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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Low Carb Dry Food?

I understand that brands with filler ingredients will add weight to a cat. Are there and good dry food brands that don't have so much unnescessary ingredients? My fat bucket of lard, Mew won't eat the canned food I give her.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 02:53 PM
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That totally depends on your budget. There are numerous brands of food that are low-carb. There are at least a dozen different foods that claimed to be low-carb. Kitten food is usually lower in carbs than adult food.

Personally, I like Nutro MaxCat Gourmet Classics kitten formula in Roasted Chicken. It is probably the only decent quality food I can afford. It contains corn gluten meal which is not optimal, but for the price it is a really decent food.

Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Flour, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Ground Rice, Natural Flavors, Beet Pulp, Lamb Meal, Rice Bran, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Inositol, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (minimum) 34.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 20.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 3.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Ash (maximum) 7.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 3.50%
Zinc (minimum) 210 mg/kg
Taurine (minimum) 0.16%
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)* 15 mg/kg
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 03:56 PM
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I feed Innova Evo... its basically supposed to be a wet food in a dry kibble formula... it has NO GRAINS and is low in carbs. Its quite expensive though, particularly here in Canada where there is just one shop locally that stocks it.

One of mine can not (and luckily will not) eat wet... but he LOVES Innova EVO.

You can use this link to compare different foods against each other: http://www.naturapet.com/display.php...wiz&animal=Cat

EVO details

Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Herring Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat, Egg, Turkey Meal, Natural Flavors, Apples, Carrots, Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Dried Chicory Root, Taurine, Herring Oil, Rosemary Extract, Vitamins/ & Minerals, Viable Naturally Occurring Microorganisms

Protein 50%
Fat 22%
Fiber 2%
Moisture 10%
Linoleic Acid 4%
Vitamin E 250 IU/Kg
Taurine 0.1mg/Kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.40%
Total Microorganisms 90,000,000 CFU/lb

* Innova EVO Cat & Kitten is made WITHOUT GRAINS!
* Innova EVO Cat & Kitten has the HIGHEST MEAT CONTENT of any dry cat food!
* Innova EVO Cat & Kitten contains 50% PROTEIN, 22% FAT, and only 7% CARBOHYDRATES, the lowest in the industry!!
* Innova EVO Cat & Kitten is made with the same ingredients as you might find in a typical ''wild'' feline diet - RAW, MEATY BONES & cartilage, veggies & fruit.
* Innova EVO Cat & Kitten is EXTREMELY PALATABLE!
* Innova EVO Cat & Kitten is formulated for ALL LIFE STAGES!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both. So if I wanted to be cheap, I could go with kitten food? Should I mix it with the adult food then? Compared to what a kitten would eat, how much should I feed my adult cats who are pretty inactive?
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if you are interested in a grain free kibble, Natural Balance also makes a venison and green pea formula that has no grains.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 04:57 PM
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If your cat is a little on the chubby side, don't feed kitten food.

If you are looking for a decent but cheaper food, I would recommend Chicken Soup for the cat Lover's Soul... it uses brown rice rather than corn gluten meal for the filler and my cats loved it.

http://cats.about.com/cs/nutrition/t...drycatfood.htm is a useful link and talks about the different premium dry foods and the pros and cons of them.

Chicken Soup:

Chicken, Salmon, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, whole grain white rice, potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, turkey, duck, flaxseed, egg product, natural chicken flavor, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, kelp, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 30% minimum
Crude Fat 20% minimum
Crude Fiber 3% maximum
Moisture 10% maximum
Magnesium 0.1% maximum
Taurine 0.1% minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 3.4% minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.6% minimum

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile.

Calorie Content
3,922 kcals/kg (367 kcals/cup) Metabolizable Energy

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Thanks for posting that. It was very interesting to see that both Chicken Soup and Nutro have 20% fat.
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