Q: Does anyone else's cat only like science diet?

July 18, 2008 | By Jessica H. | 2 answers | Expired: 2752 days ago

Jessica H.

I got my cat from the animal control and science diet food brand donates food there. so my cat ate that food for a while. after he finished his free bag, we got him cheaper cat food from wal-mart. he would eat it for about a week then only eat one flavor in the cat food than just not want it anymore. I tried different brands and the same thing happens. so finally i broke down and buying the expensive science diet. oh and when i got my puppy from the same place and got the free science diet puppy food. my cat saw the white bag and thought that it was his food, he jumped up shelves to get it. so i was wondering if anyone else has a cat that will only eat science diet?
I am not asking advice on cat food. I am a college student, paying for science diet is enough already i do not want to buy more expensive cat food that my cat will probably will not like. I was wondering if there is addictive stuff in cat food.

Readers' Answers (2)

Jul 19, 2008

I work for a vet and we NEVER recommend foods that are or like Science Diet, Iams, Beneful, Pedigree, Kibbles N Bits!

Ingredients in Science Diet are horrible for your cat and a lesser quality food is even worse!!!!

Chicken By-product Meal Chicken by-product meal consists of the dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines -- exclusive of feathers except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices.

Chicken by-product meal is an inconsistent ingredient because of the multiple organs used, their constantly changing proportions, and their questionable nutritional value. Chicken by-product meal is much less expensive and less digestible than chicken meal

Ground Corn Ground corn is the entire corn kernel, ground or chopped.

Corn products are commonly used in pet foods as a main protein source. Because corn products are lacking in certain amino acids such as methionine, arginine and taurine, they are not as nutritious as the high quality meats used in better pet food products.

Brewer's Rice Brewer's rice is the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice.

Brewer's rice is a lower quality rice product that is missing many of the nutrients found in ground rice and ground brown rice. Again better quality foods use only whole ingredients, with their nutrients still intact.

Animal Fat Animal fat is obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial process of rendering or extracting.

Animal fat is a by-product of meat meal processing. The origin of the contributing animals is never known, and the resulting oil is very low in linoleic acid -- an essential fatty acid that is important for skin and coat health.

Corn Gluten Meal Corn gluten meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.

Corn gluten meal is a low ash source of protein and acts as a urine acidifier in some of our cat food formulas. It to be only a cheap protein filler when used in this manner.

Chicken Liver Flavor
Chicken liver is the hepatic gland of a chicken.

Chicken liver is used in pet foods primarily as a flavor enhancer. Many quality pet foods do not use liver because this organ can potentially contain a disproportionate amount of toxins from the blood.

The flavoring in natural pet foods comes from the all natural, meats, fruits and vegetables in our products.

Lastly cats are true carnivores and need meat protein NOT carbs, by-product and corn. Your cat may have many health issues when they get older and they could have been prevented by feeding a quality food.
I like www.naturapet.com for a pet food comparison chart.
Your puppy needs a better food also!

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Sabrina S.

Jul 19, 2008

Switching foods can be very difficult, especially if you are switching to a lower grade food. Science Diet is only recommended by vets right now because it is number one on the market. But it has several very questionable ingredients, so imagine the ingredients in a cheaper food. Meat by products, corn meal, animal fat? You should try switching to an all natural food. Cats need a very low ash content food because they are so prone to urinary tract infections. And, with whole ingredients, your cat stays full longer, meaning you will be feeding him less. I would recommend trying Solid Gold or Wellness, sold at Petco, and if your cat still refuses, try buying some canned foods from Wellness to mix in with the dry. Canned foods are also very good for your cat as they do not have a very strong thirst drive. This can cause urinary tract infections as well and canned foods provide the water content they need. Check out the ingredients in Wellness at this website. www.wellnesspetfood.com/cat_index.html
It is more expensive, but it pays for itself by helping your cat stay full and live a longer life. :D

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