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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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To Feed or not to Feed (Dry)

To feed or not to feed Dry Food- that is the question!

I will be adopting another cat ( in about a week) to be a companion for my Finnegan.
He has had crystals in his urine and they have him on Hills C/D
I currently feed Finny Royal Canin Spay and Neuter Formula -- He is a fatty.
I wanted him to lose some weight. I was informed this was a good food to put him on. He has been on it for a week now and he drinks so much water!
After reading so much about dry food, I am not sure what to feed Finny or my New Kitty (Arthur) once he arrives.
I agree that Hills is Bad - But, upon reading the ingredients on the Royal Canin Spy and Neuter Dry - it doesn't impress me
I was always informed that the first 5 ingredients are important. Well, Here are the first 5 -- Chicken meal, corn, corn gluten meal, wheat, powdered cellulose, wheat gluten -
Before I put my Cat on this diet, I had him on Blue Buffalo Multi Cat Health. De-boned Chicken,De-boned Turkey, etc. He loved it. Why was I told it was bad for him when it has such wonderful ingredients??? Now, I'm
I want to have both cats on a "GOOD" food. Any suggestions????

He does get wet food and LOVES it!

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This website is an excellent resource for what to feed or not feed. As far as weight just gradually give him less food little by little to get his weight down. All the best.

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Thank you Catloverami ((HUGGZ))
I did read the information at that site. Which made me question giving my cat dry food.
I have read horror stories of cats that were fed Dry "prescribed" food
I really don't know if i should give it to my cat or not.

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I'd only feed dry food to strays or picky cats who are having a hard time transitioning to kibble.

There are some good kibbles out there (as far as kibble goes) but yeah, wet food is definitely the way to go if at all possible.

I've never had a cat with any urinary issues so I don't have much to say on that issue, but I imagine that - prescription aside - wet food will still be your best bet. I believe I saw another post that said that wet food > most? all? prescription diets. But I don't have the thread saved so I can't be sure.

Either way, if it were me, I think I'd try out feeding JUST wet food first for at least a month or so and see if his condition improves.

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Thanks Augustine ((HUGGZ))

I did some homework (internet searching) and found that EVO is the best dry food to give your cat. Unfortunately, It is not sold in Canada.
I went to my beloved Petsmart and finally chose Wellness Complete Health for Indoor Cats. Mostly picked it for the Protein, Moisture and Glucosamine Content.

My cat enjoys eating dry and wet food. I just can't stop him "cold turkey"

I also bought Fancy Feast as it is high with Protein and less with carbs.

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billzbrat, I believe Orijen is also a good dry food, and I think it's Canadian.
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I second this. From what I have read Orijen is one of the best dry foods

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Thanks Spirite and Vlapinta ((HUGGZ))
I never thought of going to Global pet Foods for my Cats food.
I will check it out!
I have already introduced Finnegan to the Wellness and I don't want to upset his tummy again. I will visit Global Pet Food and ask questions

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If he has had crystals before, many claim he will again. Predisposed.

My cat, Kale, blocked on Blue Buffalo Basics bad stuff. He even had a filtered fountain he drank from, not good enough.

Only canned for Kale now. 80% canned RoyalCanin Urinary, and 20% canned Weruva chicken zee or chicken wok which are both very low phosphorus/magnesium and gives more balance to his diet.

Its VERY painful when they get blocked, will die in less than a day. A very expensive $1000+ procedure to unblock.

The safest food is going to be prescription unrinary-type canned food. ScienceDiet, Royal Canin, Etc. High moisture. Added acidifiers to break down crystals.

The worst is going to be dry kibble, especially fish based. Lack of moisture and higher phosphorous and magnesium from fish bones will accelerate crystal formation.

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Its VERY painful when they get blocked, will die in less than a day.
What the ??? If that was true, they'd never be able to be treated.

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