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Dry Cat food. Is there a difference between an own brand and an expensive brand?

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
I feed my cat/kitten James Wellbeloved which is one of the more expensive dry cat foods, i was looking at the others such as IAMS and Go cat etc. Is there really a difference apart from the cost. My cat seems to have a v delicate stomach and will be sick or worse (seems to be if she eats a little of our food or some wet cat food) so i have decided dry food (as then she's fine) is the way to go. It is also more hygenic and better for her teeth. Now i would like some advice from any of you cat lovers, my cat has a lovely shiny thick coat is she just lucky or is it the expensive food she eats lol.
Thanks :)
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banned 1 Like #1
I know the difference for dogs if that helps....

We only give our dog stuff like the James Wellbolved brand and other "natural ingredient only" food because it's so much better.

The cheaper stuff is full of ****. E-numbers, additives, colourings etc. For example, with dogs, feeding them Bakers everyday is the equivalent of feeding your kids McDonalds everyday.
1 Like #2
The cheap dry food like 'go cat' should be used as a supplement to wet food. Feeding cats on just this dry food can damage its liver functions and shorten its life. The newer 'complete' dry foods are better but I still wouldn't feed the cat them exclusively.
1 Like #3
I was told by our vet not to use the own brand ones as they are not developed to give a balanced diet, whereas things like Iams are. There are own brand balanced diet ones now though, so if you check the details carefully it may be worth a try. If you want to give your cat a healthy life don't scrimp on cat food, and also make sure they do get wet food at least once a day.
1 Like #4
I can tell you pretty much ALL you need or want to know about this little beauty - I (used to) breed Oriental Cats - I have feed them on everything possible from James Well - Iams, Hills, you name it.

Vets say one thing, breeders say another, ordinary cat owners use their discretion and choose the brand that their cats love to eat!
Ultimately, you can spend hundreds if not more over the lifetime on a cat in food etc, or you can choose to feed it sensibly on what you think the cat(s) enjoy.

Happy to help you with any question if you so wish?

Puuuuurrrrrrrrrrrr.
xxxx
1 Like #5
DanJackson
I know the difference for dogs if that helps....

We only give our dog stuff like the James Wellbolved brand and other "natural ingredient only" food because it's so much better.

The cheaper stuff is full of ****. E-numbers, additives, colourings etc. For example, with dogs, feeding them Bakers everyday is the equivalent of feeding your kids McDonalds everyday.


EXACTLY the same with cat food, we have just recently adopted a lovely little kitten from the Cat Protection League, and after finding out from a decent pet food store exactly what is contained in some of the leading brands, have switched her diet.

Stay clear of any wet food pouches (or dry food supplements) that state 4% meat and other animal derivitives, as stated here....its the equivalent of feeding your little one mcdonalds for life. Felix and Whiskas seem to be the worst culprits,Go Cat dry food is also rubbish, 4% meat content.

We have switched to HiLife wet food pouches (60% MEAT and no animal derivitives) and supplement that with Royal Canin Kitten dry food.

As she seems to prefer wet food, we mix in the dry food with her wet else she wont eat it, at least then we know she is getting a full balanced diet.

Consider joining this forum :

http://www.petforums.co.uk/
1 Like #6
My cats eat whiskas/felix etc.. wet food plus either Go-Cat or Own brand hard - they go through it fast enough so they obviously like it!!

We've tried the more expensive stuff but seems to make them sick, I assume it's just too rich for them. Sometimes they have tins of tuna too
1 Like #7
try it on 8 cats, you should be fine then
#8
Alfonse;3952963
try it on 8 cats, you should be fine then

8 out of 10 cats who expressed a preference........ :p
#9
cloudthecat
8 out of 10 cats who expressed a preference........ :p


thats why I said try on 8 cats then you'll get a 100% result forget the other 2..........:?:thumbsup::whistling:
#10
hannah19790
My cats eat whiskas/felix etc.. wet food plus either Go-Cat or Own brand hard - they go through it fast enough so they obviously like it!!

We've tried the more expensive stuff but seems to make them sick, I assume it's just too rich for them. Sometimes they have tins of tuna too


Might want to try switching their diet slowly, sadly feeding whiskas and felix wet food is literally the equivalent of feeding your poor things McDonalds seriously.

Apparantly although meant to be approved for human consumption, the 4% meat and "other animal derivitives" used in these are and carp from the slaughter houses.

