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post #1 of 18
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My kitten has a HUGE appetite!
He was on adult food from about 3 months as kitten food wouldn't satisfy him
I try and provide him with a varied range of foods
I tend to buy whiskas and purina range but they do all different types, now I have been told I shouldn't change the type of food I give him as often as I am doing as it will mess his stomach up, Is that true ?
As I thought I was doing him a favour by providing him with all different flavours

and do you ever give your cats human food as hes taken a liking to fromage frais
post #2 of 18
He should be on kitten food. It has more calories and more fat than adult food, as well as extra nutrients. A higher-quality food made for kittens is what you need.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
He should be on kitten food. It has more calories and more fat than adult food, as well as extra nutrients. A higher-quality food made for kittens is what you need.
He needed it, I asked the vet about it he said it was fine, Hes not fat, hes LOOONG, I can feel all his ribs and he seems to be spot on on his weight chart but hey
In actual fact I am asking about the changing of brands and flavours
Thanks
post #4 of 18
i think zissous was responding to what you said about kitten food not satisfying him. kitten food is actaully made specifically to be more satisfying than adult food. she is just trying to be helpful, and she is right, your kitten really should be on a higher quality kitten food. vets are not nutrition experts.

about switching foods around, yes that can cause tummy upset you should stick with one brand. switching flavors should be ok, it depends on if your cats tummy is overly sensitive.

by the way, i know you didnt ask, but whiskas is about the worst quality food out there.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by jaycee
i think zissous was responding to what you said about kitten food not satisfying him. kitten food is actaully made specifically to be more satisfying than adult food. she is just trying to be helpful, and she is right, your kitten really should be on a higher quality kitten food. vets are not nutrition experts.

about switching foods around, yes that can cause tummy upset you should stick with one brand. switching flavors should be ok, it depends on if your cats tummy is overly sensitive.

by the way, i know you didnt ask, but whiskas is about the worst quality food out there.
REALLY ? Thats shocked me ! I mean you read the packet and it sounds like it has everything in it!
wow!
so who do you use then ? and I could try him on kitten food again its just I will have to put him loads out or get an auto feeder because it just doesnt fill him
post #6 of 18
A kitten should have access to food at all times, they burn calories as fast as they take them in.
post #7 of 18
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I hate giving him tinned food I stick to pouches
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
A kitten should have access to food at all times, they burn calories as fast as they take them in.
He has access to it...its just he tends to eat and eat and eat
post #9 of 18
im really not surprised at all that he eats so much, he HAS to to get enough nutrients and things he needs out of the food he currently eating. the first ingredient is corn. at least the first ingredient should meat, preferably the first two. i just got my cat a couple days ago and her previous owner has her on purina kitten food but i will be switching her over to either authority cat food (shes 9 months old) or maxximum nutrition indoor formula.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dark_Waltz
I hate giving him tinned food I stick to pouches
i was repying to you as you posted this. i assumed he was on dry food. wet food is another story because i know nothing about the contents of wet whiskas. you should ask sharky about this she knows a lot about cat food.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by jaycee
im really not surprised at all that he eats so much, he HAS to to get enough nutrients and things he needs out of the food he currently eating. the first ingredient is corn. at least the first ingredient should meat, preferably the first two. i just got my cat a couple days ago and her previous owner has her on purina kitten food but i will be switching her over to either authority cat food (shes 9 months old) or maxximum nutrition indoor formula.
Hmm I wonder if we have that over here,
I feel quite mean now! whiskas and purina are the two big wigs over here they send you packs on kitten care and everything !
I shall do some more research !
*hugs* thanks for making me see the light !
post #12 of 18
where are you from?
post #13 of 18
Yes, kitten food is a must! It has more calories, protein and fat which is very necessary for a growing kitten. My kitten eats like a pig too....he eats more than my dog, lol.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by jaycee
where are you from?
I am from England
post #15 of 18
ok, well authority is PetSmarts home brand and maxximum nutrition is Walmarts home brand, so im guessing you wouldnt be able to find either. what are the ingredients in what you are feeding now?
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dark_Waltz
I am from England
Hi - I'm from England too I'd say the best quality wet kitten foods available here are hi life and natures menu. Both are available from Tescos and Pets at Home (the hi life is new so might not be in all stores yet and the natures menu has been in Pets at Home for a while but is new to Tesco so may not be in all branches yet). Both contain 60-70% meat. I feed my kitten on natures menu kitten pouches (and a bit of James Wellbeloved dry - a good quality dry food available from most pet stores). I'm hoping to try him on the hi life when I can find a store that stocks them. I agree that Whiskas is about the worst thing on the market - 4% meat and lots of rubbish. I had 2 whiskas kitten packs when I got Mosi so I fed him those pouches - he was full of gas and farted for England while on them! Never again.

edited to add - there's also almo nature which is a premium (ie expensive!) wet food that has recently become available over here (it's made in Italy). They do a good kitten food. I also buy a few other brands from here http://www.zooplus.co.uk that I can't find in shops over here, eg nutro choice pouches.
post #17 of 18
one thing i have learned is to never trust vets, commercials, or pet food companies when it comes to what food is good (for a healthy kitty). the best place to learn the truth is on forums like this one.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by jaycee
one thing i have learned is to never trust vets, commercials, or pet food companies when it comes to what food is good (for a healthy kitty). the best place to learn the truth is on forums like this one.
jaycee is right - there aren't many vets who actually know much about nutrition. I agree that feeding a good quality kitten food is the very best you can do for your kitten. Also, if you feed a better quality food, your kitten won't be eating as much since he will be getting the nutrition he really needs.

So, bottom line - you pay more for the food but you use less so the price balances out in the long term. Canned food is important to feed as cats generally don't drink enough water and need the moisture. Contrary to what some folks will tell you, it isn't bad for their teeth either. In fact, dry food does little to nothing for cleaning their teeth as most cats simply break the dry food with the tip of their tooth and swallow.

Keep up posted as to what you decide to do.
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