What's the best kitten food?

What's the best kitten food? Topic: What's the best kitten food?
October 20, 2019 / By Brodie
Question: I recently got two 6 weeks old kitten. I started them on Purina One. They tend to prefer wet food than dry food. I feed them ProPlan Kitten (Ocean Whitefish and Tuna) as wet food. Most of the local stores carry Friskies and Fancy Feast. After reading the bad review about Friskies, I don't want to switch. Do anyone have good kitten (dry & wet) food in mind?
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Ailward Ailward | 8 days ago
I'm wondering why you have two kittens that are a few weeks too young to be away from their mothers? Purina One, ProPlan, Friskies, Fancy Feast... all of these are low quality cat foods. Plus, wet food is better for cats anyway. Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your cat? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot. Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets. Thankfully, there are some excellent cat foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption. Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Meow Mix. Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Felidae, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics. Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop! Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.) A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Diets high in grain have been attributed to problems with diabetes in cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, so why should there be grain in their diet? Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, and Sold Gold Indigo Moon, Taste of the Wild. Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them. Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/ Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. Another option for feeding cats is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted: http://www.rawfedcats.org/ http://www.rawfed.com/ http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml Now the question is, do you feed wet or dry? Wet is the correct answer. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don't drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least (cats barely even chew their dry food and, really, does a pretzel clean /your/ teeth? Cats should have their teeth brushed with cat toothbrushes and cat toothpaste at least a few times a week as well as see the vet for dental cleanings when necessary /regardless/ of what they are being fed). Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat's natural diet. More on why canned food is best: http://www.catinfo.org/ (Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet) http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4.php http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm Another option to get cats to drink more would be a cat fountain. Cats tend to like to drink from running water and cat fountains see to that need, encouraging cats to take in more water. More: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. It's for dogs, but most of the high quality brands also put out excellent cat foods. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)
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Ailward Originally Answered: How can I deal with this food-aggressive kitten?
He may grow out of it - or he may not. I have one that is still a 'problem' and he's been with me 5 years ..... Not as bad as he was, but still has issues (and is the only cat in the house who is overweight). In any case, you can try feeding them in different areas, and putting down two or more bowls. Feed him first or he'll just go after the other's food. Worse case, feed the others their canned in a separate room. While it may seem sensible to feed him in a separate room, this won't encourage the others to eat their food. I had one entire litter of foster kittens like that - we called them the pirhanna kittens, LOL! It may be if he feels he doesn't have to 'compete' with the others for food, his behavior will get a bit better. Stainless steel is fine for bowls, it's sanitary and easy to clean. I have a mix of stainless and ceramic ones, would have more of the stainless but they are quite expensive. I get stoneware from the thrift stores - my kitties all eat from Pfaltzcraft dishes :)

