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Old 11-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My cats eat Wellness dry food in the morning and Wellness wet food at night. I can't afford to put them on a strict wet diet, at least on the wet food they do eat. I've read a lot about how a wet food diet is the best thing for cats, but is it okay that my cats eat a little of both?
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much do you pay for the dry and wet foods? You could probably pay the same for a good quality wet food that is less expensive.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dry food is about 35 dollars every six weeks or so (we get the big bag) and I spend about 25 dollars a month on wet food. He enjoys Wellness and he rarely leaves any in the bowl. I've tried a few other brands that are "grain-free" but he doesn't go crazy for them like he does with Wellness. And I don't really know what other brands to try. He's had Natural Balance (left 3/4 of it in the bowl) and Innova. What would you guys recommend? I have to get him more soft food soon so maybe I'll pick up a few cans and see how he likes it.

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is something I'm curious about as well. My kittens eat wet and dry food as well. They eat Natural Balance wet and right now I am trying to find a quality dry food that is not so expensive. I've heard Kirklands brand was great quality and value for dry and Traders Joes wet was a decent quality... Would love to hear what other say since I am a new mom to this.


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Im assuming your big bag is about 15 lbs or so?? I used to feed dry and wet until I discovered The Honest Kitchen cat food. Its a dehydrated raw food that comes in 2 or 4 pound boxes. The 4 lb box makes I believe 12 or so pounds of cat food. And it runs about 40 dollars. So you can kinda compare it to a bag of kibble and its basically the same cost because your cat would be eating less of the Honest Kitchen food.

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My cats love it. All you do is add a little bit of water and its kind of like an oatmeal and MUCH more healthy than kibble at the same price! I feed the Honest Kitchen Prowl and a variety of Weruva, Soulistic, and Im starting to add in a little bit of Natures Variety cans just for some different protein sources.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Have you looked at buying large cans of EVO 95%? It is fairly cheap and it's a good food.
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This is something I'm curious about as well. My kittens eat wet and dry food as well. They eat Natural Balance wet and right now I am trying to find a quality dry food that is not so expensive. I've heard Kirklands brand was great quality and value for dry and Traders Joes wet was a decent quality... Would love to hear what other say since I am a new mom to this.
As far as getting the biggest bang for you buck. Taste of the Wild I found is the best food you can get in terms of price per pound. However read my previous post too about The Honest Kitchen ^^^ If you go on their website you can order little sample boxes to try. And if I remember right you get a percentage off your first order of a regular 2 or 4 pound box!
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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EVO 95% is definitely cheaper than Taste of the Wild, especially as 13.2 oz cans, at least on petfooddirect.com where I order food. The chicken & turkey, the other "cat food" and the beef one are 21.99 for 12 cans of 13.2 oz. They have other varieties as well...I ordered 2 cases of the variety pack which also includes the duck and the venison. I think that was about $27. I also agree with the Trader Joe's wet food suggestion; it's $0.69/can. I stopped at Trader Joe's just before Hurricane Sandy hit and I was happy to see they offer cat food without byproducts. I picked up a few cans just to make sure I don't run out in the aftermath and my cat scarfed it down.

Zilla, thanks for the suggestion of The Honest Chicken. I might get that next time. Cutting up a beef heart was the most disgusting hour of my life. Two hours later and 7 or 8 hand-washings later (I couldn't get the smell off of my hands!) , I tried to eat a pickle and almost threw up. The experience, the smell...not to be repeated, I don't think.
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In terms of just dry Taste of the wild is a GOOD value. But thats awesome if Evo is cheaper than dry! I didnt know that But hey since your online at the moment! Ive mentioned this on a couple threads but no ones ever responded. Do you know anything about the ingredient carrageenan??? Its in almost ALL of the canned foods out there. I read something that says it increases your pets risk for certain cancers. I specifically read this article but theres a lot more of them out there saying the same thing.

Carrageenan: should it be in your cat's food? | The Conscious Cat

She lists on there 3 foods that dont contain it. Natures Variety, Natures Logic, and Weruva. Another one I have found is Soulistic made for Petco by Weruva. But only the "in gravy" varietys dont have it. Look on Evo. Wellness, Blue.... They all have it! Im kinda a worry wort so ever since Ive been reading on this ingredient Ive stayed clear of it. Theres even some articles saying it can have the same effect on people... I just wanna know if anyones aware of it here??? Like does anyone know its true or not true?
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Carrageenan in a lot of human food too. It's a controversial ingredient and I personally try to avoid it. I know that Petcurean is in the process of removing it from their canned foods. They may already have, I'm not sure. I would still feed a food with carrageenan before dry though.

Carrageenan is a thickener. If you ever eat prepared pasta salad, it probably has it in it. There are safer alternatives like guar gum though.
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