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Since this is such a hot topic and is debated often on the this forum, I thought I would provide some links on why canned food is better than dry. Even some of the doctors now are coming forward and saying..."Hey, we've been wrong".

I suspect that in the next 10 years we will see many changes in the veterinary world in terms of what vets are recommending in terms of nutrition/diet for cats.

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... cannedfood

http://www.vet4petz.com/articles/diabetes.htm

http://www.vetcentric.com/magazine/maga ... CLEID=1430

http://rocquoone.com/diet_and_health.htm

http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4.php

http://www.felinecrf.org/diet_and_nutri ... v_wet_food

http://www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm

http://www.fabcats.org/flutd.html

http://www.ivillage.com/pets/vet/pages/ ... _freqCap=2
 

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I think that turning Julie's thread into a sticky might make it easier for newcomers to see and read up on before plunging into further analysis
Thank you, Julie for your time and dedication. You are are, undoubtly, one of the forum's experts on cat nutrition
 

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Well, I also thought that this post was so informative that it deserves to be a sticky, so voilá! It's a sticky. The research about how to fins a good catfood all of a sudden became a lot easier :D
 

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Thanks AddFran lots of good reading to do.

I'm trying to convert over my Bengal kittens right now from a combo canned/dry to completely canned and hopefully a raw diet eventually but having some difficulty doing it. Older kitten of 5 months I'm having more luck with. I feed Wellness for kittens and she seems to like it but is not going crazy over it. She'll eat about 1/2 of a 3.2oz can 3 times a day. I dont feel like she's getting enough to eat. The younger one of 3 months likes the dry much better. Ive even fasted him for 12 hours and he'll sniff take a few bites and walk away still starving. Ive tried every brand imaginable to peek his palate but no luck. He has in the last few days started to show a little more interest. Ive stopped free feeding dry and offer him canned he eats about a tablespoon or so tehn after a 1/2 hr I'll put down dry and he'll gorge on that until full.
 

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The thread stays at the top of the page (with other stickes/announcments) so it is easily accesible, even if it it not updated.
 

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Bengal Cat said:
Older kitten of 5 months I'm having more luck with. I feed Wellness for kittens and she seems to like it but is not going crazy over it. She'll eat about 1/2 of a 3.2oz can 3 times a day. I dont feel like she's getting enough to eat.
Hmm, at 5 months old...he's probably approximately 5 lbs or so...and if he's eating a 1/2 of a 3.2oz can 3 times a day...he's getting 3.2 + 1.6 = 4.8 oz...that's seems about right to me. I think the norm. is just under an ounce per pound of body weight. He's a kitten, so he's entitled to eat more than an adult cat, however at 5 months he doesn't need to eat as much as the younger one does. The wet food seems to fill them up more as well!

If the other kitten is 3 months old, he'll probably come around. I wouldn't be so quick to offer him the dry food after the wet. He probably knows it's coming and will hold out for it. Though you have to do what you have to do, if he doesn't eat for a whole day, you gotta feed him whatever he'll eat.
 

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Thanks again AddFran...She's about 6.5 lbs. maybe I'm feeding her to much lol :) Actually I know she sneaks in nibbles of the dry food that I feed the younger guy. I'll have to monitor that and use your 1 oz per pound as a reference. But I feel better about the amount she's consuming. Seems to be right where she should be.

Now the younger one on the other hand chases me around the house darting in and out of my feet looking for food :lol: maybe I'll try withholding the dry food and leave the wet out for a bit longer to see what happens, maybe offer it to him a few times before giving into the dry food.
 

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Thanks for posting all of this info - it is so interesting.

My cats were fed canned food as kittens, but the vet told me to put them on all-dry food as this is apparently better for them. A year down the line one of my cats is overweight and I just haven't been able to figure out why - we don't feed him lots of treats etc.

These articles have given me a possible reason. I'm going to carry on reading them and rethink my cats' feeding regime entirely.

Thanks again! :D

Julia
 

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It really shouldn't be out longer than 30 minutes I believe. Oh, and dry food doesn't clean your cats teeth! It's not a bad idea, however, to rotate dry foods from time to time - this helps your cat become to picky and i think it's supposed to reduce the risk of food allergies...
That last part I'm not absolutely certain about though.
 

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What about a combo?
I feed my cat at most a half cup of dry food in the morning, and then he gets a forth of a can of wet food for dinner. (I used to give him a whole can, but he only eats about a 4th so, there ya go.)

I thought dry was supposed to help keep a cat's teeth clean.
If it doesn't then what should you do for cat teeth?
I've heard that cats on an all wet diet have teeth problems later in life. . .
 

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Studies have shown that there really isn't any benefit to having a cat eat dry food at all when it comes to it's teeth. Dr. Jean describes it as expecting eating crackers to help keep your teeth clean.

A combo of wet and dry is certainly more healthy than dry food alone, but if it fits your schedule you may want to eventually switch to all wet food if you can.

You can brush your cats teeth if you are concerned about dental hygiene and maintenance, or you can have your vet do it too.
 

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Very Interesting

Both of my cats are over weight. Niki just passed away, we still don't know why, and she was only five. She was my fat cat. Maybe she would have not gotten sick if I was on this forum months and read this or the debate that has been going on. Not that it was the food that made her sick, but to avoid my other indoor cat Emma, to get sick and continue to be over weight, I will try this.

Thank you.
 

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I think the 1 oz per pound is kinda excessive, I mean taking into factor my cats weight which is 15 pounds, thats about 15 oz and that seems to be a lot of food!

Also I believe I read somewhere that animals like cats don't benefit from dry food for teeth reasons because their teeth arent designed in such a fashion where it would benefit from such a thing, it's designed for meat and that it
 
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