Cat Food

Cat foods your feline will love

A healthy cat is a happy cat, and good health starts with quality cat food. Given that cats are true carnivores, and must eat actual meat (and not meat substitutes) to survive and be healthy, commercial cat food consists primarily of animal material. However, it is supplemented with some grain filler, and premium cat food also contains added vitamins and minerals.

Understanding Cat Food Labels

By gaining an understanding of the cat food labeling process, you'll be better able to provide your beloved pet with a quality meal. In the United States, look for cat food products labeled as "complete and balanced," as these foods must meet strictly defined quality standards.

Just as with human foods, ingredients are listed in descending order of weight, and an ability to interpret the ingredients list is a powerful tool in the arsenal of the smart cat food shopper. One sneaky technique that some pet food manufacturers use to mislead consumers is the breakdown of certain ingredients into their constituent parts. For example, you might find a label that reads, in descending order, "chicken, corn gluten, corn bran, ground wheat, wheat bran, ground corn, wheat flour." Don't let the presence of chicken at the head of the list mislead you – such a cat food would contain much more wheat and corn than meat.

The "guaranteed analysis" portion of the label is where you'll find listings of the product's minimum protein and fat levels as well as its maximum levels of water and fiber. You can use these to determine how well a given cat food will deliver essential nutrients; select brands with higher levels of protein and fiber and lower levels of water and fat.

Specialty Cat Foods

Manufacturers offer specially formulated products for aging cats, diabetic cats and cat owners who prefer to feed their pets natural alternatives to commercially processed foods. Prescription cat food is also available to cats with specific medical conditions, such as urinary tract disease or liver disease; these are available through pet pharmacies. If your cat has feline diabetes, you can also supplement oral medications and insulin injections with diabetic cat food designed to keep blood sugar levels under better control.

Natural cat food is an attractive alternative to those who don't want to feed their cats highly processed and somewhat mysterious commercially prepared products. The BARF diet – "bones and raw food" – is gaining momentum; it consists of ground-up bones and raw meat with some added vegetables. If you want to try this out, ask your vet which mineral and vitamin supplements you should use to ensure your cat gets 100 percent of the nutrients it needs.

Some natural cat food products are commercially prepared by dedicated manufacturers, and tend to use higher-quality ingredients and few, if any, processed plant or animal materials. While it's more expensive, increasing numbers of people feel the extra investment is worth it.

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Posted by Betty on November 10,2010 at 02:56 PM
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Hi Betty! You are describing my situation to a T. I even thought I would have to lose my other cats because Juniors allergies were affecting his eyes and coat. He lost all his hair. I tried every pill, liquid, holistic thing I could think of. Then one day a co-worker asked me if I had tried Halo. I had never heard of it but it is a pet food that does not have any allergy ingredients. You can get it in lots of places and they sent me a coupon for 2 cans free. I put Junior on this in desperation and now all of my cats are on it. Within a few days (3) Junior was a different boy and he has not had a problem since with allergies. He likes the salmon the best. Hope this helps. You can read about it at halopets.com. Just so you know I am not in any way associated with them. I was here looking for something else.
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Posted by cynthia on June 18,2010 at 04:24 PM
my ame is cynthia i live in pleasant lake, in i have 5 adult cats and 6 kittens i am in need of cat food for my cats.i went to the humaine society and they ran out of cat food .,please help me.
Posted by Camp Stanhope on July 08,2010 at 01:47 PM
I wrote Fancy feast on-line directly, and they sent me coupons and had advice about contacting a regional supply company, Agco. You could try contacting your favorite cat-food brand directly.
Posted by Sarah on June 29,2010 at 12:44 PM
You may have more cats than what you can handle if you are going to the humaine society for food. It would be in their best interest to find some of them a permanant home, and maybe keep one or two of them, or what ever you feel you can afford to feed, immunization shots, and etc. I have 4 and they all get vet care, well fed and watered.
