Think atkins diet... that big slab of steak is a lot of calories too.
I hear you...I'm the only person I know who gained weight on the atkins diet.
Here's a question (not something I intend to try, just curious): If you were going to go with only one type of food, would a premium dry food be better than a low-quality wet food, or vice versa?
I do believe that a lower quality wet food is better than a premium dry food simply because the canned food more closely resembles the natural diet of cats than dry food. High protein, moderate in fat, low carbohydrate and high moisture. Cats are designed to consume water from their food. While they should still have water as a supplement they don't naturally drink as much water as they need. Plus with wet food not being too high in calories your cats are less likely to develop health problems as a result of obesity. I think the worst indicators of low quality wet food are things like artificial colors or nitrates that are found in stuff like bacon, sausage and stuff. I'm not really against by-products unless it's the only source of animal-based protein, and the company doesn't want to use any good meat cuts, I know that cats eat quite a bit of mouse by-products in nature, but I know that's not a popular belief on this forum. I think it's best to find something nutritious that the cat enjoys eating. If you have to because of finickiness, you can sacrifice quality to a certain extent with the wet food and if you do feed any dry food at all, feed only the premium quality ones. Best to try a variety of flavors and brands of wet food until you find something both you and your cats approve of. You can also feed a variety of brands for the sake of variety.
I know there has been discussion on this, I am now feeding a mixture of Wellness, Nutro and Innova. I am doing this to finish up the Wellness and Nutro because I want to put my cat on Innova. Today, I got a sample of Evo and he liked it. WHich one is better for my cat, and is it okay to try varieties of food like I am doing? He tends to be a bit overweight according to the VET, not me. He is a year and about 15 pounds. He is just a big cat, I can see his waist and hip bones. He doesnt really like wet food, and he does drink a lot of water, everytime I go to the kitchen sink! He has his own cup there to drink from. Talking about spoiled!
I just found a place today that carries the canned Innova, I might try that, but I have tried every other brand and he will eat only a little, about 1/4 fourth of a can and the rest will go to waste.
Apparently in a concentrated dry form they can't seem to make a low carb food at least moderate in calories.
I would guess that's because just like people food, cat food is mostly made up of three things: protein, fat and carbs.
And just like with a human's diet, when you decrease the amount of one of those things, you must increase the amount of the other two to compensate.
Decreased carbs = higher protein and higher fat, therefore higher calorie content.
I'm also going to go out on a limb here and say that the cat or person on a low-carb diet will still consume about the same amount of calories as they would on a low-fat diet but the total volume of the food consumed will be less on the low-carb diet. I know it was like that for me when I was on Atkins. My cats also eat less of the Innova Evo than they did of any other brand of dry food.