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Another good versus bad food question?

Another good versus bad food question? Topic: Another good versus bad food question?
June 16, 2019 / By Amanda
Question: I have a 5 week old kitten that I have been feeding 1/4 can of newman's own premium organics with Iams dry on the side to free feed throughout the day. I am switching his Iams to Natural Balance today but keeping him on this Newmans until 10 or 12 weeks when I know he will be eating the dry well. Here is my question....Is my kitten going to turn out bigger, prettier, and healthier feeding him this regimen versus if I had him on canned 9lives and some cheap dry food? Im wondering if spending $1.00 a can and buying expensive dry is really worth it.....
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Wallace Wallace | 8 days ago
HI, It's great to hear that you would want to feed your kitten the best way possible. Yes, opinion may differ on the subject of feeding so you will get a lot of conflicting answers here. I can tell you what I know and hopefully, it'll help you. I have heard numerous myth when it comes to feeding both dry and wet. But for now, let me address the myth when it comes to eating exclusive wet (no dry). Many people believe that if your kitten eats only wet, he will not get enough nutrition because wet food is mostly water. That is untrue. It is correct to say that wet food is higher in moisture content, up to 70% to be exact but this cannot be confused with wet food as consisting only water. Pet food has to abide by the AAFCO rules and regulations and must consist balance and complete nutrition for each cats' life stages. So, when you purchase wet food, make sure it carries this certification and your cat will not be short charged when it comes to nutrition. In the wild, a cat's prey consists mainly of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar and fiber) content. Also, some believe that wet food will lead to diarrhea or loose stools. I can tell you that it is untrue. My cats are all on an exclusive wet diet and their stool consistency are solid, well formed and has minimal odor. :) Litter box cleaning has also become easier because of less excrement - high quality wet food leads to maximum absorption of nutrients, thus less wastage, less stool. And lastly, the claim that wet food created bad breath and rotten teeth. Again, this is untrue. Dental care has to be provided irregardless of whether your cat is eating dry or wet. And wet food is not the culprit when it comes to periodontal diseases, but because of lack of dental care and maintenance. WIth all that said, there is absolutely no need for you to be feeding dry food at all. Your cat will do much better on an all wet diet and of course so much healthier. Like I've mentioned, I only feed 100% wet. I came to this conclusion after doing my own research and getting to know pets that suffer dire consequences as a result of being fed exclusively dry. These websites has great information if you are interested in learning more about feline nutrition and the proper diet for a cat. http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?ac... http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canne... http://cats.about.com/od/catfoo1/tp/tpca... http://www.catinfo.org/ http://www.naturalmatters.net/article.asp?article=621&cat=11 http://www.traciehotchner.com/cb/QandA.htm Natural Balance is a wonderful brand, so instead of dry, get the wet and phase out Newman's Own. The reason is because it is laden with grains which your cat does not need. Although it is suppose to be a better brand because of better meat source, you the amount of grain is alarming. If however, you absolutely feel like you cannot just feed your cat all wet for whatever reason known only to you, then you really have to purchase high quality dry food and must supplement with high quality wet food as well. What you feed your cat really determine his health, so I hope you will do the right thing.
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Wallace Originally Answered: Puppy food versus all life stages?
Acana and TOTW are both fine, don't bother feeding puppy food. Too many calories equals too fast of growth, which isn't good for skeletal growth.

