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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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What is your cat's favorite food?

Both of mine prefer Natural Balance Venison and Green Pea, hands down over anything else they've tried. I go to the store, buy about a week's worth at a time, 8 cans, 2 of each flavor. Sometimes I buy all Natural Balance in 4 different flavors because it's the least expensive quality canned food I can find locally. Sometimes I throw in some Wellness, Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, or Taste of the Wild. They absolutely don't like Blue Buff or TOTW, the varieties that they've tried. The only one they gobble down in minutes is the NB Venison. All the rest they will nibble on, go away and come back, until it's eventually gone... except the Blue Buff and TOTW I had to throw out about half.

If I set down something Miley doesn't like the smell of, she will scratch the floor like she's covering up poop. LOL. I feel kind of bad, but I leave it and she'll pick at it eventually once she sees she's not getting anything else. They also get dry food in the evenings.

They were on 9 lives dry when they came to me and Friskies wet. They had no problem gobbling this up but I didn't like the quality so I switched them gradually. First dry food I tried was Earthborn Holistic grain free. They loved it for all of 3 days and then started turning up their little noses. I only bought the 2.5 lb bag so I kept putting it out and leaving it out until it was gone. They ate it eventually but it also attracted ants sitting out so long. So the next time I bought 4 Health from TSC. It's not the best but it's worlds better than 9 lives, and it was inexpensive, I bought it the week I had Ollie neutered, and I figured it was worth a try. They have been eating it just fine for 2 weeks. Next time I will probably try Taste of the Wild. I'm afraid it might get the same reaction as the Earthborn though. Although I think maybe they didn't like the tiny round BB shape of the Earthborn kibbles, more than anything. I saw Ollie acting like he had it stuck under his tongue a few times while he was eating.
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Wellness chicken & Wellness turkey (canned)

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My guys get a rotation of canned only food. About 3 different brands/flavors every month for 3 or 4 months (and then we start back at the beginning).

They don't really have a favorite brand/flavor but by the end of the month they kind of look in their bowl and look at me like "Again?" When the first of the new month food comes they dive into their bowls like they haven't eaten in a week.

I'd say their LEAST favorite would be the Evo brands 95% varieties. They seem to get burnt out on those faster than anything else, it seems like they struggle through eating it. Walking away and coming back to it again.

ETA: When I say "They" I mean MowMOw. Book would eat cardboard if I put water on it and stuck it in his bowl. He's a walking eating machine.
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All of mine are on frankenprey style raw, but they prefer any type of heart, meaty chicken bones, and quail.

When I used to feed canned, I used to feed them Weruva, but only chicken varieties.


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I have been buying just what I can get locally because I'm afraid of buying a case of anything and finding they won't eat it. Plus when you buy a case you have 24 cans of one thing. They would take forever to eat it. LOL. I really thought they would like Blue Buffalo but no. I have a couple of cans of Wellness Turkey we haven't tried yet, I looked at their usual foods and realized none of them are turkey so maybe they'll like it. I am really trying to read up on Raw because I think that's the best for them and I bet they wouldn't get tired of it... if I can get Miley to eat it. I KNOW Ollie would, he's all over me when I'm cooking dinner, especially when I get out the raw meat. Maybe I'll start giving them a bite when I'm preparing meat. On their own plate. I have enough trouble keeping them out of the way while I cook. Oliie really loves to smell onions and peppers when I'm cutting them up too. I tossed him a little piece of diced green pepper the other day and he smelled it like he was in love, licked it, and laid back his ears and squinted his eyes, like, hey, that was gross. LOL. I didn't really think he would eat it, just wanted to distract him. I know not to give them onions.
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houdini does the covering up like poop thing too lol! just wait until your cat has been begging for something you're eating and then does that hahahaha.

he does it sometimes with blue buffalo but only about 30% of the time. i find that he'll do it to cold food--the other two couldn't care less if it's cold, room temperature, whatever. it's just FOOD.

i looked up natural balance on www.doggiefood.com and it is less expensive than most (some?) (well some of the BB gets pretty pricey because i want 100% grain-free) but i'm still waiting for my shipment of weruva. look at the pictures on that one--they look good. it's a little more than natural balance but if it's as good as it looks, i don't mind paying $4 a case more. i think doodlebug recommended tiki--same company--so that's next on my list. it's slightly more expensive, but more meat and less water.

i'm still experimenting with different foods. obviously they LOVE it if they can get some fancy feast but that's just all doctored up with crap to make it taste like mcdonald's for cats. i'm also fortunate that my cats don't appear to have any allergies. they're like me in that respect, i can eat almost anything and it doesn't bother me. ghost chiles, hot green chile, wasabi (mmmmm), no acid reflux, nada. thank god for small favors. and if i were gluten or soy sensitive, i'd be s.o.l.

i'll probably look at more online sites but so far dfc seems to have good prices. $49 and over you get free shipping (no matter the weight) and there are usually 10% off deals + free shipping for over $75. plus they have a drop-down where you can just browse brands but make sure you have a bottle of tylenol close. and you're closer to it, supposedly you'd get it in 1-2 days, mine isn't expected to be here before thursday but maybe it will be here today.
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We must be twins. LOL. I can eat anything and everything and never have an issue. I work at a school and we have to deal with a lot of food allergies, and I'm always saying I don't know what I'd do if I was allergic to peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, we even have kids that are allergic to fruit.... nobody in my family is allergic to any foods, we're all chowhounds. LOL. I do have seasonal nasal allergies but who doesn't?

Oh, and I have given them Tiki, as far as I've seen they're all tuna and something... the cats LOVE it, but it's like a once a week treat, not an everyday thing. They will not waste a morsel of that, and if I have to give them medicine that's the thing to mix it with.
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Oscar: Soulistic chicken and pumpkin or Weruva anything, and Tiki Cat chicken (recovered Friskies savory shreds addict)

Truman: Fancy Feast (though he's being weened from it). Generally he likes pattes and is favoring Wellness chicken right now, I guess. Picky little brat.

Alice: Anything. Merrick Turducken, probably.

Baron: Wellness Kitten (pink label)
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Yes, Friskies savory shreds is what my cats were addicted to. They never got tired of it, but now they seem to quickly get tired of anything else. What do they put IN that stuff?
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I think what my cats like the most is chicken breast, then chicken liver, and wet canned that is unfortunately only sold in Europe (Sheba, Miamor, Animonda, etc.) so I don't often give it to them. They also love ham, but that's a once-in-a-while treat, as it's expensive and meat cuts are not healthy. Princess loves cow kidney too.

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