What Should You Feed Your Cat?

Cat drinking waterIn the wake of the Menu Foods Recall, cat parents have been very concerned about what to feed their cats. Considering that Menu Foods is the largest contract manufacturer of wet foods in the US, many cat parents have abandoned wet foods altogether. A tip from a well-respected blogger alerted us to this page written by a vet, who clearly outlines a case for the continued feeding of quality and safe wet food.

[This page] explains why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed a quality canned food diet instead of dry kibble.

An increasing number of American Veterinary Medical Association members, including board-certified veterinary nutritionists, are now strongly recommending the feeding of canned food instead of dry kibble.

This is a very well thought out and thorough case for using wet food. Primarily for the addition of water through the cat’s diet (hence our picture) and its multiple life-saving benefits.

The outline is after the jump. (Thanks, SusanUnPC!)

The three key negative issues associated with dry food are:

  1. type of protein - too high in plant-based versus animal-based proteins
  2. carbohydrate load is too high
  3. water content is too low

Outline

  • The importance of animal proteins, versus plant proteins
  • Problems with carbohydrates in dry cat foods
  • Cats need water with their food
  • Reading a pet food ingredient label
  • Common medical problems associated with dry food
  • Tips for Transitioning - Getting dry food addicts to eat canned food
  • Home prepared and commercial raw meat diets
  • What I feed my cats
  • Some final thoughts

A printed version is available here.

107 Responses to “What Should You Feed Your Cat?”

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  1. Beth says:

    I found “Pet Promise” dog and cat food at the health food store. So far, so good. They have a website. All the food is grown and processed here in the US. All organic, no byproducts etc. It’s not more expensive than IAMs and comes in both wet and dry.

  2. Meri says:

    Hello everyone.

    Just wanted to report back that I’ve been in personal contact with Merrick and Fromm’s and in my personal opinion, my food choices now are those foods, Felidae dry, organic chicken, turkey & shrimp. Yep, I’m skimping on my food to buy theirs as I refuse to lose another cat to human error or….

    I personally refuse to purchase anything that is manufactured in any plant that has had any recall issues of any type whatsoever as I myself am severely asthmatic and have food allergies and know that cross-contamination is an easy thing to have happen. Also, in my opinion, I can’t believe that if something like this was allowed to happen there can actually be a total 100% thorough cleaning of equipment, air, floors, etc. in between food runs. I will not risk my kids lives.

    It did take awhile to get them used to new types of foods but I put out cooked chicken with juice and left out the Felidae and Fromm’s dry for 3 days and they wanted something to crunch so eventually looked at each other a few times, shot me dirty looks because it wasn’t what they were used to but are now eating those.

    Merrick foods are different and juicier - which is a plus as there’s more moisture in the foods - therefore, more moisture goes into the cat :) If they’re used to firmer food, add a few dry pieces a little at a time to have the juice soak into that and then it looks more like what they’re used to seeing until they get used to it straight from the can.

    I have one chicken/turkey girl and one fish girl. Merrick’s Ocean Breeze and Southern Delight I believe is the name of the other are her favorites. Both like California Roll. And chicken/turkey lover absolutely loves Thanksgiving Dinner, Turducken every now and then and Cowboy Dinner.

    Again, I have 4 large sized (hold 1/2 gallon of water) bowls in different rooms in my 1100 sq. foot apartment - both cats are outdoor rescued so were used to fending on their own and drank from larger bodies of water…so they’ll play with their paws in the larger dishes and “hunt” from room to room and have always drank more than enough water without a problem at all.

    In the heat - which is finally starting every now and then here in Wisconsin, I drop an ice cube in each bowl so that too draws their attention to the water dish.

    Keep your kids hydrated, be patient, give them little bits of variety as it’s no doubt just as or more frustrating for them to have to switch foods as it is for us animal Moms and Dads to deal with.

    Again, in my opinion, pay close attention to your pets and what they’re trying to tell you.

    THANK YOU ITCHMO AND ALL OF YOU WHO POST FOR BEING SO INFORMATIVE AND CATCHING THIS LATEST DRUG ISSUE QUICKER THAN OTHER SITES/AGENCIES. WE NEED TO KEEP EACH OTHER INFORMED - OUR KIDS DEPEND ON US.

    Take care all - I just don’t want anyone else to go through what I have had to.

    Meri

  3. Julie says:

    Anybody have any problems with Pet Promise chicken canned cat food?

  4. Julie says:

    Has anyone had any problems with Pet Promise canned chicken cat food?

