Best Canned Cat Food

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Best Canned Cat Food

This post was first released on January 28, 2010

I get the question, “What are the best canned cat foods?”  or “What is your favorite canned cat food?” at least 10 times a week.

My decision to put my cats on wet food came from reading this website by a veterinarian – Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM.  If you are looking to transition your kitty, this is where to start.

My favorite wet food is a variety of brands and flavors so that they don’t get hung up on having the same thing.  And, of course, flavors and brands that they will actually eat because at the end of the day, if they aren’t eating, that’s a whole other problem.

 Best Canned Cat Food

Whenever switching a kitty to new food, you’ve got to do it slowly and I also always use probiotics to prevent diarrhea.  I always have Purina Fortiflora Feline Nutritional Supplement Box on hand – the probiotics help with good bacteria in the stomach lining and my cats really like the flavor of the Purina Fortiflora.  In fact, if I can’t get them to eat something, I will usually sprinkle it on top because it just comes in little packets that are easy to rip open and sprinkle on.  The Conscious Cat also has an article about the importance of Probiotics and the different brands available.

I feed Charlie and Trigg:

There are other brands that I like, like Nature’s Logic, but they won’t eat it.  My brother’s cat will though – so don’t eliminate it entirely.  You’ve gotta find the brands, flavors, etc. that work for you and for your cat.

I order from DoggieFood.com (Check out this post about how Floppycats’ readers get their cat food) – usually $200-$300 at time with a promo code, so that it reduces the final cost of the can to about $1/can, rather than $3.49/can in our local specialty pet store here.  I first bought two of every flavor locally to make sure the cats liked it enough to get a full case.  I also sometimes go in on an order with my mom to split cost and number of cans.  I try to keep up-to-date with online pet food deals here.

I am not a nutritional expert and although I have tried, I am unsuccessful in getting into the details of it.  There are some readers that are very knowledgeable, so I hope they will comment!

Liz Eastwood of the Natural Cat Care Blog keeps a Best Canned Cat Food List

Bottom line is that dry food is not healthy for a carnivore, your cat, and should not be the main diet. However, you might want your cat to like dry food in case of emergency purposes, like hurricanes or boarding situations. However, an all dry food diet can lead to chronic issues (as kidney failure, UTI, Struvite Crystals, stones, obesity, diabetes, and the need for frequent dental cleanings and possibly tooth extractions) for your kitty and therefore it is best to avoid those. Also since a lot of dry foods have grains and byproducts, your kitty could develop an allergy to one of the foods. If you need to feed your kitty dry food, then consider one that has no by products or grains. If it is necessary to feed dry food, only do so as a snack, not as a full meal.

The best canned cat food is that which does not have any byproducts, fillers or toxins. Always be sure to read labels of your kitty’s canned food and choose a food with no by products or grains. Since cats are carnivores, grains are not their friend.

List of Best Canned Cat Foods:

Many Ragdoll breeders and cat aficionados do not recommend food made by Iams, Eukanuba (same company as Iams), Hills (Science Diet), Nutro, Purina etc.

You might be interested in the Cat Food CARBOHYDRATE & CALORIE CALCULATOR

Certainly, another food route to consider is the raw food diet. There are many companies that make raw food that is pre-packaged so that you do not have to do it yourself.

  • Nature’s Variety (easiest to find)
  • Stella & Chewy’s (each batch tested for bacteria and salmonella)
  • Bravo (usually cheapest)
  • Primal (usually most expensive)
  • Rad Cat (Higher priced, use free range meat)

If you decide to go the raw food diet route be sure to avoid feeding dry food and raw food at the same time. Since dry food has many ingredients that aren’t needed, it takes longer for your kitty to digest. However, with raw food, kitties use all the nutrients and therefore they have fewer stools, less volume and no smell!

Also, when considering the raw food diet, be sure to never feed your kitty cooked bones. Raw bones are soft and easy to digest, whereas cooked bones will splinter and will cause choking and/or death.

An important part of the feeding process is plenty of fresh water. Be sure to refresh your kitty’s water bowl on a daily basis if not more frequently. Cats like to have fresh clean water; in fact, many cats like to have ice cubes in their water dish because the ice cubes keep the water as fresh as possible.

