Cat Food? I am a little upset!

Willow's Meadow

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I'm getting a cat this summer(its actually my old cat that I gave to a friend). The friend dosen't really want the cat anymore and I can take the cat back now. But I was researching different cat food brands(Meow mix, purina etc.) I am SO UPSET!!!!!!
I can't believe the ingredients in the cat food! This is the Meow Mix:

Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), turkey by-product meal, salmon meal, ocean fish meal, brewers dried yeast, phosphoric acid, animal digest, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, calcium chloride, choline chloride, added color (red 40, yellow 5, blue 2, and other color), salt, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, l-alanine, niacin, vitamin E supplement, biotin, folic acid, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.



Can you BELIEVE that????? There is DYE in the food! And corn is the 1st ingredient and its all by-products!
What do you feed your cats? I am not sure what to feed this cat!
I don't want to spend $50-60 on Innova cat food. I am beginning to think I should do the raw feed BARF with the cat like I do with the dogs. Any raw feeders out there?
 

ranchhand

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I've never tried it. I have given up on over-investigating pet food, too frustrating. I have fed blue or green bag Purina for MANY years, and almost all my cats live 20+ years.

Glad to hear you cat is coming back though! We have 3 cats, 2 dogs and a never ending source of fun and friendship.
 

cmb19

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Taste of the Wild makes a cat food that I understand to be pretty good. I don't have a cat so I have no experience with it, but I know the dog food is good.
 

Imp

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I feed those to my cats. I keep 4 different brands of dry food and mostly friskies canned. I have found that the pets will not eat a lot of the more expensive foods. The strays and ferals will just about eat anything.
You said "old cat" did you mean it is an aged cat or previous cat. I would hesitate to change the diet of an aged cat.
Good luck with whatever you decide, and congrats on getting the cat back.

Imp- Only admits to having 2 cats, funny they need 7 bowls.
 

Akane

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Wellness is a good but still cost effective cat food. It's available in most pet stores these days.
 

WoodlandWoman

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We feed Taste of the Wild to our cats and dogs. If you're already doing raw for your dogs, you could certainly think about converting your cat over to raw, too. There's plenty of info on the web on raw cat diets. You'll need to add taurine, but I don't remember what else. And I was just reading some of that info a couple of days ago! Oh, well.
 

Crazyland

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We feed our cat Taste of the wild. She loves it.
She is an indoor-outdoor cat. We got her as a semi-feral kitten a couple months ago. The bag lasts forever even though she eats any time she is inside.
 

LV426

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I feed Blue Wilderness/Blue Buffalo. No chicken or poultry by products and grain free.
 

geebs

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I feed it to chickens... they love it... I feed my cat meat.. it's that simple... Shrimp is his favorite.. skin and all... I serve them frozen sometimes if I am in a hurry and we call them... shrimpsicles... he love em... I don't think it cost me as much in the end... The vet call for the blocked urinary tract was 600 bucks... and that buys a lot of clams (shrimp in this case)
 

bwebb7

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cats are great raw feeders! chix necks, wings, hearts, gizzards, liver, shrimp and fish.The litter box doesn't stink and her breath is good too!
And yes-the vet bills disappear!
 

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