A question about cat food

@LRB1111 (356)
United States
March 24, 2008 3:24pm CST
To all of you cat owners out there I have a question. I know there is a lot of hype about the ingredients in cat food and whether or not certain brands are good for kitty. My cats are not too picky about the food and I am on a budget so I try to buy the best quality food that I can. My question is what is the best (but perhaps least expensive) brand of cat food that I could buy my cats? I am looking to change their food from the Purina brand I normally buy to something that might be better for them, but that is still within my budget. I care about my cats of course so I would not mind paying a few dollars more. But I can not afford to buy the cat foods that are over $10. I was wondering what kinds of dry foods you feed your cat and which of the cheaper name brands may be better quality for their health? My cats are pretty healthy as far as I can tell but I get worried from hearing the different opinions about certain brands like Purina. Thanks!
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
24 Mar 08
For my cats I've been buying Special Kitty (available at Walmart) for some time now. Never had a problem. (Except I do stick with the original flavor. Giving them a different flavor caused a similar reaction as to that of switching brands of food). Other brands I've used over the years include Alley Cat, and Meow Mix. Alley Cat was very cheap, but I only found it in smaller bags.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Yeah I used to feed mine the meow mix brand but they didn't seem to like it as much as the Purina brand. I wish they could just tell me what they like or don't like. This would make things a lot easier. lol
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@rpegan (598)
• United States
24 Mar 08
You need to buy a type of cat food that is formulated for your cat's level of activity and situation. For example, indoor cats don't necessarily need the same amount of certain nutrients as outdoor cats. There are also age, weight, and health specific foods. As far as brands go, most are basically the same. Just look at the ingredients, and if you can pronounce the first few ingredients, then you should be fine. As long as the food has taurine and other essential ingredients, the food does its job.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Yes my one cat is pretty active and sometimes eats too much. I will start looking up the ingredients and see what I have been feeding them. Thanks.
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@keyers (159)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I was also worried about the same thing but I use Purina indoor formula and my kitties are just fine.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Thanks for your response. I'm using that too. For now. lol :)
@bradhart (659)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Feeding them what they will eat is for the most part the best thing you can do, it means it agrees with them. It is best to give them some variety, I give a couple cans of wet food a week, an extra $2 a month is no big deal, also buying a large bag, like the 20 pounder is a good money saver. I have one cat who goes through a bag of it every 2 months give or take. i pay $8 to $9 at petsmart for it and save a buck or two off everywhere else. One of the best things you can do for their diet is to grow cat grass. It doesn't have to be a big thing of it I use a long squat planter because he can't tip it over. It provides a lot of vitamins and is especially good for older cats who are prone to UT and Hairball problems.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Yes my cats love their cat grass. I also give my cats wet food at least twice a week as well. An extra $2.00 a month is no big deal. Your right. I just have to stop comparing prices in my local grocery store and start to look into shopping online. I am sure I can find some coupons too. This would help since I buy food quite often. My cats are piggies. :)
• United States
24 Mar 08
No, some of the "hype" should be paid attention to. You must read the ingredients on the food that you give your pets. I am really puzzled sometimes on why people won't splurge on a food with better ingredients that would be healthier for their cat. We really can't control what a cat that we adopted genetically inherits that may shorten their life or cause them to live a very long one, but we do have control of what outside factors contribute to a cat either living as long as it can or having health problems that will shorten its life or decrease the quality of it. There are many foods that are laced with chemicals and unnecessary ingredients not to make it tastier or more healthy for our cats and dogs, but to appeal to US to make us want to buy it. Funky colors, cute shapes, and even foods that are meant to look like steak, etc. Think of it this way, if a food that you determine is much better for your cat costs $10 and lasts a month, isn't your kitty's life woth 34 cents a day? Or if its a $20 bag of food, is your cat's life not worth 70 cents a day. If you don't think you can afford it, break it down and put that many cents away each day and you'll be able to afford the next bag of food. I am not saying the most expensive food is necessarily best, but take some time and look at things you can order online, or get at the feed store or pet store instead of looking at just what's at the grocery store and you can probably get a food that is comparable or just a bit higher price that you can get and do better by your cat.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
24 Mar 08
Thank you for your well thought out advice. Yes, I suppose it all comes down to pocket change if you think about it that way. But I figured that if there was a cat food brand under $10 that offered the same benefits as a more costly brand, then the pocket change I would save could go towards other expenses. Such as buying healthy food for myself. Eating healthy can be quite costly for us humans as well.lol I am definitely going to take into account your and everyone else's advice by doing more research. I'm sure I will find something that is an improvement over what I am using now, but still within my budget. Thanks! :)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I use Dad's Indoor Cat food in the light green bag. My cats have eaten that ever since I got them. The only thing that is most important is that you stay with the same brand of cat food and not switch brands, IE, whatevers on sale. Cats tummies are very sensitive and tend to get upset if their brand is switched. So if you plan to switch, your best bet is to mix the Purina with whatever brand you decide to buy, and slowly switch over to the new stuff. I hope this helps you!
@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
24 Mar 08
I have actually never heard of that brand. I'll have to take a look next time i'm at the pet store. Yes in the beginning I switched my cats food quite often for the reason you just stated. Shame on me. :( Thanks for the advice though. :)
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• United States
24 Mar 08
That might be why you noticed them not eating one kind as much as the other. I buy Dad's at Walmart and one bag for 7.00 feeds my cats for a couple weeks. I have 4 cats and one of them is really fat and eats alot. So it lasts a while! The Indoor formula helps them to stay active. Good luck with whatever you end up buying!
@surfette (674)
• United States
25 Mar 08
My husband worked for Kal Kan for several years. They sell under the Whiskas brand of cat food. He told me that they formulate their own mixture there with U.S.A. ingredients, so you won't have to worry about the imported garbage. The formula is checked by their labs constantly by the numbered batches to get the highest quality food for your pet. It's packed with more vitamins and minerals than you would ever get in "human food" and you can feel safe feeding your furry friends. Also, for your peace of mind, pet food manufacturing facilities are held to higher cleanliness standards than many food processing plants.
• United States
25 Mar 08
I use the meow mix indoor formula for my cats. It seems to work really well and it's not that expensive. They also have a kitten formula as well.
@katticus (69)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I buy the Special Kitty Indoor Formula for my four cats. I've tried giving them other kinds of cat food but they end up throwing up more. I've also noticed that they don't cough up as many furballs also. The medium sized bags that are $5 or $6 lasts my cats for 2 to 3 weeks. As far as the cat grass goes my cats don't seem to like it for some reason.
• China
25 Mar 08
It seems a long time I never feed cat any more. That was in my childhood,while my family had a cat, which had given birth to 7 little cats once a time.It is really unforgettable. I haven't heard those cats food brands you mentioned.I just remember foods we fed to our cats were leftovers.Of course,fishes would provide to them ever and agah.I don't think our cats are unhealthy.The mother cat live a long time and had many baby cats until it was stolen one day.We can never find it back. So in my opinion,brand of cats food is not as much important as you worried.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I feed my cats Pet Promise that Petco sells. petpromiseinc.com Lil more expensive than the Purina O.N.E. I used to feed them but it's a better food.