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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Expensive foods vs. inexpensive

Basically, the deal is - I can afford to pay a lot for dry food OR canned food, but not both. I'm wondering which is more important. I'm leaning towards feeding them Nutro for one of them. If I have to do Nutro dry and then something like Whiskas or Friskies for wet, is that terrible? Or vice versa - Whiskas dry and Nutro wet? Which would be best nutritionally? I leave dry food out all the time, and feed them each about 1/4 of a 5.5oz can in the evening. I just started doing this and it's really extended the use of the dry!
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If you have to do either/or, I'd do Nutro dry with the cheaper canned. Whiskas dry food especially (as well as many other cheap dry foods) has chemical preservatives, many are known carcinogens. I'd steer clear of those most definatley!! Also since wet food is inheritantley better than dry, I can justify using a lower quality...

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Yeah, I agree, stay away from the cheap dry food.
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Same here. I buy Drs. Foster and Smith dry food and cheap store brand canned food. Dry food is definitely more important. Most of the wet foods I have seen are ground up chicken innards anyway, the difference between dry foods is a lot more dramatic.
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Agreed with the above... do higher-quality dry with lower-quality wet.

My girls really dig the Nutro dry.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm sure sometime I will be able to afford expensive food all around.

What can I get away with for the wet food? Are some "cheap" brands better than others? I have Whiskas right now, previously I did Fancy Feast, but I decided I wanted bigger cans.
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There are some varieties of Fancy Feast (a few of the fish ones I think) that do not have by-products...
I don't know where you live, but if you're in Canada at all, Presidents Choice makes a cat food called Nutrition 1st which isn't so bad, it's halfway decent, at the price of cheap food!

I find in general with the poor quality foods, there is quite the difference from flavour to flavour. Read the ingredients and do the best you can

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm in Michigan. Close to Canada, but not quite

So when I look at labels I'm looking for whatever has the least by-products?

I know which Fancy Feast flavors you're talking about -- probably the seafood selects. I was so surprised to open them up and see whole pieces of fish and shrimp in it! It was sooo gross! But they loved it, of course
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There is a brand called Hill Country Fare (HEB house brand) which I have found acceptable. It is really cheap (25 cents per 5.5 ounce can) and I have actually found it preferable to the regular brands because it doesn't have as much addictives.

Hill Country Fare also makes an excellent 50 cent per 2 liters COLA. It is actually the only kind of soda that I'll even tolerate. They also make an amazing $2 supreme pizza. If you have a HEB near you you should definitely check it out.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 12:14 AM
 
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I find....

Iams wet food is fairly good quality and isn't as expensive as say... nutro. I don't remember how much it is in relation to whiskas et al..


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