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Topic   Any recommendations for best cat food for nutrition?

reneeatworld
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30-Sep(#1)
Greetings,

I was wondering if anybody has any recommendations for some good dry cat foods that offer good nutrition. I'm hoping for something that has lots of fiber for digestion, something that can turn the food into energy, and offer a healthier lifestyle. Right now im using Purina, but I hear it isn't very healthy, it's like basically eating junk food for meals.

I'm already expecting to pay more for cat food that's healthier, after all, being healthy would be more important than saving money. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks.

Oh, and please recommend something that tastes good. Besides myself and my family, I will also be feeding the food to the family cat, so it has to be nutritious to everybody in the household and to pets. Thanks.
Feeb
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30-Sep(#2)
lol If you guys think purina one tastes good I'd go with that. It's not poisonous. If you want to spend lots of money get an indoor / adult royal canin or science diet formula.
whitefire
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* 30-Sep(#3)
I use Nutro Natural. It's great. It depends on the dietary needs. They also have ones at the vet that are very specialized.

This is the one I buy, but I believe there are other varieties as well. It's a bit pricey, but I get 15% off since I have a subscription.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&lo...

Admiral
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30-Sep(#4)
Feeb wrote:
> lol If you guys think purina one tastes good I'd go with that. It's not poisonous.
> If you want to spend lots of money get an indoor / adult royal canin or science diet
> formula.

Simply based on what I've read, it IS poison.

OK, that's a little extreme. But if you research the effects of grain and whatnot, the cheaper cat foods can be really bad for the feline.

I can't recite exactly what to look for on the label, but you should get a certain amount of proteins, etc. and avoid grains and corn and stuff.

Again, don't quote me exactly...but there are definitely better cat foods out there. I don't think Purina One qualifies unfortunately.
Admiral
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30-Sep(#5)
For the record, I use Blue Buffalo.
Prime
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30-Sep(#6)
We use newmans own organic brand for wet food. You know because we actually love our cat.
Feeb
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30-Sep(#7)
Admiral wrote:
> Feeb wrote:
>> lol If you guys think purina one tastes good I'd go with that. It's not poisonous.
>> If you want to spend lots of money get an indoor / adult royal canin or science
> diet
>> formula.
>
> Simply based on what I've read, it IS poison.
>
> OK, that's a little extreme. But if you research the effects of grain and whatnot,
> the cheaper cat foods can be really bad for the feline.
>
> I can't recite exactly what to look for on the label, but you should get a certain
> amount of proteins, etc. and avoid grains and corn and stuff.
>
> Again, don't quote me exactly...but there are definitely better cat foods out there.
> I don't think Purina One qualifies unfortunately.

As a DVM I can confidently assure you that purina food is not poison. The "chow" line is cheap and full of filler but the "one" and "pro plan" lines are equivalent to the better commercial products. Those ratings websites are pretty silly.

My only problem with the blue lines are the inclusion of the bones with the chicken. Lots of calcium and phosphorous.
Admiral
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30-Sep(#8)
Feeb wrote:
> Admiral wrote:
>> Feeb wrote:
> |>> lol If you guys think purina one tastes good I'd go with that. It's not poisonous.
> |>> If you want to spend lots of money get an indoor / adult royal canin or science
>> diet
> |>> formula.
>>
>> Simply based on what I've read, it IS poison.
>>
>> OK, that's a little extreme. But if you research the effects of grain and whatnot,
>> the cheaper cat foods can be really bad for the feline.
>>
>> I can't recite exactly what to look for on the label, but you should get a certain
>> amount of proteins, etc. and avoid grains and corn and stuff.
>>
>> Again, don't quote me exactly...but there are definitely better cat foods out
> there.
>> I don't think Purina One qualifies unfortunately.
>
> As a DVM I can confidently assure you that purina food is not poison. The "chow"
> line is cheap and full of filler but the "one" and "pro plan" lines are equivalent
> to the better commercial products. Those ratings websites are pretty silly.
>
> My only problem with the blue lines are the inclusion of the bones with the chicken.
> Lots of calcium and phosphorous.

DVM? yes

What are the blue lines? Blue Buffalo that I'm buying? Is it worse than the Purina One then?
Feeb
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* 30-Sep(#9)
Yeah veterinarian. Blue buffalo yeah. They like to put the bones in with the chicken. One of the main things I'm watching with cat foods is the calcium and phosphorous content. Those two things can hurt the kidneys. Bones have lots of that.

