Which cat food should I use, or are either OK?
Topic: Which cat food should I use, or are either OK?
June 16, 2019 / By Bonita Question:
I recently read about cat nutrition and it seems to make sense. I have decided to switch to a wet food diet.
The nearest pet store stocks all the main brands like Whiskas and Kitekat but apparently they are not so good. I got two cans, one is "Select Gold - Adult Hair + Skin" and the other is "Real Nature - Huhn & Rind mit Vollkornnudeln and Wuzenkeimol".
The Select Gold contains ingredients "chicken meat and chicken giblets (65.5%), chicken meat stock (31%), marine algae meal (1%), psyllium (1%), cranberries (1%), fish oil (0.25%), macadamia oil (0.25%). Average analysis: crude protein 10.7%, crude fat 5.5%, crude fiber 0.5%, crude ash 2%, moisture 81%, calcium 0.39%, phosphorus 0.35%. Additives/kg: vitamin D3 200 IU, vitamin E30 mg, vitamin C 40mg, taurine 1.5g.
The Real Nature stuff (someone else posted it I found it on the internet):
Huhn (33%) - chicken
Rind (33%) - beef
Fleischbrühe (30.5%) - broth
Vollkornnudeln (2%) - whole grain pasta
Mineralstoffe (1%) - Minerals
Weizenkeimöl (0.5%) - Wheat
Rohprotein (10.4%) Crude protein
Rohfett (5.9%) Crude fat
Rohasche (1.9%) Crude ash
Rohfaser (0.4%) Crude fiber
Feuchtigkeit (81%) - Moisture
And the Zusatztoffe/kg: Vit. D(3) 200 IE, Vit E 30mg, Vit. C 40mg, Taurin 1.5mg
Also, my cat is something between 10-11 years old, should i feed him adult or senior food if i choose the 'select gold'?
OK thank you people, Maxim you seem to know a bit about ingredients, there were no 'grain-free' labelled foods in this store, but I did write out all the ingredients for the Select Gold and also copy the ingredients(which were accurate) for the Real Nature. From what you have said, I will go for the Select Gold, because the Real Nature contains 2% whole grain pasta and 0.5% wheat, correct? The Select Gold does not appear to contain any grain.
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Alannah | 4 days ago
Well done for your awareness on processed cat foods, you might want to consider offering you cat real food, ie meat. As he is an older cat he may or may not want to do this, there are a lot of yahoo groups on raw or appropriate feeding for cats, if you do a search in groups you will find a lot of information and help from people who have transitioned their cats or help on the better canned varieties. Good luck.
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Originally Answered: What is cheaper in the long run, feeding quality wet food like "wellness" or making your own raw food for cats?
It depends on which meats you choose to feed your cats and where you buy them since the prices can vary so widely.
The 12.5 oz cans of Wellness cost me about $2.40 each. If I fed my cats only Wellness the three of them together, and they are small cats, would eat about 1 1/4 cans per day for $3.00 per day? $21.00 per week.
I buy meats in various places but the bulk of it comes from a discount meat market. I got a several pounds of chicken leg quarters for only 69c/lb a while back. I also buy chicken liver there and I believe I got it in large containers for $1.49/lb. And I bought a big package of hearts also for around $1.59/lb
Bear in mind that these are VERY low meat prices.
If I add approx. 1.5 oz. liver to 1 lb meat, bones, and most of the skin and fat (and add a few hearts) it would come to roughly 95c for about 19 oz of food. Each cat would eat about 3.5 oz daily (yes, less than canned food) if that was all they ate. That would be about 50c per day for the three of them or about $3.50 weekly. Unless I am having an arithmetic breakdown!
That's a six-fold cost difference. But also the extreme since you are that is very inexpensive chicken and you wouldn't want to feed a cat only chicken anyway
And I did not add the fish oil - I add a couple caps to the raw food two or three times a week.
So you can definitely feed cats more economically on a raw food diet if you can buy meats and organs at low prices.
Meats having bones that cats can eat such as chicken and rabbit are easy. If you are planning to feed meats like beef or venison it gets more complicated because you need to supplement calcium (important!). I spent a lot of time fussing over this, calculating, figuring.
For meats like that I am now using a product that takes all the guesswork out of it but which is not cheap:
My advice to you is to begin slowly and continue to do your research. You can save money if you shop well.
I am not familiar with these brands, but you should seek out a grain-free wet canned food. If it says "grain free" it's probably one of the more healthier brands. Avoid chemical additives and fillers, too, like anything that has "by-product" in it.
10-11 year old cat is not quite a senior. He's still an adult.
And Lydia -- it DOES matter what your cats eat, in the statistics. There's always going to be a couple of cats that do "fine" on a diet of low-quality food like Whiskas or Meow Mix -- but studies indicate that health is linked to nutrition, and by feeding more species-appropriate, high quality food, you can increase your cat's health and longevity.
Just as some people do "fine" eating fast food & junk food every day of their lives -- most of us would eventually develop serious health issues. It's the same with cats. Low-quality food is junk food for cats.
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My first two cats never ate kitten food, they didn't even make the stuff when they were babies and now my cats are healthy 14 year olds. My younger cats were fed kitten food and they still preferred to steal the oder cats adult food. I honestly don't think it makes much of a difference though it is higher in protein calcium and other nutrient which are good for growing kittens. If she won't eat the kitten stuff it's better that she eat adult food than nothing at all.
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Really, any premium canned cat food is ok as long as the ash content isn't very high. Also, stay away from fish mostly, especially if they are males. Buy chicken, turkey, and beef. Maybe a chopped grill, etc. Fishy cat foods tend to create urinary tract problems in cats. My 15 year old cat does not like the senior food. Again, buy premium brands and it will be fine.
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It's okay, I would try mixing the kitten food in with the adult though. The kitten food has more fat and nutrients, "stuff kittens need" more, in it than adult food. My 2 year old still eats kitten food because he is so tiny and highly energetic and barely keeps on weight. He eats adult food too, plus treats and a minimal amount of moist food. You can't just switch completely from adult food to the kitten, you should mix in the kitten food with the adult, and add more of the kitten food over a few days to a week at most. Cats generally eat the kitten food until they are about a year old, then you wean them to adult food.
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