FEEDING MY CAT-advice please???

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Found 4th Apr 2011
we have now got a new cat..she hasnt been looked after in the past and someone 'saved' her and we have her now.

She is still quite young we think maybe 9months now but still quite small. She will eat anything...is a scavenger! and when we put food in her bowl she eats the lot..and begs and cries for more!

so far we fed her sachets but she woofed down 2 a day plus dry food and water.

We have been and bought cans of wet fod which she seems ok on. Still with dry food all day and she eats the wet then grazes on dry..

I am reading all kinds of advice saying wet food is best and that iams and supermarket foor etc isnt good. Anyone have any advice?

Before we took her she was not being fed kitten food (by the lady who rescued her) and prior to that she got whatever she could get.

She is healthy and lovely-very fit and active..managed to shred holes in my curtains and pluck my leather chairs lol

All advice welcome thanks xx

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Edited by: "plumberman01" 4th Apr 2011

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raptorcigs

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give me a minute!!!!! impatient men!!

How are you doing?

when i first got my cat I tried to feed her really good high meat content food, which whiskas etc are most definitely not. however she would not eat this and are feeding her whiskas pouches and also Proplan chicken dry food. It is actually trial and error. i also feed her prawns , fish any meats she like the smell as she begs rather like a dog. Good luck.

Have she been wormed? If she has worms that'll make her eat more. I have 4 cats and they all prefer wet food but, like you, I leave dried down in case they get hungry. I'd keep giving her good quality wet (although I never find the sachets big enough for 1 cat). If you are worried though give your local vet a call. Sweet little cat btw...a cross between 2 of mine

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bluebindy123

when i first got my cat I tried to feed her really good high meat content … when i first got my cat I tried to feed her really good high meat content food, which whiskas etc are most definitely not. however she would not eat this and are feeding her whiskas pouches and also Proplan chicken dry food. It is actually trial and error. i also feed her prawns , fish any meats she like the smell as she begs rather like a dog. Good luck.



Thanks, she tries to finish any leftovers too! our previous cat ate very little..and was fussy..so this is a shock to us lol

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scabbers

Have she been wormed? If she has worms that'll make her eat more. I have … Have she been wormed? If she has worms that'll make her eat more. I have 4 cats and they all prefer wet food but, like you, I leave dried down in case they get hungry. I'd keep giving her good quality wet (although I never find the sachets big enough for 1 cat). If you are worried though give your local vet a call. Sweet little cat btw...a cross between 2 of mine



she was wormed before we got her and has been kept indoors and uses the litter and i havent seen worms so i think shes just a glutton!
thanks we think shes cute

You need to get her wormed as had been said already. But some of the constant grazing may be due to the fat she has been neglected previously.
She would have eaten whatever was available and she has not yet got used to the idea of food being available regularly.
You will need to train that into her. Otherwise she will, in time, become very fat.

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WoolyM

You need to get her wormed as had been said already. But some of the … You need to get her wormed as had been said already. But some of the constant grazing may be due to the fat she has been neglected previously. She would have eaten whatever was available and she has not yet got used to the idea of food being available regularly.You will need to train that into her. Otherwise she will, in time, become very fat.



i wont let her get fat-will get the treadmill out!

Bless her....I'm sure she'll settle down and, as has been said, she's probably just eating in case she doesn't get anymore. Leave a good quality dried food down as well as feeding her the wet....Waitrose have a great selection of pet food.
Edited by: "scabbers" 4th Apr 2011

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scabbers

Bless her....I'm sure she'll settle down and, as has been said, she's … Bless her....I'm sure she'll settle down and, as has been said, she's probably just eating in case she doesn't get anymore. Leave a good quality dried food down as well as feeding her the wet....Waitrose have a great selection of pet food.




i was hoping for suggestions of good foods too...i mean is it best to get from the pet shop or just supermarkets?

Good food is one thing, but cat food can be expensive.

We have 2 cats and feed them on either Whiskas or Felix pouches depending on which is on offer.

As it hasnt been fed well for some time I think it will just take time for it to settle down, we took in a stray at one point that did the same thing, gorging itself on anything we put in front of it, until a couple of weeks later when it must of realised no one was going to take it away again.

plumberman01

i was hoping for suggestions of good foods too...i mean is it best to get … i was hoping for suggestions of good foods too...i mean is it best to get from the pet shop or just supermarkets?


Pretty much whatever she'll eat, ours (<- see pic) was a rescue too and when we first got her she'd eat anything but now she's settled in she much prefers higher meat content food. Really loves fishy foods in particular. Felix As Good As it Looks is the minimum we can get away with these days so that's what she usually gets, with a stock of slightly posher stuff for when she's been good.

It's important to reward good behaviour, especially with rescues so treats wise ours likes Dreamies and Thrive, but goes absolutely potty for Cat Milk and Sainsburys Cat Sticks (Tescos also do some that are pretty similar, I think Wiskas too).

