January 28, 2012

Caturday

Kitties and Woofies,  Katie Mom here:   Besides grain free canned cat food i.e Wellness etc. is there any that has no animal by products in it?  I know one can buy the meat medallions as Daisy the Curly Cat does but--- do I have room in the freezer for those and do they cost a lot? AND would she eat it?

If I cook for her..I have no clue how and would that tie me up to the point I can't make any short trips?

Always something isn't it?  XOXO

55 comments:

  1. My crowd LOVES Tiki Cat! For economy, I feed Friskies but I'd love to feed a better grade of food.

    Have you looked on Mr. Chewy's site? There are some really good foods there.

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  2. As much as I would like to feed a "raw" diet to Truffle and Brulee, I don't have time. I don't even have time to cook for myself. I do believe in finding a higher quality food for the girls, though. Currently, they are eating the Chicken Lovers for the Kitten Lovers Soul canned food. I want to try others, but it gets expensive. Yes, definitely try out Mr. Chewy! Great products for a decent price.

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  3. We cannot offer advice as it's all different here in Finland (and we have hunted moose in Äiti's freezer!), but it's noce to see you are totally Under The Paw.

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  4. You pose a very good question. Daisie came to us with a bag of EVO, the only food her stomach can handle. So all kitties are eating that. What else is out there?

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  5. Good luck friend. I admire you for tackling the project. I wish there were a good resource besides the food companies themselves - of course they will think their product is the best.

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  6. Katie is beautiful!! What more can I say? I have no idea what to feed her, I don't even know what to feed myself anymore. I think you will get it all worked out.

    xoxo

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  7. That picture is so very beautiful.. Hugs GJ xx

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  8. We feed our kitties "Blue Wilderness". I'm assuming you meant 'no grains' as cats are meat-eaters.

    Here's the link so you can read about it:

    http://bluebuffalo.com/cat-food/grain-free-wilderness

    By the way, would it be OK if I used Katie as a LOL-Cat sometime? I just love her picture -- she is truly photogenic.

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  9. Katie is one of those cats where it's impossible to not get amazing pictures because she is so stunningly lovely. I love the picture, it's great seeing her so relaxed!!

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  10. So far this picture of your darling girl is my absolute fave. What a dollface!

    With six kitties in residence now we have been obliged to go more economically but thus far we have:
    Natural Balance dry(grain free)
    Prescrip Diet CD for Jengs (bladder health)
    There's some friskies wet but Her Royal Highness doesn't like that so much and neither do I given that I can see whole corn kernels in it. So that's not staying long.
    Fancy Feast gravy lovers is what they all love best. The gurls slurp up all the gravy and what is left on the plates the boys vacuum up.

    We recently got a cert for Mr. Chewy and I am deliberating trying to find some healthier versions of not only dry food w/out grain but also that is bladder health. So far, no luck.

    xoxo
    That Woman

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  11. btw; that is NOT a slander on Mr Chewy, it's just that I'm trying to research grain free foods that are also bladder health for my old gals and THAT is where I'm having no luck. I'm certain that Mr. Chewy will carry whatever I finally find. Their selection is pawsome!

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  12. I tried Wellness Core, EVO, and Orijen when Goro came to my house and he liked Wellness Core the best. Both my kids eat Wellness Core can food now. Goro threw up when he had raw meat, so I'm scared to go raw. I hope you'll find a food which is good for her and also she likes.

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  13. We eat our raw food only 5 days a week, and the other 2 days rotate between different flavors of Weruva canned food. Our local Pet Supermarket started carrying the raw food at a fairly decent price. You can get little "trial" sized bags. It took me a couple of weeks until I liked eating it, but Harley took to it right away.

    We got a little freezer that holds about 8-10 bags of 3-lb raw food at a time for less than $150 and it fits in a little corner of the laundry room.

    Good luck finding the perfect diet! My Mommeh wishes she had started me on good food sooner.

    ps: The Nature's Variety medallions are different prices depending on the protein source. Chicken is usually least expensive, rabbit the most.

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  14. We like Wellness and Spot's Stew in the cans. We're gonna try Tiki Cat next time too since we just found out it's grain free. Ernie eats Natural Balance limited ingredient venison and peas canned foods because of his allergies. For dry food we eat Royal Canin limited ingredient venison and peas that you hafta have a prescription for. That's because of Ernie's allergies too...besides, we love it. We do pretty good on our grain free diet.

