Making the switch to a healthier diet
I just joined the forums because there's entirely too much conflicting information out there on the best diet for your cat. I want to change my cat Kaida's diet not only for health reasons, but because his poo smells SO terrible!
He was a stray that wandered onto my mom's porch at 9 months old. I fed him, and he tripled in size within the first two weeks. Ever since he was a kitten, he has ALWAYS had problems with hoarding/inhaling food. He's a pretty big cat now at about 3 years old, but he does have a little extra weight on him. Kaida is strictly an indoor cat. We live in a small apartment and his poo stinks up our whole room. We've tested his stool at the vet, and there is nothing wrong with him. His poo just stinks like mad crazy!
Why I want to change his diet
He's overweight. His poo stinks. He's a hermaphrodite and I've heard that decreases life expectancy. I want to keep Kaida around as long as possible, and I'd rather start making things right at the age of 3 than even later on in his life.
I've read a lot of information over the past few days, but the one thing that seems to keep coming up is that dry cat food is terrible for cats. Supposedly (from what I've read) raw diets are ideal, but take a lot of time to prepare and tend to cost a whole bunch more.
Time and money. I own two businesses and have a part time job. I can't afford to fork out a bunch of money, and I don't want to commit to something to better my cat's health that I won't be able to give my time to.
Wet cat food seems to be the best option for me from what I've read, but when searching for the best wet cat food to buy, a lot of people began to list a lot of the sub-par meat products that go into them. The only wet cat foods that seem SOMEWHAT healthy cost about $2 a can... that adds up. A lot more meat products that are of higher quality and suitable for human consumption cost a LOT less. Can I make my own pseudo raw diet from inexpensive products like this? Can I make my own raw food inexpensively WITHOUT having to use a meat grinder? How can I incorporate bones into my cat's diet WITHOUT a grinder? It seems that the bones are really important.
Any information is greatly appreciated!!!
- Kelly (Raven) G.
And yes, the avvie is of my baby, Kaida.
Kaida - Japanese for "little dragon."