You might consider using a pet fountain because the water gets filtered and recycled.

Ceramic Fountains:

Metal Fountains:

Plastic Fountains (don’t recommend these for kitties with acne problems):

I should mention that Charlie, Trigg, Caymus and Murphy have no interest in drinking water now that they are on wet food only.  So I don’t find fountains as important for wet food only feeders.

Be sure to feed your kitty in a ceramic or a stainless steel dish. The reason for this is because plastic dishes tend to hold bacteria and can cause cat acne.

Check out this chart on best canned cat food and others ones that aren’t so great.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. JL says:

    Does anyone know of a good pet water fountain I can buy that will work with a European plug outlet? I live in Sicily, Italy. Thanks in advance!

  2. Linda P-C says:

    You can buy a plug adaptor from amazon.com for as low as $1.58 for six of them. Since it will be used near water, I would suggest buying the best one you see. Here is a link: American to European Outlet Plug Adapter – 6 Pack.

    Good luck!

  3. nyeca chino says:

    Any suggestions for kittens? I have a 6 month old Ragdoll, and I was looking for these brands for her. Is Blue wilderness the same as blue spa wilderness? I managed to pick up a few cans of this today, but I didn’t want to start introducing it if it isn’t one of the recommended brands.

    • Dementia Boy says:

      Hi,Nyeca,

      No, they’re not the same. One has carrageenan; one does not. Another has a bunch of carbs. Unfortunately, I don’t remember which is which. There’s also Blue Spa Select. If you have good eyesight AND a magnifying glass, check the label for carrageenan.

      I have written to the parent company and asked them to change the labels–I’m sure they’ll get right on that–because there are a lot of crazy cat ladies out there who will spend money on the right stuff. When these same crazy cat ladies are faced with a sea of shiny aqua cans (not the shiny green ones), all of which have “blue” and “wild” on the label, they get confused.

    • I have two kittens, 6 mos and 8 mos and they are eating Nature’s Variety Single Ingredient Turkey canned meat. This had been a godsend for my older kitten who had loose poops. Apparently he was allergic to chicken. So if you have poop issues this has worked for me. Anyway, highly recommend these. No carrigeenan, grain-free, no byproducts, fillers. Great stuff. I buy it on Amazon. They also eat the same brand of dry as a topping on the wet food (like a tablespoon) ONLY because the younger one is such a pig he would eat me out of house and home. I go through 2 cans a day right now. It’s not cheap at $2/can.

  4. Dementia Boy says:

    I am going to try really hard not to be a weirdo.

    I will be back with some links. I will write in bullet points. I will write in subject-verb-object format. I will not behave like a member of the…I have forgotten what the Chicago columnist called me (note: I live nowhere near Chicago but that does not stop me from harassing people who work there who have the audacity, the hubris, to disagree with me) but it had “crazy” and “cat food cult” in it. This columnist did say one thing (sniff) that I believe to be true: Talking about cat food is like talking about religion and politics.

  5. patricia says:

    thanks for this. gives me a better idea on what to try. is that lotus, juicy available on amazon? i didn’t see it there.

  6. Dorsey says:

    I have been feeding my Ragdolls Katy and Kirby Wellness Core Liver and Turkey and Fancy Feast Turkey kitten variety. A few months ago I started them on Young Again dry food. Jennifer a rep from Young Again recommends these two specific brands which are very low carb. Katy and Kirby seem really happy with these foods and their coats are very soft and silky. I noticed that a few really good breeders were using Young Again dry food and I thought I would try it.

  7. Nicole Montemayor says:

    I quite enjoyed reading your interviews with Dr. Jean a while back regarding cat food and allergies. Early on when I adopted Dahlia she had a kennel cold and a parasite that we had to take care of, at that point I was feeding her Weruva brand wet foods and she was having tummy problems. I thought perhaps it was still a parasite we weren’t seeing but when my vet didn’t really put in much effort in helping me find a solution that didn’t require giving her a bunch of antibiotics and probiotics to offset the havok it was going to cause to her insides I decided to do some more research on food allergies. Turns out, after limiting her diet to 1 protien and eliminating chicken that that’s what it was. A chicken intolerance/allergy! I was so relieved…

    I haven’t pinned down if she’s also sensitive to beef but I keep her away from it anyway just in case, I don’t want to put her through the troubles anymore.

