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Old 08-04-2014, 01:47 AM

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Our kitty was seriously overweight....about 15 pounds. 14 months ago we switched to Ziwipeak for cats with a little quality wet food mixed in (Fussie Cat). Well now she is getting too thin and ways seems hungry. She is about 9 pounds now and other wise healthy but doesn't need to lose more weight. She used to have dry food out during the day. This would have to be up on a counter now with the three dogs but I'd like to start leaving her a small bit of dry food to snack on during the day. I've been looking for a quality grain free dry cat food. I'm leaning toward Wellness or Fromm for felines. Does anyone feed their cat a quality grain free dry food their cat loves? Poor kitty needs more calories!

PS- She also gets a lot of exercise for an indoor cat because Sapphire and Prince chase her around nearly nonstop!
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Can you not leave the dry Ziwi out for her? Kibble is far worse for cats than dogs, even the good ones have a lot of vegetable matter in them (necessary for the kibbling process) which is totally unsuitable for obligate carnivores like cats.
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When my son and DIL lived with us for a few months last year I had their cat on Ziwi Peak as well, but when they moved out they started feeding her Blue Buffalo Wilderness for felines. She loves it and does very well on it. She is a bit overweight, but my DIL feeds her too much. She free fed her up until just a few weeks ago.
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Can you not leave the dry Ziwi out for her? Kibble is far worse for cats than dogs, even the good ones have a lot of vegetable matter in them (necessary for the kibbling process) which is totally unsuitable for obligate carnivores like cats.
Honestly, I could leave ZP out but Lordy ZP for regular meals for 4 pets adds up in cost! If the dogs were bigger and ate more the price of ZP would be very prohibitive. Before I learned about the value of higher quality pet foods Jayda (the cat) was eating some pretty bad stuff and was overweight by two years!!! With her, litter box dropping are nothing now vs. when on "bad" food.
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heya my bf feeds acana to the kitties they love love love it and it's grain free their fur is so shiny and healthy as well <3

Grasslands Cat &#038; Kitten | Acana

and orijen as well lol
here he went food shoppin crazy lol! 3 cats u know, they eat a lot




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heya my bf feeds acana to the kitties they love love love it and it's grain free their fur is so shiny and healthy as well <3

Grasslands Cat &#038; Kitten | Acana

and orijen as well lol
here he went food shoppin crazy lol! 3 cats u know, they eat a lot
Thanks for the suggestions, that picture with kitty peaking over the top is just too cute!
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When we fed kibble, we rotated. The favorites here were Acana/Orijen, Nature's Variety w/ Raw Boost and Wellness Core. Fromm went over well, but their coats suffered.

I do have to agree with Stella (Wicked Pixie) that kibble is not really a good idea for cats. Not only is it full of unnecessary veggies, but cats don't have a reliable thirst sensor, because they are designed to extract their water from their prey - this means that the vast majority of kibble fed cats are running around dehydrated, since they don't know they're thirsty until it gets serious. Kibble not only doesn't provide fluids, but it actually extracts them from the body (have you ever sat and ate a crapload of crackers? Remember how dry and thirsty you got from that? Same thing, only they don't feel it as instantaneously as you do).

I would maybe up the amount of Ziwipeak, or toss the kitty a piece of meat every once in a while. My cats are always looking for hand outs -- They are fed large portions twice a day, so they can basically eat til they're full, but if I get something out to eat myself... or even walk past the fridge, they're crying like they haven't been fed in a week! Cats are little mooches!
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My cat loves and does really well on Blue Wilderness Duck.
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