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GSDAlphaMom 01-19-2014 08:18 PM

Follow up question for cat owners - food
Ok, I have a week to prepare. I will be bringing home 2 ragamuffin cats, both 4.5 yrs old. She said she is using some kind of crystals for the litter box. I will start with that and transition to one that was recommended in my original thread.

Now to food. I know dog food very well and it believe it is safe to assume any company that makes crap dogfood makes crap catfood. They are currently on fancy feast both dry and canned.

Should they be transitioned slowly as we do with dogs? Assume so? What foods produce less stool and smell? I read some people think cats should not eat dry food????

What else do I need to know regarding food? I appreciate everyone's help on this! I have many years experience with dogs and zero with cats! :)

Galathiel 01-19-2014 08:40 PM

Cats are obligate carnivores and dry really has too much carbs for them (they don't process it well and many cats also become obese on dry). A good quality canned food with the lowest number of carbs would be a good start. Evo has some canned that is 95 percent meat. I try to buy large cans at online stores to be more economical and yet feed a decent quality. Wellness has a couple of their regular foods that is grain free (chicken ... and ... turkey?) They have a yellow triangle on the label saying grain free. I also buy the large cans of Innova Cat & Kitten (ALS) and California Natural. I then supplement with some 6 oz cans that are flaked because my kitty likes texture. So I do her food as half good quality canned and half flaked per day.

3dognite 01-19-2014 08:41 PM

Are Ragamuffins like Ragdoll? We have one...she's strictly indoor. We have two others that are in/out.

We only feed dry kibble cat food mainly for dental health. They should be transitioned slowly or you may have diarrhea issues. We use a mixture of Meow mix indoor and meow mix outdoor. Our outside cats eat shrew, mice, baby bunnies, bugs, birds (unfortunately). I think cats are easier feeders honestly. We mainly feed the mix because 2 of our 3 are long hairs and can get hairballs. The Meow Mix also has an ingredient to help with hairballs. I also have wheatgrass planted for the indoor cat to chew on as she likes.

I have had cats live well past aged 20 too, so cats are even more of a long-time commitment than dogs.

Mishka&Milo 01-19-2014 08:46 PM

We use blue buffalo wilderness, but we are switching to either taste of the wild or from. My cat is an indoor only cat due to some balance and lack of normal kitty street smarts... So this is his complete died.

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dogfaeries 01-19-2014 08:48 PM

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Cats are notoriously difficult to get to change their diets. I have a friend with 3 cats, and she tried to switch them to raw. She was successful with 2 of them, but the other one absolutely refuses to eat anything but kibble. Go figure!

From what I've read, cats don't get enough moisture when exclusively fed kibble. My Siamese eats canned (TikiCat) and raw (RadCat). She's almost 2 and hasn't had kibble since I picked her up at 4 months old. And I have never ever seen her drink water. I'm sure she must, but I've never seen it.

That said, I'm not a cat food nazi. Raw and/or canned is expensive. I'm only feeding one tiny 4 lb cat, so I can afford it. Oh, and grain free is the way to go (kibble, canned or raw). As with anything, feed the best you can afford, and can get your guys to eat. Good luck with your kitties!

3dognite 01-19-2014 08:55 PM

Oh and yes, keeping clean water available is very very important for cats. One other consideration is that cats need taurine--not an ingredient that is easy to supply with a raw diet I think. I've never had any issues with kibble fed cats and other than confrontations with other animals causing some minor injuries (and in one case a major abscess) mine have lived very very long lives. The youngest I've ever lost a cat to anything but major trauma was eye cancer and she was 18.

Gretchen 01-19-2014 09:22 PM

Unlike my dog, my cats love the junkier, low quality foods. I do not feed them with anything that has by products as ingredients, but they seem to really like added corn.
We actually change their diet about every 3 bags, they've never had issues changing brands.

dogfaeries 01-19-2014 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by 3dognite (Post 4865233)
One other consideration is that cats need taurine--not an ingredient that is easy to supply with a raw diet I think.

Actually hearts have a lot of taurine. If it's a concern, you can always supplement with taurine.

GSDAlphaMom 01-19-2014 09:45 PM

They are strictly indoor cats, long hair, and one is really overweight. They are huge! I couldn't get pictures of them today but I do have some of their kitten pictures. They look exactly the same just a whole lot bigger. The one on the left is the one now overweight. His name is Noah. The one on the right is much more shy, she had to pull him out from under the bed for me to see him. He went right back. He is Issac.

dogfaeries 01-19-2014 09:50 PM

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Soooo pretty!

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