The reason why they go through it so fast is because there is nothing filling in it according to our pet store, it was making our kitten extra hyperactive and she was wolfing down felix pouches like no tomorrow...its like feeding your cat a school dinner chicken nugget meal and giving it "vitamin pills to make it that much better" the only health in them is the vitamin supplement.
1 Like #11
hannah19790
My cats eat whiskas/felix etc.. wet food plus either Go-Cat or Own brand hard - they go through it fast enough so they obviously like it!!

We've tried the more expensive stuff but seems to make them sick, I assume it's just too rich for them. Sometimes they have tins of tuna too


mine are the same but we have to change theirs each week otherwise they wont eat it and they start pinching the dogs food cats are so fussy
#12
Just tried both, but did not like either of vthem, might stick with Cornflakes.
#13
cicobuff
(60% MEAT and no animal derivitives)


Well if the meat is not derived from animals where the hell is it from!:-D

Ps You may want to look at the spelling.:thumbsup:
#14
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Well if the meat is not derived from animals where the hell is it from!:-D

Ps You may want to look at the spelling.:thumbsup:


Oh very sorry sir I spelt derivatives wrongly, I stand corrected.....

Are you deliberately trying to be a smart ass? 4% total content including meat as in M E A T and OTHER animal derivAtives is not particularly good for a cat or dog.

Try offering advice to the original poster instead of trolling the forum...
1 Like #15
cicobuff
Oh very sorry sir I spelt derivatives wrongly, I stand corrected.....

Are you deliberately trying to be a smart ass? 4% total content including meat as in M E A T and OTHER animal derivAtives is not particularly good for a cat or dog.

Try offering advice to the original poster instead of trolling the forum...


Wow, guessing your sense of humour doesn't kick in this early in the morning :w00t:
banned 1 Like #16
always buy in bulk too from somewhere like petplanet as saves me at least 50-60% over buying from a supermarket.

e.g of recent order

Royal Canin Feline Sensible 33
Desc: 2kg (WAS £14.29 - Save 50%)
Price: £7.60

go cat/whiskas etc is just junk so avoid that. Tuna isn't good either if it is in brine.
banned#17
cicobuff;3952955
EXACTLY the same with cat food, we have just recently adopted a lovely little kitten from the Cat Protection League, and after finding out from a decent pet food store exactly what is contained in some of the leading brands, have switched her diet.

Stay clear of any wet food pouches (or dry food supplements) that state 4% meat and other animal derivitives, as stated here....its the equivalent of feeding your little one mcdonalds for life. Felix and Whiskas seem to be the worst culprits,Go Cat dry food is also rubbish, 4% meat content.

We have switched to HiLife wet food pouches (60% MEAT and no animal derivitives) and supplement that with Royal Canin Kitten dry food.

As she seems to prefer wet food, we mix in the dry food with her wet else she wont eat it, at least then we know she is getting a full balanced diet.

Consider joining this forum :

http://www.petforums.co.uk/

Spot on!
#18
csiman
Spot on!


Thank you, some trolls on here seem to disagree! Only owned a kitten three weeks, I strived to learn, want the best for her.
#19
cicobuff
Oh very sorry sir I spelt derivatives wrongly, I stand corrected.....

Are you deliberately trying to be a smart ass? 4% total content including meat as in M E A T and OTHER animal derivAtives is not particularly good for a cat or dog.

Try offering advice to the original poster instead of trolling the forum...


I have offered advice. I just think you may have got a little carried away with what the pet store has said.

If you look at the big picture. Cats have been on the earth for hundreds of thousands of years and have been domesticated for the last 5000 years. They are carnivorous animals. They dont require rice, vegetables, vitamins or minerals in there food. They were doing just fine long before we arrived and will probably continue long after we have gone.

So you can feed it cheap or expensive food the cat will be fine with either. All the expensive food does is make you feel better.

By the way this is not a dig at how you look after your cat, just don't take everything that the pet store say as gospel.
#20
Jonny_K
Wow, guessing your sense of humour doesn't kick in this early in the morning :w00t:


Depends on the subject, I find a healthy diet for a pet to be serious business personally.
#21
GAVINLEWISHUKD
I have offered advice. I just think you may have got a little carried away with what the pet store has said.

