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Shamed On Fb For Feeding Ff Purely

Discussion in 'Cat Nutrition' started by Hollis'sMom, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Hollis'sMom

    Hollis'sMom Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Apr 4, 2019
    North Carolina
    We adopted an adult female a couple weeks ago who was mostly fed dry, so we thought we'd start to slowly incorporate in some wet food for her to try. I have bought the Tiny Tiger, Blue Buffalo, and Fancy Feast Purely. She tried the FF last night and LOVED it. I posted on a FB group and got shamed for feeding this food. It's first ingredient is meat and it has no fillers or by-products, so I thought it wasn't a bad food. I admit being new to owning a feline, and am very open to constructive criticism, but felt kinda awful for giving her this food after the comment that was made about it being junk. :sigh: What are your opinions?
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  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

    Jan 9, 2018
    Colorado USA
    My opinions? It's nasty and rude for anybody to make snarky comments about the food that a person is giving a cat. I'm so sorry that happened to you!

    Number two, the foods you are feeding - all of them - are decent foods, you read the ingredient lists correctly and you were/are right in your estimation of them.

    In particular, when you find a food that your cat likes, you are extremely fortunate compared to those of us who have the infamous "finicky felines", and my personal opinion is that feeding a variety of brands can be a very good thing. The manufacturers change their recipes frequently these days and there might be a time when the food your cat loves is rejected. Having a menu that you can choose from means a lot less panic on your part because your cat will be able to continue eating.

    Number three - I'm SO glad you're here!

    You mentioned you're a new cat owner, so if you don't mind, let me post a couple of articles that this excellent site has put together :) and THANK YOU for adopting your new furbaby :thumbsup:

    First-time Cat Owner's Guide

    How To Make Your Home Bigger (at Least For Your Cats)

  3. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

    Feb 23, 2016
    Wales uk
    I have tried all kinds of wet food, grain free, LID, you name it, I've bought it and thrown it out. My boy will only eat Sheba in gravy wet food so that's what I give him, its not the best but its better than all dry IMO. Dont worry what others have said, you do the best you can.

  4. Hollis'sMom

    Hollis'sMom Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Apr 4, 2019
    North Carolina

    Thank you so much for the warm welcome and making me feel like not such a bad mom! I will definitely check out the articles, as I need all the knowledge I can get. She seems to like her dry food ok, but she did vomit up a little of the Tiny Tiger, maybe it just didn't agree with her. I love this site already and everyone seems very nice and willing to share and be helpful! Thank you again for being so kind, I am happy to be here to share my new kiddo with you guys :grouphug2:
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  5. Hollis'sMom

    Hollis'sMom Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Apr 4, 2019
    North Carolina
    Thank you so much! She doesn't seem to be picky, but she has eaten dry most of her life and she will be 7 in July, so she gets pretty excited at the wet food!
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  6. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

    Jul 28, 2018
    The unfortunate truth of life is there is always someone (or several) who enjoy telling people they are wrong about anything.

    Those are good foods. I've raised a lot of cats on Friskies to venerable ages (16- 19 years). I offered FF when I got down to two cats and they did very well on it. One lived to be 17. The other recovered from her diabetes ( I don't know if this was related to the FF or not. She was insulin dependent and had a hard time keeping her weight up.)

    The best food is the food your cat will eat and that you can afford. No food out there is free of complaints on the Net. You looked for the ingredients in the best manner possible.

    Oh, and hi, how are you? Glad to have you here.

  7. Hollis'sMom

    Hollis'sMom Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Apr 4, 2019
    North Carolina

    You are so right about that, sometimes makes me want to delete my FB, but I do have some really great friends that I've never met in person on there, so I'm not letting the jerks push me away just yet! Thank you for your advice and support. We of course want to take the best care of our new girl as we possibly can. I appreciate the kind reply and the warm welcome, I am happy to be here :)

  8. kittyluv387

    kittyluv387 TCS Member Top Cat

    Sep 10, 2015
    There are better foods than ff, especially for older cats but it's decent. Way better than any dry food and quite a few canned brands.
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  9. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

    Jul 28, 2018
    And there are worse foods than FF that are more expensive. Read the ingredients every month. the companies keep changing them. some times it's enough to make the cats stop eating the food, sometimes it seems as though it's just to make owners crazy.
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  10. kittyluv387

    kittyluv387 TCS Member Top Cat

    Sep 10, 2015
    Sometimes that's not enough either. You have to email the companies to get protein, fat, carb and phosphorus percentages.

    Lotus comes to mind as an example. They promote natural and have expensive products yet their carbs are over 20 percent.
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  11. Elphaba09

    Elphaba09 TCS Member Super Cat

    Sep 6, 2018
    NE Ohio
    I am sorry that you had such a crappy experience. I have nine cats. One has the most sensitive stomach known to earth. The only food she can keep down is Purina Naturals dry and Friskies pate. I did have some luck for a while with Nutro Max, but, after a couple of months, she started vomiting it up again. I have tried many of the more expensive brands. She can just not stomach them.

    Feeding your cat the best food you can afford and that they like (and do not vomit up all the time!) is being a good cat mom.

  12. amethyst

    amethyst TCS Member Alpha Cat

    Nov 25, 2016
    Alberta, Canada
    I know how you feel, I have 10 cats, so I can't afford to feed wet food all the time, I feed NutraSource dry and Friskies pate and get chewed out of that, (even on this forum). At the end of the day though it's your cat, and what may be great for one cat might not work for another, that is why their are so many food choices. Also, there really are plenty of cats that lived long healthy lives not being fed the "top name brands". I've also noticed that the cheaper foods like the Friskies wet, Fancy Feast, etc don't have all the recalls and pet deaths you keep hearing about with the so called "best" food brands, so that's got to be saying something.