    Most of the recipes for foods that you cook for cats have some kind of grains in them. Raymond and Busby's moms cooked for them but now Ray is having some urinary issues and they had to stop that because they think the grains might be causing his issues.

    You might want to consider a raw diet, like Daisy and Harley.

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  15. Mom now feels guilty because she just feeds us various Friskies varieties of canned food, and right now Meow Mix dry in between. I, Simba "cam" on a Meow Mix diet. Mom will be interested in what you decide on - she doesn't think she would go the route of raw food here, but might like to see if fewer grains was good for us at an affordable price. Mom does know it is important for cats to have taurine, which is not in raw meats. Also, our Auntie fed one of her kitties lots of raw chicken and she developed inflammatory bowel disease, which made her Mom feel terrible, since she was trying to do a GOOD thing with her diet.

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  16. We eat Nature's Variety Instinct Dry (a mix of Duck & Rabbit) and then split a can of either Instinct canned (oh my cat - Rabbit canned is PAWESOME! *quivers in excitement* When it's in stock that is) or Wellness grain free. In fact, Mommy uses those as "treats" for us intead of TREATS treats.

    She doesn't like anything that has grains in it for us. She fed Nature's Balance Limited Ingredient to Ryker cuz he had IBD real bad.

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  17. Instinct, Pure Vita and Fromm have no animal by-products. I believe Spot's Stew was mentioned already. If you have a high-end pet store in your area, pay a visit to see what is available.

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  18. We get fed a combination of high quality dry and wet food. So far, we have made no particular effort to go cereal-free. As for raw, Tama and Bibi love fresh raw meat (beef mince or steak, or veal), which they get occasionally, but Sei and Genji don't.

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  19. Our mum tried to get us to eat raw food a few years ago but we refused, so we get a good quality wet food. The only raw food we like is freshly caught mousie.

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  20. Katie, you are SO pretty !!!!
    We hope your Mom finds some good foods for you :)

    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure and JJ

    PeeEss: how is the mouse hunting going???
    Purrs Tillie
    #1 mouse hunter at our place

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  21. Katie! Yous is getting more and more gorgeous every day!
    We has nos special foods. We gets 1 can of fancy feast each day (the pate kind) and mommy adds extra water to it because me does not drink enough. We has a good quality grain free dry cat food, which varies from bag to bag, that we can eat from all the time and we gets tuna (with added vitamins and minerals and lots of extra water, sometimes pet tuna and occasionally people tuna) everyday. Sometimes we gets chicken! Mommy went grain free way back when me first came to lives with Mommy and Daddy as me had problems. Both me and hissy old Licorice is / was really healthy. Hes never gots Hyperthyroidism until he was 16.
    Me was a little dehydrated last time me was at the vets, so now we gets lots of extra waters in the foods. BTW, Mommy makes the hairy slobbery sisters food (cept for the crunchies) too. Vitamins and minerals is important.

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  22. Well, we see you have a position of influence there, Katie...right up on the counter waiting for a tasty meal!
    Teri just learned that Weruva makes Petco's Soulistic brand of healthy food, but she still gets nervous when it says ingredients are from Thailand. You might look for By Nature and BFF as other choices.

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  23. Hello pretty Katie! You might try Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken...tis mostly chicken. I love that pic too!!!

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  24. First, may I say that you, Katie are looking so beautiful. So sweet. Love your expression.

    My crew have had Wellness (Core wet and dry,all grain-free varieties, Healthy Weight dry). They've also enjoyed EVO and Natural Instinct limited ingredient duck, venison and rabbit. Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken was a fave. Tiki Cat, though I now limit the fish diet. They did not like Before Grain or Merrick canned foods. My attempts to feed raw medallions to poor Nik ended with an immediate "return to sender" if you know what I mean.

    We have a premium pet food store a couple of miles from here that carries all of the above. I only use them when I run out of something, which is rare because I order online using autoship.

    OnlyNaturalPet.com and PetFoodDirect.com both have a fine selection of quality foods as well as an autoship program which typically saves you 15%.

    By the way, high price doesn't always equate to quality in pet foods. Most of that stuff is marketing. Become a label reader. Make sure that the first few ingredients are protein.