  5. Cindy N says:

    PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO EVERY PET OWNER AND PET LOVER … E-MAIL IT .. BLOG IT JUST SPREAD THE WORD

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Class_....._Companies

    Class Action Lawsuit File Against Pet Food Producers
    This is a press release from Cathy MacIvor. Cathy MacIvor has filed a class action law suit in light of the recent pet food recall and the information the pet food producers are providing the public about the pet foods they produce.
    Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food Companies and Retailers For Misleading Consumers Regarding the Contents of Pet Food

    “Premium” Pet Food Marketed and Sold as “Complete and Balanced” Has Historically Contained Such Items as Euthanized Dogs and Cats, Restaurant Grease, Hair, Hooves, and Diseased Animals, and Other Inedible Garbage

    The Plaintiffs maintain that these companies have spent $300 million a year in making false and misleading marketing statements regarding the contents of their pet food to the dog and cat loving American public. While these Defendants tout their pet food products as choice cuts of prime beef, chunks of chicken, fish, fresh wholesome vegetables and whole grains to induce consumers to buy them, the Plaintiffs contend the food is actually made from “inedible” slaughterhouse waste products of the human food chain such as spines, heads, tails, hooves, hair, and blood. Rendering companies who process this waste have also added other inedible “waste” such as euthanized cats and dogs from veterinarian offices and animal shelters, road kill, zoo animals, rancid restaurant grease, toxic chemicals and additives. Additionally, dead animals and those declared unfit for human consumption due to disease and illness are also placed in the mix.

    The lawsuit alleges that pet food companies market their products as wholesome, choice cuts of meat, natural and complete and balanced diets even though they are fully aware that this food is largely carbohydrates and sugars combined with toxic preservatives and additives with very little to no meat at all. The lawsuit seeks damages to consumers for the false representations made in the Defendants’ advertising as well as punitive damages.
    “Sadly,” MacIvor said, “the Defendant pet food companies and retailers recognized that American pet owners love their cats and dogs like members of their family. The Defendants deceptive advertising specifically marketed premium healthy food to the American public knowing that they want to buy the best food that they can for their loved one and knowing that the food consists largely of garbage, chemicals, additives, diseased meat and even residual pentobarbital from euthanized animals.”

    The Defendants targeted in the Complaint produce pet foods under a wide array of brands and names including:

    Pedigree®,
    Sheba®,
    Goodlife Recipe®,
    Royal Canine,
    Iams®,
    Eukanuba®,
    Science Diet®,
    Prescription Diet®,
    9 Lives®,
    Amore®,
    Gravy Train®,
    Kibbles-n-Bits® and
    Nature’s Recipe®,
    Snausages®,
    Milk Bone®
    , Pup-Peroni®,
    Meaty Bone®,
    Canine’s Carry Outs®,
    Jerky Treats®,
    Wagwells®,
    Alpo®,
    Beneful®,
    Beggin’ Strips®,
    Dog, Cat, Puppy and Kitten Chow®,
    Fancy Feast®,
    Friskies®,
    Mighty Dog®,
    Deli-Cat®,
    Pro Plan®,
    Purina One®,
    Natural Choice®
    Dog and Cat Products, Max®
    Dog Products, Max®
    Cat Gourmet Classics,
    Natural Choice®
    Complete Care® for cats,
    UltraTM Products for dogs,
    Americas Choice Preferred Pets,
    Authority,
    Award,
    Best Choice,
    Big Bet,
    Big Red,
    Cadillac,
    Companion,
    Compliments,
    Demoulus Market Basket,
    Eukanuba,
    Fine Feline Cat,
    Food Lion,
    Food Town,
    Giant Companion,
    Hannaford,
    Hill Country Fare,
    Hy-Vee,
    Iams,
    J.E. Mondou,
    Laura Lynn,
    Li’l Red, Loving Meals,
    Medi-Cal,
    Meijer’s Main Choice,
    Mighty Dog Pouch,
    Mixables,
    Natural Life,
    Nutriplan,
    Nutro Max,
    Nutro Max Gourmet Classics,
    Nutro Natural Choice,
    Ol’ Roy,
    Paws,
    Pet Essentials,
    Pet Pride,
    President’s Choice,
    Price Chopper,
    Priority US,
    Publix,
    Roche Brothers,
    Save-a-Lot Special Blend,
    Schnucks,
    Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans,
    Sophistacat,
    Special Kitty,
    Springfield Prize,
    Sprout,
    Stop and Shop Companion,
    Tops Companion,
    Wegmans,
    Weis Total Pet,
    Western family US,
    White Rose,
    Winn Dixie,
    Your Pet,
    LIFELongTM,
    Ol’ Roy
    and
    Special Kitty brands of pet food

  6. Tone Gaglione says:

    I am sure Fancy Feast killed my cat. It was the only food she would eat. When she suffered kidney failure the Vet said it looked like a case of Melemine poisoning. She was only 8 years old. I also have two kittens that started throwing up. I changed food and bought Merricks Paul Newmans Own and Wellness. They did not like it a first but that is what they eat and are doing well. Visit this FDA website and judge for yourself. It is to the FDA from a Vet dated in 2002. WWW.FDA.GOV/OHRMS/Dockets/Dail.....0_VOL4.PDF Our pets are dying and nothing has changed. Also you have to be like a detective and ask Yahoo and Google all kinds of questions, like pet food class action suits, pet food recalls, what is in pet food? anything that comes to mind. Seek and you will find!

  7. Patty says:

    Has anyone come up with a healthy diet for IBD? I have a 14 year old cat, Sophie, who needs your help?

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