If you look at the big picture. Cats have been on the earth for hundreds of thousands of years and have been domesticated for the last 5000 years. They are carnivorous animals. They dont require rice, vegetables, vitamins or minerals in there food. They were doing just fine long before we arrived and will probably continue long after we have gone.

So you can feed it cheap or expensive food the cat will be fine with either. All the expensive food does is make you feel better.

By the way this is not a dig at how you look after your cat, just don't take everything that the pet store say as gospel.


You make a valid point in the fact they are carnivorous animals, ones we have domesticated though....

You are wrong about the cheap or expensive foods though, yes the cat can LIVE on cheap food, but there is no placebo effect in making me feel better by giving it more expensive foods, its plain and simply HEALTHIER for the cat and more filling, hence economical too....and to be honest there is little cost difference between the meat varities and 4% of meat and other animal derivatives.

If the cat wasnt domesticated then it would be hunting meat to eat, not little meat content that the cheap pouches contain.

Ever eaten junk food to find that after a short while you feel hungry?

I haven't got carried away over what the pet store might say, its not just the pet store :

Try this forum http://www.petforums.co.uk/ ask your vets, heck do you actually own a cat or a dog?
banned#22
GAVINLEWISHUKD;3953113
I have offered advice. I just think you may have got a little carried away with what the pet store has said.

If you look at the big picture. Cats have been on the earth for hundreds of thousands of years and have been domesticated for the last 5000 years. They are carnivorous animals. They dont require rice, vegetables, vitamins or minerals in there food. They were doing just fine long before we arrived and will probably continue long after we have gone.

So you can feed it cheap or expensive food the cat will be fine with either. All the expensive food does is make you feel better.

By the way this is not a dig at how you look after your cat, just don't take everything that the pet store say as gospel.

going on your argument, then humans dont require rice, vegetables, vitamins or minerals in their food :?

its not just pet stores saying that cheap alternatives are rubbish and actually harmful. Google will show you how bad this stuff is.

And if you shop around like I said, then the 'expensive' quality food isnt a lot more.

Our two cats have 50g each a day of quality dry food so a 3kg bag lasts a month and can cost as little as £7-10 if bought when on offer and in bulk. Far more active since we took them off their old junk food a couple of years ago and never have any problems.

And no smells either with dry food :-D

Thats about 15p per day each! Last time I checked, pouches were about 30p each.
#23
cicobuff
You make a valid point in the fact they are carnivorous animals, ones we have domesticated though....

You are wrong about the cheap or expensive foods though, yes the cat can LIVE on cheap food, but there is no placebo effect in making me feel better by giving it more expensive foods, its plain and simply HEALTHIER for the cat and more filling, hence economical too....and to be honest there is little cost difference between the meat varities and 4% of meat and other animal derivatives.

If the cat wasnt domesticated then it would be hunting meat to eat, not little meat content that the cheap pouches contain.

Ever eaten junk food to find that after a short while you feel hungry?

I haven't got carried away over what the pet store might say, its not just the pet store :

Try this forum http://www.petforums.co.uk/ ask your vets, heck do you actually own a cat or a dog?


Well when a cat eats a sparrow or a mouse what percentage of it is lean meat? Considering the cat will eat the whole lot.

You seem to think I'm attacking your ways and I'm not. Im just saying within reason what you feed the cat has little bearing on its health.
The big downfall of some domestic cat breeds is the genetics from breading causing health problems.
So im not saying feed your cat only on felix pouches or on hi-life cat food all I said that cats dont cope well on prolonged feeding on dry food alone.
#24
csiman
going on your argument, then humans dont require rice, vegetables, vitamins or minerals in their food :?


Yes we do as we are omnivores. We dont require rice as carbohydrates are relatively new to our diet. Many people believe that our carbohydrate intake is causing many of the health issues we see today.
#25
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Well when a cat eats a sparrow or a mouse what percentage of it is lean meat? Considering the cat will eat the whole lot.

You seem to think I'm attacking your ways and I'm not. Im just saying within reason what you feed the cat has little bearing on its health.
The big downfall of some domestic cat breeds is the genetics from breading causing health problems.
So im not saying feed your cat only on felix pouches or on hi-life cat food all I said that cats dont cope well on prolonged feeding on dry food alone.


Well actually yes you are attacking my ways by stating that I shouldnt listen to what my pet store tells me, what the vet tells me, and what forums tell me.

