The Complicated Issue of Choosing the Right Cat Food


Since I wrote this, our cat’s diet has changed again. I now make my own raw cat food and mix it with a can of Earthborne Hollistic cat food. I still give them dry too but this time it is because Chris will not eat much of the wet food.

Bad Cat Chris

Our cats eatingI was asked the other day what I feed our cats and I felt like I couldn’t reply without an explanation. I am currently not feeding our cats an ideal diet and I want to change that (and hopefully I will soon), but it is not as easy as it seems. I want to explain how I got to this point, what I learned, and what I may try next to improve our cats’ diet.

Rose and I have had cats since we moved in together a few months before we married in 1999. She had one cat, Sneakers, and fed him Iams dry food. Over the next several years we gained more cats and switched back and forth between several brands of dry food such as Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, Science Diet, Max Cat, Pro Plan and then back to Iams again. All…

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13 thoughts on “The Complicated Issue of Choosing the Right Cat Food

  1. weggieboy

    You aren’t kidding about the matter of feeding one the right food for one’s cats! I think there are as many ideas on that as there are for people. Everyone has an opinion, and there are more amateur nutritionists than cats to experiment on!

    All I know is one of my cats has allergies, and chicken-based wet and dry foods are about all he can eat comfortably. My other cat, the first cat’s brother, can eat anything with out problems, but I feed him the same food as his brother.

    I do make an effort to feed them food appropriate for their stage of life since they are neutered males. They are ideal weight for their age and size according to their veterinarian, so I’m doing something right! (Neutered needn’t mean fat if you pay attention to what your pet eats.)

    Good luck sorting out your cats’ nutritional needs!

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  2. easyweimaraner

    it’s like graduating somehow… I oftern need more time to read the backside of the bags than I need for the whole grocerie shopping. We wait now for the new food we ordered after I read 87 product reviews… or more… it’s like buying a lottery ticket… we always hope that we win LOL

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  3. The Island Cats

    The mom always tries to feed us the same stuff, but with Wally’s kidney issues now, that has changed. We won’t eat raw, well, ‘cept for Ernie. He likes the Stella & Chewy freeze dried raw food.

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  4. elizabetcetera

    I have got so much to say on this subject, but it will have to wait until I’m at a real keyboard. I have been making our two cats raw food for over 3 years now.

    Thanks for sharing your experience Charles … I’ll be back to share mine!

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  5. databbiesotrouttowne

    guyz….de food servizz gurl noez what yur dad meenz….what werkz for one… doez knot all wayz werk for de other; this in both peepulz N petz….

    at age 19 boomer eatz what ever he wantz; just sew he IZ eatin…..

    dai$y refusez kibble N haz all her 14 yeerz oh life sew she getz canned; therz enuff variettee oh canned in de pantree ta start an online shop…

    tuna haz developed fish allurgeez much two hiz dizz content N iz now on grain free burd flavorz; which pretty much limitz hiz choice…….

    noe one in trout towne will eat raw but chowin down on a nice hunk oh cooked pork roast goez over grate……

    grain free kibble iz avail a bull 24/7 at tuna’s houz bee coz de food gurl haz crazed werk hourz N noe set schedule two a heer two……

    sorree for ramblin ….we think we knead a snax !! 🙂 ♥♥♥

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  6. Summer

    My human still gives me and Boodie commercially-prepared raw food (Binga gets a lower phosphorus canned diet) because she can’t get it together to make it herself!

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