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Discussion in 'Cat Nutrition' started by brittany., Jun 17, 2019.

  1. brittany.

    brittany. Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I am wanting to switch up on what I currently feed my cats.

    They are currently eating 9lives dry. I also feed them friskies wet canned food, but definitely want to switch from that after seeing a Facebook group full of sad stories.

    I have 3 cats. I don't mind paying a little more for food, but would also not like to break the bank.

    What do your fur babes eat?
     
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  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Hi!
    Actually, friskies canned just helped save my boy's life :)

    More generally speaking, he is one of those cats who imprinted on fancy feast and friskies as a kitten. I tried for three years to get him to switch to something else without a lot of luck.

    However, I do have Blue Wilderness, Merrick Backcountry and Natural Balance in the pantry that both he and I feel good about ;)
     
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  3. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    Hi there! Some good economy brands that I feed (we are on a one income household income at the moment) are:

    Fancy Feast
    Tiny Tiger (from chewy-dot-com)
    Abound/4Health (from Kroger and Tractor Supply, respectively- same formula)
    Crave
    Sheba

    Everything but the Tiny Tiger (which is essentially a cheaper Fancy Feast) can be found in Walmart/Target/what have you. Good luck!
     
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  4. brittany.

    brittany. Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you for all the suggestions!

    My cats enjoy friskies cat food, especially the gravy ones! However, I recently saw a post on facebook where a lady fed her cats friskies and her cat ended up getting very sick and dying After doing a little research it has happened to multiple cats. Friskies/purina aren't making this known at the time, so I am wanting to stay away from them.
     

  5. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I'd be cautious of what is posted on FB. A lot of times people don't tell the whole story.
     
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  6. brittany.

    brittany. Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    That is true. I just read a lot on the 'do you have purina friskies cat food complaints?' page on FB and it freaked me out. I figured it would be best to come here and ask on what you all recommend for food. :)
     

  7. amethyst

    amethyst TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I wonder if the person feeding her cat Friskies was feeding wet or dry. Friskies dry is a pretty terrible food, I have one cat that can't even stomach it. Friskies wet on the other hand, specifically the pates, aren't actually that bad. I feed my cats NutraSource dry and Friskies pates. (Not saying it's the best option, just it's the best I can afford with 10 cats, and is available in town).
     
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  8. mizzely

    mizzely TCS Member Super Cat

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    Remember too that without a necropsy (or even with!) it is really hard to determine if food is cause of death. Cats are really good at hiding sickness, so often people erroneously attribute an illness to food when it is not related. Friskies was the only food my cancer kitty could eat at the end and I'm thankful it gave me another 6 months with her that I may not have had otherwise :)

    For wet, I feed whatever is on sale that my cat likes lol. Tiny Tiger, American Journey, Soulistic, Weruva, and Sheba mostly.

    For dry food, I get more picky. I feed Wysong Epigen 90, but also like Dr. Elsey's Clean Protein, and Young Again. I go through a lot less dry food with the Wysong because it's high protein, moderate fat, and low carb which means they can eat less to feel full. So even though the price per lb seems high, I actually spend less on dry food than I used to!

    Other dry foods I would consider if needed are American Journey, Nature's Variety Instinct, and Tiki Cat Carnivore.
     
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  9. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    This is why I'm not on FB :headshake: There are plenty of people out there who will just post "OMG look at what this did to my pet! Do not buy this horrible death product! " stuff because they're bored, are a troll, etc. Even on cat-specific FB groups, you'll find those kind of people.

    Anyways, try a few different brands of foods to see what your cat likes. I personally feed commercial raw cat food.
     
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  10. Uncled

    Uncled TCS Member Young Cat

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    Mine eat Pate variety only. The brands feed are Fancy Feast, Aldi brand cat food called Heart to Tail il and a brand from Petvalu called Health Diet and just started to feed a brand called Paws Happy Life, they do get Orijen dry food in a treatt ball that they bat around to keep them busy, but that is just a snack for them,they have never had dry food for a meal.My point is don t break your budget feeding and don't equate expensive food with quality,Pet food manufacturers are slick when it comes to marketing . Hope this helps you
     
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  11. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    I 100% get what you are saying. However, aide from raising your own meat animals for your cats, you will never be able to control all the ingredients. :( Every major corporation (Purina, Mars, etc.) has had some sort of bad rap, and I'm not saying that they are perfect by any means. You just have to take that risk, as sad as it is, you know?
     
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