What you feed your cat DOES have a bearing on its health, hence why these cheap foods are mass manufactured for profit, little goodness....same way as all the chav foods Kerry Katona et all promote on tv, whilst humans can survive on them, they are no good for your health.

You have stated actually that cats dont cope well on prolonged feeding on dry food alone....some people disagree with this argument...as for my cat a mixture for a balanced domesticated cat diet I find suits her.

By the way, I think you need to check your spelling.....
banned#26
cicobuff;3953431
Well actually yes you are attacking my ways by stating that I shouldnt listen to what my pet store tells me, what the vet tells me, and what forums tell me.

What you feed your cat DOES have a bearing on its health, hence why these cheap foods are mass manufactured for profit, little goodness....same way as all the chav foods Kerry Katona et all promote on tv, whilst humans can survive on them, they are no good for your health.

You have stated actually that cats dont cope well on prolonged feeding on dry food alone....some people disagree with this argument...as for my cat a mixture for a balanced domesticated cat diet I find suits her.

By the way, I think you need to check your spelling.....

My cats only ever have dry food. What other food do you give yours?
#27
csiman
My cats only ever have dry food. What other food do you give yours?


Our cat doesn't seem to take too well to the Royal Canin complete dry food unless mixed in with wet, so we give her Hi-Life pouches, and mix in the Royal Canin.
#28
cicobuff
Might want to try switching their diet slowly, sadly feeding whiskas and felix wet food is literally the equivalent of feeding your poor things McDonalds seriously.

Apparantly although meant to be approved for human consumption, the 4% meat and "other animal derivitives" used in these are and carp from the slaughter houses.

The reason why they go through it so fast is because there is nothing filling in it according to our pet store, it was making our kitten extra hyperactive and she was wolfing down felix pouches like no tomorrow...its like feeding your cat a school dinner chicken nugget meal and giving it "vitamin pills to make it that much better" the only health in them is the vitamin supplement.


I wouldn't say my cats are 'poor things'. They are happy and contented and not over or under weight. They go to the vets regularly and have had no probs so who's to say?! They are about 12 now so don't think they'd appreciate a change at this stage in their life anyway tbh.

ttwcd
mine are the same but we have to change theirs each week otherwise they wont eat it and they start pinching the dogs food cats are so fussy


Yh, mine are like that they do like me to change it around sometimes:thumbsup:
#29
hannah19790
I wouldn't say my cats are 'poor things'. They are happy and contented and not over or under weight. They go to the vets regularly and have had no probs so who's to say?! They are about 12 now so don't think they'd appreciate a change at this stage in their life anyway tbh.



Yh, mine are like that they do like me to change it around sometimes:thumbsup:


So you would prefer to give your cats the same diet of little protein instead of paying roughly the same for a better more fulfilling diet?

http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-health-nutrition/ If you are interested in cat nutrition and want to read more into debates.
#30
cicobuff
So you would prefer to give your cats the same diet of little protein instead of paying roughly the same for a better more fulfilling diet?

http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-health-nutrition/ If you are interested in cat nutrition and want to read more into debates.


I'd prefer to give them wot they eat:thumbsup: And like I say, the vets never said they are unhealthy cats!
#31
hannah19790
I'd prefer to give them wot they eat:thumbsup: And like I say, the vets never said they are unhealthy cats!


Kind of like giving kids what they like to eat then I guess, Kerry Katona style.
#32
cicobuff
Kind of like giving kids what they like to eat then I guess, Kerry Katona style.


THEY ARE NOT UNHEALTHY!!! They're animals ffs, don't compare them to children! Y do u know best exactly??:?
#33
Poor cats!

When everybody has stopped arguing the toss..........
ANY sensible responsible owner will use their discretion as to what, when and how to feed them, in exactly the same way that you choose how to feed your little uns.....

Surely?
Whether you choose Hills Science Plan, Iams, or any of the other varieties, or indeed what the cats Protection feed their cats on (as somebody said equivalent to McDonalds) as long as you don't over feed, nor under feed your pet, take it for its annual boosters and look after it sensibly - the cat will be (under normal circumstances) perfectly fine!

They will soon let you know if they DON'T like it!

Puurrrrrrrrrrr.
xxxx
#34
Meow!!!!
#35
cloudthecat
Poor cats!

When everybody has stopped arguing the toss..........
ANY sensible responsible owner will use their discretion as to what, when and how to feed them, in exactly the same way that you choose how to feed your little uns.....

