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Old 06-07-2009, 12:51 AM
 
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My mother got her 1st cat a couple years ago and loves it to death but only feeeds it hard food with water and nothing else. So I'm a little conerned because we always gave our cats water, milk, soft, moist + hard foods. What do you guys think, ok to do that or not recommended?
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:13 AM
 
Location: California
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Must vets will tell you a HIGH QUALITY diet of dry food with an unending supply of fresh water is fine. Adding moist food adds moisture to the diet which is good, since some cats don't tend to have a high intake of water.
By the way....milk is not good for cats...most are lactose intolerant.

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Both our cats have never had anything but dry food..usually Purina Cat Chow, or Purina One.
Recently, our older cat was losing weight, so I decided to get her some, very expensive, canned catfood for seniors to help her gain weight and help keep her healthy. Although she loved it, her hair started falling out. I don't get why, because it was supposed to be nutritionally complete.
Anyway, she's now back to the dry, supplemented with the occasional rodent, and she looks and acts much better. This is fine with me, since canned food is messy, it smells, and requires more effort and expense than just keeping dry always available when the cat wants it.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Dry food is mainly for human convenience. Cats in the wild don't eat cereal; they eat meat.

Good reading:

Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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^ Reps 2 u, Hanna B! I need not repeat the wisdom here!
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Here we go again. Tripod, I feed my cats dry food nearly all of the time, but I occasionally give them a can of wet food just to break the monotony. They actually prefer the dry food! It is "Hill's Science Diet c/d" from the vet. My cats are both 14 years old and in excellent health.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:48 PM
 
Location: California
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Originally Posted by Hanna B. View Post
Dry food is mainly for human convenience. Cats in the wild don't eat cereal; they eat meat.

Good reading:

Feeding Your Cat** Know the [LEFT]Basi[/LEFT]
Which is why I emphasized the high quality
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Here we go again.
Yeah.

My cats also prefer dry food. No amount of manipulation or withholding the dry food on my part will get them to eat wet food on a regular basis. So I buy them the best dry food I can afford, give them wet food in the hopes that they'll at least lick off the gravy, make sure they have plenty of water (I entice them with ice cubes; they love to bat them around in the bowl) and am done with it.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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My cats drink LOTS of water. I always keep a big water bowl handy with fresh water in it. The cats are doing fine. They like wet food as an occasional diversion, but they don't eat much of it and come around meowing for their dry food a few hours later!
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
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I feed my cat 70% dry food and 30% wet food. I will alternate between the two but I also feed him a very high quality diet, so high carbs isn't a concern if I was feeding some junk like purina or science diet (seriously, do your research that food is garbage). I feed my dog and cat Blue Buffalo brand foods.

At first it looks more expensive because the bag costs more but you are feeding less food to the animal. On one brand (pupppy chow) I'd have to feed my German Shepherd 6 cups a day as opposed to the 3 cups I had to feed on the Blue Buffalo. Same goes with the cat food. You have to wonder what kind of crap they fill those foods with to make them have to eat so much compared to the highest quality brands.

http://www.bluebuff.com/
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