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"Raw" cat food update

So the great cat food experiment is going rather well. They're eating mostly wet food now, with a little dry on the side to keep them from waking me up at 3AM. One of the things I'm finding is that they're pretty particular about which foods they like. Of course, it seems that the stinkier the food, the better they like it. But they're easy to feed if I stick to a regular schedule, mostly because they're actually hungry by that time.

We had a vet appointment last week, and when I mentioned that we're switching to wet, she knew right off that it was for weight control. In fact, she seemed to approve of going to wet, and mentioned the insulin resistance and diabetes that tends to go with dry food. So I'm feeling really good about this switch especially because my cats are so big. My orange guy is almost 18 pounds, but he's practically a Maine Coon, so he should be about 15 or so. But still, 3 pounds of extra weight is a lot on such a small scale.

The vet was so supportive of the switch, she gave me a list of foods to try. The top of the list were all Friskies kitten foods, I guess because of the high protein content. She specifically said to stay away from ones with lots of gravy because the gravy is corn starch based and kind of defeats the purpose. It's funny to watch these guys wolf down kitten food. It's like a contest to see who can have the stinkiest breath or something. But they're also acting more like kittens. There's a lot more romping and skittering across the floor since they've started eating the wet food. It's almost like they had a bad case of food coma before and now they're coming out of it.

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so are you feeding them canned wet food, or raw? Also, you may want to try something that comes from a place like Mud Bay. They have a freezer and fridge for pet food and I'm sure it's got more in it than dead rats for snakes (not that your cats couldn't or shouldn't eat a rat...it's basically big mouse...and mouse is their 'natural' diet).

I wanted to see if they'd give up the dry, so right now it's regular old wet food. I'm taking this nice and slow. We may never actually get to the actual raw diet, but at least they're going to be healthier this way.

Check the ingredients on any food you give your cats, even if the vet recommends it. After all, vets recommend Iams and "Science" Diet, and they're not really any better than grocery store cat food.

If it's protein you're looking for, make sure the first ingredient is the name of an animal, not corn or wheat or meal or anything like that. At it shouldn't be chicken meal, or lamb meal, but just the name of the animal. And if corn or wheat are anywhere in the first three ingredients, I'd think twice. Those are just fillers that cats can't digest, so they go right through to the litter box, taking nutrients with them.

When we switched all of our pets to feed-store food, they started to get excited about eating! (except Buca, who would be excited if we gave her a bowl of rocks.) The cats are much healthier now, especially in their teeth.

Just my 42 cents!

See, that's the beauty of wet food. All the first ingredients are animals. There's really no filler at all, particularly with the kitten foods. I haven't figured out yet why it's ok to give that crap to adult cats, but then I'm not trying to make millions of dollars scamming pet owners.

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