    So, bottom line, I’m very pro 1-protien wet foods with all the extra bonuses of no preservatives, etc. My favorites are:

    • Addiction
    • Nature’s Variety Instinct & Limited Ingredient Instinct (the normal variety doesn’t have chicken in the non-chicken cans, the other protein is turkey which she is fine with.
    In both cases her favorite flavor is by far the duck, but she also eats buffalo, turkey, venison and rabbit.

    I want to try Hound & Gato as it’s also limited ingredient but haven’t got around to it because she loves Addiction so much!

    I don’t bother with fish flavors, I’m worried about the ingredients and usually they seem to have carrageenan.

    • Nicole – isn’t it interesting about the chicken allergy? My older kitten is also allergic to chicken. Took a long time to figure that out too. I fear venturing out to try new things since I am having great luck with the single ingredient instinct. I agree with the fish ones. I will have to try Addiction.

      • Nicole Montemayor says:

        Yes, we started with Instinct initially but I found it to be somewhat pricey so I looked around for other things and found Addiction. I like it because they are all game proteins and yet the quality is fantastic and the price is pretty good too. I buy through Onlynaturalpets.com and since I typically buy over $79 in product every couple of months the shipping is free. Turns out to be a pretty comparable deal! Fortunately there is a mom and pop pet shop near my house that stocks Instinct in case of an ordering emergency…

        Glad you were able to find the allergy as well, I had no idea it was so common. My two older cats were happy as could be before they passed with no allergies at all.

  8. Always great to see this info! Thanks, Jenny!

    As many of you may remember, we began transitioning our lovely Pink Sugar girl (who just turned 16 months old today!) to wet food a few months (has it been that long?) ago. I think it was back in December when we switched from Blue Buffalo dry food to Fancy Feast Classic Pate varieties (the only one of the Fancy Feast products without carrageenan in them) and Sheba pate (also carrageenan free) varieties.

    She has transitioned successfully and is eating two small cans of food during a 24 hour period now. I never see her drinking water out of her pet fountain or the glass measuring cup that she loves so much (for some strange reason) now that we are feeding her wet food. But that’s okay ‘cuz her litterbox leavings are AWESOME! No more UTIs! YAY! :)

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar :) <3

    • Hi, Jenny!

      I have e-mailed you with this info, too, to cover my bases. :)

      As you know, we began Pink Sugar’s transition to an all wet food diet back in December (I think it was December). Anyway….

      We’ve been feeding her an entire 3 ounce can of wet food about 2 – 3 times a day. On average she only really eats about 2.5 cans a day. The rest gets thrown away (usually because it’s been left out too long and she won’t touch it).

      We’ve left the wet food out for her to feed on for as long as 10 hours (mostly overnight) but now I’m thinking that may not be so healthy for her. She had a vomiting incident the other day (it was just her wet food that was coming back up) and the first time this has happened since we transitioned her. I don’t know what caused her to get sick and throw up (in every room in the apartment…sigh). But I’m wondering if I should not be leaving her wet food out for such long periods of time. So, I did some research on the web and lots of sites say to leave the food out for no longer than 30 minutes to an hour (depending upon the temperature in your house).

      THE QUESTION: How long do you leave the wet food out for Charlie & Trigg to eat before you either take it up and store it in the fridge for later or throw it out?

      Thanks so much!

      Patti & Pink Sugar (Who is all better now and vomit-free! Yay!)

  9. Dementia Boy says:

    Ai, yi, yi.

    Several months ago–it was the day Jolie had her dental–I looked over Jenny’s list and began what I *thought* would be a short foray into the good, the bad, and the ugly of wet cat food. I joined or lurked on every cat food blog I could find.

    Little did I know that I was falling into a bottomless abyss. And I found more bad, ugly and just plain weird than good. Companies seem to be trending toward the exotic–pineapple, green-lipped mussel, spirulina. Did you know that goat has fewer calories per ounce than either dove or squirrel? Do you need to know this?

    Anyhoo, I’ve done a lot of research and have junk all over my computer as well as on notepads. I hope Jenny keeps this up for a while as I need to put my links in some sort of order, hopefully with the accompanying bullet points. Oh, yeah, those (tossing them into the abyss).

