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Research: what food do you feed and why?

Kat WhickerKat Whicker ToledoMember Posts: 1,695
edited 12 July, 2013 in Food & Nutrition
Please help me with some research by telling me what store bought food you feed and why you feed it (cost, vet recommended, ect) the purpose of this thread is to get an idea of what foods people are feeding. please do not debate which one is better or criticize anyone's choices. i also am interested in any brand of food you do not like and why. again, please dont say anything negative about anyone else. This information is for a personal project of mine and not for any company. thanks guys.


  • Rebecca NowakRebecca Nowak Orange County, NYMember Posts: 1,397
    edited 10 May, 2013
    I feed 3x/day. First meal is grain free canned and the other 2 are usually prey model raw. Canned foods that I am willing to buy to feed my beasts are NV Instinct, EVO, Dave's Naturally Healthy Grain Free Canned Chicken Formula and Turkey Formula, Dave's 95% Premium Meat, Ziwi Peak, Weruva Nine Liver, and By Nature 95% Varieties. Ingredients that I avoid are: grain, fish (usually), menadione sodium bisulfate, meat by-products, brewer's dried yeast, artificial color/flavor, animal digest, preservatives and I'm sure that there are others that I can't think of off the top of my head.
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 10 May, 2013
    Human feeds Nature's Variety Instinct frozen raw food and will never feed any dry food again. She learned the hard (and expensive) way about diet with me: I ate nothing but a big name "good" brand of dry food for 8 years and then ended up with diabetes:? Human quickly found out about proper diet from from which she never heard about until she found I had to eat low carb canned food to keep my diabetes in control with insulin. I didn't like raw food :? After I went to the Bridge, Human knew that she would never ever feed dry food again and would try to feed exclusively raw food. When Human got Leroy, he was already eating NV raw food. Then Human got Emma and slowly got her to eat raw food as well. Human does feed Emma a little canned food before bed, only grain-free brands like Nature's Variety Instinct and Weruva. Leroy strangely doesn't care much for canned food :? Human is willing to pay more for good quality species appropriate food to avoid many common health issues that are associated with poor diet. Any brand that contains grains, excessive amounts of fruits and veggies, and poor quality forms of meat (ie meal or by product) should be avoided.
  • Stephanie WheatleyStephanie Wheatley Stillwater, OKMember Posts: 129
    edited 10 May, 2013
    I feed Blue Basics Duck and Potato dry--free feed. My cats get 2 cans of canned food nearly every day (equals about 1/2 can per cat), and lots of treats, especially now that we've started clicker training. Canned chicken and ham are particular favorites of theirs for such endeavors. Fiyero also gets (because he's special, also spoiled) a jar of ham or beef baby food a couple of times a week. He feels as though it's his birthright and because he's my NOT problem child, I indulge him. I can't feed anything with chicken or grain because of various gastrointestinal maladies. I would love to feed all canned food, but I can't afford it right now (especially with 4 cats) and frankly, every cat my family has ever owned has lived well past 15 eating dry food, so I'm still not quite on board with the raw diet craze...but that's just me.
  • Kat WhickerKat Whicker ToledoMember Posts: 1,695
    edited 10 May, 2013
    thanks for the honest answers! i have fed everything to my cats from cat chow to evo, to canned friskies and homemade in my journey to find what was right for them. please do keep posting.
  • Romeo RhettRomeo Rhett Member Posts: 25
    edited 13 May, 2013
    I feed my cats wet food twice a day and leave out dry food for snacking between meals or else they think they're starving. Wet food choices: Dave's, Evangers, Wellness, CORE, Merrick Before Grain and 96%, Nature's Variety Instinct, Soulistic, and ocasionally Natural Balance Delectable Delights. My cats love them all. Dry food choices: Merrick's BG, Wellness CORE, Taste of the Wild, Acana, Fromm. My cats love Merrick's the best. They're not big fans of Wellness CORE. I also feed them raw chicken with supplements on occasion. Foods I won't feed and why: Fancy Feast Classics: They love it but it takes way too much of it to fill them up so it's not really a good bargain for us. Hounds and Gatos wet food: My cat and my puppy both threw up every bit they ate. My other cat ate it with no problems except terrible gas. Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost kibbles: They love it and I love how long a bag lasts them but their poo smells horrible after they eat it! Blue Wilderness wet and dry: All 4 cats refused the dry food. Only 1 cat would eat the canned wet and she was violently ill afterwards. :(
  • Jordan SpivaJordan Spiva Los Angeles,CAMember Posts: 355
    edited 14 May, 2013
    Friskies pate canned food. It's in high protein and moisture, only about 4-5% carb(depends on the flavor) and all the protein is animal based. =; I would never touch their dry though, that stuff is a whole nother animal. And I supplement with raw meat scraps as well.
  • Suzanne BrunerSuzanne Bruner Member Posts: 440
    edited 1 July, 2013
    I keep some canned food on hand for emergencies. I feed Hound & Gatos (non-fish varieties) and Tiki Cat (non-fish varieties). I do not like ANY other current brands because of the companies who own other foods, recall history, non-species appropriate or low-quality ingredients (anything that is not human-grade meat), and/or dangerous chemicals like BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin, menadione, etc.
  • Sarah ManolisSarah Manolis San FranciscoMember Posts: 148
    edited 1 July, 2013
    When she was a kitten, I would feed Zelda 1 3oz can of Wellness split into a morning and night feeding, with about a 1/3 cup of Wellness dry for grazing. She naturally outgrew the dry food for whatever reason and now only eats it when I'm going away overnight, just in case she gets hungry. At age 2, she now eats a 3oz can of Wellness in the morning and at night. Over the past few weeks, she's started getting picky, so I've mixed in a scoop(about 1oz) from a 3oz can of Fancy Feast. She loves that!
