Dry cat food suggestion?
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July 15, 2019 / By Jenny Question:
Prior to my cat's loose stool problems, I've stopped adding SD's Sensitive Stomach Adult Cat Food into her usual Whiska's dry food, coz she just won't take it. My friend gave me some of her cat's Royal Canin Pure Feline dry food, I tried giving my cat a little and she just loves it, so maybe it's the Science Diet food that doesn't fit her taste. I have read some of the info you guys wrote, and will keep all those in mind next time I go shop for her dry food at the pet's store.
Currently, I am thinking of changing her diet to:
- Morning boiled fish (boiled with plain water)
- Afternoon Canned Food (will be adding up to 2 OZ per day, will introduce Chicken meat into her usual selection of BURP! Tuna/Salmon Canned food)
** A typical BURP! Tuna Whole Meat with Chicken in Jelly ingredients : Tuna Whole Meat, Chicken MEat, Polysaccharide Gum, Glucose, Vit A, Vit E, Vit D3, Taurine, Water **
- All day Dry food and water (still Whiskas now for the time being, will go shop for some others)
Would be looking for better dry food, but as I am in Singapore, some of the brands you guys mentioned is not avaliable, this is the shop I frequent most, http://www.petlovers.com.sg, as you can see if you click on their MEMBER's LOUNGE > Online Store, they carried most of Science Diet, IAMS, Royal Canin, Eagle Pack, Wellness etc. Any good brands available there I should let her try on? Thanks!
Best Answers: Dry cat food suggestion?
Flicka | 5 days ago
I am going to offer you a different perspective on feeding your cat which may come as a complete shock to you, but I am going to try anyway.
Firstly, dry food is not the kind of food that you should be feeding your cat. Many people feed dry food just because they think this is what a cat should be eating and that is their diet. However, that is not true. Ask yourself this question will you? Why do you feed dry? Is it because others are doing it, you come from a family which feeds dry? Or maybe because you didn't know that cat can eat wet food exclusively and no dry at all? If it's because of price, please understand that what your cat eat will determine their quality of life and in the long run, save your many expensive trips to the vet.
I only feed 100% wet. I came to this conclusion after doing my own research and getting to know pets that suffer dire consequences as a result of being fed exclusively dry. These websites has great information if you are interested in learning more about feline nutrition and the proper diet for a cat.
Next, learn how to read ingredient labels. By learning how to read a label, you can learn a great deal of information about the food you are feeding your pets. You can even learn how to compare one food to another and choose the one best suited for your cat.
Ingredient labels tells you a lot about what kind of meat is being used and whether the food has any cheap fillers which does not benefit your cat/kitten.
You want to feed a food which is high protein - meaning the meat source must come from wholesome muscle meat. Make sure to select only food that list chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef, turkey, venison, salmon, whitefish, herring or a combination or those and not one that says by-products (chicken by product, meat by product, fish by product)
Stay away from too much fillers like corn, corn gluten meal, wheat, wheat gluten, soy, oatbrans, etc. These are all cheap filler which help reduce the cost of manufacturing but brings little to no benefit to your kitten.
You would also want to stay away from preservatives like BHA/BHT and Ethoxyquin which are proven to be harmful to your kitten. Also you do not want other artifical preservatives such as propylene glycol and propolyneglycol .You need natural preservatives such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A or Rosemary.
Your cat need an essential amino acid called Taurine. Cats can only receive this from eating wholesome meat. Choose a food that contains ample amount of Omega 3 sources - Salmon Oil, Flaxseed Oil or Canola Oil.
When you are well educated in learning how to read pet food ingredients, shopping for the best food for your cat would be easier.
From the info above, you will learn that Whiskas is not the best kind of food that you can feed. I look through the website and it carries a variety of better brands that you can purchase.
Chicken Soup For the Cat Lover's Soul
I hope that will all the info on hand, you will learn how to make the best decision and ultimately choose a diet that will be beneficial to your cat.
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Originally Answered: What is the best "natural" dog food? Halo, Innova or does anyone else have a suggestion?
It can be overwhelming at first trying to choose a food, especially when you're just starting to learn about all the stuff that goes into dog food and hearing about a bunch of brands that aren't advertised.
But remember, it's dog food, not rocket science. Relax and try out a few foods, see which high-quality one works for you and your dog.
There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.
What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.
Read the ingredients before you buy.
Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)
Here is an article about byproducts:
And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
* Artemis (Fresh Mix)
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* Nature's Variety
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
* Timberwolf Organics
Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...
Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.
What *NOT* to buy:
Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)
Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)
Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.
Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )
"Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)
Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.
Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
- small, locally owned petstores
- dog boutiques
- farm supply stores
When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
25% food A, 75% food B
50% food A, 50% food B
75% food A, 25% food B
100% food A
Why go with dry? Wet is actually better for cats. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don't drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least. Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat's natural diet. More on why canned food is best:
http://www.catinfo.org/ (Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet)
Science Diet, Whiskas, Iams, and Royal Canin are all low quality foods. Eagle Pack's normal food isn't that good but their Holistic line is good. Wellness is great.
Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Meow Mix.
Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Felidae, Fromm, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety, Nature's Logic.
A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Diets high in grain have been attributed to problems with diabetes in cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, so why should there be grain in their diet? Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diet's include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, and Sold Gold Indigo Moon.
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I'd recommend taking a peak inside any vets that you see and jotting down which dry food they're selling and seeing if you can get that as they usually sell the most nutritious products at the vet.
Had a look at that website and there were a heap of brands listed (most of which I hadn't heard of) My cat loves Science Diet so unfortunately we didn't look much further than that!
I have a one year old kitten and I was asking the vet about the best diet for cats in general. They pretty much told me to steer clear of canned food because it's not necessary and isn't all that great for their teeth. They told me that dry food is all they need.
Of course I didn't listen because I find it a bit cruel to deprive my darlings of meat! But that is what they recommend so I'd suggest not giving two meals of 'wet' food per day because your cat won't eat as much dry food as they need for healthy gums and teeth and all that. Perhaps put dry food out in the morning and then give a little boiled fish and a little canned food in the evening. That's what we've always done with our cats and they've lived very happily and healthily for 15 years plus.
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Just be careful that the brand you go to doesn't have wheat gluten in it. They are still finding pet foods that need to be recalled. And, I've been feeding my cats exclusively dry food for years. 2 of them will turn 20 next month, and are in excellent health. When people come over, they think that they might be 9 or 10, not nearly 20! (These are the furry friends I grew up with) If you're going to all wet, just make sure the foods aren't on the recall list!
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Originally Answered: Do you think wet food is better for cats or dry food? Can I feed them both types of food?
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
An even bigger problem is that it IS dry and it dehydrates no matter how much your cat drinks
Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food. Cats are not naturally big drinkers.
95% of the moisture is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Think about it.
Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck in between.
Please read about cat nutrition.
Prescription diets It is extremely rare that they should be fed
The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with the people pushing it on
them with their own research showing how great their food is. Who is going to spend money or research for animals these
days. The food companies that is who. Their research is designed not to hurt their bottom line
Believe me a company researching their own products are in it for profit
Some vets are behind the times when it comes to nutrition
but more are reading and becoming up to date
Times change information changes over time as more is learned. Please do your research
. Notice grants for for this nutritional class in a vet school
Hills Science Plan, a pet-food brand owned by Colgate-Palmolive, boasts that: 'More vets feed Hills than any other pet food.'
Last year, Hills sponsored the British Veterinary Association's 2009 Congress (the biggest meeting on the veterinary calendar).
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