Ruby Ruby
Innova is far superior! Much better ingredients. And much more nutritious than Eukanuba. You couldn't pay me to feed my dog Eukanuba. Even if I had a free lifetime supply, I would never feed my dog Eukanuba (aka: Puke-a-nuba). As an analogy of quality, f these dog foods were fish, Innova would be caviar, while Eukanuba would be microwaved fish sticks. .
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Mort Mort
Everyone differs on this question so I asked my vet. She said get the best quality dry food you can because every cat she has treated for a urinary infection has been eating the cheap dry food. As for the wet, she said feed 'em whatever catfood they will eat (except real tuna), even the cheapest. And always keep them eating wet food as well as dry because she knows cats who only got dry food and when they get sick, they won't accept wet food because they are not used to it. So supermarket wet food is OK, but not the dry, and I feed the best wet I can find within my budget, and vary it.
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Kelan Kelan
It is worth the extra money. Benefits range from good health to lower vet bills. He may not be bigger, but he will be healthier, have a nicer coat, and love you all the more for it!
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Herb Herb
At five weeks old, shouldn't kitty be on KMR kitten formula? Also, they need high protein kitten chow at that age mixed with the formula if they are already able to eat on their own. They should be on kitten food for the first year, no matter what brand you use. Stay away from canned food. There is not enough protein in them for a baby kitten's needs. My five week old kitten was still feeding from the bottle at that age.
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Herb Originally Answered: Raw food question, Coconut butter bad or good for you?
I am in my ninth year as a rawfoodist, and there was a time when I would have agreed with both of the previous answers. But not anymore. I started out with this idea that since things like coco butter have the "good" fat, that we should eat LOTS of it. But I have since seen the fallacy in this. It happened when I attended a raw food event featuring Doug Graham as a speaker. I went into this with David Wolfe having been my primary "guru" of choice. Yike. Scary to think of that now... Anyway, this guy Doug was saying some stuff that was VERY different from what the mainstream raw food leaders say. He was NOT touting chlorophyll, sea salt, blue-green algae, avocados, spirulina, bee pollen, wheatgrass juice, goji berries, raw cacoa(give me a break), fermented foods, liquid aminos, sprouts, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, "super foods", or even juicing. Wow. What a weirdo. Every raw foodist knows that those things on that list are where it's at, RIGHT? And he was even so bold as to say that bananas are GOOD. Omigosh, that just went against everything I had been taught. I could have just written him off at that point, but here's the thing... He was very smart, impeccably logical in his explanations, with decades of first-hand research, having a background as a trainer of pro-athletes, including some record-holders. He had also controlled and monitored their diets, and had seen the results. He was also a 25+ year rawfoodist himself, and at about age 50, was the best athlete around. And he was very down to earth, and very scientific in his approach. There was no way I could not give him credibility. Well...without writing a whole novel here, basically the point in regard to your question is that most people, especially rawfoodists eat waaay too much fat. And it is highly detrimental to one's health over time. It also greatly inhibits athletic performance. Doug calculated that the avg. American eats 40% cals from fat, avg. vegetarian 40% cals from fat, avg. vegan 40% cals from fat, avg. rawfoodist...wanna guess? 65% cals from fat! That's huge. And it's not a good thing. Athletically, consuming about 4-5% fat is optimal(which just happens to be what is found in most fruits), and thru decades of testing, he found that 10% seems to be the upper-cutoff, above which, all aspects of health and performance began to diminish. And the farther above 10%, the worse the deterioration. See here's the thing. As vegetarians, many of us(still sadly not all) are aware that our protein needs are highly exaggerated. And not only that, but also, TOO MUCH of it is actually BAD for you. And most Americans are actually at that toxic level of having too much, and yet are still worried about making sure they have lots of it in their diet, when it is virtually impossible to have a deficiency of it unless you are starving yourself. Well the exact same thing is true of fat. You could take that entire paragraph above and replace the word protein with the word fat, and it would work. Yes...we need a certain amount of it(again, same with protein). A certain amount is necessary. But that amount is low. That's all there is to it. It's low. Not high. And high is bad for us. I am not saying ZERO. I am saying low. We are not a high-fat, high-protein critter, like bears. We are primates. And what do they eat? Lots of fruits and chutes. Not lots of fat. And yes, UNsaturated fat is the kind we want, and no, I am not worried about it giving you cholesterol(it's not about cholesterol), but again, we don't need it in excessive amounts. And we already have enough simply from eating fruits. When you eat overt fat sources like nut butters, olive oil, avocados, etc. it takes surprisingly little of it to put you up into that 10+% range, where things start getting worse. There is a fallacy in thinking, "I know that nutrient X is necessary, so therefore I will eat lots and lots and lots and lots of it." And that is the trap that most people(myself included) have fallen into. Look I could go on forever about how fat blocks your body's ability to absorb oxygen and sugar into the blood cells, about how high-fat consumption is the true cause of diabetes, and on and on and on. But I think that would be way too much for this space. Basically, if you want to know about all the science and the research...I think the best thing to do would just be to get his newest BOOK, "The 80/10/10 Diet". That really lays out everything that I gleaned over going to numerous events to hear him speak and ask him questions. You can find it on livingnutrition.com It will really put questions like this one to bed for you. Let me just close by saying that I have personally been doing raw the low-fat way for about the last 4-5 years. I did it high fat raw at first, then after hearing Doug, I traded in my avocados for bananas and tried low fat raw. And of course, there was a back-and-forth transition period(that was the time to REALLY be able to make direct comparisons). Let me tell you, it really works! I thought I was so healthy when I first went raw. But it was nothing compared to Low-fat raw. And I have met others who do the same at Doug's events, and have FINALLY found where all the HEALTHY-LOOKING raw foodists have been hiding. Ever notice that they are hard to find??? It's because most of them are making a lot of mistakes(and not just the fat). You really should check out Doug's book. Again, there are many other factors besides high/low fat that you should know about. I have found it to be better than all my other raw books combined. I'll tell you flat out, low-fat rawfoodists tend to be much healthier. I have seen this so consistently. I no longer believe things like "if you're raw, you're good." There is so much more to it. I now know that that comes from bad teaching by uninformed inexperienced gurus who say what they think is true, rather than what they know is true. And that is the majority of who is out there. Sorry if that sounds cynical. But I have found it to be true, and I do want to be honest and helpful. Well...you said you wanted insight, so there you go! Hope this is a good start. Good luck!

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