    Sometimes we forget the most obvious. #1: Cats are obligate carnivores. In a perfect world (or mouse), carbs would represent 1-2% of a cat’s total calories. You can achieve this only at the expense of #2: Rotation, which I’ll come back to later. So Dr. Pierson says to keep carbs under 10% of daily calories.

    But how do you figure this out? It ain’t easy. Some companies actually have this information on their websites. Some companies will give it out to individuals. Some companies you’ll never hear from again.

    Grab a can of cat food from your shelf. Add up ALL the numbers under “guaranteed analysis.” (Note the “min” and “max”) Do these numbers add up to 100%?? If so, great!! If not, how far off from 100% are they? 98%? 92%? Because we’re going to have to do some adding and subtracting.

    I know that most of you have probably looked at the following links repeatedly. Look at ‘em again. Look at “dry matter” or “ME” analysis. See if you can find one of your foods in there.

    I would not have launched into my diatribe with “dry matter analysis” had a certain revelation–clutching hand to heart–not come to light. (Humming “Mission Impossible” theme song, but it makes my nose bubble.)

    http://www.catinfo.org/?link=cannedfoods
    http://www.felinecrf.org/food_data_tables.htm#dry_matter_analysis

    Going in search of my own carbs now. Shall return.

    • ChristyB says:

      You can also just feed mice!

      I feed Prossimo mice, chicks and quail. Interesting he refuses rats.

      Generally I feed one type of animal per day. Super easy!

      With regard to canned food I have Evangers Game Meats in my disaster preparedness kit (http://evangersdogfood.com/?p=cat_gamemeats) – any thoughts from the experts?

      • Dementia Boy says:

        Please tell me more about the mice, chicks and quail. Do you–how do I say this?–grow and dress your own? Does Prossimo catch them? Do you get them from a feed supply store or…? If you don’t feel comfortable writing here, please write to me at dementiaboy@gmail.com when you have a moment (if you don’t mind).

        I’m certainly no expert, but that’s never stopped me from meowing loudly. I, too, have a disaster preparedness kit, that I rotate out every six months. Funny, when I think of Evangers (or Wysong), I *think* of disasters or camping. Since Prossimo’s diet closely resembles the prey model (except for chicks), it would be perfect for a disaster kit.

        Have you tried it out on him yet? I “test drive” a can of Hound & Gatos and Evo from each new case, substituting the new cases for the older ones. I don’t want to be in the middle of an avalanche only to find that the stuff is moldy. Plus, I’d want to make sure that the cats would eat it if they hadn’t tried it before. (Evangers or Wysong wouldn’t work for me as my cats don’t follow a prey model–their metabolisms require more fat.)

        How long are you prepared to be in disaster mode? If it’s more than a week, I’d also bring along whatever you add to Pro’s food as the Evangers isn’t complete. There’s never a good time for a disaster to strike but, with respect to Evangers, the time is NOW while the company is still under strict FDA scrutiny for past misdeeds.

        I’ve complied with mandatory evacuation orders three times here, once in Marin. The longest we’ve been gone has been five days. So I always prepare for 10. Now I only have to prepare for two cats; in the past, I’ve prepared for up to eight. And after all the preparedness, the cats wouldn’t eat.

        • I admire you guys for feeding prey. I just can’t do it. I think a lot of us would be interested in the gory details so please share here. OK Dementia Boy why don’t you start a business and sell disaster kits for cats! I’d pay for it! I am so bad I have not done this for the humans or animals. Do you live in Marin County now? That’s where I live.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Waving over the hill to Janet!! I live in Tahoe now (the “cheap” side), but I lived in Inverness for a long time. I bought my first house there before California housing prices skyrocketed. Sometimes I regret selling that house, but if I hadn’t sold it, nothing else would have been possible–especially snarky Jolie.

            I remember floating with my daughters, the cats and the dogs (Lhasa Apsos) in a raft down Hwy 1 when western Marin basically just crumbled down. Their father was hanging out with Jerry Garcia in Novato and didn’t have a clue as to what was going on further down the coast. I think this was in ’84? Right before we moved here, over 40 days and nights of rain.

