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Wigglytuff
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:14 PM
Hello,

we got two new kittens for a local shelter, a male shelter mutt and a female maine coon pure breed.

they are both doing well but i have questions about how i should be feeding them as they both small for their ages 4 and 5 months old.

currently they are getting purina one kitten formula dry food (chicken is 1# ingredient) and purina kitten wet food. they currently get 1/2 can a day each.

i tried to give them the more expensive grain free dry food but the HATED it. (i tried 4 different brands and they would not eat it.)

anyway, which is better wet food or dry food?

mandy7
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:00 PM
dry food
doesn't matter if they hate it, they need to get used to it

goes for both cats and dogs
i'm lucky though, got a labrador, they'll eat anything

mandy7
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:00 PM
oh and i thought you had allergies, wtf

Wigglytuff
Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:45 PM
oh and i thought you had allergies, wtf

i do have allergies... but i love my fur babies. i take zyrtek and nazonex and do fine with it.

i am trying to get them used to being brushed and stickied (the stickie rollers for clothes but on them to get loose hairs and dander before it gets on the floor. )

mckyle.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:48 PM
they'll eat either one, they don't care

supergrunt
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:15 PM
wet food makes their poop runny and sometimes there's this white film that surrounds it like a sausage casing

Elisse
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:20 PM
currently they are getting purina one kitten formula dry food (chicken is 1# ingredient) and purina kitten wet food. they currently get 1/2 can a day each.


What you are already feeding them sounds perfect! Purina in a good make :)

I have 3 cats (one maine coon, one little semi long haired black cat and a short haired tabby) and we feed them wet and dry food (2 sachets split between the 3 of them each day and dry biscuits)

Though they always say you should only feed your cats dry food....don't believe it! My previous cat (male maine coon - our first cat) and we were advised by the vet to give him only dry food, which we did as we thought it was the best for him.....and it ended up giving him kidney problems :sad: When we asked the vet what caused it, he said it was the dry food. So personally, I would never give my cats only dry food again!!

young_gunner913
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:20 PM
dry food worked for my kitten. i would give him wet food as a treat but sometimes if they eat too much wet food, their shit can be runny and it smells horrendous (more then normal). if they're not eating the dry food as much, you can mix a little bit of wet food in there or you can put some water in the dry food to make it softer for them.

Daniel K
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:34 AM
Our vet said dry food is like the equivalent of potato chips for cats. Our cat gets both though.

Wiggly
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:33 AM
My cats are eating dry food. And they always get a little candy when we leave the house.

Beleive me, in two days, they'll remember the time you're giving them food and as soon as they hear the food's sound, they'll run like Usain Bolt to eat. :lol:

Alizé Molik
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:52 AM
Our vet said dry food is like the equivalent of potato chips for cats. Our cat gets both though.

your cat's a fat mess! :kiss:

Daniel K
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:13 AM
your cat's a fat mess! :kiss:

He's just big-boned. :sobbing:

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:31 AM
My cats are eating dry food. And they always get a little candy when we leave the house.

Beleive me, in two days, they'll remember the time you're giving them food and as soon as they hear the food's sound, they'll run like Usain Bolt to eat. :lol:


thank you everyone for your posts!!! i feel i might start cutting the wet food down because the boy has very watery and sticky stool.

we are taking a stool sample to the vet to see if he has worms. if he does not he is going to be unhappy because we will cut them to 1/4 can a day each particularly since we are giving them very high quality dry food. its not the hippie stuff but it is still good stuff.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:35 AM
Our vet said dry food is like the equivalent of potato chips for cats. Our cat gets both though.

ugh... so many different POVs on this it feels like one cant go right. we were told that WET FOOD is junk food for cats. i heard that it makes them fat and rots teeth like sugary snacks do for people.

Williamsser
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:47 AM
Dry food is better for the teeth. The solid particles scrape some tartar away. Wet food helps build tartar faster.

Rocketta
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:06 AM
I always heard mostly dry and a little can which helps their water intake. Also what I look for most of all in my dry food is that there is no meat by-products and I've found a lot of the expensive brands have by-products listed first or second in their ingredients.. Here's what my cats love....

http://www.catchow.com/naturals/

Pasta-Na
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:24 AM
i feed my cats both. :p

mandy7
Sep 3rd, 2009, 06:23 AM
i do have allergies... but i love my fur babies. i take zyrtek and nazonex and do fine with it.
good to hear!
i am trying to get them used to being brushed and stickied (the stickie rollers for clothes but on them to get loose hairs and dander before it gets on the floor. )
brush them with this:
http://www.furminator.com/
it costs 10 times as much as a normal brush, but it works REALLY well
we use it too, and i know about 5 more ppl who use it on their cats and dogs
and we all agree, it's awesome :p

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:30 PM
I always heard mostly dry and a little can which helps their water intake. Also what I look for most of all in my dry food is that there is no meat by-products and I've found a lot of the expensive brands have by-products listed first or second in their ingredients.. Here's what my cats love....

http://www.catchow.com/naturals/

great post. i had written out a long response but the cat pressed the back button. any the point of what i was saying is that there are a very limited number of KITTEN foods made without grains and with no or few by products. there is a pet shop that focuses on high quality pet foods, but even they dont carry anything made specifically for kittens. cat chow naturals has no kitten line that i know of.

as far as i know it is really important that they have a special kitten formula for the growing bones and muscles.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:33 PM
good to hear!

brush them with this:
http://www.furminator.com/
it costs 10 times as much as a normal brush, but it works REALLY well
we use it too, and i know about 5 more ppl who use it on their cats and dogs
and we all agree, it's awesome :p

i am using something called the fur buster because i thought they were the same thing. opps do you think i still need the furminator or is the fur buster good enough.

mandy7
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:37 PM
i am using something called the fur buster because i thought they were the same thing. opps do you think i still need the furminator or is the fur buster good enough.
They look pretty simular, i'll check with my personal expert
But it looks the same, so i assume it's just as good!