Good luck
Edited by: "megalomaniac" 4th Apr 2011

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avoid supermarket junk food like whiskas, felix, IAMS etc as its really bad nutrionally as its just mainly corn (cats need proper meat being obligate carnivores). They will appear to love the cheap crap but its really bad for them.

cats.about.com/od/…htm

we use ROYAL CANIN dry and ALMO NATURE wet

buy from zooplus or petsupermarket as cashback and 5% off for new customers and generally buy when they have BOGOF offers on. ALMO works out as 50p a day if you buy the 48 tin packs at a time.



Edited by: "csiman" 4th Apr 2011

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thanks i will look at these suggestions...that was what i had read on google about low meat content and where it came from made me feel sick!

csiman

avoid supermarket junk food like whiskas, felix, IAMS etc as its really … avoid supermarket junk food like whiskas, felix, IAMS etc as its really bad nutrionally as its just mainly corn (cats need proper meat being obligate carnivores). They will appear to love the cheap crap but its really bad for them. http://cats.about.com/od/catfoodglossary/g/obligcarnivore.htmwe use ROYAL CANIN dry and ALMO NATURE wetbuy from zooplus or petsupermarket as cashback and 5% off for new customers and generally buy when they have BOGOF offers on. ALMO works out as 50p a day if you buy the 48 tin packs at a time.

plumberman01

i was hoping for suggestions of good foods too...i mean is it best to … i was hoping for suggestions of good foods too...i mean is it best to get from the pet shop or just supermarkets?


Thanks havent bought treats yet-will have a look..shess almost always good tho!

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plumberman01

thanks i will look at these suggestions...that was what i had read on … thanks i will look at these suggestions...that was what i had read on google about low meat content and where it came from made me feel sick!Thanks havent bought treats yet-will have a look..shess almost always good tho!


royal canin comes in different formulations so look out for the kitten ones. I wish my cats were kittens again! Lucky so and so!

James Wellbeloved is another good food.

Although I do agree with csiman and have read all the forums about cat food I just cannot get my cats to eat it. Zooplus are very good for high meat content food like Grau etc. Try looking on the petforums for vey good information thread about the different foods. Many hours of reading of that one.

plumberman01

give me a minute!!!!! impatient men!!How are you doing?


im gud,you?

plumberman01

Thanks havent bought treats yet-will have a look..shess almost always … Thanks havent bought treats yet-will have a look..shess almost always good tho!


*cough* "managed to shred holes in my curtains and pluck my leather chairs" (_;) lol

csiman

avoid supermarket junk food like whiskas, felix, IAMS etc as its really … avoid supermarket junk food like whiskas, felix, IAMS etc as its really bad nutrionally as its just mainly corn (cats need proper meat being obligate carnivores). They will appear to love the cheap crap but its really bad for them.


Yes. The standard versions of all those are rubbish, they're high in salt and sugar but have virtually no meat. Generally (although not always) the more you pay the better it is.
Edited by: "megalomaniac" 4th Apr 2011

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raptorcigs

im gud,you?




same old thanks

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we try to keep the curtains out of her way...and keep her off the chairs lol

i think she now thinks her name is 'get down!'

We have had 8 rescue cats, (only 5 left now) and most of them are like that for the first few weeks. We now buy dry cat foot in bulk from Costco (their own make) as when comparing the ingedients it was identical to the James Wellbeloved brand but a fraction of the cost.

We did have one cat that used to rip open any food to eat it, bread, cakes, biscuits, nothing was safe from her, but like I said, she did settle down eventually.

Well done for taking in a rescue cat, so worth it.

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KazzyD

We have had 8 rescue cats, (only 5 left now) and most of them are like … We have had 8 rescue cats, (only 5 left now) and most of them are like that for the first few weeks. We now buy dry cat foot in bulk from Costco (their own make) as when comparing the ingedients it was identical to the James Wellbeloved brand but a fraction of the cost.We did have one cat that used to rip open any food to eat it, bread, cakes, biscuits, nothing was safe from her, but like I said, she did settle down eventually.Well done for taking in a rescue cat, so worth it.



thanks she is! dont have a costco card..will look into it!

Wow! When I went to the supermarket today (after reading a comment on here) I compared the meat content in (probably the most popular) tins and the more expensive ones. I was amazed...really! There is as little as 4% actual meat in some of them...as opposed to 95% in the more expensive! I went to Waitrose where they have a really good selection.

Its a bit of an eye opener to say the least.

Aww, she is gorgeous.
Our cat has dry food (normally Go-cat) in her bowl all the time and gets 2 - 3 sachets of wet food a day as and when she wants it, we normally put half a sachet down at a time in the hope she won't wolf it down.
Also, in summer the flies lay eggs in the food so the less food you put down, and she leaves, there is less wastage.
Our cat gets fed up of the same brand of food for more than a week, so I suggest you buy in different types and also mix up gravy and jelly (beware the gravy does smell worse).
Water is down all the time but she prefers to drink from revolting places in the garden instead.
She is 13 now so we must be doing something right!
She was a very skittish rescue kitten of about 6 months when we got her, she is now the most contented, loving, wonderful, perfect (or should that be purrrfect) cat.

When buying de-worming stuff, I suggest Droncit (you dab it on the neck) and buying online from somewhere like petsathome, pet supermarket, medicanimal etc and Frontline for de-fleaing, from the same places. Much cheaper than getting it from the vets, often discount vouchers and cashback too.

