quick question on my kittens food

samantha ssamantha s Member Posts: 9
edited 1 January, 2012 in Food & Nutrition
hi everyone : ) my kitten cynder is 3 months old, almost 4 months. i can't afford wet food (i'm a 19 year old college student that works part time, and im her only care taker) so i'm trying to figure out what i can do to keep her in excellent health. right now, im feeding her innova cat and kitten food that has a little bit of vita gravy mixed in it; i figure that will help with the moisture, plus it has a lot of extra vitamins too. i plan on switching her to innova evo when her current bag of innova runs out. is the vita gravy thing a good idea? i coat her food in it every morning and leave it out all day, then i figure i should toss it at night. please tell me your insights; i want to make sure she is in great health. thanks!

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  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 30 December, 2011
    I would not add any liquid to dry kibble. This can be dangerous,can cause upset stomach and even death. If kibble is moistened with any type of liquid, bacteria starts to grow on it after a mere 20 minutes. So if your cat does not eat all the food in at least a half an hour you should throw it out. Can you feed the Vita gravy seperatly?? Im not sure what vita gravy is, what are the ingredients? Also you will have to be careful if you want to feed the Evo kibble as this food does tend to pack on the weight quite quickly. Are there other options available to you? How about wet food that is cheaper. I do have a list of foods that are grain and gluten free. You can go to Alex's web site ibdkitties.net there is a list of food there Let us know how it goes. |^|
  • samantha ssamantha s Member Posts: 9
    edited 30 December, 2011
    thank you so much for the information! vita gravy is this stuff: http://www.petguys.com/-000433911960.html i am not too sure about the ingredients. i can't decide if i like them or not so i haven't given her too much of it. i think i am just going to use whatever i have to get her some premium canned food; i really want to make sure shes a happy kitty. how much do you recommend i feed her in a day? i was thinking i could get her the evolve turkey formula. it looks moderately priced and the ingredients seem great. would that be a good choice? she is my first kitten and i am doing as much research as i can, but some things are conflicting..lol
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 30 December, 2011
    IMO, the cheapest brand of canned food is way better than even the highest quality dry food. It's a pay it now or later kind of thing: spend money now on canned food and avoid many common health issues later in life (obesisty, diabetes, etc) *or* buy dry food and possibly end up with (very expensive) health issues later in life. I guess a compromise would be to feed both canned and a preferably grain-free dry :-k Maybe 50/50? Innova EVO Cat/Kitten dry food is one of the "better" ones to feed. Nature's Variety Instinct (not the Prarie one) and Wellness CORE are also good. Canned food doesn't have to break the bank. Fancy Feast is a good inexpensive brand. Wal Mart's Special Kitty brand costs even less. Most supermarkets' generic brand of cat food is probably similar in price to Fancy Feast. Big chain pet stores often have sales on Fancy Feast and other brands, sometimes like 30 cans for $16 or something. Adding water to dry food is a no-no. Harmful bacteria can quickly grow and cause an upset tummy. I woudn't put Vita-Gravy on the dry food either and let that sit out all day. You should let your kitten eat some canned food so that she knows that it is food. You never know when you might have to feed a canned food only diet later in life due to health issues. Just my thoughts :) I ate a supposedly "good" dry food for 8 years and then ended up with diabetes :-/ The dry food was so high in carbs that it negatively affected my pancrease. Many other cats have developed diabetes just from eating a lifelong diet of dry food. Just take a look at all the new members who join daily at FelineDiabetes.com When Human got her new cats after I went to the Bridge, she put them on a raw food diet to avoid them getting diet-related health issues. Catinfo.org has a lot more information about proper diet for cats :) The gravy ingredients: Seafood Broth, Rice Flour, Safflower Oil, Natural Salmon Flavor, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Honey, Carrots, Celery, Tomato Paste, Pineapple Pulp, Yucca Pulp, Mineral & Vitamin Premix: (A Palmitate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, E Alpha Tocopherols Acetate, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Hydrochloried, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Taurine, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Lemon Juice, Caramel Color, Xanthan Gum Pretty icky with a lot of uncessary stuff :-/ Since you're just using the gravy to add moisture to the dry food, I would just skip giving any gravy and feed the dry food plain and encourage the kitten to drink water from a bowl or fountain. And in the meantime, at least look into affordable brands of canned food and think about feeding at least some canned food with extra water added. I hope this help and have fun with your kitten |:|;c;
  • samantha ssamantha s Member Posts: 9
    edited 30 December, 2011
    thank you for your input! I stopped feeding her the gravy today. if I give her half a can of wet food in the morning then the other half at night with extra water I could afford a moderately priced brand. would this work out well? EDIT: i just saw the turkey kitten formula by fancy feast. would this be a good choice? i still can't afford 2 cans a day right now, but is this food any good? i looked at the ingredients and I don't really like them all that much; how worth it would it be to feed her this? or should i just stick to getting something a little more pricey for her sake?
  • Laurel KowalskiLaurel Kowalski Gateway to the WestMember Posts: 486
    edited 30 December, 2011
    You can always find some of the Friskies on the www.ibdkities.net list that would work. They go on sale offen. I wish you were here when I posted about the Black Friday sale at Petsmart. Canned Friskies were $0.35 a can & extra cheap cat litter with $5 off coupon that printed at the register!! Petco has a coupon for $5 off $25 for Jan. 7-8. Places like Nature's Variety emails you coupons when you sign up for their newsletters. I signed up on Facebook for Carol's Citter Corner. She does all the work to find the deals & coupons just like TotallyTarget web site. My reviews: The Fancy Feast minced Turkey are really good. And the Fancy Feast flaked fish and shrimp is very good, it's real fish! Brownie also like Soulistic Good Karma at Petco. It's real chicken. Petco has Nature's Variety that is really good too! PS, Go to Wholelifepet.com & request your free treats!!! It's under the Consumer Inquiries tab.
