Skip to comments.(Felis Cattus vanity) Looking for canned cat food recommendations
Posted on 09/11/2010 10:26:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro
Looking for canned cat food recommendations (for my cats, wiseguy).
We tried Fancy Feast for awhile, but las kittehs appear to like it not.
I've read a couple of the cat food threads on FR from around the time of the cat food recall back in 2007 (here and here), but wanted to hear what canned foods that people recommend/are feeding their cats these days.
Feed them dry catfood. It keeps their teeth healthy.
One of our guys has allergies so we get Blue Seal’s By Nature tinned food. No corn, soy, or gluten. But it is pricey. The guys love it, especially the fish flavor which is uber-stinky.
You need to use an institutional sized cans, so you can fit larger cats in them.
My cat only eats dry cat food. No fish, chicken or anything that is not in the form of dry cat food. She only eats from a white bowl and will yowl for food standing 2 feet from a full bowl until I point her to it. I think she has no sense of smell and only recognizes food by sight so she only eats what she was given as a kitten, before I acquired her.
If it is like the cat I have a couple of decades ago, you will just have to try various brands until you find some the cat likes.
Our two kitties split a (small) can of Friskies in the morning. We also leave dry food (Iams) down all day & we give them assorted treats (Pounce, Meow Mix) on occasion (like every couple of hours). They prefer the pate style canned food to the shredded. But they’ll eat the shredded stuff if I mince it with a fork.
No, my kitties are NOT spoiled!
let the cat catch it’s own food
You will add many years to a cat’s life if you keep their teeth healthy. We have four kittehs, and it’s dry food all the way.
Just started getting Trader Joes dog food cans for my “goggiez”, which is great, and knowing TJ’s reputation for value and quality, I’d suggest trying their kitteh food!
One tabby will eat only dry food and a little milk with dinner.
One tabby will eat 1/2 can of anything, most table scraps, and dry food.
One Doxi will eat any left over cat food wet or dry, milk, table scraps and cat poop.
My cat, who I named my username after, became diabetic after eating dry food. Specifically Science Diet that the vet recommended. Dry food is high in carbs and some cats’ pancreases cannot handle it. It also makes them overweight despite the labels claiming otherwise, and dry food has no bearing on teeth protection.
I was able to get this dry food addict kitty off insulin by getting him to eat canned food only. As for brands, my cats all shun the healthy stuff. They are fickle but they do prefer Friskies’ seafood varieties and Whiskas in the pouches.
My cat is very picky and also allergic to fish. We feed him a mix of canned and dry: Buffalo Blue dry turkey & potato recipe and their canned turkey & chicken
entree. He likes both a lot, but favors the dry.
Hee hee hee!
“most expensive cat food”
Then go buy all of it. One of each brand.
Your viking overlord kitties will secretly like some of it, but still will reject it all. But it is your job to subject yourself to their whims and go buy more.
Dat’s the link for Cats.
We have been using the Dog version for many years.
BTW Looks like the Cat has dinner sitting right on his lap.
My cat is really old (16 years) and her entire life she ate dry food, until a few months ago. She seems to like the gravy in the canned cat food. Sorry, I don’t have any recommendations. I have the same question about canned food that you have.
Dick VanPatten’s Natural Balance.
That would piss me off and yeah I would by an auto feed to.
I don't have much time to sleep as an around the clock careprovider but my 3 dogs KNOW not to wake the Mama.
Yet as soon as I open my eyes and stretch/vocalize it's 3 dogs in rotation up the steps (high bed) in my face every 8 minutes asking for Breakfast.
True story...one night there was a mouse in my house (I live out in the country) and neither my cat or dog would do a thing about the mouse. I even picked my cat up and placed her in front of the mouse (who was eating her dry cat food!!) Eventually, my dog stepped up and killed the mouse.
Friskies Poultry Platter Classic Pate, canned, orange label
Friskies Turkey & Cheese Dinner in gravy, savory shreds, canned, purple label
Dry down 24 hours: Iams Healthy Naturals
Some of my cats eat only dry, some eat only the canned food, and some eat both.
They only have these three choices, and every one is healthy.
I started my cats on Nutro and was told Eukanuba was a step up so I switched. The place I buy from started getting the Euk in coffee sized bags which I thought was a rip off. Then I was told Wellness was a step up from Euk so I switched again. The problem is they seem to be puking too much on the Wellness so I’m looking to switch/step up yet again.
As for the wet food, I used to give them cat tuna. They used to love it but my vet said I should just give them dry food so I stopped. Recently I went back to giving them the cat tuna and they love it but I’m not sure it’s a wise long-term plan. Oh are they going to be choked when I cut them off of it again. :)
My Princess Kitty LOVES Tiki Cat canned food.
I mean absolutely LOVES it. It’s all natural, no grain, and the ones that say cutlets really are...with recognizable chunks of fish.
I like Science Diet. Have used it for years. Have tired other things for both cats and dogs and I came back to Science Diet. The dry food with occasional wet food. My cats and dogs are healthy on this food.
Don’t change food a lot. It will really mess them up.
Talk to two different vets and you'll get two different answers! Just took our newest adoptee in the vet's for shots and he's a couple of pounds overweight. Vet said cats are chronically dehydrated because of dry food which is why they end up with kidney problems in later life. He recommended we use wet only, with a little bit of dry food for ~crunchies~.
He's already put our older overweight cat on a strict wet food diet, 1/2 can twice a day. Just enough food to keep her from getting fatty liver disease, but I'm scared of her becoming diabetic, so we're doing it.
Vet recommended Greenies for cats to keep their teeth clean. LSAggie (hobbing on hubby's account)
Mice and a blender...it’s the perfect cat food, and no cans to recycle...
