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Old August 29th, 2009, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by embean View Post
I recently got a new cat and her previous owners were feeding her whiskas. I definitely want to upgrade because I don't think whiskas is the most nutritionally sound stuff.
Congrats on your new kitty! You're quite right about Whiskas being very poor nutrition for a cat. Here are the ingredients of Whiskas Meaty Selections:

Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, .... Turkey By-Product Meal, Caramel Color, ...White Fish Meal, ... Red 3, Ethoxyquin (A Preservative).
Cats are obligate carnivores. That means they MUST eat meat. This food is full of corn, wheat, and rice, (with around 36% calories from carbohydrates) and the meat that it does contain are by-products (discarded waste from the human food-industry). It also contains some nasty preservatives thought to be carcinogenic (BHA/BHT and ethoxyquin), as well food colouring to make the unappealing grey pulp more appealing to humans - cats don't care what colour their food is. Definitely stay far far away from this "food" .

Originally Posted by embean View Post
Are there advantages/disadvantages to either? Whenever Nutro comes back out, I don't know if I want to make another food change.
There are only disadvantages to both. For starters, cats should be eating wet food, not dry. A kibble-only diet is linked to kidney failure, bladder and urinary tract problems, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, dental disease, and allergies. There is no good reason to feed a cat dry food, and way too many reasons not to.

Here are the ingredients for Science Diet Kitten:
Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken Liver Flavor, Brewers Rice, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Soybean Mill Run, .....
At least there is a named meat source as the first ingredient, but there are still too many grains. Carbohydrates are 21% of calories. Cats should be eating less than 10% carbs.

Ingredients for Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Kitten:
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Oat Fiber, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Yeast Culture, .....
Carbs are again much too high at 31% of calories. Yeast is a common feline allergen, and dried beet pulp and oat fiber are cheap fillers used to firm up cat poop.

Originally Posted by embean View Post
Soooo, what to feed instead?
Wet food and only wet food. There are some decent canned foods on the market, or else you could do some research into a raw food diet, which is the ultimate if done correctly. You can read more here about why wet food is the way to go, and how to make balanced raw meals for your kitty:

For canned, some good choices are Wellness, Nature's Variety, Innova EVO, By Nature, ZiwiPeak, Evanger's, Merrick...... You won't find any of these brands at a grocery store. There's a link here to some of the websites where you might be able to find a store locator:
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