Posted by betty on November 10,2010 at 02:39 PM
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i have 5 cats.i do not live on a farm.i'm on vacation.i'm @Kill Devil Hills, NC miles away and I miss them very much. Especially my cat Brandon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Janet on December 02,2010 at 10:54 AM
I also have 5 cats, and I work away from home every other week. And I miss my babies terribly. I'm lucky I have a friend who rents this house with me who takes very good care of them. I miss my Blackie the most. She's the mother of the other 4 (from 3 differnt litters) and I know she misses me too.
Posted by QUANITA on September 01,2010 at 01:01 PM
We have 5 cats also,three are 1 year old they were raised from bity abandoned at about 3 weeks old,there are 2 older ones that are 3 years old. With two cans of Fancy Feast Each morning for the breakfast,that is the routine each and every day.We don't live on a farm either,they are all indoor,fixed too.
Posted by Carmela on October 29,2010 at 08:57 PM
I'm a cityperson also but I have seven cats. All fixed and very well cared for. I would not have as many but I cannot find myself taking them to a shelter, so I just get them fixed and continue to love them dearly. Bless all of you that are animal lovers. We are a special breed.
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Posted by Edna Cagle on March 11,2010 at 07:37 PM
My number food is Fancy feast any kind with gravy. But i suggest more gravy then the sliced meat she only eats the gravy. my mom cat does they same thing please look into this matter get back in touch. THANKS
Posted by Carol on August 26,2010 at 10:50 AM
My cat does the same thing. I tried the gravy for cats (Pet Smart) but he would not eat that either!
Posted by kate on July 03,2010 at 10:37 AM
fancy feast just started making a gravy lovers canned cat food! got some at petsmart and my cats freaked out over it
Posted by Karen on February 26,2010 at 12:39 PM
I have a 4 year old cat. i took him for his shots on feb. 13. he was given dewarmer also. the following thursday he started to throw up. i have taken him off the cat treats and other dry food and feed him tuna for a few days. he started to act normal so i started to introduce the dry stuff back and he would throw up. so i repeated process. he has been fine for a few days but every time i give him back the treats he throws them up. could this be a bad batch of cat treats. he doesn't appear to throw up the friskies cat food so i am concerned. any advice out there? he has been eating the treats for 2 1/2 years. he would throw up once every few months not 3 times a day.
Posted by del on July 03,2010 at 02:28 PM
stop feeding hard food its the worst thing to give a cat canned is better. the cheap food is full of color and chap not much meat in it. there are lots of canned food like mideast feast made from substationable fish and theres zeekpeek its very good. I fed my cat the best faw food diet for 6 years but he was throing up all the time and i swiched to zeeppeek and hes great good luck
Posted by Sarah on June 29,2010 at 12:52 PM
I had a 6 mo old kitten that would throw up on a steady diet of cat food. The vet said that his heart was beating 300 beats/minute. That is way too fast for a kitten. No matter what we did he had to have a steady diet of canned cat food, and absolutely no dry. Every couple of weeks we were off to the vet with him. We had to take the little fellow every where so he could be fed. I ended up putting him down because he was so so sick. You may have to do the same thing. It wasn't easy for us to put down our kitten. He was a sweet heart. It just wasn't worth it because he would be healthy for a while, then next thing we knew he wasn't feeling very well agian. He wasn't enjoying being a kitten.
Posted by Kimmie on May 11,2010 at 09:48 PM
my cat does that sometimes too, he will be 4 in June. I found that his problem was furballs blocking up the stomach. I got some Laxitone from the vet. ( kind of expensive, i think a feed store will have the same thing.) I give him about a teaspoon in his wet food every second or third day. That helps ALOT! He very rarely throws up now.
Posted by Deb on April 28,2010 at 11:40 PM
If I feed my cat any dry cat food that contains milk he throws up. I've tried many dry cat foods and the only one he has no problem with is Meow Mix.
