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Old 09-03-2010, 08:16 PM
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Any of the canned grain-, veggie-, fruit-, and fish-free varieties are good.

I feed my fosters the Wellness and Natural Balance grain-frees flavors, but Go! Natural, Natura and Natures' Variety also make grain-free canned foods.

Good luck with the switch! (And good on you for recognizing the detrimental effects of feeding kibble!!)

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Old 09-03-2010, 08:18 PM
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Try not to feed too much fish, it is often addictive and something about the bone to meat ratio can lead to urinary issues, not sure exactly how it works.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:52 AM
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Weruva is a pretty good food, and there is a lot of variety. I find it's easier for people with picky cats to find something that they like. Some of the Weruva is stew-like, but others are more like a gel. Mack & Jack, for instance, is not like a stew, but Meow Luau is. Just be careful because a lot of their fish flavors have tuna in them.

Prowl is really good, but I've had a lot of people say they couldn't get their cats to eat it. I've never tried it with my own, but the store cats eat it just fine.

Nature's Logic isn't bad. They have probably the lowest moisture content around, and my cats really like the food. The rabbit is their favorite. I also like that they don't use a vitamin pack. They get all the required vitamins and whatnot naturally from the food.

Raw is always a nice option, as well. That is what mine get for most of their meals, and they love it. They're both in fantastic shape with clean and healthy teeth. Even if you don't switch completely to raw, you could feed the occasional raw meaty bone to them so they can clean their teeth.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:15 AM
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Eventually, when we move to a place with a kitchen that more than half a person can fit into, I want him switched to raw. I've been looking into canning your own cat food as well.

I don't know if maybe he is just being the ridiculous kitten he is, or if the food switch so far has done it, but this morning I noticed I'd never seen him as energetic. Energy was a big thing for him, he seemed to tire out fairly quickly even when he got bored and did his regular apartment dashes. This morning I don't think his paws were on the floor for more than ten minutes total, LOL. His stool is better too, already.
The only issue I've had so far is that he is a horribly messy eater and needs a bib. His face just smells like cat food, and unfortunately he is a face cuddler so I got a nasty surprise this morning on the couch after he'd finished eating.

He is eating it like he's never eaten before though. Right now it is just purina wet food because I wanted to make sure he would touch something not coated in flavoured powder. Plus, I'm not within walking distance to any pet stores other than a dog boutique (though I'm going to go this week and ask the owner if he could possibly order some cat food in for me, since he carries only high quality brands and when we bought Rock's harness and leash, he gave us loads of free cat stuff after hearing that we rescued him).

Thanks again, everyone. I'm glad I'm making the switch away from kibble. I feel just horrible that he has been only fed kibble his entire life but at least we are changing his situation now.
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:55 PM
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I'm glad he's liking the wet food so far, some cats that have been on dry for a long time absolutely refuse any wet at all. So even if it is purina, it's a good sign that he shouldn't be too hard to get onto the better stuff eventually.

Energy is one of the first things I noticed when I got Neko onto wet food (poop might have been the VERY first thing) I think dry food can have a sugar high effect, they get hyper from the sugar and carbs and then crash and feel sluggish. Wet food just provides good, protein packed energy (even lower quality ones tend to have more animal protein than lots of dry foods). plus Neko had been overweight so dropping the extra poundage did wonders for his energy.

Don't feel bad about not feeding wet before, nobody tells us these things, not the vet, not the stores, not the place we get the cat. At least you took the time to get educated eventually and decided to do something about it, that's the best thing you can do.

Keep us updated on how he likes the wet.
Wow. Never heard that before. Does that count for dogs too?
I haven't the slightest idea. I've only heard it in reference to cats, they might just be more sensitive or maybe it doesn't affect dogs at all. Probably something to look into.

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:21 PM
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Here's a good list to get you started:

California Natural
Go Natural
Nature's Variety (Instinct and Prairie)
Nature's Logic
Tiki Cat
Blue Buffalo
Chicken Soup
Natural Balance
Honest Kitchen's Prowl
Solid Gold
Taste of the Wild
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