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Hey guys!
I got on this forum so i can help my kitty. He is an apartment cat and doesn do exercises much and he is not fixed ( pure man:)). He is over 5 years old. I just talked to my mother and she has mentioned that Whiskas dry food is not good. Ok, i didnt know that!!! I live in Toronto.
What dry food can i buy for him so it would really hurt my budget but would be really better for him.
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Here is a good list for you. Petsmart sells BLUE, and you can check the official websites of the other brands to see if they have a retailer near you. Even though it may "look" like some of these top grade brands cost more then others, they really don't. Your cat will eat less on the better foods, eliminate less, all saving you money. In actuality you wind up spending about the same amount of money as you would on Wiskas over a period of 3 months, or less, and in some cases slightly more.

There is a lot of good resources out there where you can learn a bit about animal nutrition, take into consideration where the information is coming from however, reading old lab results/reports is a good thing to do down the line to learn more.

Good luck!

Highest Grade:
- Blue (sold in PetSmart)
- Natural Balance (sold in Petco)
- Felidae
- Solid Gold
- Innova
- Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul
- Pinnacle
- Wellness
- Timberwolf Organics

Second Grade:
- Natures Variety
- Evolve
- Holistic Blend
- Lick your Chops
- Sensible Choice (sold at Petco)
- Verus

Third Grade:
- Authority (sold at PetSmart)
- Bil-Jac (sold at PetSmart)
- Nutro Natural (sold at PetSmart & Petco)
- Nutro Max (sold at PetSmart & Petco)
- Natures Recpie (sold at PetSmart & Petco)
- Royal Canin (sold at PetSmart & Petco)
- AvoDerm (sold at Petco)
- Avo-Cat (sold at Petco)
- Pro Plan (sold at PetSmart & Petco)
- Purina ONE (sold at PetSmart, Petco, Walmart, Target & Grocery Stores)
- Maxximum Nutrition (sold at Walmart)
- Annamaet
- Artemis
- Azmira
- Eagle Pack
- Excel
- Natural Life
- PetGuard
- Precise
- Premium Edge
- Prism
- Pro Pac
- Professional
- Triumph
 

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Thank you very much for your information. I will do the research so i can get the nearest store to me.
Lilly, why would i fix him? he didnt have any complaints, no spraying around, no spring plays. I think he is pretty much doing wonderful.
But thank you for you concern.
 

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One reason to neuter your cat is to lenghthen his life. Many intact toms don't live more than two years. You have been lucky. Also, he is contributing greatly to the number of kittens and cats being put to sleep in shelters. There is an overabundance of cats and kittens. Consider how many females he has and will impregnate. Can he impregnate 2 females a week? Of course. If each of those females has four kittens, think of the number of new kittens added to the world within just a few months. That's how many more will be put to sleep in shelters for a lack of homes. It's a horrible situation. I'm sure the thought is as heartbreaking to you as it is to many of us. :cry:
 

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Jeany, he doesnt even come out in the hallway in our apartment building. Sometimes he sits on the balcony just to look for the birds. He hasnt seen any female cat in his life. Any noise scares him off, and i dont know its because he is half wild or else. We got him from an outside cat when the "owners" didnt know what to do with kittens. So, that's how he became a part of our family.
 

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Jeanie said "one reason to nueter your cat is to lengthen his life"
I know you are a responsible pet owner who loves your cat. We are not here to judge you or your decisions. All we can do is to offer opinions.

I have three cats, I have owned all three since they were tiny kittens. My male was fixed at 6 months as well as my youngest whom is just 7 months.
My third cat Minnie was not fixed at 6 months. At the time (she is two now) I had alot of reasons why I did not get her fixed. One was finacial reasons.
Another was because Minnie has a very odd personality. She is very scared of everything and everyone. She can be very mean to people who try to touch her, she has scratched and bit people just for trying to pick her up. She will not ever go outside for any reason because she is very afraid of the world.
We moved in August to a house in the country. We have always lived in the city before. Minnie was freaked out from being in the car when I moved the cats to the new house. I took her out and closed her in a bedroom upon putting her in the new house. We were moveing things in. My daughter opened the door and Minnie bolted! She was gone for an entire day.
When Minnie came back she was pregnant. We now have 4 kittens. I have the responsibility of giveing thease kittens to people whom I feel will take care of them, and keep them forever. It is very hard for me because I love the kittens, I hate to give them away! I am sure I will cry to see them go.
Now what if one or two of the kittens does not get fixed? They can each have hundreds of kittens in their lifetime that will each have hundreds more. It is a very sad fact that thousands of animals live in this world homeless! When an animal is cold and hungry it is sad and feels alone , just like you or I would.
I am not saying anything like this will happen with your cat. It probably will not happen. However there really is no harm in getting him fixed, It is actually much better for him healthwise.
 

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Foodwise, I started feeding my cats felidae/chicken soup and they seem to eat less of it and like it much better than any other food I got them before. It has a lot of good ingredients also and you can maybe find a store near you that is a small petstore and they may sell premium foods.

I know this is off subject a bit but maybe you can consider neutering your cat, especially if you move to a house. My cats both live on the 3rd floor in an apt and would never get out, but in a house, Twinkie, my boy cat does not like going outside and is also scared of noise, but one time he absentmindedly just pranced out the apt door so if he did that in a house, it would be much harder to catch him and also, sometimes cats do not spray and such for a long time. Sometimes around 6 months or so they start but some dont start until a few years later and once started, its hard to stop. Hope you take it into consideration. :eek:
 

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This is such an important subject, and I feel certain you are unconvinced. Please forgive me if I offer this paragraph to you and the site from which it came. The mating instinct is so strong that you could lost your cat at any time, and that would be a tragedy. These people, I believe, are rather harsh in addressing the owners of intact tomcats, but what they say and advise is true. Please go to the site, in addition to reading this exerpt.

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Refusal to neuter a tomcat is a public statement that the owner values his cat's life so little that he wishes to expose his cat to incurable illnesses and serious infections which will shorten his cat's life. He also has no consideration for other cats whom his cat infects. His infected cat will infect other tomcats while fighting for mates. And because a tomcat grips the female by biting her scruff while mating her, the infection can be spread to female cats as well.
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Here is the link to the site:
http://www.messybeast.com/antineuter2.htm

If you love your Tom, and I know you do, please read this.
 

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I buy my cat Chef's Blend ( it's a Friskies Brand). My cat loves it and it isn't that expensive, i know for a fact it costs less than Whiskas! You can buy it at just about any supermarket.
 

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Chef's Blend is not a good food, neither is Wiska's.

Chef's Blend:
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, beef tallow... etc

Wiska's Original:
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), Digest of Poultry By-Products...etc
 
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