|Purred: Mon Sep 9, '13 3:33pm PST |
|You could put some wet food down, and as long as it is not hot, it will be ok for a while. Mine will sometimes come back in an hour to finish up. Since one of my cats (Smitty) is the equivalent of a vacuum, I cannot leave food down all the time, so with Felix, I just fed him several times through the day. Luckily I work from home, so it was easy for me. I would give Mittens breakfast & dinner & at least a "snack" before bed. Depending on what time you get up, you could give her breakfast & then a little bit before you leave for the day. Mine do get a little bit of dry, but they are about 95 wet food. Yes it can ridiculously expensive . With 4 their "grocery" bill is as much as my household of 3 adults! Take a look at some of the Friskies - they do have some grain free and can be more reasonable. Fish is ok, but not every day. Mine get a variety: Halo shredded, Merrick Bistro, Nature's Variety, Natural Balance, Friskies, Purina Pro-plan chicken & liver. They get at the most, a few kibbles of dry as their bedtime snack of Halo sensitive stomach chicken or Merrick chicken. (Maizy has a touchy tummy) The more wet food though, the better. And you can even put a tiny bit of water in the food too. A kitten should be fed as much as they wish, they have lots of growing to do! After about a year, you can monitor their amounts more to prevent an over weight kitty. The other thing I forgot to add in my other answer to you is water! They will get alot of their water from wet food, but the more they drink the better - it will prevent urinary issues & is good for them. I have 2 bowls in my kitchen, and a stainless steel fountain in my living room. Best is to buy only 1 or 2 kinds of food at first, because too much changing around can cause an upset tummy & diarrhea. Plus to me, it doesn't matter how good a food is if the cat won't eat it! a good site is catinfo.org - lots of info & also alot of food info on IBDkitties.net. Plus we are always here to help!
ps I seemed to remember reading somewhere that Trader Joe's was grain free...not positive. And if she is eating just dry right now, give her a little wet and less dry each time you feed. INcrease the wet til she is switched over. Some cats will just dive into the wet food without a second thought.
Edited by author Mon Sep 9, '13 3:40pm PST
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