|Purred: Fri Jun 14, '13 5:02am PST |
|Hi, and congratulations on adopting your first kitty!
Dry food is not a great food for cats for several reasons. Dry kibble has a very low moisture content. Our domestic cats are descended from small desert cats (Middle Eastern wildcat, Felis sylvestris) who obtain most of their water requirement from their food and , therefore, they do not have a strong thirst drive. This is also true of domestic cats. Although cats fed dry food will drink water, they almost never drink enough and are therefore constantly in a state of dehydration. This constant state of dehydration is expecially taxing on the urinary tract system and can help cause dangerous crystals, especially in male cats.
Kibble also contains too many carbohydrates, even grain free kibble. Look at the ingredients of your Wilderness Salmon Recipe, potato starch, peas, potatoes, etc. are all sources of carbohydrates. These ingredients are what help the kibble pieces stick together rather than crumble into dust.
Kibble also contains too much plant protein as opposed to meat protein. See the pea protein ingredient in your kibble? That is their to up the total protein content of the food, but plant proteins do not contain the same amino acid profile as animal proteins.
It might be helpful to add here that cats are obligate carnivores, like ferrets and seals. This means that they obtain all their nutritional requirements from meat and do not need any other form of food.
You asked about good brands of canned food. Just look for foods that are grain free and contain "meat" as opposed to "meat by-products". Also, the first ingredient(s) should by meat, not something like potatoes. Brands I buy are Nature's Variety Instinct, Dave's, Weruva, EVO, some Merrick's; many people also get Wellness. Some people say that any wet food is better than any dry food. You can also check out the Fancy Feast Classic flavors. Although they are not "premium" foods, they have fewer iffy ingredients than some other, cheaper, canned foods.
As for losing weight, the best thing to do is to get her to play several times a day. Wand toys, laser pointers, chasing balls, etc.
Best of luck with your new fur!
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