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MartiniGIrl February 8th, 2006 08:25 AM

What Brand of Cat Food
 
I've been feeding my cats Purina One dry cat food, the ingredients look pretty good as far as I'm concerned. All of my cats used to be very picky eaters and when I switched to this food they all ate it without any problems whatsoever. I also feed them a forkful of wet food with their dinner, whatever type they have at the grocery store; however, Iwas wondering what type of wet (or dry) food that you feed your cat? I want to make sure I"m feeding my cats good quality food.

Lucky Rescue February 8th, 2006 09:33 AM

While Purina One is not too bad for grocery store food, it still has a lot of corn meal and other fillers that cats cannot digest or use.

I would feed more canned and less dry. Much better for your cats. Grocery store canned is okay, just stay away from the cheap store brands.

MartiniGIrl February 8th, 2006 09:50 AM

you keep saying that wet is better than dry. Yet my Vet says otherwise. Why do you suggest wet food? I thought they need hard food to keep their teeth healthy, because I can tell you right now, there's no way in hell that I could ever keep any of my 3 cats still enough to try to brush their teeth!!

Also, one of my 3 cats, Salem, is very overweight and it is worrisome. Do you really think that feeding her more wet food will help her lose weight? because she's very sedentary, doesnt run around the house at all like my other two, pretty much sleeps 22/24 hours a day.

What wet food brands do you recommend?

jessi76 February 8th, 2006 10:08 AM

[QUOTE=MartiniGIrl]you keep saying that wet is better than dry. Yet my Vet says otherwise. Why do you suggest wet food? I thought they need hard food to keep their teeth healthy, because I can tell you right now, there's no way in hell that I could ever keep any of my 3 cats still enough to try to brush their teeth!!

Also, one of my 3 cats, Salem, is very overweight and it is worrisome. Do you really think that feeding her more wet food will help her lose weight? because she's very sedentary, doesnt run around the house at all like my other two, pretty much sleeps 22/24 hours a day.

What wet food brands do you recommend?[/QUOTE]

a vet is not a nutritionalist.

I had an overweight cat - she was 17-18lbs when she came to live w/ me, and had only been eating dry food. I put her on wet, and now she's a very healthy 12lbs and more active. she no longer pigged out on the dry food because the wet food satisfied her hunger - now she just nibbles the dry, and eats 1/2 can of wet for a meal.

I feed Wellness canned. (I get the small cans, split between each of my cats (2) each night - this way it's a fresh can each day - my cats are not big fans of leftover refridgerated cold wet food)

as for your overweight cat - try to have some quality one-on-one play time with him (maybe just 10-20min a night) - get him to be more active - for his health.

Lucky Rescue February 8th, 2006 10:18 AM

Agree with Jessi. I've never seen so many obsese, dandruffy cats as the ones who eat dry only.

Hard food has nothing to do with healthy teeth and a dry diet is about the most unnatural thing that cats - obligate carnivores - can eat.

I've had cats all my life, never had a fat one and they all had good teeth and lived for between 17 and 20 years. Never had a neutered male with blockages either. They all ate canned all their lives with a little dry for snacking.

I never brushed their teeth either.:p

MartiniGIrl February 8th, 2006 10:36 AM

ok thanks. You've convinced me to give wet food a try. I feed my cats once in the mornings and in the evenings. How much wet food per cat per day should they eat? (cat foods come in different sized cans) (Wellness? do they sell this brand in Canada??) My cats LOVE wet food, especially the youngest, Friday, she'll enhale it, I just know it! HOpefully once they get used to it that'll change.

I've had cats all my life as well, and only Salem has been fat. I honestly dont know how she got so fat, she eats the same as my other cats and they've always been a healthy weight. and you're right, her fur isnt soft and silky like the other two, and she definitely has more dander.

Salem is probably a cat that should be in a home with no other cats, unfortunately. She's always been extremely timid and anti-social. She does come out to play every now and then, but any sudden movement, or attitude from another cat, and off she goes to hide :(

jessi76 February 8th, 2006 11:50 AM

[QUOTE=MartiniGIrl]ok thanks. You've convinced me to give wet food a try. I feed my cats once in the mornings and in the evenings. How much wet food per cat per day should they eat? (cat foods come in different sized cans) (Wellness? do they sell this brand in Canada??)[/QUOTE]

i'd start small since they don't normally get wet food, and then gradually increase. I have 2 cats, both adults, they get 1/2 can once a day - but I get the SMALL cans of Wellness. if I got the normal size can's, I'd feed 1/4.

[QUOTE=MartiniGIrl]Salem is probably a cat that should be in a home with no other cats, unfortunately. She's always been extremely timid and anti-social. She does come out to play every now and then, but any sudden movement, or attitude from another cat, and off she goes to hide :([/QUOTE]

my oldest cat is the SAME - would prefer to be an only pet, not very social. I spend a few minutes each night with her, in a closed room. We have special one-on-one play time - she feels safe because the other cat & dog can't get in, and she gets some of the exercise she needs.

