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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2006, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Indoor cat food

I am now feeding my cat (Chloe) Nutro complete care indoor (canned primarily, but I always have a little dry food out for her to eat as well), is there a big difference between this and the regular (non-indoor) cat food? Was curious, because I want to get some Eagle Pack canned food for her as well for some more variety, but they don't have an indoor specific food (at least not that I can find).

Is it okay for me to switch from different brands of food as well?
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In general, "indoor" formulas are much like "lite" formulas... the biggest difference is that these often have more carbohydrates (usually in the form of grains) and more fiber. The way I see it, its actually just a gimmick, and an indoor formula is not actually better for an indoor cat. In fact, the higher amount of fillers and carbs are not a good part of their diet.

It is perfectly fine to switch to a different brand, but the transition should be made gradually, especially the first time. If you regularly feed a variety of brands, then switching between foods is easier. Switching between canned foods is easier as well.
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Yeah. I would think more carbs would have just the opposite effect and make them gain weight!

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Yeah. I would think more carbs would have just the opposite effect and make them gain weight!

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I've been feeding my cat indoor cat food as well (usually Meow Mix Indoor formula). I think it might also have more fiber?

I'm a student so my budget is kind of tight. I know there are more expensive foods out there, but is it OK for me to be feeding him cheaper food? Seems other people are feeding their cats much nicer stuff.
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I've been feeding my cat indoor cat food as well (usually Meow Mix Indoor formula). I think it might also have more fiber?

I'm a student so my budget is kind of tight. I know there are more expensive foods out there, but is it OK for me to be feeding him cheaper food? Seems other people are feeding their cats much nicer stuff.
Meow mix is pretty low quality. Everyone can only do the best that they can, but you'd be surprised at what you can afford. Taste of the Wild is a 42% protein, grain free food that is pretty high quality that can be had for around $2/lb for the big bag. You'll probably find that your cat eats less since they're getting the nutrients they need.

Even low quality wet food is preferable to Meow Mix.

You'll learn a LOT here, and there are some strong opinions. Just do the best you can with what you can afford. I think most people can do better than Meow Mix once they realize what else is out there.


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