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01-24-2014 10:34 PM
Galathiel Another issue with food always being in the bowl is it's hard to catch quickly if your cat is not eating normally. When you feed actual meals, it helps you be on top of your kitty's health. It's important, particularly since they shouldn't go too long without eating, ESPECIALLY a cat that is a bit overweight. Hepatic lipidosis is a real danger then.
01-24-2014 09:21 PM
3dognite Our cats free's always worked very well for us, until we got an indoor only cat. She's a little heft now, but with the other two as free feeders and only in now and then it has been troublesome to go to feeding once or twice a day.
01-22-2014 08:05 PM
dogfaeries I feed Mimi twice a day, and sometimes a snack before we go to bed to shut her up. You have no idea how loud a Siamese can be. She is earsplitting.
01-22-2014 04:55 PM
BowWowMeow Cats should be fed twice a day. Mine are fed three times just because they were as kittens and Rafi has to be fed 3x/day so I just kept everyone on that schedule.
01-22-2014 02:54 PM
Galathiel I've read that it's not good for cats to 'fast' and they should go no longer than 12 hours between feedings. I feed my cat and old dog twice a day and still feed my 9 month old pup three times a day (just cause).
01-22-2014 02:39 PM
Originally Posted by trcy View Post
My calico cat has only eaten what many will call "crap food" her whole life. Friskies, cat chow/whatever. I switch up the dry food all the time and she's fine with it. She also gets a tablespoon of canned food in the morning. Right on top of her two hand fulls of dry food. My cat is 20 years old and the only health problem she had when she was around three was cat acne. On her chin. It went away with proper care and never came back.

My dogs have always had high quality food. Our cats (growing up and mine now my calico) have always eaten (crap food) and never had issues. One of our cats was 26 when she passed.
Funny you should say that. Jasmine lived to be 18 on Purina Cat chow and never got sick until the end with her thyroid. Bonnie and Clyde are with my daughter and are 17 and still going strong and have never had great cat food. All were mainly outdoor cats, too.

Our cats are getting Welness Core and we are moving towards canned but the core is pretty expensive even for two cats. Sometimes I wonder......
01-22-2014 02:35 PM
GSDAlphaMom Thank you Ruth! Dumb question (I'm finding cats are so much different then dogs and I'm clueless about them). Should they be fed 2x a day as I do my dogs or are they good with once a day?
01-21-2014 06:18 PM
BowWowMeow Sorry, my last post should have said they do best on Bravo. I honestly don't remember how I figured out how much to feed them--I think I looked on the Bravo website? They get 6 tbsp per day and they are small cats-- 9 or 10 pounds.

I switched them from canned to raw without much (if any) transition. One was eating crappy dry food and the other was eating crappy canned food. No problems. I do give them a teaspoon of canned pumpkin mixed with water with each meal. Otherwise Varda gets constipated from the bone.

This is the food I'm feeding: Bravo! Balance

The only thing about buying bulk like this is that you have to divide up the 5 pound chub into smaller containers. I partially defrost it, divide into glass containers and then refreeze it. The other brands like Nature's Variety and Primal are easier to feed (and more expensive) because they come in little nuggets. Primal makes a starter pack for cats so that you can see if they like it: Feeding, Transition and Safety for Raw Dog Food Diets

I fed Primal for a while but it got pretty expensive. I checked when I was at the store today-- the 5 pound Bravo chub is about $12.50. I think for one cat you would need a little less than 10 pounds a month.
01-21-2014 08:22 AM
GSDAlphaMom Ruth on the raw is it the same % of body weight as dogs? I guess pre made may have a suggested feeding amount? I would assume it would be a slow transition as with any food?
01-21-2014 07:32 AM
Galathiel Ruth, do you have a link to the food you are feeding? My Sienna is on canned, but wouldn't mind switching to pre-made raw (not ready for prey model yet). I am pretty cost effective by buying large cans and mixing with mid-range flaked, but still spend about $30/mo for one cat.
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