  • samantha ssamantha s Member Posts: 9
    edited 30 December, 2011
    thank you so much! i wish i was here too, that wouldv'e been perfect! i'm glad to know that the fancy feast is good. i will be going to pick up some for her today, and i'll get whichever of those i can afford for the best quality. so the turkey kitten formula by fancy feast will be good for my little baby? sorry if im asking too many questions, i just want to make sure my little ball of fluff grows up to be a healthy big ball of fluff!
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 30 December, 2011
    Any of the Fancy Feat kitten foods are fine =; That's what I ate as a kitten before I started eating only dry food. Is there a Petco nearby? Right now Fancy Feast is on sale, 20 cans for $11. At Petsmart, buy 33 cans of Fancy Feast and get 3 cans free. You can check your local store ad from the Petco or Petsmart web site. The coupons in the Sunday newspaper often has coupons for Fancy Feast and Friskies. Online coupon web sites may also have these coupons. Sometimes the supermarket, even Target and Wal Mart, has Fancy Feast on sale. Human has seen 20 cans for $10, $0.57 a can, and $10 for a case of food. A can of food split in half for meals is better than nothing, IMO. Fancy Feast is just fine. You don't need to feed an expensive premium brand.
  • samantha ssamantha s Member Posts: 9
    edited 30 December, 2011
    okay, thank you very much! |^| looks like i'll be getting fancy feast. i do believe there is a petco nearby; for that kind of sale i might be able to get her on 2 cans every other day for now. you saved me from being broke, and saved my precious cynder from being stuck on only dry food! that was the last thing i wanted to do to her!
  • victoria avictoria a Asheville, NCMember Posts: 2,371
    edited 30 December, 2011
    Do you have trader joes where you live? TJ's brand cat food is only $.50-60 per 5.5 oz can and has decent ingredients.
  • Laurel KowalskiLaurel Kowalski Gateway to the WestMember Posts: 486
    edited 31 December, 2011
    Here is the link on Carols website for the Petco coupon. http://carolscrittercorner.com/2011/12/05/petco-january-525-purchase-coupon/#axzz1i5b9TOGN Here is one for $1 off one can of Holistic Select from Carol's website. http://www.holisticselect.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/HPC_JAN_CUS.pdf Here is one for $1 off 2 cans of Nature's Variety from carol's website. The Instinct rabbit one is wildly popular! They have a rabbit shortage because of it! http://app.bronto.com/public/?q=preview_message&fn=Link&t=1&ssid=14321&id=1weh0ew5l5pkndnjzvxttu18wkz60&id2 The Petco ad say 10% wet canned food if you buy 10 of any the following: Blue Buffalo, AvoDerm, Halo, Holistic Select, Innova, Merrick Five Star, Merrick Before Grain, Natural Balance, Nature's Variety, Pro Plan, Pro Plan Selects, Solid Gold, Wellness, Eukanuba, Soulistic, Nutro MAX, Nutro Natural Choice, Hill's Science Diet, Whiskas, Meow Mix, Iams and Friskies. Sign up for the Petco PALS card for this deal. Also I wrote to Purina about the Fancy Feast minced canned food. They had two flavors, turkey & beef. But the beef was dropped. I begged them for other flavors in the minced variety. I included my full address. They wrote back & mailed me two coupons for two free cans per coupon. Not to bad for just an email!
  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
    edited 31 December, 2011
    Here is a link that has a list of cheaper grocery store brands. Just scroll to the bottom of the page. click here Since Cynder is still a kitten, you may feed her as much as she wants, she is a growing kitty. Though once she gets to be about 8 months old, you will want to start giving her scheduled feedings, two to three times a day. Once she gets to a good weight to figure out how much she should eat in a day, take the weight of Cynder, eg. 10lbs times that by 13.6 and then add 70 this will give you the amount of calories to feed in a day. So it depends on how many calories are in the food. It should say on the package, or can. Plus you have to take into consideration the activity level of your cat, and add a bit more or less, whichever is appropriate. I would try and stay away from too many fishy flavours of food, as there are problems with that. catinfo.org is a great site to read. Also I find that the fancy feast is kinda expensive, it is actually cheaper to go with bigger cans sometimes. Check out that list anyhow, you may find something affordable. =;
  • Renee RyzRenee Ryz Member Posts: 2,164
    edited 31 December, 2011
    If you stick with any of the Fancy Feast CLASSIC flavors, those are all grain free, as is the flaked fish one. I feed my outside ferals Friskies that are grain free and they can be found pretty cheap. Even if you are at a lower cost food now, you can always throw in a can here & there of the pricier stuff if you want. It will be easier to transition her from one brand of wet to another than from dry to wet. I am still working on that one with my stubborn Maizy. Never be afraid to ask questions here - we all love to help! Good luck with your sweet kitty - they are a treasure! hugs Tigger, Smitty & Maizy :w)
  • samantha ssamantha s Member Posts: 9
    edited 1 January, 2012
    thanks for the advice everyone! i picked up the premium turkey kitten formula today for now. it seems perfect for her! i'm so happy i'll be able to feed her what she deserves. thanks so much :) and thanks a lot for the coupons! they help a lot!
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