check it out.

The only problem I've had with ordering on line is the shipping costs. If they charge by the pound it can cost more than the food itself.

One time I noticed an on line pet place that was offering free shipping. I thought it would be a good idea to order some cat litter (this too is a pain to get) then I read the fine print. The offer did not apply to cat litter or food.

If I knew that he liked a certain food and that it was a good choice for him I wouldn’t mind paying the shipping cost. This is my problem. With so many choices and so many different views I have no idea what is the best.


post #40 of 54
we just finnished our switch to Chicken soup for the Cat lover soul and Kitten. And one kitty gets a Raw diet 50% homemade 50%premade Natures Variety.

Oh yeah AND, for wet we feed Meow mix pouches. its the only thing they can all agree on and makes them all happy and the ingridents and price make me pretty happy
post #41 of 54
So many choices! I’ve never heard of some of them! Now I am even more confused!
post #42 of 54
14 eat science diet adult, 6 eat royal canin babycat, 1 eats science diet rx diet c/d and 1 eats only science diet wet food(he pukes dry). RJ
post #43 of 54
Science Diet
post #44 of 54
I have to say: my last cat made it 22 1/2 yrs. - and she was fed: Dry: Whiskas mostly, sometimes others - and canned: Friskies, Fancy Feast, 9 Lives.
post #45 of 54
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Originally Posted by CheshireCat
Thanks for the link! I will check it out.

The only problem I've had with ordering on line is the shipping costs. If they charge by the pound it can cost more than the food itself.

One time I noticed an on line pet place that was offering free shipping. I thought it would be a good idea to order some cat litter (this too is a pain to get) then I read the fine print. The offer did not apply to cat litter or food.

If I knew that he liked a certain food and that it was a good choice for him I wouldn’t mind paying the shipping cost. This is my problem. With so many choices and so many different views I have no idea what is the best.


Actually, that's the great thing about it. With all the choices you can look at all the different types of food and research the ingredients, nutrient analysis, and decide what you think is best before making a decision, a guarantee you won't be delivered Iams weight control again. I also don't order on line because of the shipping fees. I have Petco and a grocery store walking distance from my home. But if I were in your situation in which I had to have stuff delivered what I would do is order the dry food on line and have the wet food delivered or bought from a grocery store or pet food outlet. Because canned food with all that heavy water weight is going to cost you the most in shipping and handling fees. Dry food is economical so you can buy a good enough size bag to last you a while if you're feeding your cat mostly dry food anyway and it looks like you are because you didn't mention wet food in your post. Also when switching, switch slowly over a 7 day period so your cat can get used to the new food. You could even to stretch out your budget mix the new food with the Iams weight control until the Iams weight control food is gone.
post #46 of 54
I just switched [again... yeesh] from Iams. JoJo was hacking up hairballs right and left and neither of their coats are in the best condition... So I did my research online and decided on Natural Balance... the stuff endorsed by Van Patten. They took to the dry right away... and the wet is taking a bit, but they are eating it, as opposed to looking, sniffing, then digging in when I'm not looking [which is what they did with nearly every other canned food I've given them].

To CheshireCat: Check with your local Petco and Petsmart. I was in the first place yesterday and that particular store offered free delivery of items purchased. If your nearby stores offer that, you could call orders in, maybe. Or go in, buy the stuff you need and have them deliver it, instead of you hauling it home. I didn't look at the fine print, but I would assume they'd do it for bags of food and litter. Especially if they know it's difficult for you to get it home yourself. Smaller stores, i.e. non-chains, might also offer this service. You'd have to ask those stores individually. Explain that you can't haul it home yourself.

Of course, if there's a place within walking distance [and it's not too difficult to walk it] then get one of those ever-lovely 'granny' carts [that's what I call them], you know, those shopping carts. And haul it home in that. I messed up my ankle pretty badly last summer, and walked... very slowly... down to my normal shopping haunts, and put my weight on the cart. Well, some of it. I got my cat food and litter that way. I was on my crutches for over a month, so I needed to find a way to become more self-sufficient.