Surely?
Whether you choose Hills Science Plan, Iams, or any of the other varieties, or indeed what the cats Protection feed their cats on (as somebody said equivalent to McDonalds) as long as you don't over feed, nor under feed your pet, take it for its annual boosters and look after it sensibly - the cat will be (under normal circumstances) perfectly fine!

They will soon let you know if they DON'T like it!

Puurrrrrrrrrrr.
xxxx


Well I for one was appauled that the cats protection league as good as they are in protecting the welfare of the cat were feeding our little thing on Felix.
#36
cloudthecat
Poor cats!

When everybody has stopped arguing the toss..........
ANY sensible responsible owner will use their discretion as to what, when and how to feed them, in exactly the same way that you choose how to feed your little uns.....

Surely?
Whether you choose Hills Science Plan, Iams, or any of the other varieties, or indeed what the cats Protection feed their cats on (as somebody said equivalent to McDonalds) as long as you don't over feed, nor under feed your pet, take it for its annual boosters and look after it sensibly - the cat will be (under normal circumstances) perfectly fine!

They will soon let you know if they DON'T like it!

Puurrrrrrrrrrr.
xxxx


Agree with u there:thumbsup: Not everybody feeds there animals on the same food (obviously) I just don't need someone dictating to me wot I should be feeding MY cats!! If they were unhealthy then fair enough, but each to there own, surely?
#37
hannah19790
Agree with u there:thumbsup: Not everybody feeds there animals on the same food (obviously) I just don't need someone dictating to me wot I should be feeding MY cats!! If they were unhealthy then fair enough, but each to there own, surely?


Actually, you can feed your cats what you like obviously, I didn't dictate to you what you should be feeding your cats on, mearly stated :

"So you would prefer to give your cats the same diet of little protein instead of paying roughly the same for a better more fulfilling diet?

http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-health-nutrition/ If you are interested in cat nutrition and want to read more into debates."

After reading up on the appauling lack of protein, meat content and substanance in Felix, which is what the Cat Protection League gave us to start feeding our kitten, we decided to research, was advised by a specialist pet store as well as the vet and from internet research to quit using felix and whiskas and any other 4% meat content pouches.

Who is to say who is right, as you say your cats are healthy, my mom fed her cat until he had a dodgy kidneys on Whiskas and Brekkies, he was relatively healthy and lived to 21 bless him. Although knowing what carp they put in these foods she feels guilty now that he was fed on that diet.

Personally, I feel better knowing our little kitten is getting good nourishment which is making her a little less hyperactive, still extremely playful though....but thats the joy of having the little sod lol.
#38
I think perhaps we could all use a sense of perspective - and look at what we are all happy to feed our pets on......

you all know (or should know) what is appropriate - and what isn't. There are plenty of responsible people without a significant amount of disposable income and elderly people on pensions that do not have the income to feed their pets on a (what is so called) a 'premium' brand, yet these animals live perfectly happy and long lives.
Having been a registered breeded of numerous varieties of cats, I can happily say that in all of the pedigrees I have homed, the cats have been fed by their new owners according to 'their' choice, not mine!
Moreso, the cats have gone on to live a healthy and happy life, prodcing healthy and attractive offspring.

Not everybody can afford high price brands, but just because they have rice or added vitamins or other so called supplements in them - doesn't 'neccessaritly' make them any more (or less) affective as any other cheaper brand.

With respect to a comment about the Cats Protecton League feeding the many thousands of nwanted cats on Felix - please remember that the CPL is a charity, and relies heavily upon donations.....

Puuuuuuuurrrrrrr & Miaow from me!
#39
Why does catfood have ash in it?

anywho I'm calling PETA on all of you, for owning cats!!!

lol
#40
cicobuff
Actually, you can feed your cats what you like obviously, I didn't dictate to you what you should be feeding your cats on, mearly stated :

"So you would prefer to give your cats the same diet of little protein instead of paying roughly the same for a better more fulfilling diet?

http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-health-nutrition/ If you are interested in cat nutrition and want to read more into debates."

After reading up on the appauling lack of protein, meat content and substanance in Felix, which is what the Cat Protection League gave us to start feeding our kitten, we decided to research, was advised by a specialist pet store as well as the vet and from internet research to quit using felix and whiskas and any other 4% meat content pouches.


So u didn't say I should change my cats diet??:?

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