|Purred: Fri Dec 30, '11 6:10am PST |
|IMO, the cheapest brand of canned food is way better than even the highest quality dry food. It's a pay it now or later kind of thing: spend money now on canned food and avoid many common health issues later in life (obesisty, diabetes, etc) *or* buy dry food and possibly end up with (very expensive) health issues later in life.
I guess a compromise would be to feed both canned and a preferably grain-free dry Maybe 50/50? Innova EVO Cat/Kitten dry food is one of the "better" ones to feed. Nature's Variety Instinct (not the Prarie one) and Wellness CORE are also good.
Canned food doesn't have to break the bank. Fancy Feast is a good inexpensive brand. Wal Mart's Special Kitty brand costs even less. Most supermarkets' generic brand of cat food is probably similar in price to Fancy Feast. Big chain pet stores often have sales on Fancy Feast and other brands, sometimes like 30 cans for $16 or something.
Adding water to dry food is a no-no. Harmful bacteria can quickly grow and cause an upset tummy. I woudn't put Vita-Gravy on the dry food either and let that sit out all day.
You should let your kitten eat some canned food so that she knows that it is food. You never know when you might have to feed a canned food only diet later in life due to health issues.
Just my thoughts I ate a supposedly "good" dry food for 8 years and then ended up with diabetes The dry food was so high in carbs that it negatively affected my pancrease. Many other cats have developed diabetes just from eating a lifelong diet of dry food. Just take a look at all the new members who join daily at FelineDiabetes.com
When Human got her new cats after I went to the Bridge, she put them on a raw food diet to avoid them getting diet-related health issues.
Catinfo.org has a lot more information about proper diet for cats
The gravy ingredients: Seafood Broth, Rice Flour, Safflower Oil, Natural Salmon Flavor, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Honey, Carrots, Celery, Tomato Paste, Pineapple Pulp, Yucca Pulp, Mineral & Vitamin Premix: (A Palmitate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, E Alpha Tocopherols Acetate, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Hydrochloried, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Taurine, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Lemon Juice, Caramel Color, Xanthan Gum
Pretty icky with a lot of uncessary stuff Since you're just using the gravy to add moisture to the dry food, I would just skip giving any gravy and feed the dry food plain and encourage the kitten to drink water from a bowl or fountain. And in the meantime, at least look into affordable brands of canned food and think about feeding at least some canned food with extra water added.
I hope this help and have fun with your kitten
Edited by author Fri Dec 30, '11 6:15am PST
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