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Old January 1st, 2010, 08:04 PM
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Hill's Prescription a/d Feline ... input sought.

Hello, all. This forum seems very helpful and vast with knowledge and thus, I signed up to ask some questions and hopefully learn from everyone here over time.

Our dear cat, Mickey, was the victim of a car incident on Tuesday. He is a 10-year-old domestic short-hair who was given to us from my mother who was moving from Alberta to Manitoba and could not take him with her. He was an outdoor/indoor cat his entire life, so we were limiting his outdoor excurisions in hopes to spare him this situation. Unfortunately, he decided to dart out in front of a passing car right before our eyes.

After some extensive surgery to his jaw and the extraction of some teeth, Mickey is home with us a doing fairly well. He's a very loveable cat by nature so after surviving an injury such as this, we would've expected his demeanor to alter... but lucky for us, he's still his usual self despite his jaw being wired nearly shut.

After I've had my intial emotional roller coaster response to this incident, I'm now on the hunt for further information and education. Despite the vet's office providing us with excellent animal care and emotional support, I did not get the information I sought regarding the pet food that was prescribed to Mickey.

We received 6 cans of Hill's Prescription a/d Feline and dear Mickey, always the hearty eater, is motoring through the cans of cat food very quickly. I'm wondering if there is anything out there in the cat food world that is a slightly more cost-effective alternative but similar in nutritional value? As Mickey is slated to have the wiring removed in February, we have over a month of this type of food to supply to him...

Any insight or thoughts or helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old January 1st, 2010, 08:10 PM
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Wellness, grain free canned is a much better food than Hills A/D and may be less expensive. My personal favourite is Nature's Variety Instinct canned. I also supplement with my homemade raw (prey model recipe), which is cheaper than premium cat food and much better for them.

Here are some great websites on feeding your cat:

http://www.catinfo.org/

http://www.catnutrition.org/index.php

http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm
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Old January 1st, 2010, 09:28 PM
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In the short term the a/d is okay, but Wellness, Nature's Variety, Merrick, Eagle Pack Holistic Select etc, are all much higher quality foods and species appropriate ingredients. The a/d formula is very soft & mushy so it is easy for a recovering animal to lap up, water can be added to the above mentioned brands to achieve a similar consistency.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 12:43 AM
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First of all, welcome to pets.ca and sorry to hear about Mickey.

I agree with Love4himies and growler about the brands. Whatever you do choose ask about getting a discount if you buy it by the case.

Hope Mickey recovers quickly and we'd love to see some pics.
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