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  25. The food is different here in Australia, but it sounds like the other kitties have lots of suggestions, so good luck with that.
    Katie is such a stunner, by the way! Every photo of her is just beautiful xx

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  26. Sweet Katie, that is such a pretty pose on the counter. I bet you got many smootches after looking at Mommy like that.My Mom is so happy to learn of all these kitty fuds. Mom got mine at Pet Depot. And she hopes it'll be good for me.
    xoxo Kassey

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  27. We eat grain free Wellness and for dry food Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul.

    Good luck in the food research.

    You look lovely today Katie!

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  28. Katie, you are so beautiful!

    We eat Natural Balance and have tried samples of about 10 other grain free foods but hate them all but Mommy won't see to give up trying to find another one we like!

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  29. Love the photo! After one of my contacts told me to use raw food for Gracie (this was pre-Millie), another contact told me that raw food is time-consuming and expensive. She has multiple cats, but even with one, I'm inclined to think that the food preparation would tie you down, or you would have to find somebody to come in and do it when you went away.

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  30. We adore Tiki Cat...such awesome food...wish we could eat it ALL THE TIME.....but if you are only 1 cat...maybe you can swing it!

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  31. Carole, I don't know if they make this type of food for cats or they sell it in your area. But here we have refrigerated pet foods in our supermarkets. It seems like the meat meals do not contain byproducts. Or maybe a health food store would have something like it. I admire that you are trying to give pure food to Katie. We eat Fancy Feast and are doing ok.
    Hugs
    Penny & Tippy
    Meow_Girls

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  32. Wow, you have a LOT of suggestions, Katie! I just want to note that we only eat wet food, because it has more protein than dry. Even grain-free dry food has a larger carb-to-protein ratio than is good for kitties - they just substitute potato or another starch for the grain. Binga and Boodie eat whatever grain free, no byproducts cat food my human finds, often Wellness Core, and always no fish (we get some salmon when the humans eat it sometimes, and occasional fishy flakes as treats). I get whatever I will eat because I am VERY picky, but my human reads the labels and makes sure it is still free of byproducts.

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  33. Katie, you look so much like Emma that Mom and I were just stunned. Mom can only read the fine print on the cat food by daylight, so she will have to check it and get back to you later. I eat Fancy Feast canned. Mom tried to feed me high quality canned food once and I barfed it.

    Herman

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  34. Tiki Cat! We just bought 2 cases of it & would be glad to send a couple cans to you to try. It looks like people food & its standards are higher than the government standards. Its people food quality and they said people could eat it. It does look like people food, just cut a little smaller. Its all meat, no fillers. See http://www.greenlittlecat.com/?p=66 for more info. If you'd like a couple cans, email us with your address.

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  35. Also Katie, we could send a little of the dry foods we got, like Blue Buffalo Wild Duck. Just let us know.

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  36. Darling, I have no food advice, but just LOOK at you! This is the cutest picture EVER. Ka-THUMP, ka-THUMP, ka-THUMP!!

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  37. Meows to u. I hope u find some good noms.

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  38. Katie, you are such a pretty girl!

    Taffy eats Blue Buffalo Basics Turkey & Potato (they also have a duck variety), and Natural Balance Duck and Green Pea due to allergies. These come in both wet and dry, and are available from PetsMart, PETCO. She won't touch anything with fish in it. Jet was allergic to fish - also common in kitties. Taffy is allergic to chicken, so that's out. The idea here is to have a novel protein (like duck, venison, rabbit) that the kitty hasn't been exposed to (and become allergic to). As Taffy (she is a rescue) acted like she didn't know what wet food was, and turkey is uncommon in dry food, the Blue Turkey became an alternate. There are also Rx foods in novel proteins - Science Diet, Royal Canin. Science Diet also has z/d in which the proteins have been altered so that the body does not recognize them (and have an allergic reaction). We have just ordered this, having tried various combos of foods and litters. We'd used World's Best, but it is corn-based (an allergen as well as wheat, pine, or other "plant-based" litters). It can take a couple of months to tell if something is working. Best of luck!

