Table scraps? The cheapest bagged cat food you can find? Only canned food? Only dry food? The top of the line most expensive food available? Special food for indoor cats? Special food for senior cats? On and on it goes. There are so many options available it is hard to make a choice about what to feed your cat family. The only thing for sure is we need healthy cat food.
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In our household we have had a fairly inexpensive dry cat food and then a spoonful of canned food twice a day. We recently made a change. When researching our post about Urinary Problems we discovered one of the causes is the filler in dry cat food, it is grain based. We decided on a different path, grain free cat food. Even our kitten, Bug, was changed to a better dry cat food. Can you notice a difference? We all think there is evidence that this food is better. I especially see a new silkiness to Bug’s coat that wasn’t there before. Scamper seems to have more energy. Rusty would throw up occasionally and since the new food that isn’t happening as often. Me, well, I am satisfied when I finish my food. We clean our bowls. We each get a spoon of canned food too, that is for urinary health.
How Can I afford Special Cat Food?
This food is definitely more expensive than what we had, but it will balance out in the long run. First, we were probably being overfed with the inexpensive food. Mom would give us a good healthy serving and what we didn’t eat at meal time we nibbled on until the next meal. Now, when she read the serving size on the bag she has stuck to that. There is nothing left to nibble on, but we haven’t noticed that. No one is losing weight with this new meal plan. So, a bag goes further. The largest savings with better cat food is fewer emergency calls to the Vet. Those vet bills can take a big chunk of money but if we eat healthier we will avoid that.
How to Properly Change
Your Cat’s Food
“What do you mean, properly?” Well, our tummy can be sensitive to change and we are “finicky” right? If you dish us a new food all of a sudden we just won’t eat. Probably eventually we will, but not at first, and then you get all concerned and upset. So try it this way, introduce the new food a little at a time with our old food. Eventually the proportions will go the other way, more of the new food and less of the old. That worked well for us.
And don’t forget our spoonful of canned food with each serving!
How many times a day should I Eat?
In our home we eat twice a day. This means our humans are on a regular routine because we certainly are! We get up around 5 AM and expect shortly after to have food in our bowls. Then our evening meal is a little less structured. It is around 4:30 or 5 in the afternoon. Scamper is the most vocal about it. She starts “meowing” just when it is time to eat. The rest of us are glad to have her speak for us.
What Do They Put In Cat Food?
The Best Ingredients
That Should Be In Our Cat Food
Have you read the ingredients on a bag of cat food or just looked at the price? Don’t feel guilty. Finances are a factor in taking care of us. We know you do the best you can. And, for some cats just having some dry food is a blessing. For those of you that leave food out for feral cats, a huge “Thank-You”! Back to what is really in the food you buy.
We made the decision to change to a no grain dry cat food. We came to that conclusion after researching our post about urinary tract problems. The research indicates the cheaper cat foods with grain and fillers can be part of the cause for urinary tract problems. We have had several of our male cats, me included, who have had to go to the Vet for this problem. We also like the idea of “No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives”. * The first ingredient listed on the bag is the primary ingredient in the food. Our choice in food has turkey listed first.
Common Ingredients in Less Expensive Dry Cat Food or
What Shouldn’t Be In Our Food
We recommend grain free cat food
Don’t feed us grains – in any form, foods with gravy or sauce because of what they use to thicken these. Stay away from foods that list soy as one of the ingredients. We shouldn’t be having that. You can read an in depth article at www.catinfo.org/Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM. She recommends a diet of canned food only to increase the water intake for us.
The first ingredients are corn, soybean meal, wheat middlings and then chicken, tuna meal (what is that??) So, there is a real difference in the ingredients used in dry cat food. Real meat is far down the list of ingredients. Joe Boo Boo is the hunter in our family, like our ancestors. He likes the hunt, but I’m not sure he goes for the fresh meat. Of course, we are well fed in our home so the need to catch our food is not a priority. We are hunters, though and are meat eaters. So, our food should have meat, not so much grain. I can live with that and so can my cat family.
Cat food comes in so many varieties that you should be able to find something that your family will eat. There are many brands, flavors that will appeal to us and to you, our human caretakers. You do realize that they market this food to appeal to you, the buyer, rather than for us, the consumers. I suggest you pay attention to the different catagories offered, kitten, young active cats, indoor cats, outdoor cats, mature cats, pregnant cats, lactating cats, cats with special nutritional needs.
Buy Healthy Cat Food Online
We have found a good selection of cat food at Amazon and Chewy.com. We invite you to visit either website and explore all of the products available. Good nutrition for your cats is so important. We will have fewer health issues and have enough energy to have a good and rewarding life if you are diligent about what you feed us. Thanks for taking good care of us!
If you would like more in depth information there is an interesting article here (http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_feedingcat.cfm) about your cat’s nutritional needs.