MartiniGIrl February 8th, 2006 12:53 PM

ok, well it doesnt look like I can buy "Wellness" in Canada. I did, however, come across this Nutro Max Cat that the ingredients look pretty good:

[SIZE="1"]Chicken Cacciatore Top 10 Ingredients:
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Wheat Gluten, Food Starch, Tomato Paste, Dried Egg Product, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt

Beef Ragout Top 10 Ingredients: Beef Broth, Beef, Chicken, Beef Liver, Chicken Liver, Wheat Gluten, Food Starch, Dried Egg Product, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor

Alaskan Halibut & Rice Entree Top 10 Ingredients: Fish Broth, Halibut, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Food Starch, Wheat Gluten, Ground Rice, Salmon, Dried Egg Product, Chicken

Orleans Seafood Jambalaya Top 10 Ingredients: Fish Broth, Chicken, Mackerel, Salmon, Chicken Liver, Wheat Gluten, Ground Rice, Food Starch, Tomato Paste, Shrimp


Guaranteed Analysis for All Flavors:
Crude Protein (min.) 10%, Crude Fat (min.) 5.5%, Crude Fiber (max.) 1%, Moisture (max.) 78%[/SIZE]

I think I'll give this stuff a try and start by mixing it in with their dry food. :ca:

Thanks for all your help!

SarahLynn123 February 8th, 2006 12:58 PM

You can buy Wellness in Canada, thats what my cat was on and it is a fantastic food, his fur is soooo soft!!! Nutro Max is better then Purina, but not as good as wellness. I will do a search for you when I get back from lunch and see where you can buy it.

Sarah

cpietra16 February 8th, 2006 12:59 PM

I live in montreal and they sell wellness here. Call around. I'm sure someone can direct you.

MartiniGIrl February 8th, 2006 01:16 PM

[QUOTE=SarahLynn123]You can buy Wellness in Canada, thats what my cat was on and it is a fantastic food, his fur is soooo soft!!! Nutro Max is better then Purina, but not as good as wellness. I will do a search for you when I get back from lunch and see where you can buy it.

Sarah[/QUOTE]

You're right! I was looking at PetSmart and they didnt carry it, but Super Pet does, and they're right around the corner from where I live.

SarahLynn123 February 8th, 2006 02:11 PM

[url]http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/locator/locator_form.asp[/url]


go to this link and type in your postal code and hopefully some stores around you carry it!

good luck!
Sarah

SarahLynn123 February 8th, 2006 02:16 PM

Thats great! I guess you can ignore my last post! I should really go back and read before I post!!!!

CyberKitten February 8th, 2006 04:54 PM

I buy Wellness in Halifax - so if I can get it here, it has to be available where you are!!!

CyberKitten February 8th, 2006 05:03 PM

Did a quick cusory search - Wellness is avail at these locations:

Ani-Gourmet Vaudrail [url]http://www.helloneighbour.com/save/050800B[/url]

Please contact us by phone or email to have our dog / cat food DELIVERED to your home. Foods are available in the Montreal and surrounding areas BY CALLING: 514-369-2499 or toll free: 1-877-377-2522 e-mail: [email]petstep@petstep.ca[/email]

There must be others as well (no pun intended in Montreal).

Good luck!!

Prin February 8th, 2006 06:03 PM

Yey! What a lucky kitty who's going to get Wellness!

MartiniGIrl February 10th, 2006 07:53 AM

holy, they're eating it now (and loving it) but at the high price, I'm not sure for how much longer!! Cripes, I bought a small bag of dry food and about 6 or 7 normal sized cans of wet and it cost me almost $30!!! And that food probably wont last 2 weeks (I have 3 cats)!!!

I'll see how long it lasts but at that price, I'll either have to shop around to see if it's cheaper somewhere else, or maybe but the Nutro dry and the Wellness wet. We'll see. I'm curious to see the difference in my overweight cat's weight and coat.

mona_b February 10th, 2006 08:18 AM

What I have noticed with my cats is,with them having canned(a tsp 2-3 times a day)they eat less of the dry.Reason being is they feel fuller on canned.So the dry lasts longer....:)


You may notice that also.

I have my cats on Performatrin Ultra Holistic...For the larger bag I pay $24 and it lasts for quite some time.

MartiniGIrl February 27th, 2006 09:00 AM

ok, for the past few weeks I've been feeding my cats Wellness food (dry and wet food). They love it which is great, and they do seem to be eating less food and getting fuller faster than before.

My only concern is that during the past two weeks, I've found two big coughed up hairballs on my carpet. They're from my smallest cat, Friday, who is about 2 years old and who has never coughed up a hairball (at least not that Ive ever seen).

Why is this happening all of a sudden? could it be the food? I thought this food was supposed to help prevent hair balls?!?!


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