Posted by Wayne Rhyno on March 24,2010 at 09:23 AM
Your cat may have developed a corn Allergy. our cat has had it since 6 months of age. It is hard to find a cat food or treat that does not have corn as a primary ingetition
Posted by David on July 03,2010 at 02:32 PM
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Posted by Lisa on February 24,2010 at 01:41 PM
Muffin is diabetic and Blue is perfectly healthy. Both are 14 year old cats. There has been some jealosy issues as Muffin is eating diabetic food and Blue is not eating his non-diabetic food. They would like to eat the same food. Is there a dry food product on the market that both cats can eat?
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Posted by Mary Jo Peay on February 23,2010 at 06:59 PM
What is the difference between dog and cat food? We have a Dachshund and a Siamese mix cat. The Dachshund hasn't been eating very well, but decided to try the cat food (Fancy Feast - Dry food) and seemed to like it. Can a dog eat cat food? Thanks. What ingredients must each have to be healthy?
Posted by joan on March 04,2010 at 07:45 PM
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Posted by Brooke on May 20,2010 at 04:21 PM
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Posted by karen on March 01,2010 at 01:47 PM
u can eat, but your cat can't-how pathetic. so, ur going to watch her strave to death? if u won't take care of her bring her to a no kill shetler!!!!!!!
Posted by Jay on March 12,2010 at 07:24 PM
Before you send such a cruel remark perhaps you should find out if the original writer (joan) has eaten anything herself in 2 days. It sounds to me like she is more worried about her cat then herself. We all need interim help sometimes and I am sure what you said made her feel worse then ever. Get a life.
Posted by joan on March 13,2010 at 11:50 AM
i agree with jay, don't jump to conclusions. i'm sure if she has food for herself, she is sharing it with her cat. its a shame, that people judge without even knowing them
Posted by Patricia Deviney on February 09,2010 at 10:13 PM
I have 2 cats full grown and we had a issue with a friend that we had staying with us,when he took off he took everything we had here.So i am asking for ANY type of help that may be out there for me to get these babies some food. If anyone has any answers ...Please contact me. I am on disability and don't have the money at the moment to supply for them. Does anyone know where i can get them some food without having to pay for it? I know that sounds bad but i have no money at the moment and i need help. Please anyone.
Posted by Jane on February 13,2010 at 10:13 PM
In addition to checking with your local shelters ( try the no-kill shelters first!) also ask your local human food bank. Some of them also have pet food.
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Posted by Lesle Kip on February 10,2010 at 10:38 AM
Where do you live, Patricia? Some shelters have extra food donations for people in your situation.
Posted by pazsion on January 26,2010 at 12:08 PM
i have 6 kittens, i need food and litter and have no money.. i have had no luck finding a no-kill shelter in my area.. richmond,va 23294 they even charge me $30 for me to take them in, even if they are just going to kill them.. this is horrid.. i have stopped looking for shelters, and will be needing to find people who can take in kittens.. humane society has not called me back, or e-mailed me.. many other organisations who claim to foster or home animals have not called me back.. all of them have a group voice mail.. and i've called them multiple times.. it's been over 6 months for some of these messages. i just need to find them homes.. and need help careing for them while i do that.. spaying and neutering is wrong.. and should only be done if health is at risk, or the animal will be free-roaming.. and unsupervised. so i'm hopeing to find people who think like this.. and wont spay or neuter them..but overall it's your choice, not theirs or mine.. just as long as they are happy and homed is all i care about..
Posted by cat lover on December 29,2010 at 10:48 AM
Spay and neuter is not wrong it is the only way to prevent more cats suffering, It helps control the cat population. Some people might not want them to have surgery due to the pain and suffering. Cats recover the same day, they are amazing. PLEASE re-think your opinion. Thank You for caring about the kitties.
Posted by betty on November 10,2010 at 02:51 PM
Coming from a medical background and scientic knowledge, the purpose of all living beings is to procreate to continue their species. However, the cat species will continue at this time, even if you spay and neuter a few of them. So go ahead and do it and don't feel bad. In real wild life, most of the kittens born will be eaten by other animals or die. In our domesticated civilized world, this does not occur as much. Adult human also get hysterectomies, vasectomies so they don't have unwanted children. So do ahead and do it for the cats. Some cheap ones are Clinico and Fix It Nation. straycatalliance may have some info for you.