After we brush Cooper, we could totally provide a bald dog with plenty of hair for a full furry coat :p!

Rocketta
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:39 PM
great post. i had written out a long response but the cat pressed the back button. any the point of what i was saying is that there are a very limited number of KITTEN foods made without grains and with no or few by products. there is a pet shop that focuses on high quality pet foods, but even they dont carry anything made specifically for kittens. cat chow naturals has no kitten line that i know of.

as far as i know it is really important that they have a special kitten formula for the growing bones and muscles.

you are right they do need kitten food but I haven't had kittens in forever.. :lol:

AleOrtu
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:04 PM
I have had cats almost all my life, even when there were no dry food in stores.

I had a male cat in year 2000 who died beacuse dry food obstructed his bladder and/or kidney. Since then I have only female cats, they do not suffer that problem. They say new dry food avoid this problem now, but I do not trust.


My advice: give them both, give them all kind of foods, the same than you. You can not damn a cat to eat just one kind of food. Give them raw meat with fat, that helps the fur to be shiny. Also give them vegetables, they will not eat a lot, but a piece of carrot or chard, (even tomatoe) from your own dishes when you are having lunch at home.
My cat does not like milk, but the doctor said it´s just a matter of taste. She loves cheese, so she has her calcium ration.

My cat eats: Purina Cat Chow (dry) and another local brand. Also Whiskas wet pieces, they have a wet gelaim that my cat (and the previous) just loves.
Also, a can of tuna or mackerel once a week, if she was a good girl, that is her best reward. I give her the can of tuna in 3 times, she never eats the full dish, so I store the open can in the refrigerator: 1/3 at 8am, 1/3 at 20hs when I get back home and 1/3 at 1am before I go to bed.

Whiskas wet with gelatin:
http://www.cumparaturionline.com/images/whiskas_100gr.jpg

Atún, I mean: tuna
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/images/25894_350x277_72_DPI_0.jpg

Rocketta
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:09 PM
yeah my cats love tuna as well and we buy the industrial size can and my mom just gives them like two spoon fulls with their dry. We open the can and freeze half of it and then dish out the rest throughout the week.

drake3781
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:14 PM
Mine gets 1/2 cup Purina Cat Chow (blue bag) and 1/8 can Fancy Feast per day. They will get fat on canned food - my vet told me to cut it out but 1/8 can Fancy Feast is not much (each small can lasts for 8 days!) Fat cat = early death.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:44 PM
yeah my cats love tuna as well and we buy the industrial size can and my mom just gives them like two spoon fulls with their dry. We open the can and freeze half of it and then dish out the rest throughout the week.

i heard that canned tune is bad for them, something about the stuff they put in for people are bad for cats is that true?

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:51 PM
Mine gets 1/2 cup Purina Cat Chow (blue bag) and 1/8 can Fancy Feast per day. They will get fat on canned food - my vet told me to cut it out but 1/8 can Fancy Feast is not much (each small can lasts for 8 days!) Fat cat = early death.

i actually thought about you when deciding how much wet food to give them. i was going to do one eighth can a day too but they are babies and small (the maine coon only weights 5 lbs, who ever heard of a 5lbs maine coon?) i figured babies need fattening up and if they get too big i will cute down.

if i go with main stream brands i try to still with purina because the shelter i adopted my kittens from said that they switched to purina after the cat food recalls because purina is the only mainstream brand that uses their own chickens and makes all of their own products and nothing is sourced out. i dont know if thats true though.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:54 PM
I have had cats almost all my life, even when there were no dry food in stores.

I had a male cat in year 2000 who died beacuse dry food obstructed his bladder and/or kidney. Since then I have only female cats, they do not suffer that problem. They say new dry food avoid this problem now, but I do not trust.


My advice: give them both, give them all kind of foods, the same than you. You can not damn a cat to eat just one kind of food. Give them raw meat with fat, that helps the fur to be shiny. Also give them vegetables, they will not eat a lot, but a piece of carrot or chard, (even tomatoe) from your own dishes when you are having lunch at home.
My cat does not like milk, but the doctor said it´s just a matter of taste. She loves cheese, so she has her calcium ration.

My cat eats: Purina Cat Chow (dry) and another local brand. Also Whiskas wet pieces, they have a wet gelaim that my cat (and the previous) just loves.
Also, a can of tuna or mackerel once a week, if she was a good girl, that is her best reward. I give her the can of tuna in 3 times, she never eats the full dish, so I store the open can in the refrigerator: 1/3 at 8am, 1/3 at 20hs when I get back home and 1/3 at 1am before I go to bed.

Whiskas wet with gelatin:
http://www.cumparaturionline.com/images/whiskas_100gr.jpg

Atún, I mean: tuna
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/images/25894_350x277_72_DPI_0.jpg

i agree with a varied diet is important for all living things. at least once a week they get a small amount of some form of left over meat. usually chicken.