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Which cat food do you guys recommend for cat?

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We're using First Mate wet cat food and Tiki Cat once in awhile for a treat
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Been trying to feed our cats and trying to figure out what to feed them. The first one (~17 months old) would only eat wet food, mainly Fancy Feast (FF - breeder recommended it), but has taken to a bit more dry food when we got the second cat (12 months). Second cat as a 5 month old kitten would primarily and mostly eat dry, and liked the big dental Royal Canin (I called them "mouze skullz" and he'd only crunch up the big ones, eat the big pieces and leave the little ones - which we also recycle as treats) - wouldn't eat RC kitten food (he will if we throw it to him as treats). Now both of them have gone off FF, the younger one liked Iams wet but not consistently, and both will eat (and like) various certain flavours of Whiskas wet. We've tried PC cat food and then won't touch it, as well as a local all-beef/chicken wet that they don't like.

We tried raw from a local store specialising exclusively in the stuff but bot of them wouldn't touch it.

Trying to get them off grain so got them some Orijen (> 74% animal/fish protein and fat). The older cat loves it, though the younger mews a lot because he's hungry and won't eat the Orijen in a bowl yet will eat it if we put in on the ground as treats.

We don't limit food. The older cat (both ragdolls) is very lean and hasn't put on any weight since before he turned a year). The younger one is smaller and weights more. He drinks a lot of water.
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Firstly, do not buy food in supermarkets! It is low in nutrients and have some addicting ingredients. Your cat will eat a lot of this trashy food and it will be expensive for you. There are many meatful food for your cats but for sure you won't find them in supermarkets. I buy MAC's Cat food. lt has lots of different varieties and great value too. It is not so expensive, because your cat needs 175g per day which gives realy low daily price.
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Jul 16, 2018
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I'm looking for a vegan cat-food. I mean I'm okay if they're made with bi-products or use more ethical options. I'm not sure if there are any decent dry food options.
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dennist101 wrote:
Sep 3rd, 2018 10:49 am
I'm looking for a vegan cat-food. I mean I'm okay if they're made with bi-products or use more ethical options. I'm not sure if there are any decent dry food options.
Please visit http://www.feline-nutrition.org to educate yourself about your cat(s) nutritional requirements. I hope that helps.
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dennist101 wrote:
Sep 3rd, 2018 10:49 am
I'm looking for a vegan cat-food. I mean I'm okay if they're made with bi-products or use more ethical options. I'm not sure if there are any decent dry food options.
Reality Check public service announcement: Cats (every single member of the felidae family) are obligate carnivores. They've, through evolution, lost the ability to process vital nutrients (proteins among other things). To obtain these nutrients, they need meat. Cats cannot obtain the nutrients they require from plant protein.

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/h ... diets.aspx
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KevCnew wrote:
Jun 11th, 2018 12:56 pm
I transitioned my cat into raw after a couple months, but if you're not comfortable with raw I'd look at Petcurean Now and Go. I think you can get free samples. Definitely look for grain free and feed wet food at least once a day. Cats are desert animals and don't drink water naturally, they get their water from the prey they hunt. Dry food ... no water.
well how much does raw food cost? where can i buy it
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jimmysack wrote:
Sep 10th, 2018 11:18 am
well how much does raw food cost? where can i buy it
I actually just picked up some yesterday. I get it at Oceans, but any grocery store would suffice. I do chicken wings, chicken heart, and chicken liver. Sometimes as a treat I'd give a bit of what I'm cooking (chunk of salmon, chunk of beef, etc). Raw, of course.

Here's a breakdown:
~15% bones
~10% offal
~75% meat

Wings make it easy because it helps hit the 15% bone requirement. Raw Meaty Bones (RMB) are important because that's where they get their calcium/other nutrients (in the marrow). The chewing, crunching, and ripping naturally clean the cat's teeth, which help with dental health. WARNING: it is CRITICAL you only feed raw bones. Cooked bones are hard and brittle and can crack/splinter and do a ton of damage to your pet. Cats can't make taurine on their own, so that's where the heart comes in.

I've read recommendations of feeding 2-3% ideal bodyweight per day, split into 2 meals. I do one meal at night but she's an indoor cat and sleeps all day and haven't complained (nor did the vet).

It's a bit overwhelming at the beginning, but I don't even think about it much anymore. I prep ziplock bags of 4 meals, and freeze them. Meal contains a wing drumstick or wing+winglet, a couple chicken hearts, and a chunk of liver. Watching her tear it up never gets old. It's like your very own NatGeo at home.

As for cost, it comes out to about $1-1.5 per meal; so $30-40 per month. I haven't bought commercial cat food in a while so I don't know how that compares. Probably more expensive. But at least I know exactly what's going into my cat's tummy. I've fed her this way for 3+ years now, she's super energetic, her breath doesn't smell, her urine/feces doesn't smell (as bad as cats on dry food), her fur is crazy soft, and I hope this keeps her away from UTIs / other diseases. There's a ton of resources online, so please do your research and make your own call! I will never feed a pet commercial food ever again. The thought of her eating compressed pellets of dry, preservative-ridden, "bottom of the barrel" food every day its so depressing.
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I will eventually transition to making and grinding their meats but right now, I just use ground meat (pork, beef,chicken,turkey) along with cubed chicken, and I use a pre mix formula from TCFeline, which includes dry liver and other nutrients. It's probably not as cheap as doing it yourself.
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I transitioned to raw because it was way cheaper than buying premium cat food (i.e. Kiwi Peak, Tiki Cat - After Dark) or prepared frozen raw varieties from a specialty pet store. I make it different than @KenCnew because I use a meat grinder that does bones, but his/her way probably best for your cat(s) oral health.

In case you're interested in seeing yet another way of making raw food, this YouTube video is for people without fancy blenders or grinders:



*Note that in other videos she states that she now refrains from using turkey because her cat becomes too lethargic. Now she uses mostly chicken and/or beef.
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I feed ours NOW dry food and occasionally canned. I like it because it's grain free and they don't use any by-products (rendered meat), growth hormones or artificial preservatives. The cats seem to love it for the taste. :-)
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When I was feeding kibble, I also bought the Petcurean brand (Go! Fit + Free). If you're going to feed dry food then at least it's one of the better quality brands. I hope you will check out Feline-Nutrition.org to learn why moist food is generally preferred for our feline family members.
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I don't mean I just feed them grass. I try to go for things that have lesser demand like say liver, offals, dry cat food (which in turn is made of viscera, offals and waste) but i'm trying to find options that are better than these. they're healthy but they start feeling bored with the taste. :/

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