About a year ago, on the recommendation of a conservative friend, I began cutting back on their dry food and started them on Wellness brand can food. Both my cats love it! It's high quality, high protein, low carbs. But it ain't cheap. About $1.70 for a 5.5 oz can. My skinny cat is maintaining his weight, while my fat cat has loss about 1.5 pounds. (He now weighs about 19 pounds)
I think generally any canned food will be better than dry because the water and low carbs dry food doesn’t have. The only argument for dry food is teeth health...you can buy a $6 tootrush/toothpaste from petsmart. I just bought 60 food lion cans for 6 bucks. They’re 35 cent each but they have a kickback each one you buy.
I suggest dry food.
Easy to buy & store in bulk, no mess, cleans teeth.
What’s not to like?
Kit & Kaboodle, Friskies and Bumblebee tuna
There is a very big misconception about dry food cleaning a cat’s teeth.
I had 3 of my cats (different sexes, different breeds) on a dry food only diet for many years. All of them needed teeth pulled because of decay.
After that I read a book written by a respected vet about cat care.
He brought up that wives tale of dry food being good for teeth.
Said if that was true then humans should just eat a couple of bowls of cheerios a day and forget about brushing.
(FYI....I use teeth cleaning wipes twice a week on my babies now. They work.)
About the food. I used to feed purina pro plan dry and canned to my cats. But of course the corn products in them are not good for many cats. (plus there are many better brands)
If you want to feed your cat a no grain diet..EVO brand is good. Dry is good.....wet if much better.
I now feed my cats “Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul”. Dry most of the day and canned in the evening.
It has barley and brown rice in it, but no corn.
It has done wonders for my 17yo and my little ragdoll has no more ear problems or the itchy dandruff he was plagued with.
Do a search on the internet for “best canned food for a cat”. It will be eye opening about what is out there.
That is very interesting. I guess it seems intuitive kibble would accumulate less debris on the teeth, but it wouldn’t be the first time intuitive is wrong.
Mice and a blender...its the perfect cat food, and no cans to recycle...
just buy rats from the herpetology supply $0.50 per rat http://mikescornsnakes.tripod.com/mice/themousefarm.htm or grow them yourself ,, it’s easy.
I adopted my Basil in 1996 & thought he was an old man then lol. He’s been eating 9 Lives wet food & Purina Cat Chow ever since & he’s still kickin!
Cats are true carnivores, requiring a meat-based diet for optimal health. Their natural diet is prey such as rodents, lizards, insects, and birds. These prey consist primarily of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar and fiber) content. Cats are exquisitely adapted to utilize fat and protein for energy. They are not at all like dogs and people, who are adapted to use carbohydrates for energy. Canned foods are higher in fat and protein, and lower in carbohydrates, than dry foods. Their high water content increases the cat's overall fluid intake, which keeps the kidneys and bladder healthy. The higher fat contributes to skin and coat health. Because the ingredients are more easily digested and utilized by the cat's body, canned foods produce less solid waste in the litterbox.
Yes, I know that many people feed their cats "whatever" and that many of those cats live long and happy lives. Then again, many people choose to eat "whatever" and some of them live long and happy lives (not necessarily healthy ones, of course, and not everyone.) While we spend more money up front on cat food costs, over the years we've reaped the benefits of having really healthy cats and lower vet bills.
Bottom line? Look for grain-free, low carb cat food ~ wet or dry ~ for your feline friends. (My cats are on my profile, if anyone is interested.)
After many, many, many attempts to try to please my finicky kitteh, I finally found one she will eat even IF she sees a case stacked in the cabinet. It’s PetSmart’s Authority chicken recipe pate’. I also feed them Blue Indoor Health dry catfood - which they both really like.
Most cats don’t actually chew their dry food.
Some just hawk it back without any or much chewing.
It really never is chewed long enough to rub and clean the teeth.
And in some cases works like bread in our mouths.
The dry food could get mushy and get stuck on teeth and sit there.
I’m sure all of us have had bread sit in a molar and needed to be dug out with your tongue or brushing.
Wet and dry food. Neither helps teeth cleaning at all.
But wet food is considered better for cats because of the water content. Cats in the wild don’t normally drink much water. They get some of it from the fresh, wet kill.
From what I read, dry food can leave a lot of kitties dehydrated much of the time.
I wish I could feed my cats wet food exclusively, but they are addicted to the kibble. (I call it cat crack. LOL)
I am hoping that feeding them wet food at night might help in some way. Who knows really.
Cats are so complicated! I have 2 cats. I’ve always fed them canned food (they both like Fancy Feast), and until recently, also dry food.
One cat was already hefty when I adopted him; he’ll eat just about anything. No allergies. But he keeps packing on the weight. The vet suggested switching the dry food to one’s that grain-free. But the expensive grain-free foods have other ingredients that can cause problems in some cats. Which brings me to my other cat...
The other cat is a skinny thing that started scraping off his fur about 6 months ago, after I switched dry foods for the fat cat. Turns out (after tests) it was food allergies. Among several things, he’s allergic to rice, potato, and sweet potato, which are often used in cat foods in place of corn and wheat. The grain-free dry food I’d been feeding them contained the allergens.
So, I dropped dry food altogether.
I feed them Avoderm canned, which helps with the skinny cat’s itching/baldness, and also the fat cat’s dandruff.
The vet recommended Natural Balance, but the cats didn’t like it.
Look for an independent pet food store in your area. There are dozens of brands not sold in supermarkets, including refrigerated/frozen and raw diets.
NOTE: Natura, who produces the Evo line of pet foods among others, was recently bought by Proctor & Gamble. Some independent pet food stores are no longer carrying Natura products.
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