Posted by rose on April 18,2010 at 01:35 AM
Considering your situation, I cant understand why you still believe spaying and neutering is wrong. If the mother of these kittens had been spayed, you wouldnt be in this situation and she would be the only cat you would be worrying about right now!!! And if everyone did the same thing, you may even get a call now and then from one of these organizations you speak of because they wouldnt be so overwhelmed with requests!!!!
Posted by Phyllis Garland on March 24,2010 at 07:50 AM
Well all 3 of my cats r fixed and my dog is too. Thats why the lady next door to me has so many cats and they arent suppose to be out but they are. She lets them run in and out of her windows. she has around 10 to 15 this isnt fair to the ones that live around her for they are killing our flower beds. In our park and our yards that we are trying to keep beautiful. kepp those cats fix. thats crazy.
Posted by joan on March 04,2010 at 07:50 PM
This is why you have kittens with no place to go and no food to feed your animals!!!! Get your cat spayed and you wont have the problem...Its not up to all of us to take care of your unwanted animals.
Posted by Rhonda Withers on February 17,2010 at 02:48 PM
There are too many homeless animals out there. SPAY AND NEUTER!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Carol Woodruff on February 17,2010 at 02:52 AM
Are you nuts? Not spaying and neutering? No wonder there are so many poor cats and kittens running around with noone to care for them! We eed to get our animals fixed. thousands and thousands of poor animals are euthanized yearly because of over population. I too am taking care of 5 kittens I brought in from the cold because someoe didn't get the momma cat fixed. They are now grown and I still can't find homes. I need help not only with food and fixing them, but for litter etc. I also have 4 of my own cats. So that makes me 9 altogether. I too will not allow them to be euthenized. Please reconsider and get help getting them fixed so this doesn't happen again.
Posted by robyn on February 13,2010 at 01:18 PM
"spaying and neutering is wrong" ????? WHAT?? Have you never read a statistic on cat population? I agree....if it was spayed, there wouldnt be 6 precious kittens that are in need of a home.......and 6 more to add to the already over population.....
Posted by jypsy on January 30,2010 at 08:18 PM
spaying is not wrong if the mother cat was spayed you wouldnt have the 6 kittens and you wouldnt have to find them a home.
Posted by careingone on February 06,2010 at 08:20 PM
well thats just the most lazy and self serveing statement i've heard in years...thats like saying, that the mothers of human children are a mistake. and should be prevented.. giving birth is a god given right... it is your choice... or the animals choice...and should never be made for them... if there hadn't been a concerted effort by the spca and others to portray felines as dirty and carriers of viri and ailments.. which is totally false.. those animals would have found homes quickly... if there werent laws passed by lobbists for the spca and others... that make it more expensive to own any animals period, and vet them.. it would also be easier to home animals of any sort...or atleast place them in a no-kill shelter...many of which can no longer operate due to these new laws...so we are back to mass killing animals that are perfectly healthy and loving...wth are we doing? why are we letting people kill innocent things? and back up that killing with more lies..and flawed studies... god help us when its our time to be spayed and nuetered...again...remember california and many states did this back in 1935? before we went to war with nazi's?
Posted by nancy berg on January 29,2010 at 09:39 PM
You are so very wrong about spay and neuter. Spayed and neutered animals are much healthier than non spayed.....avoid all sorts of cancers of breast, uterus, ovaries, and testicles in males. Because animals are not spayed and neutered, many millions are born into horrible, cruel situations of neglect and mistreatment. I have rescued animals for years and most are out there because of unspayed and unneutered pets. Those who are not adopted end up being killed in shelters, if they are lucky. The others, die of exposure, starvation, diseases and neglect. Please rethink this idea of yours. That kind of attitude continues the destruction of millions of innocent animals each year because there are too many who never find homes.
