what kind of can cat is best

EDITH SEELHOFFEDITH SEELHOFF Member Posts: 52
edited 19 April, 2013 in Food & Nutrition
baby wants her diet changed to can cat food she was raised on cans I gave her friskes dry food for a while ive only had her for anout 8 months she seems to like fancy feast ive been giving her a halve three times a day I think I should give a hole she is really getting demamanding for the past couple of days with the dry food she was throwing up like every couple of days and she was losing weight she wouild only eat like every other day with the canned food she cant wait to get it she jumps on top of counter while im trying to dish it out it is like she didn't eat in days so im trying to find other canned food that are good for her she is thirteen yrs old

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  • SterlingAndTheSTeamSterlingAndTheSTeam Mount OliveMember Posts: 41,262 ✭✭✭
    edited 21 March, 2013
    If she's jumping on the counter and can't wait to get it, she's HUNGRY! The Fancy Feast cans are small so I suggest you feed her the whole can, three times a day. And if you see she is still hungry, give her another can as a bedtime snack. Stay with the Fancy Feast "Classic", not the gravy or grilled. Don't feed too much fish; maybe one can a week as a special treat, although some cats don't like fish or only certain types of canned fish cat food.
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 21 March, 2013
    She needs something with more protein which is what a cat should be eating anyways. Something like Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Nature's Variety, etc. grain free, wet food and because she's small she needs more of it. She needs to put muscle on and she needs a good high protein food to do that.
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 21 March, 2013
    Half a 3 oz can three times a day isn't enough food :? It might be ok if you are also feeding dry food but if you are feeding only canned food, it's not enough. Those little 3 oz cans add up in cost over time. It's better to buy a brand that is available in larger size cans, 5 oz or even 13 oz. Grain-free is ideal. There are good brands you can find at the chain pet store (Petco, Petsmart, etc): Wellness, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo, etc. Non-chain independent pet stores usually carry the high end brands like Innova EVO, Weruva, Go Natural, Hounds and Gato, etc. The general rule of thumb is to feed 20 to 25 calories per ideal body weight. Pet food cans don't contain much info about calories so use these charts: http://catinfo.org/docs/FoodChartPublic9-22-12.pdf Hobo's food list Pet Food Nutritional Values An average 1o pound cat may need 200 to 250 calories per day. Since many canned foods are under 100 calories, you may need to feed more than one can per day. I suggest feeding taking one 5 oz can and splitting that into several mini meals throughout the day. You can addjust the amount as needed. You can use a programmable timed feeder to space out the mini meals. The Petsafe 5 compartment feeder works well. Has your cat been checked by a vet lately? 13 years old is senior age. Losing weight and always being hungry can indicate diabetes. The vet can run bloodwork to check for diabetes and other common health issues that occur in senior cats.
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 21 March, 2013
    I can tell you that when I feed my cat Wellness, which is more expensive, they are not going around all day crying for food. They are satisfied. Their coats are gorgeous, and they feel like velvet. And I don't have to feed as much of it. I divide one 5 ounce can between 3 cats...one gets slightly more than the other two, he is littler, and he gets a third bed time snack of maybe another third of one of those size cans. At one point, my husband bought Nutro cans, and I tried it, and the cats loved it, but they had the worst smelling poop....I thought I was going to have to move, it was that bad, and they were not satisfied like when I fed them the Wellness. So for me, it's better to feed a better quality food like Wellness, and then I can feed them less since it has less fillers in it.