Suzanna Suzanna
The principles are the same whether you're looking for a food for a kitten or a cat. Nature made cats to eat meat, not grains, so the food you feed has to be a meat-based one. This means no corn, and no by-products. Corn is a cheap filler with no nutritional value for our cats. By-products are another cheap filler. By-products are NOT meat, they are scrap "parts" that have been deemed unfit for human consumption. They include such tasty things as beaks, hides, tendons, intestines, spleens - no real meat. The first ingredient of your food should be a meat or meat meal, not a by-product or by-product meal. There should be no corn, and no wheat or corn gluten. The idea of a special kitten food is really a marketing gimmick. If you feed a premium food, it's suitable for all cats and kittens. Pick up a bag of a premium food like Wellness Core, EVO, or California Natural. Now compare it to a grocery store kitten chow, and you'll see that there is more nutrition in the all-life-stages premium foods than the special kitten one from the grocery store. My own foster kittens are fed Innova's EVO (mostly canned) and they thrive. For your kittens, I'd highly suggest any of the premium canned. Wellness, EVO, California Natural - all good brands. The Wellness is easy to get, as it's available in Petco now. If price is important, Petsmart's own Authority brand is a fine food that's lower in price.
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Raschelle Raschelle
i would buy blue seal it has no wheat no soy additives and no meat by-products it is really the healthiest to feed them it is a little bit hard to find but it is in feed stores it about 21 for A 20 pound bag but well worth it also if they have worms witch all kittens due when they are born it helps control them not kill them so the still would need to be de wormed but it is a wounder full cat food they also make it for dogs to http://www.blueseal.com/ this is here website so you can see for your self also you can buy there food there to Features & Benefits of blue seal High–quality proteins help fuel the development and repair of muscles and organs, while taurine promotes strong heart and eye health. Fish meal, a natural source of omega–3 fatty acids, promotes a healthy skin and a sleek coat. Healthy whole grains such as ground barley and ground oats help maximize nutrient absorption and long–term digestive tract health; yeast culture aids in nutrient utilization. A balanced calcium to phosphorus ratio helps stimulate the development of strong teeth and bones. A complete vitamin and mineral package offers powerful antioxidants and bio–available minerals essential for a healthy immune system, especially in times of stress and activity. A balanced calcium to phosphorous ratio and low magnesium content contribute to maintaining overall urinary tract health.
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Merideth Merideth
Food that your feral kittens enjoy, dig right in with smell isn't too strong. I recommend these brands:- 1-Purina One Kitten Growth & Dev http://amzn.to/1kZqi0y 2-Fancy Feast Gourmet Kitten Food http://amzn.to/T53L84 3-Meow Mix Kitten Li'l Nibbles Dry Cat Food http://amzn.to/1kx3TrK
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Leone Leone
I use Science Diet kitten food. (dry) mine perfer that over the cheaper brands.Even my adult cats rather eat that instead of the age appropriate food I was given them.
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Jordi Jordi
I heard Felidae, Innova, or Wellness. They're not at Petco or anything. You could try their websites or amazon to order them.
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Jordi Originally Answered: Whats a good KITTEN food?
First off, dry food is the best food for cats! People who say dry food is bad just haven't found the right brand. Dry and wet can be horrible depending on the brand. Food being "wet" doesn't automatically make it better. Dry food is seen as causing diabetes because most people buy the cheapest dry food for their cat which is PACKED with sugars. However, its not because the food is dry. Thats like saying that gummy worms are better for you than m&m's because they're soft which is ridiculous. It's all candy that is NOT healthy. Basically cheap cat food is like candy. Feeding wet food consistently causes tooth/gum decay. However, it's important to feed the right brand as a lot of brands such as science diet and eukanuba are packed with fillers (rice) that have no nutritional value for you pet. Cheap brands like friskies and meow mix are filled with sugars and fat that smell nice to the kitten, but again, are not healthy in the least. You want to look at the ingredients and make sure the first ingredient is a meat by the actual name (chicken/beef) OR something that says chicken meal/beef meal etc. That means the meat has come from a healthy part of the animal. You don't want the cat eating the leftover junk from the chicken or cow. Some foods can cause allergies, but it has nothing to do with the wetness or dryness of it. It has to do with WHERE on the cow or chicken the meat is from and where the wheat or corn is from and WHAT PART of the corn or wheat is used. Some food brands use only the corn meal which is ok for cats, but some brands grind the whole corn kernel which is NOT ok for cats. These factors are the one that cause problems with dry food, not the dryness. Its important now to soften the dry food with a tablespoon or two of warm water so it's easier for the cat to chew. Once the kitten is about 6 months you can start feeding the food dry straight from the bag as well as feeding wet food from a pouch or a can 2-3 times a week. Best Brands: Max Cat (less expensive) Nutro (more expensive) (You can buy these brands at a specialty pet store like petsmart. As a rule, anything you can buy in a grocery store is bad for your cat. They call them "grocery" brands for a reason). REMEMBER: dry food is best! Don't let anyone tell you different unless you want your cat's teeth to fall out. :) its not about *cleaning* the teeth, but rather keeping the teeth and jaws healthy through regular use. It's also the shape of the kibble that matters. I still take my cats to have their teeth cleaned. Tooth enamel is one of the hardest things in the body of mammals, so how is some crumble little kibble going to shatter teeth...? it doesn't make sense.

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