Posted by Amber on February 27,2010 at 04:40 PM
are you crazy??? look at the shelter's and how many cats they have. I used to work at a shelter so go ahead and ask a shelter worker what percent of their cats are strays or just dropped off or kittens handed over because the owner of the mother wasn't decent enough to get her fixed.
Posted by Kimberley on February 23,2010 at 09:17 PM
In reguards to Spay & Nueter ..... the response above me...... I couldn't have said it better!!!
Posted by thx fornuthin on February 06,2010 at 08:04 PM
i too have rescued many kittens, sadly most of them were already spayed or nutered..i have also met several spayed or nueterd animals who have or had cancer.. they are still able to get these cancers, just not in the parts that have been removed.. spayed, nuetered or not.. there is no excuse to treat these animals as we have been.. spaying and nuetering an animal who has not had the knowledge or pleasure of careing for their own young.. is absolutely wrong... i agree with you paz.. the lies people are telling is just rediculous.. i've actually had a few males become irreversably angry and resentful, after being nuetered...even young ones.. i can't help but feel that this practice esp. TNR is wrong..genocide even..
Posted by Hollycow on September 05,2010 at 11:13 AM
It's people like you who contribute to pet over population. Stupid is as is stupid does.
Posted by Tonni on March 17,2010 at 12:17 AM
I can't believe there are people out there that think spay/neuter is wrong. I keep catching the uneutered strays in my back lane and getting them fixed. I release them again - and feed in winter - because I can't keep them all - but who on earth is stupid enough to look at all the shelters and euthanizations - and not believe in neutering. This person is sick!
Posted by Sissy on February 21,2010 at 08:04 PM
Could you imagine how many MORE dogs and cats it would be with out homes.....If ALL of us thought the way this person thinks.... Its so sad to run across a individual that thinks this way.... I am so very mad at this time.... Take and raise the kittens you have and have another 100 or more and don't ask for help when its your fault you have them anyway... You could have had the mother spayed for free.
Posted by james clark on January 14,2010 at 04:14 PM
I am on permanent disability. I have 2 cats that I love dearly. One of them is a service animal. I am lookiong for coupons and possibly free samples of cat food to keep them fed and healthy.
Posted by carol hunt on January 02,2010 at 11:01 AM
Love cats and love cat food coupons!
Posted by aaliyah on January 29,2010 at 03:36 PM
yes,i do love cats and coupons
Posted by Tigerlily on December 27,2009 at 06:39 AM
I have a new kitten - 5 weeks old. Talk about headaches! The kitten was never taught to use the litter box, plus he eats everything in sight. But despite his issues with the "toilet" and food. He still makes my heart skip a beat. Any type of pet is expensive. Vet bills, food and just general care. That is why you have to take into consideration costs BEFORE getting a pet. If you can't provide for your "little one" then find a home that does have the means to provide for it. I'm sure most of you love your cats, but should they go without proper and essential care because you're not able to take care of them? (selfishness). I am also on Social Security, yet I provide for my kitten quite well. Priorities people!!! Yes, I might not be able to run and get something I want because my kitten needs his check-up at the vet. But I make sure that I sacrifice something I want for something I love, Tigerlily - that's my kitten. So, for those people begging for money, do something about it. Stop trying to leech off other people. If you find you can't provide for your kittens/cats/dogs/hamster - whatever the case might be, I suggest you find a more suitable place for your pets!
Posted by Suzanne on November 27,2010 at 04:48 PM
You should never judge people, because nobody has that right but God. I live in Buffalo, NY. The SPCA is currently looking for foster parents for over 1,000 cats and kittens. I could have turned my back on the cats that were left at my apt., and thrown them outside in the cold, but I didn't. I usually care for them just fine, but my SSD check I rely on has only been correct and on time 2 months this year. Then someone made a mistake and cut my foodstamps down. I am giving my cats MY FOOD!!! So don't think I don't care about the cats, I need help temporarily, and I'm sure that's the case with these other people. I don't like to ask anything from anyone at any time, but I'm asking for help for them, not me. I will wait for my needs to be met whenever the money I depend on decides to get here. Those on SSD,SSI,etc. aren't even getting the cost of living increase or the stimulus money that they count on this year or last year, yet the cost of everything is going up. So don't be so critical of people trying their best to give starving, unwanted animals the love and support they need, while sacrificing their own needs. GET REAL!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Bonbon on September 05,2010 at 10:37 PM
Confine your kitten in the bathroom with a little box until he/she uses it on a regular basis. I had trained several kittens to use the litter box this way. Hope that it helps!
