|Purred: Fri Feb 13, '09 7:49am PST |
|Food is always a big topic on Catster. I have nine Maine Coons at the moment (three permanent ones, and six kittens looking for homes), and from what I've heard from my breeder/cat show friends is divided: some feed Royal Canin Maine Coon, but most don't. Mind you, we live in Japan where there aren't so many food choices. Harvey has had some gum problems, and so I've been seeing a woman who is probably the best (read: only) animal dentist in Japan, and she just laughed about Royal Canin's claim that the unique shape of the kibbles suits the unusual shape of Maine Coon teeth. Hey, she's the tooth expert; I'd tend to believe her.
More than that, though, I think that whatever you choose to feed your cat, you'll know when the food is agreeing with them, and when it isn't. I don't think it's necessarily breed specific. Harvey's sister Chibi thrives on anything she eats--beautiful fur, great energy, good weight for a female Maine Coon--but Harvey has some digestive issues that will be looked at as soon as possible at a top veterinary school, but which, honestly speaking, I don't think would be influenced by feeding Royal Canin Maine Coon (which I have tried, by the way). He does best on--gasp!--Science Diet Hairball Control, not because he has hairballs, but because the extra fiber in the kibble firms up his bowel movements.
Cat food is a topic that no one seems to agree on, but I'd say that most people realize that many cats seem to thrive on diets that other cats can't tolerate.
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