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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
this is a question for only indoor cat owners who do not require a special diet for health conditions. im trying to decide which formula i should feed my indoor cat so i am wondering if you feed your cat indoor formula cat food, or a different formula and why. im adding a poll so it will be easier to keep track. thanks

julie
post #2 of 27
I feed indoor formula. Phenom just seemed to like it the best and the kitten will eat anything!!
post #3 of 27
I feed an indoor formula.

Only because it seems to keep my voracious grazers from grazing on my spider plants.
So apparently, it has something that they'd normally get from grazing grass?
post #4 of 27
Read labels ... Many indoor formulas are nearly wt control and have less than disired ingrediants
post #5 of 27
I just feed normal adult to Jaffa and kitten for Mosi. Formulas for indoor cats are fairly recent over here and it's confusing with formulas for just about everything (indoor, hairball, neutered cats, sensitive stomachs...) so I've just stuck to the vanilla variety and as they've never been overweight I've seen no reason to change. The brand I feed doesn't do an indoor formula anyway.
post #6 of 27
I feed Royal Canin Indoor 27. I believe it is lower cal (but not weight control lower cal) than a regular formula. It also is good for hair control (indoor only cats usually groom more) and less stinky poo (actually, it is close to non-smelling on the Royal Canin).

Smidge likes it and it works. I dont want to mess with what's working.
post #7 of 27
i feed chicken soup adult dry, & a mixture of chicken soup canned & meow mix market selects. mine are all indoor only. i like the ingredients in the chicken soup formulas for the price. as a teacher in the south, i'm limited in what i can afford - & the chicken soup is fairly comparable to the more expensive 'premium' brands, which offer an 'indoor' formula.
post #8 of 27
I have been feeding regular formula stuff. The only kitty I am concerned about is Rocky because he is overweight.. Part of his problem is due to the steriods he gets regularly for feline asthma, also he hardly eats any of the wet food I put out- he isn't able to smell so good, and I think he just prefers dry. Anyway I saw the nutro indoor at the petstore last week, and was debating buying it. Any thoughts on nutro indoor compared to nutro? I don't really feel I should put all of the cats on weight management diet, but if an indoor formula would be more appropriate that would be good. I do have a problem with them chewing on my cactus... (not a pokey kind, one of the kinds with big chained leaves).
post #9 of 27
I don't get the point of an "indoor formula"- cat nutrition is the same whether they go outside or not. I think it's just a marketing ploy some guy in a suit dreamed up.

It's supposed to contain greens that keep indoor cats from eating houseplants? Is it this reason entirely, and is it supposed to be better than cat grass? Or are there other claims?
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Cearbhaill
I don't get the point of an "indoor formula"- cat nutrition is the same whether they go outside or not. I think it's just a marketing ploy some guy in a suit dreamed up.

It's supposed to contain greens that keep indoor cats from eating houseplants? Is it this reason entirely, and is it supposed to be better than cat grass? Or are there other claims?
greens , they are lower fat as the marketing says indoor cats are fat , higher fiber
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by sharky
greens , they are lower fat as the marketing says indoor cats are fat , higher fiber
well, maybe in general. but of my 4, Pixel's the only one who's overweight, & she's just slightly pudgy - probably 'cause she refuses to eat wet food!
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
I have been feeding regular formula stuff. The only kitty I am concerned about is Rocky because he is overweight.. Part of his problem is due to the steriods he gets regularly for feline asthma, also he hardly eats any of the wet food I put out- he isn't able to smell so good, and I think he just prefers dry. Anyway I saw the nutro indoor at the petstore last week, and was debating buying it. Any thoughts on nutro indoor compared to nutro? I don't really feel I should put all of the cats on weight management diet, but if an indoor formula would be more appropriate that would be good. I do have a problem with them chewing on my cactus... (not a pokey kind, one of the kinds with big chained leaves).