Posted by momcat on March 17,2010 at 05:36 AM
litterbox training already addressed, as was the *fact* that a 5 w/o kitten has NO business being removed from mom! but i do need to comment - why in the world are you being so downright mean to others less fortunate than yourself? sorry, but just cuz you're on SS like many others asking for help/suggestions ... it just doesn't give you cause OR the right to come down as horribly on them as you did! i''m on SS disability as well, and even b4 the recession actually began - long b4 'they' admitted to it - i had financial problems you probably couldn't deal with. now that things are as bad as they are, i don't have enough to cover my normal bills each and every month. it has NOTHING to do with "priorities"!! when i took in my [multiple] cats off the streets, i was at that time able to provide for them well. nowadays, there's simply nothing - and i do mean nothing - i can "cut back on" to be able to afford everything they need. period, end of story. i've gone without needed medications, even HEATING OIL last month (!), to pay a vet's bill. now i need to switch cat foods because of the problems that junk has caused my cats. and i still haven't been able to start treatment - well, get the surgery vs treatment, really - for my dear Spooky, who has cancer! it sounds as tho your answer is i should just get RID of them - which is how so many innocent animals wind up on the streets, thank you very much. in addition, any pet lover of any kind will tell you, a beloved pet isn't like an old sofa - you don't just throw them away, ya know? many of my cats are well over 10 y/o - i could no more "rehome" them [man! i *hate* that word!] than most folks could give away one of their kids! not to mention that due to my disabilities, and the resulting isolation and UNkindness of humans these days, they are truly the only reason i'm still alive most days! the cats that are a bit younger are: FIV positive, 3-legged and 1-eyed, and other health problems - just who do you suggest i'd be ABLE to find them a "more suitable place" WITH? oh, and as far as them going [to quote you] "without proper and essential care because you're not able to take care of them?" it was pure and total selfishness on the part of the human being that ABANDONED THEM in the first place! i suppose you think it'd have been better that i just let them starve to death on the streets? just look away and ignore them, so i could feel better [not]? most of us don't go out and BUY animals - we SAVE them from the streets, and a miserable existense, giving them a home, and love, and a better life. i'm not [quote] " able to run and get something I want" in any case - whether i need to get absurdly expensive food or meds for my cats! THAT is the reality all too many of us face anymore. so as far as your [quote] "(selfishness)" - well, i think that word is very telling ... on you. congratulations if you're "well off" - most of us are NOT! but our cats love us ANYway...
Posted by Carol on February 17,2010 at 03:00 AM
I don't understand why your kitten isn't litter trained. It usually only takes one time of putting them in the box for them to use it from then on. Cats are extremely smart and catch onto the litter box thing very quickly. Your litter box must be cleaned daily as cats are very clean and will not use dirty box. And in your comment about people leaching off other people for help caring for their pets needs, I have 4 of my own cats and brought in 5 kittens that were abandoned along with their mommy last Aug. . I have taken them in. They are now grown. I have been trying to find homes for the 5 with no luck. I will not allow them to be put down. My husband wants me to get rid of them because I am on disability and he has been laid off for 5 months now. I wish I had some help with my foster kitties as far as donations go. I sure could use it. I go without too, just to make sure these precious kitties have food and are well cared for. The 5 are not mine but I wasn't about to let them freeze to death.
