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Discuss ways to improve the quality of your cat's life and longevity through proper nutrition; a place for all of your questions and answers about feeding your kitty!

Please keep discussions fun, friendly, and helpful at all times. Non-informative posts criticizing a particular brand or another poster's choice of food are not allowed in this Forum. References to any brand of food as "junk," "garbage," or other harsh names will be removed.

  
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Spider- (formerly- known as- Gunt

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 3:41am PST 
I'm my mom's first kitten (in her adulthood anyways) so she's a bit confused about some things.

She was reading on here a lot about how other kitties get a lot of canned food. But she's worried about me getting canned food because she was always told canned food caused icky problems with other kitties! But she also read something about how male cats especially need to eat canned food. But she didn't see an explanation for that. Can anyone elaborate?

She really does want the best for me! She feeds me delicious Blue Wilderness. (Which has real chicken in it. Yum!) She just wants to make sure I get what I need. Thanks everyone!




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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 3:56am PST 
Definitely read http://www.catinfo.org way to go

Canned foods are a more appropriate food for cats. Raw food is even better but not everyone can or wants to feed that. Canned foods have a high water content which keeps a cat well hydrated. Canned foods are ideal for cats who are prone to urinary issues, not just males, because the water content will help keep the urine pretty diluted which prevents crystals and other stuff from forming. Concentrated high pH urine is what causes many urinary blockages and stones and other issues.

Canned food does not cause any health issue at all. The most common myth is that canned food causes bad teeth. No food keeps teeth healthy, just like with people teeth. Only good dental hygiene (ie frequent brushing and visits to the dentist) will keep teeth healthy way to go Dry foods do little to clean anything off the teeth. Cats just crunch the dry food once and swallow the pieces whole shrug

Vets aren't taught much about nutrition in vet school so don't expect much help form the vet on diet shrug Many vets will insist that dry foods are great for cats. You don't need the vet's permission to feed canned food at all smile Your vet may not like it but can't force you to feed dry food.

Lots of cats here eat the Blue Buffalo canned foods smile There are lots of other brands. A grain-free brand is ideal since cats have no use for grains in the diet. Any brand of food is good. You don't need to feed an expensive brand. Some csts are happy with inexpensive Friskies and Fancy Feast.
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Spider- (formerly- known as- Gunt

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 5:09am PST 
I always was under the impression that the extra moisture in canned food caused digestive upset and gave cats diarrhea.

I guess I'll just have to try it with him and see.

I'll be sticking with the BB, though. I know it's kind of on the pricey side, but I don't mind paying if it means he's getting what he needs. I always tend to steer clear of the cheaper foods for my animals. I prefer grain free and foods with no by products in them for my pets.
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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 5:42am PST 
Switching food too fast can cause an upset tummy.

Sometimes a particular brand of food just doesn't agree with a cat's tummy shrug It may be because of an ingredient or the formulation. Just try a different brand to see if it agrees with the tummy better.

Grains can cause gassiness because cats can't digest it very well shrug Fillers can also cause gassiness.

A well hydrated cat is a healthy cat, IMO way to go Lots of people here add a little extra water to the canned food to ensure that the cat is getting plenty of water.
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Spider- (formerly- known as- Gunt

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 11:57am PST 
Actually how do I give him the wet food?
I know how to switch over brands of dry food, but I've never given wet before. Do I mix it in with his dry? Or do I just put it out for him to eat? Sorry if these are kind of silly, but I don't know the proper way to do this.

I think partially why it's in my mind that canned food is bad is when I was younger I just gave the cats a can as a special occasion thing and they always seemed to get diarrhea. So my mom stopped letting me give canned. Didn't even consider that it was because I just sort of threw it out there for them when they weren't used to it. Could that have been the problem? Sorry, off topic.

Just wondering the best way to go about this! Thanks!
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BK

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 3:42pm PST 
If he'll eat the canned, then yes, just put it out. Try not to mix wet and dry food because making dry food wet causes bacteria to grow on it.

And yes, a cat that is not used to a canned diet and is fed it as a treat could definitely have diarrhea from it. Once he's used to it you should be fine. If he's not you should try other brands/flavors. As Merlin mentioned, something in one type might upset his tummy, but another type might be fine.
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Bubbles

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 5:56pm PST 
My two kittens eat primarily wet! smile They get fed 3x daily and I rotate different brands of canned food. They also get Blue Wilderness Duck formula as a night time snack- for some reason Bastian gets rather haughty without some midnight snackage. shrug So I have a small bag of grain free kibble too.

But none of my kitties have digestive problems or diarrhea. All solid around here, and I even rotate flavors and brands. Wet food is definitely better, since cats appreciate the awesome moisture content. My brother's cat had severe food allergies and seemed dehydrated 24/7 until we switched her to 4Health canned food. Now she's 95% better and her hair is growing back! So I prefer to feed my beasties wet.


I recommend:
Tiki Cat
Evangers
Wellness
Halo
Merrick's Purrfect Bistro
Blue Wilderness
Felidae Pure Sea
Nature's Variety

I like those. They are very all very good. My kitties love almost all canned!
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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 6:11pm PST 
I would not mix cnned food with dry food, especially not during the hot summer months. Bacteria can grow pretty quicky shock

Just put some canned food in a bowl and offer it alongside the dry food for a couple days smile If your cat likes the food and it doesn't have any tummy issues, you can start feeding only the canned food smile
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Spider- (formerly- known as- Gunt

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Purred: Tue Jul 16, '13 6:50pm PST 
Glad I asked! I didn't know mixing wet with dry caused bacteria.

Thanks for all the advice everyone!

Do I have to get the kitten formula or can he eat the "regular" formulas? He's almost four months. (Guesstimating because he is a rescue.)
I think I'll have more options for variety if I can get the non-kitten ones, too.

Hopefully the Blue Buffalo canned works as nicely as their dry food does for him! I'd like to keep with that brand, but thanks for the suggestions if the canned doesn't agree with him. smile

I'm definitely going to try it and aim for a 50/50 wet/dry diet which I've read is the best for my little guy! Thanks everyone! big grin
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Shade

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Purred: Wed Jul 17, '13 4:49am PST 
Many brands of canned food are "for all life stages", that means that they are nutritionally balance for kittens as well as adult cats. This will be printed somewhere on the back of the can near the ingredients and nutritional information.

For a four month old kitten I would feed canned food at least 3x/day. You can buy cans usually in 3 sizes, 3lz, 5.5 oz, and 13 oz. Don't give up if he won't switch immediately over, sometimes it takes a while, but being a kitten he shouldn't be too set in his ways.

Purrs,
Shade

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