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post #41 of 48
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I think I'll start feeding less baby food, I just realized that it lacks nutrients that cats need(that babies don't need) and I'm not sure how to supplement it. Instead I will feed high quality canned with her freshpet. I'm considering dry raw, but I'm worried my vet will scold me. Dry raw is usually rid of salmonella and such, so I don't see a problem... any suggestions?
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What kind of baby food were you feeding?  If you were feeding baby food it should be the kind that just contains meat, nothing else.  You can also find canned meat in the grocery store near the canned tuna.  I have seen canned turkey, chicken and if you look you can probably find canned beef too.

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post #43 of 48
Be careful with canned meat though. It tends to have high levels of salt.

I did check into the consultation fee with Cornell nutrition service if you were interested. It's $60 and they help you set up a whole diet plan for your animal. They really are great. However, if you search "cat diet Cornell vet" it should come up with some resources from the hospital website.

I'm not familiar with raw dry diets, but really anything that is not cooked can potentially pass salmonella or campylobacter. I do like fresh pet though and have heard other people have good experiences. I also think wet food diets for cats are the best because cats tend to drink little water throughout the day. Male cats especially have issues with stones and urinary blockages, but wet food helps a lot.

A lot of people like the commercial grain free diets for their pets and those are perfectly fine. I think they are very well balanced and many animals do well.
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post #44 of 48

I forgot about the salt.  I just mentioned canned meat because of the convenience factor.  When I feed meat to my pets I buy meat from the market and cook it myself.  With few exceptions, I don't feed raw meat to my pets for health reasons.  I am concerned about both bacteria and parasites.

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post #45 of 48
Not sure if this helps with raw diet etc. But as a treat possibly, it would get expensive.
They sell frozen rodents at petsmart, prob petco, and feeder animals. ( though frozen is safer by a long shot) they are whole frozen mice and rats, contain the bones and stuff. Its as "natural" as it gets. There is also rodentpro.com that sells frozen rats, mice, quail, rabbits, chicks, and a few other things.

I do agree that high quality cat food is just as good as any raw diet though. Maybe try blue wilderness, (i think thats what its called) its made for wild cats and such.
post #46 of 48
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For now I'll go with canned grain free (I'm feeding wellness) and freshpet. I'll move on to raw in the future, and I'll consider the consultation, and the tips you all gave. When raw is dried, it rids of salmonella and such. I would explain how to feed raw with little risk but it would take a long time... raw is for when I have my own pets and home
I was feeding meat baby food, forgetting that it has nutrients for babies, not cats. It makes a great meal topper though:-)
post #47 of 48
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Originally Posted by Shellybean02 View Post
 

 

, but they do get digested plant matter from their prey and might occasionally snack on some plants, like we snack on donuts^-^**

 

They don't eat the stomach contents of prey. When my cats eat birds, they leave the bird guts behind. Same with rodents, they don't eat the entire mouse.

 

As far as eating grass goes, I'm pretty sure they do it to help their digestion, not cause they're snacking.


Edited by anankae - 6/23/16 at 1:43pm
post #48 of 48
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 I also think wet food diets for cats are the best because cats tend to drink little water throughout the day. Male cats especially have issues with stones and urinary blockages, but wet food helps a lot.
 

I hear this a lot, cats don't drink water.

 

One thing about having outdoor cats, is watching them outside after it's rained, drinking the rainwater.  My cats prefer metal bowls, they don't like plastic at all. (the dogs as well). And the water must be refreshed at least once a day. 

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