Posted by Phyllis Garland on March 24,2010 at 07:40 AM
AND IM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR DOING THIS GIRL. I LOVE ANIMALS TOO, I HAVE 3 CATS, 1 DOG, 4 BIRDS. I WOULD DO WITHOUT TOO JUST TO FEED THEM. THEY ARE SO SPECIAL TO US. AND IM ON DISABILTY TOO. MY HUSBAND HAS FINALLY FOUND WORK. BUT LET ME TELL YOU TOO IT WAS HARD ON US WHEN HE WAS NOT WORKING. BUT LORD WILLING WE MADE IT AND OUR PETS DID TOO. I WOULD NEVER GIVE MINE AWAY EITHER LOL.
Posted by robyn on February 13,2010 at 01:14 PM
:) ....i fully agree!
Posted by Pat on January 05,2010 at 01:33 PM
at 5 weeks, this kitten should have still been with it's mother. Cats instinctually know to use the litter box, it is still very young and will be OK with the litter box. You don't need to teach a cat to use a litter box. Also Kittens eat much more than an adult cat. After about 6 months, you will see a decrease in food consumption
Posted by pazsion on January 26,2010 at 12:17 PM
it is not instinctive for a cat to use a litter box, it must be trained at some point in their generations... often wild cats will need some training.. and the offspring of those wild cats will also need some training.. less for the next generation after that and so on.. it is illegal in many places to accept the trade even if free of an animal under 8 weeks of age.. but i'm glad she/he is being taken care of.. and hasn't been abandoned because of this law.. please do not add insult to injury.. if people are asking others for food and supplies, its most likely because they HAVE tried everything they can do.. and still need help. and it takes time for a "suitable" home to be found.. these peoples "priorities" are their pets.. I've come across some people on wellfare or social security, or nothing.. starving themselves to be sure that their cat or dog isnt going hungry.. or paying for that vet bill..instead of buying themselves medication or food, clothes.. etc.. if you dont have anything helpful to add.. please just be quite..
Posted by Christina on December 23,2009 at 10:52 PM
My name is christina ,And I recently started a animal rescue ,I take in everything and try to re home them ,but unfortunately that does take alot of money ,food ,vet check ups etc.Me and my hubby do this out of our own pocket's,My kid's are all grown up and out of the house ,So I have the time to do this ,and I love it ,We also work for the s.p.c.a,And yes that is a sad,sad place , .So if anyone nows where we can get some help getting some food ,and maybe a vet to help do check ups and spaying and neutering at a lower cost please e-mail me thanks
Posted by Georgina camacho on November 07,2010 at 05:05 PM
Hi my thing that caught my attention was that I m a cat lover and also have 8 cats three new baby kittens and 5adult cat and I have a friend who takes my cat to get fixed and up to date shots and papers on what thay have done for them please contact me and i will get you a vet for free k Keep upb the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Kandice on February 06,2010 at 06:32 PM
I don't know where you live at but I'm in virginia and there is a place here called the kinchlow clinic. They do alot of vet care for pretty cheap.maybe there have a place like that around you. It is not a shelter but the vets donate their time and fix animals and also give shots.
Posted by SHELLY on January 22,2010 at 11:10 AM
HARDWICK ANIMAL HOSPITAL 413-477-6623 I'M DISSABLED MYSELF AND OUT OF WORK, I HAVE THREE KITTIES, AND I COULDN'T IMAGINE BEING WITHOUT THEM. THAT IS THEIR NUMBER N THE CHEAPEST PLACE AROUND. THEY ARE VERY VERY NICE PEOPLE AND I MEAN CHEAP!!!!
Posted by Holly on December 26,2009 at 11:55 AM
My neighbor and I have been doing cat rescue for ferals a few years now. It does get very costly, but we have found some amazing people out there who have helped us along. Try to get a great vet who is willing to help you out with what you are doing, occasionally they will give you a break. Spaying and neutering are the biggest factors at controlling the pet population (Bob Barker's most quoatable). I am from the Northern California area where we have a nearly free clinic/organization that spays/neuters, vaccinates, checks FIV/FELV with volunteer vets and staff. They are located in Auburn, Ca. Not sure where you are located. I would recommend checking the internet and getting connected to other rescue organizations that will help you along the way. Thank you for caring!