A employee at Petsmart told me that Nutro Indoor contains some sort of oil to prevent excessive shedding. Hard to tell if "indoor" is just a gimmick or really useful.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by meow meow
A employee at Petsmart told me that Nutro Indoor contains some sort of oil to prevent excessive shedding. Hard to tell if "indoor" is just a gimmick or really useful.
i'd need to read labels & see percentages before i'd believe that. he's just quoting what the Nutro rep told him, in all likelihood!
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by laureen227
i'd need to read labels & see percentages before i'd believe that. he's just quoting what the Nutro rep told him, in all likelihood!
Plus- if it is in processed catfood it is rancid oil anyway, and quite counterproductive as regards free radicals. It might help the coat, but a cold pressed fish oil would help the entire cat. [/hijacking]
post #15 of 27
I read the label for Nutro and yes it has oil but it is the same as my regular natural choicemy ZOey eats
post #16 of 27
I'm a firm believer that all these "specialty" formulas (like indoor, or in RC's case, all the specific breed foods) are a complete marketing ploy. An indoor cat who is free fed mediocre quality dry food and doesn't get enough excersice is going to get fat no matter WHAT food they're on, whereas an indoor cat, who is fed the proper amount of food a day, and is PLAYED with, will be much happier and healthier in the long term.
post #17 of 27
I did Nutro Indoor Weight Management and my cat GAINED a pound over the course of a year. I was doing "all the right things" too. I switched her to mostly wet food (still using the IWM) and she lost weight.

I recently (couple months ago?) switched to Felidae All Life Stages and I'm very happy with it and we'll stay with it. They get a lot of wet, too.
post #18 of 27
The main difference between regular and indoor cat food of the same brand (like nutro) is the addition of l-carnitine. Nutro Adult and nutro indoor adult are very similar in fat/protein content, but the indoor has 150mg/kg of l-carnitine which is supposed to help burn fat.
post #19 of 27
I have looked at a few indoor formulas, and I would not feed any of them. There are no greens listed in the ingredients, they just have lower protein and higher fiber.
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
i looked at authority today and noticed that the indoor forumula actually has more protien than the regular formula.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by jaycee
i looked at authority today and noticed that the indoor forumula actually has more protien than the regular formula.
That is good but what is the fat in relation to adult..

the food Zoey eats is 19% fat in adult and 33% protein the indoor is 33% protein and 14% fat ... meaning 5% more calories are coming from carbs and since cats truely only need 5% carbs I dont like that...
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sharky
That is good but what is the fat in relation to adult..

the food Zoey eats is 19% fat in adult and 33% protein the indoor is 33% protein and 14% fat ... meaning 5% more calories are coming from carbs and since cats truely only need 5% carbs I dont like that...
i dont remember the fat content, the protien thing was in response to what momto3cats said about indoor having lower protien, which might be true in some, i only looked at authority. i think the fat was the same in both, i just remember.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by meow meow
A employee at Petsmart told me that Nutro Indoor contains some sort of oil to prevent excessive shedding. Hard to tell if "indoor" is just a gimmick or really useful.
Hmm well then without comparing labels I'm not convinced that there is a major difference. We don't really have a shedding problem, in fact Rocky sheds the least of my cats and he's the only kitty I am concerned about nutritionally... It would be nice if they left my houseplants alone, but I do give them some nip once in awhile which would help with their "green" intake.
post #24 of 27
Pudge gets regular Felidae wet and I grow catgrass for her to munch on.
post #25 of 27
Most indoor formulas are just like weight control formulas. They tend to have less protein and if they don't have less protein they have less fat. Basically they have more carbohydrates than regular formulas. I think it's a marketing gimmick as well. I think for indoor cats, better feed them a lot of wet food and if feeding dry, buy a dry food that is moderate in calories, like California Natural(395 calories per cup) as opposed to Innova(537 calories per cup).
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by vanillasugar
I'm a firm believer that all these "specialty" formulas (like indoor, or in RC's case, all the specific breed foods) are a complete marketing ploy. An indoor cat who is free fed mediocre quality dry food and doesn't get enough excersice is going to get fat no matter WHAT food they're on, whereas an indoor cat, who is fed the proper amount of food a day, and is PLAYED with, will be much happier and healthier in the long term.

SECOND THAT!!!!
post #27 of 27
I feed Evo which doesn't have an indoor formula, but I agree both with what VanillaSugar and partially Moggiegirl said.
I don't necessarily agree with feeding a moderate calorie food compared to a higher food, as long as you feed the correct calories for your cat's weight. Mine are heappy with the amount of food they get, but I do think it is just a gimmick to sell more of their product and that many just having carb fillers to make your cat feel full sooner
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