Food Advice Wanted
We have two cats: an almost 13 year old male, and a 21/2 year old female. The male weighs about 14 pounds, his optimal weight is around 12 pounds. The female is just about 8 pounds.
Here is a little background. Last October our other 13 year old cat died. He and the surviving 13 year old grew up together with us, but they were not littermates.
The 13-year old who passed away was on Sciene Diet CD dry to help manage repeated urinary tract infections that had begun two years earlier (he did have crystals). Previous to the urinary problems, both cats were fed Innova Cat Lite dry. After the one guy was prescribed Science Diet C/D, we discontiuned the Innova food and both cats got the Science Diet C/D. The surviving 13-year old has only had one urinary tract infection. It was last summer, no crystals were present. I might add that when we began Science Diet C/D, he gained about 2 pounds over his up till then normal body weight of 12 pounds.
After our one cat died in October, we were able to restrict our cat's food intake to 1/4 cup morning, 1/4 cup evening. This amount was suggested by our vet to get his weight down. He was still on the Science Diet C/D.
About four weeks ago, we adopted the 21/2 year old female. Our male is a chowhound. He has been eating from his and the female's food dish as though he is at a Las Vegas buffet. Since we don't restict the cats to separate areas of the house, and have no way to control their access to each other's food, I asked our vet if we needed to keep him on the Science Diet C/D. The vet said since the urinary tract infection had not involved crystals, he did not have to stay on a diet of Science Diet C/D. We do have water bowls available on all floors of the house.
I went to the store, and after speaking with the salesperson, came back with a bag of Innova Evo dry. Both cats like it, we've been mixing it in with the Science Diet Original that our 21/2 year old was used to eating. But after reading about the level of ash in Evo and the high amount of protein, I am reluctant to keep offering Evo, especilly to our older cat.
Based on what I've read on some of posts on this board, I am thinking about getting California Natural Chicken & Rice dry. And possibly a canned food to feed in the morning and evenings.
Sorry for the long post, I hope some of you read through it and have advice to share. I am right to drop the Evo? Is the California Natural a good choice? What do you think? Any advice would be appreciated.