  • Amber MartinAmber Martin WartburgMember Posts: 179
    edited 1 July, 2013
    Currently I feed Bubbles & Bastian 3x daily. They get canned food w/added water for their morning breakfast. Around lunchtime, 3:00 pmish, they get Nature's Variety medallions. Bubbles will either eat it or reject it. If she snubs the medallions, she gets a spoonful of canned mixed in it. Then she'll eat it. Dinnertime, 8:00, they get canned. They also get chicken hearts and gizzards as a dietary treat every now and again. Canned foods I feed: Merrick's Felidae Wellness Blue Buffalo Halo Natural Balance Nitto I rotate my canned foods. :)
  • Alexandra MooreAlexandra Moore SchenectadyMember Posts: 5
    edited 10 July, 2013
    I feed Ivan wellness wet food, I used to raw feed, but he kept getting UTIs from not drinking water (he still doesn't drink water often). It's a quality wet food and has plenty of variety. If Ivan had no UTI issues I'd still raw feed. But he's not picky and generally will eat any meat or seafood put in front of him.
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 10 July, 2013
    Ivan, what kind of raw were you feeding before? It's unusual for a raw food diet to cause urinary issues :-k
  • Emily CarringtonEmily Carrington Member Posts: 425
    edited 10 July, 2013
    Ground raw meat/bone/organ duck/goose/chicken/turkey mixes from Hare Today with Fish Oil & Alnutrin supplement. Occasionally he gets a very small piece of raw salmon when I order sushi (and I don't want to hear about "raw fish is bad for cats/causes vitamin deficiency" - such a small amount does not pose a threat and offers Omega-3s.) Toby does not eat any commercial food. I've wanted to feed raw since I first read about raw diet for cats in 2009 and got a 6 week old kitten and started him on a raw and he loves it. He's very healthy and I know it's a biologically appropriate diet.
  • Diane AndersonDiane Anderson Member Posts: 47
    edited 10 July, 2013
    Mommy and daddy give me Wellness canned Cubed turkey and chicken, one 5 1/2 oz can per day and 1/3 of a 3 oz can Blue Buffalo Sliced or Grilled Chicken or turkey for my in-between meal. I know that both brands contain gravy BUT it is the only wet food I will eat and mommy had no choice, she wanted me off the kibble. I absolutely LOVE this wet food, I even eat slower than I used to and my tummy feels much fuller. :c9 Since I am no longer a kibble addict mommy gave my old bag of food away to the neighbor so she can give it to the outdoor kitties
  • Lee Ann KoffinasLee Ann Koffinas OrlandoMember Posts: 346
    edited 12 July, 2013
    I feed my 3 cats canned food 3x a day. One cat was a kibble-a-holic for 5 years and she gets about 10 little kibbles at bedtime still (or she will kill me in my sleep :)) ) and the other two, I just use it as a treat, they may get 4-5 little pieces as an occasional treat, and what I usually get is a bag of Halo. I do not free feed dry food anymore, I did for years and my male cat Taffy developed urinary blockage and so I switched him to canned food and he has had no problems since. I mostly feed Wellness, grain free (they don't seem to like core as well even though I know it is better), but they don't eat the fish ones (since I have heard it is not good for urinary health and mercury and contamination being an issue so I avoid it), they eat chicken turkey and beef (1 is allergic to beef though). This is my go to food, unless I get a good deal on something else, I buy Wellness. My cats have a gorgeous coat and seem to tolerate it better than any other food, however, Beep throws up if she eats the beef one, so I assume she is allergic, so I don't buy that one any more, just turkey and chicken. I will occasionally rotate and feed the following canned brands: Halo (Beep is picky and she LOVES Spot's stew and Spot's Pate), she even eats the peas and carrots. Nature's Variety Instinct (I love it but I can't afford to feed it all the time :( ) Natural Balance (it costs almost as much as wellness now so I don't pick it as often) Merrick (I currently have thanksgiving day and grammy's pot pie - got a deal since it is being discontinued and a new line coming out) My cats seem to do well on it, Beep won't touch it though. I have never fed Blue Buffalo canned but when my cats ate dry, BB made them drink excessively, like way more than any other dry food, I didn't like that and I don't buy it not because I think it's a bad food, but it's nearly as much as other foods that I feel are better Newman's Own Organic - I fed it for a while but my cats seemed really hungry on it, so I stopped feeding it, my daughter feeds her cat this food, and he seems to do ok on it. She gets it in the grocery store pretty cheaply and it seems to be an affordable alternative to her rather than fancy feast and Iams and a bit better. Fancy Feast - My feral will ONLY eat this cat food. She will not touch any other food, she will stick her tail in the air and walk off, and she will not eat any dry food either. I even tried Friskies, thinking it was similar, she wouldn't touch it.....she will literally walk across the street without a backwards glance at me if I put anything other than fancy feast in her bowl. She will eat leftovers, chicken, hamburger, steak, but no other cat food. Go figure, picky ungrateful turkey, I love her anyway. My cats eat better than I do, without a doubt :)
  • Kat WhickerKat Whicker ToledoMember Posts: 1,695
    edited 12 July, 2013
    =;|^| thanks for the input! I don't feed fish personally but that's because they hate it. Fish flavor wet food will get eaten up...but real fish in the diet they will turn their little noses up at it. go figure. I feed homemade or canned since Miss Tiny will get digestive issues with dry. However, they do get dry treats for tricks or tasks like a nail trim. Thats about the only cool thing about having a former kibble addicts...they will practicality do a back flip for a piece. I brush their teeth and trim nails with a dry treat bribe at the end.
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