    A good site to use for looking at cat foods is http://catfooddb.com/
    you can see what each food is rated compared to others, and why. For example they down rate foods that have questionable ingredients, there isn't enough proof to say it's definitely bad, it just might be. Things like "meat by-products" (a common thing people claim is horrible), are really anything that is not "meat" which includes things like, organs, skin, feathers, bones, etc, these are all things that a cat would normally eat. Although we just eat the meat, cats actually need and are designed to eat pretty much the whole animal.
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  13. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

    Mar 1, 2009
    South Dakota
    Yep. Well, except that by-products aren't supposed to contain more than an "incidental" amount of feathers, but everything else, yep. Cats eat the whole animal; there's nothing wrong with by-products. Now, many people avoid "by-product meal" in a dry food, because meals can be made with 4-D animals (dead, dying, diseased, down), and that just seems squicky, but, hey, I've seen cats eat roadkill too so I guess they're not too picky.

    What kind of group was it? If it was some kind of all-natural sort of group, well, you have to know your audience. And remember, everybody has opinions and some stink more than others ;). So, look at what they say to see if there's anything to it, and if not, ignore it.

    That's one problem with the internet---you get everybody's opinions, all the time. Before the internet, you only knew the opinions of your closest friends and whoever cared enough to talk on TV or publish an article you read somewhere. So our brains still haven't adapted.
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  14. amethyst

    amethyst TCS Member Alpha Cat

    Nov 25, 2016
    Alberta, Canada
    I was using that as an example of it could be bad but not necessarily is. There are people that just automatically say/think that all animal by-products are dead, dying, diseased, and down animals, which is not true. Just because it can be doesn't mean it definitely is. Also yeah I was thinking more like leftover feathers after the bird has been plucked (well I knew what I meant, lol), like you can sometimes get when you buy a chicken or turkey at the store.
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  15. danteshuman

    danteshuman TCS Member Top Cat

    Mar 27, 2017
    :welcomesign: Hello and I’m sorry someone was rude to you on FB about taking care of your baby!

    My last cat passed and he was a little dry food junkie who only ate half a can of wet food once a day. So when I got a kitten I wanted to do right by him and feed him mainly wet food. Unfortunately the little twerp are some of the adult cats fancy feast tuna and then refused his RoyalCanine kitten food! I struggled to find a healthy-ish brand he would eat .... preferably without fish in it every day! He lives the Sheba perfect portions so it is what I feed him, along with some gravy lover’s fancy feast, my best friend variety pouches and friskies lil soup which is like kitty ice cream! He also gets Taste of the Wild in Salmon/Trout but he eats at most 1/4 cup a day of dry. Not counting dry food he costs me at least $70 a month in wet food .... if I fed him dry only he would cost me 35$ a month.

    Everyone has different budgets and views. So whatever you choose is fine. I feed my boy wet food because I figured the cheapest wet food is better than the most expensive dry food. Cats are carnivores and meant to eat meat not corn, wheat or potatoes. However I have known many cats that have lived very long lived on science diet. So please whatever you choose don’t feel guilty. By keeping your cat indoors (& with regular vet care) you are vastly extending their lives no matter what you feed them!
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  16. maggiedemi

    maggiedemi TCS Member Top Cat

    Mar 26, 2017
    I agree completely with what she said. I love this thread. :grouphug:

    Friskies & Fancy Feast pates seem to work best for my furkids. They also like Sheba Cuts.

  17. MoonstoneWolf

    MoonstoneWolf Cat Food Bowl Referee Top Cat

    Apr 15, 2019
    My indoor cat lived to be 23 years old and ate the dry food and Friskies, Meow Mix all her life. And having for 23 years is a long life for her.
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  18. Uncled

    Uncled TCS Member Young Cat

    Feb 28, 2019
    Connecticut U.S.A.
    My two cats eat Fancy Feast pate and store brands comparable to Fancy Feast, they are healthy and active and most importantly they love the food I give them and always eat it no matter the protein source.

  19. mizzely

    mizzely TCS Member Super Cat

    Feb 17, 2017
    Fancy feast is one of the best foods in its price range, and it is easy to obtain. I've fed everything in your list to my cats without hesitation. The only reason I don't feed fancy feast right now is because my kitty decided she no longer likes it :(

    Does your cat like it? Do they do well on it? Are you able to afford it?

    Those are the main things to focus on. YES, ideal food for most cats is wet, high protein, moderate fat, and low carb, but if the first three things aren't satisfied, then the food is pointless!
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  20. lisahe

    lisahe TCS Member Top Cat

    Mar 23, 2014
    This is all so very true! I fully agree with the "ideal food" criteria and operate the same way but never forget that what doesn't work for my cats might work beautifully for other cats. I have pretty strong feelings about not wanting to feed certain ingredients (carbs!) but also realize that there are plenty of cats who only eat and do well on certain foods that have ingredients that I either can't or won't feed our cats because of their tetchy stomachs.

    What boggles my mind about the OP's experience on Facebook is that it was about feeding Fancy Feast Purely, a pretty decent food and thus a really strange one to pick on. Then again, I even feed our cats Sheba and Fancy Feast Classics, which -- horrors! ;) -- even have byproducts, which some people seem to think are practically a sign of end days or something. :devilish:
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