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Old 08-08-2013, 10:23 PM
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Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

Hi

Apologies if there's already a thread but I can't spot one!

Just out of curiosity really - what's the difference between indoor and normal cat food?

My rescue cat has absolutely no interest in the outside world (apart from spying on my neighbours through the window) but I feed her on normal cat wet/dry food and she's not fat/skinny and her fur is super shiny!

Reason provoking my question is I ran out of usual dry food and ended up rushing out and buying go cat indoor (wasn't much choice in the shop unfortunately, it was that or supermarket own brand, didn't particularly want to purchase either) however Mia decided she absolutely loves it and preferred it over wet food!

Just wondering if its worth switching her dry to an indoor brand, or if its just full of rubbish and is more of a marketing scam?

(If anyone's wondering, her wet is canned Butchers - since putting her on that, fur is very soft and shiny so I can only assume that's good! Please correct me if I'm wrong though )
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:34 PM
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

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Hi

Apologies if there's already a thread but I can't spot one!

Just out of curiosity really - what's the difference between indoor and normal cat food?

My rescue cat has absolutely no interest in the outside world (apart from spying on my neighbours through the window) but I feed her on normal cat wet/dry food and she's not fat/skinny and her fur is super shiny!

Reason provoking my question is I ran out of usual dry food and ended up rushing out and buying go cat indoor (wasn't much choice in the shop unfortunately, it was that or supermarket own brand, didn't particularly want to purchase either) however Mia decided she absolutely loves it and preferred it over wet food!

Just wondering if its worth switching her dry to an indoor brand, or if its just full of rubbish and is more of a marketing scam?

(If anyone's wondering, her wet is canned Butchers - since putting her on that, fur is very soft and shiny so I can only assume that's good! Please correct me if I'm wrong though )
Hiya I am completely new to all this but I believe that the best dry food will be applaws or orjen? something simular to that one. Grain free seems to be the best from what I can gather from all the helpful posts on here, and as there doesnt seem to be much grain free dry food I would imagine there is not any indoor cat that fits into that catagory. Im sure someone will be along soon who knows much more than me
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

I believe that dry food is to be avoided.

If you go here: wet or dry food?
and see the second post you'll be reading 'Spid's Missive', which tells it how it is.
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

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Just wondering if its worth switching her dry to an indoor brand, or if its just full of rubbish and is more of a marketing scam?

(If anyone's wondering, her wet is canned Butchers - since putting her on that, fur is very soft and shiny so I can only assume that's good! Please correct me if I'm wrong though )
Butchers is grain free - better than many main brands!
keep her on mostly wet if possible, other easy to try out - hi life & feline fayre
- zooplus has better, but its bulk order (20 for free shipping) ..unless you 'need' a cat climber etc
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

Indoor food is garbage.

The best "indoor" food is raw. The cats poo about every two days and when they do it is easy to handle and nearly odor free.

Butcher's is not at all bad especially given the extremely low price.

I agree with the posts above. All dry food is bad. Applaws and Orijen are less bad than most.
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

Yeah I don't like giving her dry really, she gets more wet than dry

Thanks satori, I did think it was a load of kak!

Ooh, maybe I do *need* a cat tree, Mia is having a little friend soon and I was looking on eBay at cat trees but I'll try zoo plus.

Thanks coco, I'll give that link a read later

I bet post this and go, Mia is shouting "breakfast breakfast mum breakfast"!!!!
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

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I believe that dry food is to be avoided.

If you go here: wet or dry food?
and see the second post you'll be reading 'Spid's Missive', which tells it how it is.
Spid seems to really slate the Felix food...

My friend took in 2 abandoned 5 month old SKINNY kittens (1 of which has had kittens, still has milk, god knows what happened to them and 1 pregnant who gave birth on the 24th July to 5 babies - all alive).
Should I be concerned she is feeding the 2 on felix kitten food? (they were very skinny but thankfully have since gained weight being on kitten food, mum cat is very content when feeding the kittens)
When the 5 babies are old enough she intends on weening them on to felix kitten too (so I bought some ready at home as I will be homing one of them and wanted to use the same food for a while but I intended on feeding him butchers when he got bigger). Although Spid says that there never used to be kitten food, so is there any point in her paying the higher price just because it has the word kitten on the box?!
(If there's no point I want to tell her, the money spent on the wording "kitten" could be used to buy better food if Spid's right)

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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

Hmmm first ever complaint about my missive - I don't slate it, I just say there is better and cheaper food out there. Why feed stuff to your cat for them to a) poop it back out and b) to make a lot of cats poorly. The fact that they poop it straight back out just goes against common sense - it's like just handing the manufacturers a fistful of money and saying "keep it, I don't want it, so I'll pay you to make my cats poop".

ANd I do say the worst wet is better than the best dry.

If feeding Felix or Whiskas then yes buy the kitten food, if feeding raw, Hermann's, bozita, etc then no don't bother with kitten food.
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

It wasn't a complaint. I just wanted to double check we were feeding the right thing and gave them the right start in life that they deserve. You mentioned felix wasn't too good which is what we were feeding them and intended on using for weaning the kittens, as you can imagine alarm bells rang!

I messaged her after reading your post and she's looking into other brands as we speak - just got another message, she is going to use Nature Menu instead She can get it at 4.74 12 pack kitten pouches, do you know if we can get cheaper elsewhere or is that about right?

PS Mia (my cat) doesn't get much dry food, I view it as like crisps for cats.
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Re: Indoor cat food - is it any better/worse?

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The best "indoor" food is raw. The cats poo about every two days
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Mine go every day, so not all cats are the same
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