  • EDITH SEELHOFFEDITH SEELHOFF Member Posts: 52
    edited 22 March, 2013
    I started giving her a hole can this morning on Tuesday and Fridays im gone all day so my mom doesn't have to feed her she doesn't eat it all at once she goes back and forth to it she seems to like primavera fancy feast the best I only can fimnd that at one store which is walmart were do I get well ness from do they come in canned food she seems to like the gravy ones then the others
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 23 March, 2013
    Wellnes canned food? That's a good brand :) http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/recipes.aspx?pet=cat&ft=2 Wellness has cube, sliced, and minced varietes that are in gravy besides the regular pate food. Are you in the US? You can find Wellness at chain pet stores like Petco and PetSupplies Plus and also at non-chain independent pet stores. But it's not sold at Petsmart. Here's the store locator on the Wellness web site that you can use to find a local store: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/store-locator.aspx Walmart usually has a good selection of the big name inexpensive brands like Fancy Feast and Friskies. But you won't find any premium cat food brand at Walmart, Target, or other similar stores. Ordering food online is another option at places like PetFoodDirect.com and OnlyNaturalPet.com but shipping can be costly. Human likes the canned and/or pouched brands Nature's Variety (the Instinct line), Weruva, Innova EVO, and Go Natural :) The Weruva company also makes the similar but lesser expensive Soulistic which is sold at Petco and the mostly seafood based Best Feline Food (BFF). If you want more suggestions for brands of canned food, just ask =; I think most people fed grain-free brands now but some brands are pretty pricey. Catster friends can suggest affordable brands of food for you :) Try a variety of brands and textures and flavors to see what your cat likes and doesn't like :) Once you know what your cat likes, maybe rotate through two brands or so for variety. Don't feed too much seafood, though. It's low in protein, can be high in phosphorus which is not good for a senior cat's kidneys, and some cats get addicted to eating it and will refuse to eat anything else. Please know that some brands of canned foods are not complete diets :-O They are only supplements meant to be fed alongside dry food or as a treat. Fancy Feast Appetiziers is one such brand. Thre's a teeny tiny statement on the label that says that the fodo is a supplement. Perosnally, I think the statement must be much larger and easier to read but you know pet food companies. They just want to make $$$$ and as long as a statement is put on the label somewhere, even in teeny hard to read print, it's not their problem if a Huamn doesn't read the label and feeds the food to the cat as the only food and the cat ends up with serious health problems resulting from a nutrient deficient diet :? :n:
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 23 March, 2013
    I agree, all of those are great brands, I have tried many of them. My feral cat LOVES the primevera brand of fancy feast, and the appetizer ones, but actually, those ff cans can add up, because you usually feed 2 a day, which is about $1.20-$1.70 for two cans, which one can of Wellness is roughly $1.60 a can...cheaper some places, cheaper online, but I have never bought online. So you can actually feed a better quality food for roughly the same as ff, if you feed two cans a day. I agree that fish should just be occasional and a treat. I will be looking into Soulistic, I did see that at Petco recently, will look into it again. I once bought a freeze dried cat food called Stella and Chewy's, you mix it with warm water, they loved it. It was expensive, but I just bought a few pouches of it (the small ones) and used it as a treat. In my opinion, just about any canned food is better than dry, even the higher quality dry ones. Avoid meow mix, nine lives, the really low quality stuff, it has animal digest....as most of those super yummy treats have, which is awful. Read up on animal digest, yo uwill be horrified.
  • Mietzi_KatzeMietzi_Katze IowaMember Posts: 2,292 ✭✭✭
    edited 25 March, 2013
    Merlin, my local PetSmart has Wellness. Not a great selection but they have some Wellness. :D Thank you for the links to the nutritional values. Those are pawsome. =;
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 25 March, 2013
    Oh :)) I guess Petsmart does sell Wellness now :) At many non-chain independent pet stores you can special order food that the store doesn't carry or maybe they don't have the particular variety you want :) Big chains like Petco and Petsmart won't do this :?
