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Is this a reasonably good diet?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by SilverCat285, Jul 31, 2013.


  1. SilverCat285

    SilverCat285 PetForums Member

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    I'm getting a kitten in a few weeks and I was working out what to feed him/her. The kitten is currently fed on felix wet kitten food.

    I had planned to feed mostly Applaws dry kitten food with a wet food 1-2 times a day. I'm planning to feed Annimonda Carny kitten then introduce another wet food to rotate it with a few weeks/months down the line. I don't want to upset it's stomach too much by swapping food around (The kitten currently has a very sensitive stomach). Is this ok?

    Is feeding a high quality dry food (such as Applaws) better than feeding low quality wet (like whiska's, go cat etc)?

    Food was so much simpler before I discovered this forum!
     
  2. catcoonz

    catcoonz PetForums VIP

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    The food you are planning is good, stay away from go-cat, whiskas etc.
    Carney kitten chicken is very good for kittens sensitive tummies, my rescue kittens are eating this but instead of Applaws i use Encore kitten, same thing but slightly cheaper.

    Others can give you more advise on feeding.
     
  3. SilverCat285

    SilverCat285 PetForums Member

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    Thanks for the reply :)
     
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    will just add - you need to stick to current diet only for at least a week- the stress of moving house esp from mum to..not.. is a big deal
    maybe more than a week if there are tummy issues ..then slowly add what you want in as a mixture, uping your preferred % ...slowly, for as long as it takes
     
  5. SilverCat285

    SilverCat285 PetForums Member

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    Yeah I know, I'm going to use the same food and litter until s/he is settled in :)
     
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    SilverCat285 PetForums Member

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    So it's ok to feed that then?
     
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    have you considered feeding raw?
     
  8. SilverCat285

    SilverCat285 PetForums Member

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    I've thought about it before but can't really afford to, and I would be worried I wasn't doing it right and they got food poisoning.
     
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    well it does work out cheaper tbh than wet food and its possible to buy ones online that are already prepared etc :)
     
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    Really? The thought of preparing it really put me off. I don't think it's really an option though.
     
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    yeah its not for everyone, but aslong as they are fed a decent diet thats the main thing :)
     
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    I still live with my parents and they would definitely object to feeding raw. I'm still trying to convince them to stop feeding our existing cat science plan urgh!
     
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    haha i live with my mum and ordered the raw without her knowing :D
     
  14. jo-pop

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    Actually the worst quality wet is BETTER than the highest quality dry
     
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    Just what I was about to say JP!
     
  16. Phoenix85

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    I disagree.

    They are bad but in different ways.

    Dry is bad for their kidneys, BUT, at least a good quality dry food (Like Orijen for example) contains around 80% specified meat and no grains. Not sure about applaws... does it contain a little rice?

    The worst quality wet foods contain "Meat and animal derivitives" or "meat and meat by-products" etc... which is basically the floor sweepings... it can be skin, nails, feathers, eyes, even tumours and diseased flesh. They also contain high amounts of grains and cereals which are no good for cats.

    Personally if I had to choose between a poor quality wet food and a high quality grain-free dry food, I'd be choosing the dry.

    That said, I feed all my cats raw ;) (and it does work out a lot cheaper than cat food - it costs less per kilo as buying than whiskas wet food or pouches, but is way better quality than whiskas. Raw costs me £1 to £2 per kilo, but whiskas pouches cost around £3 to £4 per kilo)
    And I would always choose a high-quality wet food over any other commercial food option (not including raw of course, raw trumps wetfood).

    I do have a few emergency tins in here, and have bought wet food for the cat rescue I foster for, and I look for varieties with at least 60% specified meat, and either grain-free or under 5% rice only (no other grains)
    Generally this tends to be Animonda, Applaws, Cosma & Almo Nature.:rolleyes:
     
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    SilverCat285 PetForums Member

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    As far as I know Applaws is supposed to contain 80% meat too
     
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    I suppose it's which risk you are willing to take. A poor wet diet would give them reduced nutrients but help maintain their overall fluid intake. A quality dry diet would provide more nutrients but give you a dehydrated cat with a high risk of kidney disorder.

    To me it's simple, feed raw :)
     
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