            I love Marin but I don’t know if I could move back there. First, I couldn’t afford it. Second, the traffic would drive me crazy. Third, there’s just no break between Novato and Petaluma now, and that makes me sad. Fourth…meh.

            But Marin was the last time the cats were inside/outside, Max the unofficial greeter (beggar?) of Point Reyes, terrorizing the hills, trudging home with battle wounds and foxtails, trying to pull huge crows through the doggie door. You know the clay that’s in NV Instinct, Nature’s Logic and some other foods? I can never spell or pronounce it, so I call it Mt. Tamalpais clay. =)

            I’m good with ideas but not production. Why don’t we put our collective heads together and just brainstorm what needs to go into a disaster kit? Food, water, medical and comfort are some basic categories.

            I keep my junk in soft-sided, strapped and wheeled suitcases, which fit beneath the cats’ stroller. (I think the stroller was made for a mid-size dog.) I haven’t fooled with it since Zen and William died, but it’s about time. I’m prepared for cross-country skiing, hiking and driving.

        • ChristyB says:

          @Dementia Boy, hmmm, FDA scrutiny? Past misdeeds? That doesn’t make me feel confident. I gave it to him once during his transition to raw.

          A major earthquake would be the disaster I would have to worry about here. More than likely it would a “shelter in place” situation and the suggestions are that you are able to do so for 2 weeks.

          When he first got here, he killed and ate two birds he caught on the balcony. I had left some furniture in places where it made it make it easier for him to jump close to the bird feeders so it was my fault. He was outside for 9+ months before arriving so my assumption is that he fed himself quite often.

          I order Prossimo’s whole prey. If you Google for reptile feeders, you can find multiple suppliers and compare prices, shipping and specials.

          I’ve ordered from Layne Labs and Rodent Pros. Right now Rodent Pros has a flat-rate shipping special of $30 for a regular sized box as well as some great specials.

          Once a week I also feed him a 1/4 cup of a rough ground (I do it myself) of rabbit (rabbit carcass with bones & organs – no fur, head or feet though), and that’s when I give him some Omega 3. He refuses rabbit and Omega 3 in any other form. They only way I can get him to eat this is with copious amounts of tuna juice or several crushed dried anchovies.

          I also have a local processor and I can get big (5-10oz) whole prey quail really reasonably which is how I started Prossimo on whole prey.

          For treats, he only gets dried anchovies which is is totally crazy for! He gets about 4 a week. I dehydrated my own shrimp but he won’t eat it. I am going to try freeze drying it to see if he’ll eat that. I also have some freeze dried duck hearts that he really likes but they are so expensive I only give 1 every other month or so.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Great information, Christy–thank you!! Yes, I remember Prossimo’s story.

            I am becoming even more extreme in my dotage. I’m beginning to think that chase-and-eat is the way to go. Still, I can’t let the cats outside here, and I don’t want mice scurrying about my house. But there’s the greenhouse (34 x 17), a catio by any other name. I have a few herbs and plants (catnip, of course) in it to keep up appearances.

            I wouldn’t worry about Evangers for the time being. They’re being monitored closely. Because of that,I think it’s probably safer to buy from them than from anyone else.

          • ChristyB says:

            @Dementia Boy, I’ve been deemed extreme for sure! I don’t mind it though because it’s SO easy to feed this way, the dude is happy & healthy and the litter box is so much easier to deal with due to his diet.

            I would totally support Prossimo catching and eating his own food on a regular basis but my home doesn’t doesn’t have the right set-up for it so he’s stuck with sub-contracting the job to me (I’ve changed the job description from “catch” to “buy” though for my sensitive human requirements!).

            Thanks for the feedback on the Evanger’s, I really appreciate it.

          • Dementia Boy says:

            Delayed reaction: Omega 3.

            Does Prossimo really HATE Omega 3? When I still had the four cats (maybe five, going back to Muse), I’d break open capsules on the cats’ canned food. Everyone liked it except Jolie. She HATED it. Even if it was mixed in with the food, she wouldn’t touch it.

            I then had the brilliant idea of dribbling it on her paw. (I should always question twice, thrice, my “brilliant” ideas.) Jolie had a fit, bucking up and down, slamming herself against the walls, but no way would she touch that Omega 3. So I had to wash it off and apologize profusely.