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  39. PeeEss: Jet got a red scaley rash on his tummy from his allergy to fish. He ate ProPlan urinary tract (chicken) food for years with no problem. At the time it was the only non-Rx dry food with no fish. When he began to have health issues a couple of years ago, I tried a variety of "better quality" foods, but had forgotten about the fish. He got the rash again. We changed to Natural Balance LID Chicken and Green Pea - no more rash.

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  40. As you know, I have started to homecook for all my furries. I cook once a week for food that can last a week so I don't think it'll tie you down if you want to go on short trips as you would have sufficient food for the petsitter.
    Katie looks stunning in the photograph. What a beauty!

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  41. Our kittehz totally luffed their Royal Canin. They also luf their Science Diet. Seems like there is so much confusion on what to and not to feed these days. We also feed wet food. Cooked food does seem like sumthing that could possibly be very time consuming and costly. Good luck!

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  42. Katie... what a great picture of you. I love it. Katie Mom.... don't know any of the answers to your questions. Wish I could help, but no knowledge here.

    Have a great day.

    pawhugs, Max

    Fantastic photo!!!

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  43. Just look at you, Katie ... how can your Mommy even stand to ever leave the house???

    There are so many good suggestions above. We know you and Mom will figure out which food is best for you.

    Oh, we gave you an award! Please come to pick it up when you have a chance:

    http://animalsheltervolunteer.blogspot.com/2012/01/super-thankful-sunday.html

    Big hugs and head bonks!

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  44. Katie Isabella, how my heart beats for thee..such eyes, furs, paws..::ahem::

    As far as food goes, Mom Julie buys Newman's cat food. After research, I think there are meat by-products that vary in grade and quality. They aren't necessarily bad, she's heard, but it depends what they are. This particular cat food has been graded well so for Mitty there's the canned food. The dry, he wants to be a big boy and eat what they eat/everybody half and half. (The dry is iams) Every vet we've talked to says stay away from FF.

    Just our input. Hope it helps. Of course, you have at this point 46 others..Good luck!! (We pray a lot, too and Julie provides mucho much fresh water constantly)

    Purrhugs,
    Tom, Mom Julie & Mittens

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  45. Hi Katie..Mom and I think you must be eating good food 'cause your eyes and coat are most beautiful!
    Hugs Madi

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  46. Pee ess: Just read each and every one of the prior comments and see everyone's different tastes, no pun intended and how hard it is to choose. How do you know, really? I think pets have the same hereditary predispositions as humans, so there's that. I would love to see a round-table discussion on the subject by vets, researchers and those who have had long-range experience with the love and care of animals. No pet food companies involved.

    Pet Life here in Maine has been good to us and carry every single brand (I have to look up Tiki Kitty, tho :) for everybody to choose from. I'm glad there's such concern and caring. It raises the quality of the food and the consciousness of the food providers.

    (sorry for being so long-winded)

    Tom

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  47. My boys eat Wellness dry that comes in the red bag. I feed them a bit of Wellness canned food too, but the cost keeps me from feedling as much wet as I would like.

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  48. We like Taste of the Wild food for cats. And it's affordable. Grain free food and affordable.

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  49. Wowsers! So many foods...so many choices! We feed Evo dry and Wellness wet but the senior foster cats also get fancy feast pate because it is the only way they will take their meds! Every cat is different and we are certain your Mama will find what is best for you in the end :)
    What we wanted to say is Katie you are gorgeous in this pic! Srsly.

    the critters in The Cottage xo

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  50. Star sobs into his fur, "We eat Iams Hairball control. Mom's getting a bag of that and some Iams canned food from Mr. Chewy for us to review. I think we'll be getting a discount code for our friends so you'll get one if we do. You didn't mention me in Sunday's post. I'll be over here quietly wasting away."

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  51. How about Soulistic? It's made by Weruva who makes Tiki cat and you can get it at Petco stores or online. I love the Luna Tuna, Island Illusion and Autumn bounty and it doesn't cost a fortune. Disclaimer: we don't known about meat by-products but do know that it looks and smells like human food.

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  52. Grain-free and no "by-products" on our pantry shelf: Evo 95% Chicken and Turkey, Castor & Pollux Turkey and Spinach, Halo Spot's Stew (turkey, Chicken and Lamb flavors), and Soulistic Chicken.

    We were shocked to realize just now that our Eukanuba foods have meat by-products!

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