|Purred: Fri Sep 2, '11 5:51am PST |
|Hi there! Well, since I'm reading this I can't help putting in my 2 cents.
Kibble is not a species appropriate diet for cats. Kibble has too many carbohydrates for an obligate carnivore, too much of the protein in kibble is plant based, it contains no moisture and "most" cats will not drink enough water to make up for that defiency in their food, and it does not clean teeth. If the cat even chews the kibble, many swallow kibble whole, then little pasty bits of kibble get pushed up under the gums which can lead to gum disease. The only thing that cleans a cat's teeth is brushing them.
Shade, Smudge, and Chaucer, once I adopted them, were raised on canned and raw. They love their food and are very healthy. At well care exams, and the few other times they've been to the vet's, I always here comments on how beautiful their coats are and how great Shade and Smudge's teeth are (Chuacer came with inflamed gums, but his actual teeth are great). I can't think of one reason to feed kibble to my cats.
Why don't you check out catinfo.org. The site is written by a vet and she has a lot of great info.
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