            I use krill oil now, but I still remember that Omega 3 incident.

            I think I’ll try a whole quail today; usually, I get it coarsely ground. The butcher here always has interesting stuff.

          • ChristyB says:

            @Dementia Boy, he hates it but his reaction was refusing his food if I just drizzled it or Krill Oil on his food.

            If I tried putting it on his paw or nose he would refuse his food but he started to become highly suspicious of me and ready to pounce with his giant claws & teeth at any point during the day. I decided that keeping our relationship one of trust, as well as all of my body parts and skin in tact was more important than the supplement!

            Not a Miss Jolie reaction though that’s for sure!

  10. Dementia Boy says:

    What can I contribute in any meaningful way to this discussion? “Mad scientist” is my default mode. But you’re not here to learn Mad Scientist 101. If you want to learn about calculating carbs and limiting minerals, there are other places to do that. I’ll just make a couple notations.

    (1) Cats need a lap more than they need a microscope.=)
    (2) Feed your cat wet food only. Then, fed her some more wet. As a snack, feed her some wet. Finally, feed her some wet. If in doubt, fed her some wet.
    (3) It doesn’t matter how good a food is if your cat can’t or won’t eat it. By “can’t,” I mean allergies; by “won’t,” I mean repeated attempts to feed it are met with “the look” or worse. If I consider a food so-so, I won’t make a lot of effort to convince my grrrllls to eat it. If I consider a food excellent, I’ll try all sorts of treachery and subterfuge to get them to eat it.
    (4) There is no Holy Grail of cat food (sorry, Lynn). All we can do is attempt the balance the good, the bad, and the ugly. And the best way to do this is through rotation–offering your kitty many brands and varieties. If you’re not already doing this, start with foods that are similar in protein/fat content. Otherwise, you’ll run into digestive issues.
    (5) A cat needs a carb like a fish needs a bicycle. (Am I the only one old enough to remember this variation of a feminist slogan?) AAFCO does not require pet food companies to list carb % in the guaranteed analysis, which is not a guaranteed analysis at all. (Uh-oh, getting close to The Rant again.)
    (6) Are you willing to compromise? For example, are you willing to accept one ingredient you don’t like? Two? What are you willing to trade? I’ll accept EVO’s carrageenan because my cats do so well on EVO and it fits their protein/fat requirements; I will no longer accept it in any other canned food. I can’t accept yeast (Jolie has an immediate inflammatory response); I won’t accept menadione, or synthetic Vitamin K.

    I would not suggest that ANYONE feed their cats what I’m currently feeding mine. Their diet has been constructed with Jolie in mind; Isabella is doing well on it, too. They eat about 80% raw and radcat (different meats, different mad scientist formulae) and 20% canned, different brands. Hound & Gatos is as close to the Holy Grail as I’ve been able to find, but I could find 100 people who would say the opposite. It’s all about your very own cat–sometimes I lose sight of that =)

  11. Patti – I would NOT leave food out for 10 hours! I am sure it has spoiled and the reason for kitty’s vomiting. Maybe I would try putting down enough so that she eats it all – maybe a half a can. Are you feeding her too much? The feeding directions on the cans are so misleading. I feed my two one and a half cans a day each with some kibble sprinkled on top, maybe a tablespoon. I can’t imagine feeding them 3 cans a day each. They are kittens and weigh 10 and 14 lbs, ages 7 mos and 10 mos. According to the directions that is not enough BUT both are getting enough as I cannot feel a rib anywhere! Tummies are full! If I free fed them? They would weigh a ton. Both are complete pigs.

    • Hi, Janet:

      Thanks for your info! I do appreciate it. :)

      I don’t really think Pink Sugar is getting more than 2 cans in an entire day. We toss alot of food in the garbage (probably waste about 1 to 1.5 cans a day). The only time we leave the food out for a long time is overnight. So, I guess we won’t do that anymore. It’ll just make her hungrier in the morning so I guess that’s a good thing and she might even eat most of a can.

      Starting today, I put out 1/2 can for her to eat and put the rest in the fridge for her first meal of the day. She’s now eating the rest of the can that was in the fridge. I have a timer set for 30 minutes. If she doesn’t finish it in 30 minutes I’ll put the leftovers back in the fridge for her next meal, etc…

      Thanks!