Not better per se. Depends on where your cat is in life etc. I'd stay away from BB in older cats unless you're using one of the renal / prescription formulas.

Purina one is a pretty good food for the budget minded person who wants to keep their cat happy. My dogs and cats have been on it since I was in school. The reason is we went to the purina distribution center near ATL with our nutrition rotation (in vet school)- quite impressive- saw how it's made etc got lots of free food and been on it since. The food is available everywhere, isn't too expensive and is very similar to popular expensive diets.
Any pet can be allergic / intolerant to the protein or carb in the diet but those guys need special diets anyway.

There is a ton of bad info out there about pet food.
SirConnery
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30-Sep(#10)
I initially thought the OP was going to eat cat food for health benefits.
Feeb
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30-Sep(#11)
Lol. Me too.
whitefire
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* 30-Sep(#12)
@Feeb , sorry to abuse your expertise without proper payment, but how would the rate the one I linked? My cats are around 8. They have been on a mixed diet of that and a urinary health prescription cat food our vet recommended for stress because our male cat was having some issues, but the Nutro Natural their typical food.

I also give them an extremely small amount of canned albacore twice a week if that matters but no other food aside from what my toddler may leave on the floor. Lol.

Feeb
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30-Sep(#13)
Should be great for a healthy cat.
whitefire
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* 30-Sep(#14)
Feeb wrote:
> Should be great for a healthy cat.

My cats are around 8. They have been on a mixed diet of that and a urinary health prescription cat food our vet recommended for stress because our male cat was having some issues, but the Nutro Natural their typical food. Both are mostly healthy. One is completely healthy and one has had stress issues with some excessive urination (this stopped after giving him the prescription food) and some diarrhea/red blood in his stool.

I also give them an extremely small amount of canned albacore twice a week if that matters but no other food aside from what my toddler may leave on the floor. Lol.

Feeb
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30-Sep(#15)
If they have urinary issues try to give them the prescribed food predominantly. Especially the males.
HAMMER
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30-Sep(#16)
Purina
Admiral
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* 30-Sep(#17)
I'll have to download some info on this blue Buffalo then.

Is there one or two you would recommend most @feeb?
Feeb
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1-Oct(#18)
1-Royal Canin or science diet
2-Purina One or purina pro plan.
Scots
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1-Oct(#19)
I'd go with whatever is cheapest.
SoCalAztec
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2-Oct(#20)
We go with a 100% grain free food for our two cats and have been using CORE Wellness Indoor for years.
John
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3-Oct(#21)
I hear good things about Nutro. Personally, we use Halo.

They just changed their formula a bit though, so I'm open to moving to something else and also interested in the suggestions here.

Halo isn't cheap, but we're willing to pay a bit more if it makes a difference.

Thanks for your input, @Feeb! We've been thinking about trying the Royal Canin, so maybe I'll look into it some more.
John
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3-Oct(#22)
Oh, also... We have always just given our cats dry food (and lots of water, of course). What are your thoughts on that?

I see some people say to never give cats dry food and only wet -- but I've seen others say it is fine.

Our vet seems fine with it -- but I'm curious of your opinion, Feeb! yes
Feeb
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3-Oct(#23)
The studies show that the cats' water intake equilibrates depending on the type of food. Cats that eat dry drink more and cats that eat wet drink less.

Personally my cats get only dry because it keeps their poops more manageable and I definitely see a difference in dental plaque: less with cats that eat abrasive diets. That's a good thing.
John
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3-Oct(#24)
yes
tonymack21
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3-Oct(#25)
I don't know if its still considered good but when we were kids we always fed ours IAMS and she really liked it, she never would transition to the adult food though, she ate the kitten food all her life, but she lived like 15+ years so I guess it didn't kill her

Boss
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* 3-Oct(#26)
No dry food.
No food with fillers (grains, corn, other vegetables).
No tuna.

The brand I recommend is Wreva:
https://www.chewy.com/weruva-green-eggs-chicken-ch...
https://www.chewy.com/weruva-nine-liver-chicken-ch...
thatonedude
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5-Oct(#27)
Interesting fact: Dry cat food was propelled to the larger part of the market share due to metal rationing during WWII.
Sam
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5-Oct(#28)
I know some cat food is extremely delicious but you should ultimately stick to human food, take it from me

Topic   Any recommendations for best cat food for nutrition?