My cats go crazy for Applaws and Almo Nature.

Firstly she is really lovely, makes me want another kitten lol

Secondly, definitely listen to what CSI man said, most supermarket cat food isn't very good for cats and whiskers is the worst, even vets are saying stay away from that.

The main ones that are recommended are James Wellbeloved and Applaws (James Wellbeloved being the cheaper one)

Hope you have lots of fun with her

aww so cute, been using whiskas for as long as I can remember with our moggy but thats all he will eat when it comes to cat food he loves chicken that my mum makes and will usually hang around on fridays in the kitchen waiting to get some of the good stuff

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scabbers

Wow! When I went to the supermarket today (after reading a comment on … Wow! When I went to the supermarket today (after reading a comment on here) I compared the meat content in (probably the most popular) tins and the more expensive ones. I was amazed...really! There is as little as 4% actual meat in some of them...as opposed to 95% in the more expensive! I went to Waitrose where they have a really good selection.


Yep - the cheap food manufacturers spend all their money on advertising rather than quality of the product. Whiskas is the McDonalds of the cat food market and still surprises me that some owners stick with it.

The excuse that their cats wont eat anything else is lame imho. Leave it a day and they will eat anything. You wouldnt feed your children McD burgers every day just cos they refused to eat anything else - or would you oO

[/quote] Yep - the cheap food manufacturers spend all their money on advertising rather than quality of the product. Whiskas is the McDonalds of the cat food market and still surprises me that some owners stick with it.

The excuse that their cats wont eat anything else is lame imho. Leave it a day and they will eat anything. You wouldnt feed your children McD burgers every day just cos they refused to eat anything else - or would you oO [/quote]

Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had some Hills Science at one point point and none would touch it.I don't agree with 'leave it a day' because they will simply go without.You cannot make a cat eat.
I would be happy to try other foods other than Whiskas/Felix,but 'better' foods are just too expensive.

Edited by: "koppyking" 6th Apr 2011

koppyking

Yep - the cheap food manufacturers spend all their money on advertising rather than quality of the product. Whiskas is the McDonalds of the cat food market and still surprises me that some owners stick with it.

The excuse that their cats wont eat anything else is lame imho. Leave it a day and they will eat anything. You wouldnt feed your children McD burgers every day just cos they refused to eat anything else - or would you oO [/quote]

Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had some Hills Science at one point point and none would touch it.I don't agree with 'leave it a day' because they will simply go without.You cannot make a cat eat.
I would be happy to try other foods other than Whiskas/Felix,but 'better' foods are just too expensive.

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I must admit comments like that bug me, if you can't afford a pet then don't have one

I can recommend Hills food... We've fed our cat on it since we got it and she's now 19 and has only been to the vet once in her life - and that was because another cat attacked her!

Emzy81

Yep - the cheap food manufacturers spend all their money on advertising … Yep - the cheap food manufacturers spend all their money on advertising rather than quality of the product. Whiskas is the McDonalds of the cat food market and still surprises me that some owners stick with it. The excuse that their cats wont eat anything else is lame imho. Leave it a day and they will eat anything. You wouldnt feed your children McD burgers every day just cos they refused to eat anything else - or would you oO



Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had some Hills Science at one point point and none would touch it.I don't agree with 'leave it a day' because they will simply go without.You cannot make a cat eat.
I would be happy to try other foods other than Whiskas/Felix,but 'better' foods are just too expensive.

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I must admit comments like that bug me, if you can't afford a pet then don't have one[/quote]

Thanks for that.I can afford to feed them.Just not high end foods.Don't let it bug you.

Eye opening. My cat was rescued and at first he ate like the food was gonna be taken away from him, now he is so picky it is awful. And he has rather conditioned me in to giving him whiskers.. Hmm I'll have to try to force him on to something better...

On an aside, he never likes treats I get him but the other day I got these cheese flavoured dreamies ones and he loves them. Maybe I can use them as a carrot to wean him on to better quality wet food...

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hmm she has been having go-cat and whiskas so will look at the other options. You think you're doing the right thing..its not like they are the cheap option..


thanks all xx

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koppyking

Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had some Hills Science … Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had some Hills Science at one point point and none would touch it.I don't agree with 'leave it a day' because they will simply go without.You cannot make a cat eat.I would be happy to try other foods other than Whiskas/Felix,but 'better' foods are just too expensive.


how do you know if you havent tried?

cats wont starve themselves lol

csiman

[quote=koppyking] Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had … [quote=koppyking] Cats are picky,well mine are.It's not an excuse.I had some Hills Science at one point point and none would touch it.I don't agree with 'leave it a day' because they will simply go without.You cannot make a cat eat.I would be happy to try other foods other than Whiskas/Felix,but 'better' foods are just too expensive.


how do you know if you havent tried?

cats wont starve themselves lol[/quot

My cats, if they don't like it will starve themselves I think that as cats are cats they are so picky they will decide themselves. The were once left two days trying to get them to eat a high meat content food. I gave up in the end as I could not let my cats be so unhappy.
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