  • EDITH SEELHOFFEDITH SEELHOFF Member Posts: 52
    edited 7 April, 2013
    when i give her a whole she wont eat it all then it dries out by the afternoon then she wont touch vit any more i have to toss it when i give her halve can she finiushes the whole thing so how often shouild i feed her the halve cans she hasnt gotten sick since i switched i only can find fancy feast and 9 lives ive tried the once with pape she wont touch it im trying to find wellness i do have a petco in my town
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 7 April, 2013
    Maybe just feed enough food that your cat will eat right away so that leftovers aren't sitting out all day :-k If half a 3 oz can goes uneaten, try feeding less food. 1 oz of food for a meal is enough for many cats but some may need a little more or less. You can split a can of food into small meals throughout the day. Many cats do well with 3 or 4 meals spread throughout the day. A programmable timed feeder, such as this one, works well for this purpose =; You fill each compartment with food and then program the times you want your cat to have access to the food. You can add extra water to the food so it won't dry out too quickly. You can even freeze canned food into cubes using a silicone ice cube tray, pop the cubes out, and put a frozen cube into each compartment so it will slowly defrost and stay moist. Since a frozen cube take a bit of time to defrost enough to eat, I suggest that the first meal be straight from the can. That way your cat won't go nuts trying to eat a frozen cube or pull it out of the compartment and play with it all over the house :-O
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 7 April, 2013
    My 10 year old cat, Beep, she does not eat a lot of food in one sitting, she is a grazer. So I literally give her a heaping spoonful of Wellness or Instinct or I have also fed her Natural Balance canned, and I will give her this amount 3 times a day. My 5 year old male, he eats a little more than that, he is bigger, and he only eats two times a day. I do give them a little spoonful of food at bedtime, but it's just a snack, I don't really call it a full feeding. Some cats prefer this way of "grazing" and snacking, rather than eating two bigger meals a day, like my piggo Taffy, and Stephano is still a baby, so he eats 3 times a day...and he'd eat 20 x a day if I let him :)
  • Dawn HarmanDawn Harman SpeedwellMember Posts: 1,079
    edited 9 April, 2013
    Right now at Petsmart, they have the new Nutro Natural Choice, 3 oz cans for $1.00 each. ALL of the canned food is GRAIN FREE! The Soft and Chunky loaf, are my faves! We all LOVE the Adult Chunky Loaf Salmon & Duck dinner. I have not seen the Soft Loaf at any of the stores as of yet. We do not get a lot of fish in our food normally. But Meowma did buy us a bag of the new Natural Choice Grain Free, Duck and Potato. Mom put it down in a small dish and when she went back in to the kitchen, it was ALL GONE! She was like, where did it go so fast? mol Yes Meowma does work part time for Nutro, but she has been feeding Nutro for 24 years.(^^
  • Kathi KlineKathi Kline Member Posts: 5
    edited 19 April, 2013
    If it helps you at all my baby boy, Weasel, lived to be 24 years old |/h/| and I fed him Purina One Salmon & Tuna for dry food and Fancy Feast canned. He would get half of the can in the morning and half at night. Weasel WOULD have lived longer than 24 but, the "interfering elderly lady" (nicest title I can give her) next door kept luring him to her house to feed b/c she thought he was "too skinny" (he'd lost weight in his old age). Unfortunately, Weasel was napping behind the tire of her car one day and she accidentally ran over him... Sad story, but the POINT is: Purina One and Fancy Feast = 24 VERY GOOD years for my Weasel-Weaser. *** Also, I DO have to say: Around year 14-15? I stopped taking him for yearly shots. Weasel HATED the vet & would get upset when he had to go. I was worried for Weasel's heart b/c of the stress a visit caused him. So I talked to our vet and he said that at his age, Weasel was probably as immune as he was going to get :)) so shots probably wouldn't do him any more good. I'm not saying you should stop taking your furbaby to the vet, but I often wonder if the lack of chemicals from the shots contributed to Weasel's long life span. I KNOW he loved his Fancy Feast, though. One tip: Be careful about brushing your furbaby's teeth regularly--that was one tip that served me well with Weasel. B/c I kept up with weekly brushing, Weasel still had almost ALL of his teeth at the time of his passing. Hope this helps!!!
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