Okay... I'm talking too much again...

Amanda
post #47 of 54
Thank you to those who have offered suggestions on ordering food.

Chester only eats dry food. I have never offered him canned food because he does not like people food. He is always interested in what I am eating but will turn his nose up at it when I offer it to him. One time I dropped some chicken salad on the floor; he licked the mayo off it but left the meat. He likes the water from the tuna can but will not touch the tuna.

At the moment I am mixing Cat Chow indoor with the Iams weight control. At this rate it may take me months to get rid of it all.

Actually when you get right down to it doesn’t matter what it costs if he doesn’t want to eat it. At the same time I am not opposed to spending more money on his food I just want to be sure that it is good for him.

Some of the brands that I did look at had tons of ingredients (most of them did not sound appealing at all) and there was one that only had five or six. This is what makes it so confusing! How do I know what is the best mix?

p.s. I have a “granny cart” I use it to get the cat litter from the car up to my apartment
post #48 of 54
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Originally Posted by CheshireCat
p.s. I have a “granny cart†I use it to get the cat litter from the car up to my apartment
Gotta love those granny carts. i have two... my old small blue one, which i use for laundry now, and my big black monstrosity. That thing is heavy-duty, holding up to 250 pounds. When you get 25 pound bags/boxes of litter and what feels like 10 pounds of canned cat food [a 1 month supply for me here], those carts come in handy.

Back to subject. True, feed what he'll eat. JJ and Jack will eat darn near any dry food. Some canned. Iams canned they hate. most of the canned stuff they hate. Which was why I stuck with Pro Plan cans for so long.

Feed what works. Because mine aren't as picky as some cats, I also try to appease the nutritional aspect, feeding them higher end foods.

Amanda
post #49 of 54
Tailer and Forest get ProPlan canned now. I had to switch them from Nutro canned because Forest was starting to get urine crystals and all three had kind of high urine pH. I wanted to get them on something with higher protein. Unfortunately, neither of them will eat ground cat food...it has to be "chunky". I wish it didn't have by-products, but at least it's nutritionally what they need. Forest gets the urinary health formula, and Tailer gets the indoor chicken and rice. (Harvey refused to switch foods, so he still gets Nutro.)
post #50 of 54
Dry foods (50%): Felidae, Natural Balance, Nutro, Serengeti, Solid Gold, Eagle Pack Holistic, almo nature (European)
Canned foods (50%): almo nature, Schesir, Cosma, Green Fish, Miamor Fine Fillets (all European), Solid Gold
I used to feed California Natural (dry) and Innova (dry and canned), but they're no longer sold in the EU.
post #51 of 54
Nutro Natural Indoor and Cat Chow, because Chairman Meow will ONLY eat junk cat food. I have no idea why since I raised him on royal canin, but when he got tired of that he wouldn't eat, period. I finally gave up and started getting small bags of everything and he decided Cat Chow was the food for him.

The others like the Nutro. Go figure. Feed them what they'll eat, is my motto.
post #52 of 54
Right now my kittens are getting Eukanuba, but as soon as I use up what I have left, I'm switching over to Nutro Natural Choice.
post #53 of 54
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Originally Posted by Tari
Tailer and Forest get ProPlan canned now. I had to switch them from Nutro canned because Forest was starting to get urine crystals and all three had kind of high urine pH. I wanted to get them on something with higher protein. Unfortunately, neither of them will eat ground cat food...it has to be "chunky". I wish it didn't have by-products, but at least it's nutritionally what they need. Forest gets the urinary health formula, and Tailer gets the indoor chicken and rice. (Harvey refused to switch foods, so he still gets Nutro.)
Nutro contains no by products...
post #54 of 54
Right now my cats are fed.
Nature's Variety - Frozen RAW Patties: Lamb

One of them will be going onto a bland diet of boiled chicken & rice tomorrow night, and then onto something else, not quite sure what yet.
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