Q: Whats a good kitten food?????
July 28, 2009 | By Meghan S. | 8 answers | Expired: 1709 days ago
I just got a new kitten and i wasnt really sure what would be a good food for her. I was thinking about purchasing purina one naturall because i eard natural is better but if anyone can give me some of their prefrences it would be appreciated.. I only want the best for my kitten when food and health come in thank yall......
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Aug 04, 2009
To Meghan and everyone else,
Amber is right on and that's why I feed my dogs and cats Life's Abundance!
go to www.passion4pethealth.com
This food is only available online from independent distributors like myself. I was outraged as a pet parent when I discovered how Iams and Science Diet, Purina, etc were deceiving me into thinking they had my pets best interest at heart. Basically anything you can buy commercially is questionable. The regulations (AAFCO) are not regulated very closely at all....remember the 2007 pet food recall? ....even so called "all natural company's" had products on the list...what does that tell you? Its a very sad reality.
If you'd like to join my mission to spread the word about commercial dog food dangers, help pets and help yourself make extra income, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best!
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Jul 29, 2009
I also, like Jolene, fed all my kittens Purina kitten chow and then when they were old enough slowly mixed in adult Purina food. I have cats that are 12, 9 and 1 and we feed them all Purina one hairball and healthy weight dry food and that seems to work well. They also get Friskies canned food in addition.
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Jul 29, 2009
if you want to feed your pet "natural" then your heart is most definitely in the right place, but a lot of people are suckers for anything that claims to be "natural", even though this term has no definition with the AAFCO and guarantees nothing about the quality of the product. besides that, any number of undesirable ingredients could, in a broad, technical sense, be called "natural", even though they're not the best thing for your pet. you're right to educate yourself before simply going out and buying.
trying to find the "right" food for your pet just might be the most frustrating part of having a pet, because there generally isn't one particular "right" answer. obviously the food you choose has to fit into your budget. sheltervet summed it up pretty well. the absolute #1 ingredient that just makes my skin crawl is anything simply described as "animal"..."animal fat", "animal by-product meal", etc. these animals can include stuff like road kill, dead zoo animals...and it's not unheard of for deceased pets left at vet's offices and from shelters to make it into the mix, either. eesh. in any case, as a rule, you're not going to find a good pet food in a grocery store. for that, you've got to go to a pet store. PetSmart and Pet Co will have a decent selection, but definitely check out local pet stores. a good Mom-N-Pop pet store can have an amazing variety of excellent pet foods, and may even have surprisingly good prices. in my area, a local pet store beats PetSmart and Pet Co 9 times out of 10 on prices. just make sure the store doesn't sell puppies or kitties. these animal certainly came from deplorable conditions, and you wouldn't want your money going to fund a store that supports puppy mills.
of course, the pickier you get about your ingredients, the more the food is going to cost...at least in most cases. Science Diet will cost you an arm and a leg but still has by-products, wheat and corn as the primary ingredients in most of their foods. but let's start small. let's say that you just want a pet food that has basically "natural" ingredients with no by-products. in my experience, most pet foods that will go to the trouble of excluding by-products also avoid wheat, soy, and usually corn too. a relatively inexpensive pet food that it free of by-products, wheat, corn, and soy is Premium Edge. i tried feeding this to my kitties but it didn't settle well with them, though my dog is doing well on their dog food. just because it didn't work for my cats doesn't necessarily make it a bad food...cats are all different, that's part of what makes finding the "right" food for them so tricky. also, By Nature (available at PetSmart) has a customer loyalty program (by 10 bags the same size get 1 free), plus an excellent variety of canned foods and kibbles both, including a USDA organic option. if you want to cut out grain altogether, Taste of the Wild is relatively inexpensive and is what my kitties are eating now. there is only 1 cat formula, and it is formulated for all life stages, so it would be OK for a kitten. now, it's good that your cat get some fiber in their diet. it helps pass hairballs. grains just aren't necessarily the best source, as they are fairly common allergens for cats. instead, Taste of the Wild, like many grain-free cat foods, uses peas and sweet potatoes for fiber. now, sooner or later, someone is going to tell you that potatoes are bad for cats. bear in mind that "sweet potatoes" are potatoes in name only. technically, they're *not* potatoes. and then beyond grain-free there are raw and homemade options. there are some commercially available raw cat food options, but i've never tried any, and there is a lot of debate over whether or not raw diets are really a good idea, and both sides make good points. and if you're thinking of making your cat's food yourself, definitely consult a vet first to be on the safe side.
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Jul 29, 2009
Just because a food claims to be "natural" doesn't mean that it is. Purina One Naturals is a average food, at best. Here is a breakdown of the first ten ingredients in Purina One Natural Blends Chicken and Oatmeal Formula:
Chicken: good, whole chicken meat, a good protein source
corn gluten meal: protein derived from corn, which cats cannot digest. Best case scenario, it's a filler, providing no good nutrition. Worst case, it's an immune supressant and primary allergen.
poultry by-product meal: rendered waste product from poultry production. Can contain beaks, feathers, feet, bones, diseased carcasses, and unformed eggs from any of a number of bird species. All parts unfit for human consumption.
oat meal: actually a decent carbohydrate source.
brown rice: another good carbohydrate... but cats are carnivores, and need more meat than carbs.
whole grain wheat: ANOTHER carbohydrate, and this one is similar to corn in that it's relatively undigestible, and a potential allergen and immune suppressant.
whole grain corn: ANOTHER carb, corn again. Corn and wheat have no business in any dog or cat food.
animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E): Fat is a good thing, and a vital part of carnivore nutrition... but the bad thing is that when they don't tell you what SPECIES of animal a fat or meat comes from, it often means that it is rancid fat rendered from any animal scraped off the road. Yes, seriously. "Animal fat" could well come from roadkill. Appetizing, no?
soy protein isolate: soy protein (like the corn gluten meal listed second in these ingredients) is less than ideal for a carnivore, especially an obligate carnivore like a cat. They need their protein MEAT based. But soy is cheaper than meat, so many companies throw soy protein in the food, so they can use less meat and claim a high protein level. Not exactly honest or healthy.
natural flavor: what is this product, exactly? "Natural flavor" can mean anything from broth to blood to feces. Yes, really, feces. In this quality of food, a food that uses rendered meat waste and roadkill, it'd be safe to assume that they might just put feces in the food and call it "natural flavor."
And these ingredients are what the Purina company calls a "Natural Blend." Not terribly natural to feed a carnivore a diet with twice as many carbohydrates as meat, is it? Not terribly natural to feed a beloved pet roadkill and feces, either. And the below-recommended Science Diet isn't really any better. There are plenty of much better kitty foods available these days, it just takes some searching to find them. Feel free to click on my name above and read some of my journal entries, in which I discuss pet food brands and ingredients.
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Jul 28, 2009
Science Diet hands down! I've had 10 cats throughout the years and they've eaten Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet too and they've all lived and are currently living very long, happy, and very healthy lives! I'm not much on their wet food but I feel the dry is superior and they offer lots of different types, even in the kitten line!
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