      Patti & Pink Sugar :)

      • Sound like a much better plan and if she eats it all then you can always give her more. I think more frequent meals with less is better than huge meals less often…just like us humans! I still feed my pigs 3 times a day. I wish I could go to 2 times but they would stage a major protest. Good luck with Pink Sugar.

        • Thanks, Janet! :)

          The Three Little Pigs, eh? lol :)

          Big hugs!

          Patti & Pink Sugar :)

          • Dementia Boy says:

            I agree with Janet re: leaving the food out for a short period of time, especially now that the weather is warming up. Did Pink Sugar just vomit or was there a furball included?

            My cats require so many calories that no cats I know compare to them. I feed them at least five times a day. I wonder if Ragdolls have slower metabolisms or, conversely, if ferals have hummingbird metabolisms. William ate about 400 calories a day–more before his psychotropic medications took effect–and the girls eat close to 1000 each. They’re less than half the size William was.

            Feed what works for Pink Sugar, not what the can says.

            I have weird sleeping patterns, so the cats go without food three hours in the afternoon or early evening and another three hours at night. I’ve found that if I feed them a bunch of food when I wake up–“bunch” is in the tummy of the beholder–they’ll throw up. So I just give them half the amount I feed throughout the rest of the day; otherwise, they’ll vomit because they gobble. An hour later, I’ll feed them more.

          • Hi, DB!

            No furball. Just liquified food from what she ate last.

            Appreciate the info!

            Big hugs!

            Patti & Pink Sugar :)

  12. Deidre says:

    I’m wondering about the foods with berries, veggies and pumpkin in them. Do cats benefit from these foods or are they added as filler? As obligate carnivores, I have to think that cats do not need or benefit from these added foods. My cat doesn’t seem to like them and this is what is causing me to have to eliminate many brands from his menu. I’m still researching and doing a lot of reading. It seems that the foods he wants to eat are the ones that he shouldn’t be eating…

  13. Dementia Boy says:

    Hi, Deidre,

    A cat needs a carb like a fish needs a bicycle.

    I think the fruit & veggie thing is a marketing ploy. Pet food companies have caught on to the anti-oxidant foods human eat and are trying to persuade us that blueberries are good for our cats, too. Nonsense. Omega 3 is good for cats, provided it’s not in capsule form with all the extra kwap like corn oil.

    When I was researching cat foods and harassing poor Jenny every day with my findings, I was appalled at what I found. Citrus is the new “thing.” Oh, good, let those gastrointestinal juices start fomenting.

    The experts – Dr. Pierson and Dr. Hofve, for example – say to keep carbs under 10% of a cat’s daily diet. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. The stuff that congeals the cat food – potato starch, let’s say – usually represents more than 10%. Add the garden bounty of berries, yams, green beans, peas and carrots, and the carb % goes over 25%.

    In this thread, Jenny has included links to catinfo.org, a calorie/carb counter, and Liz’s blog (sorry, I can’t remember the name; Liz is on sabbatical, but you can still read her findings and the comments, where all the cat nutrition fanatics come out.)

    Although I feed my cats primarily raw, there’s one food with some carbs that I feed les enfants terrible. Nature’s Variety. The green beans and peas and carrots are big enough for the cats to spit out easily. It’s kind of cute.

    What are the foods your guy wants to eat? Since he’s male, I’d be concerned about fish as well as carbs. Liz says to feed “big fish” no more than once a week. I have no idea what small fish are–guppies? Trout, more likely.

    It IS a struggle to find a variety of good foods that your exquisitely individual cat will eat. As Lynn said, we continue to look for the Holy Grail of cat food. But you’re not going to find it in the garden.

  14. Vicki Moore says:

    I have 4 cats, 3 female and one male. Two of the females and the male have transitioned to wet food pretty well, but my Dilute Tortoise shell refuses to touch it. So far I have gone through all the Friskies, Nine lives, and Meow Mix wet foods and she just wont eat. I have tried Microwaving it to no avail. I have some Sheba at home now that we are going to try starting tomorrow. I love her to death but I am on a fixed income and can’t keep wasting money on food that doesn’t get eaten. She is the pickiest cat I have ever had. lol

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