mixing types of cat food

United States
March 16, 2011 9:46pm CST
Have you ever mixed various types of dry cat food? I don't know why I never thought of this but I guess I would find it I nusance to store so many kinds of food in a bin big enough to mix them off + keep them fresh. But I had seen it mentioned mixing a regular formula cat food with a weight maintenance formula cat food. Is this a good idea??? I have 3 cats and one is very chubby he's gotta be close to 18lbs I wouldn't mind putting him on a weight formula. Do you mix the types of dry food?
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
17 Mar 11
I mix dog food so I don't see why you couldn't mix cat food. It would also give them variety of tastes and texture. Have you tried playing with Big Kitty with a laser light? Cats and dogs love them, they'll chase them all day and burn calories like crazy but be sure not to shine it in their eyes.
@skydancer (1987)
• United States
17 Mar 11
Oh, my cats love-love-LOVE the laser light toy! They could chase that thing all day - especially came in handy in wearing them out in the evening so that they would sleep at night (otherwise they'd be up meowing like crazy!)
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
17 Mar 11
Skydancer, they're so funny, aren't they? My dog Cookie will chase it around and around in a circle until she gets dizzy and falls down. If you stop before she falls down she gets miffed! I think she likes that little "high" she gets!
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
17 Mar 11
I think that is a very good idea even for the thrifty side of things, mix a cheaper brand with a good brand if you have a fussy cat like I do...wonderful idea, I am going to try that.
• United States
17 Mar 11
Hi lilaclady, I posted below but I wanted to add that my neighbor lady friend does do this she says that the full name brand sometimes does not agree with her cats digestive system. She stumbled on the idea when day when she was running low and tried it. She says hers now does not have any problems.
@katcarneo (1429)
• Philippines
11 Oct 11
I buy different brands and variants of dry cat food and sometimes I keep them separately and sometimes I mix them. My cats eat them all the same. I think they like the variety of flavors. The cat food I buy have no specific function anyway, like weight control and the like. They're just regular. cat food. The brans I purchase are Whiskas, Princess Cat, and Happy Cat.
• United States
28 Mar 11
oh yea.if i have some leftover,it goes right in the bowl with the new. i have 6,and if one of them won't eat it,the other will.they don't seem to mind overall.i think they like the variety,honestly.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Mar 11
I have heard that you should ease a cat from one kind of food to another but I just throw everything in the bin together, my cats can't afford to be fussy
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Mar 11
hi 3snugglebunnies I used to do this until both cats turned up their noses so just went back to different cat foods for each cat. i cannot afford the rent change to have one here. My roomie wants' one but thats a poor idea. she is much too forgetful to care for a cat. she wou ld feed it six timesa day then forget for three no indeed very bad idea.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
18 Mar 11
No I have never done this....nor have I even heard of this in the 22 years of owning cats.
@skydancer (1987)
• United States
17 Mar 11
I have mixed dry cat food before. The first time was because my old cat had gotten used to a specific flavor and wasn't eating when we got her a flavor different from what she was used to. She didn't have any issues with the different flavor with no problems when we mixed it with the kind she liked, however. Now I have two new cats that I have raised from kittens. They are now nine months old, and are still eating kitten food. The vet said that if they were the least bit reluctant to start eating "grown up" cat food that mixing it with the kitten food to gradually get them used to it was generally effective, but it doesn't look like they're going to object to cat food so I don't think that is going to be a problem (we did initially have to mix the kitten food with the cat food in the beginning, however). I am a complete stranger to mixing food for a weight loss formula. I would probably ask your vet what should be done about his weight as far as his food and other lifestyle factors are concerned. I don't think mixing food would jeopardize your cat's health but I am not sure how to go about such an endeavor... you sound more knowledgeable than I am! If his problem is that he is eating too much, I might try putting less food out but of course that is hard to do if he is eating the same thing as your other cats. I might also try to get him more active if possible. The laser toy that another poster suggested is a good idea if he still chases things that move! Good luck with your cats!
• United States
17 Mar 11
I am not sure we have 3 cats too and the oldest one keeps throwing up the cat food that she has ate for a while and my husband has been giving her tuna and turkey and she throws that up too and I can not afford to take her to the vet and she really needs to go, I have tried other brands but she is getting really picky. I don't know what else to do she is almost 17 years old. She used to eat Deli cat when she was little and they only have it here at the Kroger but I heard about the recall and scared to get it from there. Do you know what I can do for her?
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
17 Mar 11
Not on purpose! I normally buy Walmart brand cat food, and the only time I'll mix them is if I need cat food and can't get out to Walmart so I get some at Dollar General or the local grocery place.. or if Walmart is out of their brand.
• United States
17 Mar 11
I do alot of volunteer work at a local humane society. I was told by someone that works there that if you do mix in the food do it gradually. It can upset their systems to all of a sudden switch it up. Plus, it would be a good way to see if they even like the new kind. I had to put my dog on a diet. Have you considered just keeping the same food but giving him or her less? I had to do that--the beagle wasn't too happy at first! ha!
• United States
17 Mar 11
It's actually extremely unhealthy to change a cat's food abruptly. They don't require variety like we do. When we switch their dry kibble too quickly it can cause gastric problems. Actually, to be totally honest, cats have no need for dry kibble, all it does is make them fat and cause crystals to form in their bladders. The healthiest diet for a cat is to feed them wet food 2 to 3 times daily. I feed my cats steamed chicken/turkey gizzards that I chop up in the food processor. Chicken gizzards are very inexpensive and it doesn't take long to steam or boil them, you really don't HAVE to cook them at all, as cats and dogs can eat raw meat. Their digestive tract is a lot smaller than a human's, so any parasites come out before they have a chance to infect the animal. Usually, I take whatever scraps I have from my veggies, like the stems from carrots, celery, brocolli...and I boil them to where they're soggy and toss them in the food processor with the gizzards. They love it, and my fat cat...well....I can't call him fat cat anymore, because he's nice and lean now!
• United States
17 Mar 11
A neighbor who I sometimes help to get her pet supplies does. She buys generic and name brand. She says that the full name brand does not agree with her cat. I suppose it may be like diluting it somehow.
@laken02 (3067)
• United States
17 Mar 11
i have a dog and i mix her dry dog food... she is over weight too and i had to buy her a special dry dog food for weight loss she did not like it as well so i mixed it with her other dry dog food and she ate it just fine.. she is a picky dog and does not eat alot of dry dog foods.. i had thoguht about putting her on a stricter diet.. as sge does need to lose the weight..
• United States
17 Mar 11
I mixed Purina Meow Mix one time with a generic cat food...the cats knew the difference and picked out the Purina and ate it and left the generic! Thats all I know!
• Canada
17 Mar 11
i mix cat foods quite frequently but not the whole bag i wait until i have abouts a weeks worth of food left then mix in the new food as i switch between 4 different formulas. one of my cats is getting a little on the chubby side "gives him the look" actually i think he could pass for a pumpkin right now so i will most likely be buying weight control fro the next few bags to see if it makes a difference mixing it in with the normal food probilie wouldn't do to much so all 4 will be on a weight control food for a while