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Old 02-23-2012, 02:00 AM
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Hey cat owners! There's so much talk about what everyone feeds their chihuahuas (and why) on here, but I'm wondering what you feed your cats? Kibble? Wet? Raw?

We were feeding ours Go! Grain Free Freshwater Trout (dry), until one of them (Lance) got sick. He started peeing everywhere in the house (something I NEVER want to go through ever again), and I took him to the vet to rule out a medical issue. Although he's a very very strange cat, it turned out to be a medical thing. He had bladder crystals, that were starting to build up and form a blockage.

Thankfully, we were able to put him on some drugs to help, but were also advised to switch his food. Desperate, we switched to what the vet suggested, which is MediCal Dental. The first ingredient is corn. It's been probably 8 months since we switched, and now that everything has calmed down, I'd like to switch to a higher quality food. The back of the MediCal food says "specifically formulated to manage urine pH and urine mineral concentration". Anyone know WHAT about it would be doing this? I heard it was protein, but then compared it to their old food. This one has min 27.0% crude protein, the old one has min 50.0% crude.

I should also add that I heard that it's better to switch to a wet food as cats age. We're feeding them whiskas wet packages, but only as a treat. Definitely not everyday. If I find a good food to switch to, hopefully there will be the same in wet. Anyone feed only wet?
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I don't have cats, but know from reading that they respond every bit as well to raw feeding as dogs.
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All the rescue cats we take in I feed high quality wet food only.
"Prey consumed by wild cats is about 70 percent water.
Canned food averages 78 percent, and dry food averages 10 percent.
Cats on dry food diets usually don't get enough water. They can become
chronically dehydrated which contributes to health problems like Chronic
Renal Failure (CRF) and urinary crystals." MediCal is garbage, the only
reason some vets recommend it is because they are sponsored by them.
If you can't do raw, put your kitty on premium canned food, there are
plenty of good brands, pretty much all the foods we like for dogs exist
for cats as well. They are pricey, but worth every penny.
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I try and feed our cat what the dogs are having, sometimes he eats it, sometimes he doesn't. I'm fairly certain other people feed him, so he doesn't go hungry, the sly old devil. He is quite partial to chicken wings and goes mad for minced beef, rabbit is popular too. He won't eat other meats if they are minced, but he will eat cheap tinned cat food which smells revolting; cats are very strange creatures! It is almost impossible to find a good commercial cat food, so we have had to settle for a combination of cereal-free canned and raw. He seems to be doing very well on it, he is 7 1/2 now and has never been ill in his life.
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All the rescue cats we take in I feed high quality wet food only.
"Prey consumed by wild cats is about 70 percent water.
Canned food averages 78 percent, and dry food averages 10 percent.
Cats on dry food diets usually don't get enough water. They can become
chronically dehydrated which contributes to health problems like Chronic
Renal Failure (CRF) and urinary crystals." MediCal is garbage, the only
reason some vets recommend it is because they are sponsored by them.
If you can't do raw, put your kitty on premium canned food, there are
plenty of good brands, pretty much all the foods we like for dogs exist
for cats as well. They are pricey, but worth every penny.
THANK YOU!!! I didn't know that the lack of water could lead to the crystals. That is amazing information. They really loved the go stuff, and it seems like a great quality a really great food, and the bonus is that it's made 3 hours from where I live. Maybe i'll switch back to that brand, but wet.
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We had a problem with one of our cats--it kept having urinary tract infections or possibly bladders crystals like yours. We changed to special food for urinary tract years ago and she never had trouble again. It's been a while, but I think the ash content is what causes that problem.
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We had a problem with one of our cats--it kept having urinary tract infections or possibly bladders crystals like yours. We changed to special food for urinary tract years ago and she never had trouble again. It's been a while, but I think the ash content is what causes that problem.
May I ask what kind of food she's on?
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I don't have cats, but know from reading that they respond every bit as well to raw feeding as dogs.
I'm very interested in raw diets. However, i'm scared that my lack of meat knowledge would lead to disaster! Haha. I've never actually handled raw meat, other than preparing wildlife diets, which were completely balanced and very specific (and I prepared them under supervision). With the need for variety, and my meat ignorance, i'd fear an unbalanced diet would be the consequence.
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