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Recommended Wet food for my kitten!

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by EroyalB, May 10, 2017.


  1. EroyalB

    EroyalB PetForums Junior

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    Babyshoes PetForums Senior

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    I probably wouldn't use either of those as a first choice, but looking at the listings the Sheba doesn't have too many ingredients that actually concern me - cats have no need for "fruit & vegetables". If you let us know what country you're in, that will help with suggestions!

    The other alternative is raw - it's a bit more effort if you can't access it pre-made, and of course needs fridge & freezer, but it's definitely very healthy if you get it right.

    What is kitty eating now? That may affect what s/he is willing to eat, & you'll need to do a slow transition, whatever you decide. Sometimes texture is as important as flavour. My boy well try most types in jelly or gravy, but refuses pâtés point blank.

    S/he is adorable, by the way, but looks very young! How old is s/he? We've had some very sad threads recently where people were lied to about their kitten's age, which is why I ask. If under 8 weeks they are not ready to be fully weaned & should still be getting mother's milk along with some solids, or a replacement milk if that's not possible. Kittens should ideally stay with mum until around 12 weeks for socialisation - some will continue to drink a bit from mum as well as eating solids too, but 8 weeks is the absolute minimum for the digestive system to tolerate a solid diet.
     
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    Thanks for the response! I am from the United States. I am open to anything including a raw food diet, but isn't that quite costly? No worries! This is simply a picture from the breeder, we don't have the kitten yet, he's too young atm, we'll be getting him at 12 weeks. He is currently starting a dry food diet under the breeders care.
     
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    So glad he's not coming home to you yet! Please do post more photos when you get him (or before if you get some from the breeder). Kitten photos are mandatory on this forum. ;)

    I can't comment on prices in the US as I'm in the UK, but here if you shop around a bit, raw can be cheaper than the likes of Sheba, whiskas, Felix etc. (Referring to making your own mix from supermarket or butcher cheap meat cuts which you chop & mix yourself.) Just compare the per kilo prices, and remember he will need a slightly smaller portion of raw as it is more nutritionally dense.

    You will struggle to transition from dry to wet, they spray kibble with "animal digest" which from what I can tell is basically kitty crack! If the breeder is willing to feed at least some meals of kitten wet food (almost any type for now) then at least he will recognise it as food. You'll need to go very slowly to avoid tummy trouble, maybe grind up some dry in a clean food processor or coffee grinder to sprinkle on top of whatever wet you decide to use.

    On that note, I try to have at least 2 or 3 different brands of food that my pets are used to, so that if one type is suddenly not available or changes their recipe, you've got other options. As most brands come in a range of flavours, the chance of boredom is also reduced.

    There are loads of threads on here discussing wet vs dry vs raw, so I won't go into details here.

    Hopefully someone from the US will be along with a better insight of brands & prices.
     
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