Topic: What's the best kitten food?
May 25, 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?
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:
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)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
2-Fancy Feast Gourmet Kitten Food
3-Meow Mix Kitten Li'l Nibbles Dry Cat Food
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.
I heard Felidae, Innova, or Wellness. They're not at Petco or anything. You could try their websites or amazon to order them.