Posted by joe on December 09,2009 at 06:07 PM
We are in need of letting go of some of our numerous kittens and cats.We have a bunch ...not 5 ...not 10 ....not 15...not 20 ...not 40... but more ,and we need help.We live in a small two bedroom half house and we are getting overbearing,besides broke.We love them all,but ......it's a lot of work for both of us......Friends say ,'''''kill them '... 'let them loose '.....give them to the SPCA ( where they kill ),but I'd rather die than let them die.They did nothing work ,but be born.We play with them,comb them out,bath them ( in the summer ),and we have a vet who comes to our house for check ups ,shots ,and fixing them But because of the enocomy we kinda lost that extra couple hundred dollars to fix them.So I anyone could help ,please let me know.They are real cute and lovely cats,some lap cats and some more independent cats.There are all inside cats too. Thank You, Joe
Posted by diana on February 03,2010 at 09:50 PM
Hi Joe, I live in the high desert of NW Arizona and I'm in the same boat...I thought of creating my own no kill shelter, but don't know where to start. Sometimes I feed them rice mixed with melted Crisco, if that's all I have. I buy Jack Mackerel with my food stamps for them, (when I can) and mix it with the dry 9 lives ($10 a 13 lb. bag from Family Dollar). I wish there was something to put in their food to cause them to not want to mate! I can't affort to fix them. This all started with one female. Sometimes the coyotes or owls thin out the herd. I love them all, and believe they had a chance at life, however long or short that life was. At least they learned what kindness and love was/is. I've had my original mamma cat, "Little Ones" since 2001. Some of mine are inside, the bulk of them hang outdoors...good luck to you and yours.
Posted by tracy duckworth on December 15,2009 at 11:02 AM
Hi Joe, I'm from chicago but I wanted to tell you you must call every vet and every shelter until you find out who the no-kill shelters are...and I am sure they have them. I find cats and kittens here all the time and if you find a no-kill shelter and call them every day and tell them about the animals you have they do eventually (pretty quickly) take them in!
Posted by Kimberley on February 23,2010 at 09:45 PM
Just remember No Kill simply means that they do not kill the animals there.If they are not picked up by a rescue group or anyone for that matter they are then taken to another main shelter to be killed. Read ALL INFO. on each shelter first at least then you'll know the truth and be informed. Good luck
Posted by christine on December 09,2009 at 11:51 AM
I have 4 cats. Presently I am unemployed. We are having trouble paying all of our bills. Is there a program that will help pay for litter and food.
Posted by Robin on May 16,2010 at 12:00 AM
Hi, I have some suggestions for feeding and litter for unemployed and low income families. I also have a couple of cats and we are low income. You could try getting food stamps for your self and get a couple of recipes on line and make your own cat food using grocery store food, cats also love regular canned tuna, canned mackerel, canned chicken, fresh or frozen chicken livers that are simmered until just cooked through. You could try mixing any of these with boiled brown rice, the rice will take on the flavor of the meat or fish. But if you plan to do this long term, you should get an actual cat food recipe, so that the cat receives all the necessary nutrients. For cat litter you can try shredded up newspaper with a little baking soda sprinkled on it. It will need to be changed about every 2-3 days depending on the number of cats. You could also try regular sand from outdoors ( be careful to inspect it first to make sure you don't see any fleas), again mix with baking soda, and change frequently. Also, call your local sawmill and ask them if you can come an take a couple bags full of saw dust. Makes a great litter and is soft on the paws. You could also try wheat flakes or oatmeal, available with food stamps, for cat litter, both are soft on the paws and absorbent. Local regular food banks also, often times have pet food available.
Posted by Suzanne on November 27,2010 at 05:15 PM
You are truely a god send. I never thought you could use these things for litter!!! I have 6 cats. I have been trying to ask people here at the SPCA, and pet stores for suggestions, and all I've been told is to buy bulk litter. Thank you so much!! It's nice to find people who are willing to give people the help they need instead of just hurtful criticizing comments!!!XiiYY
Posted by izzynmolly@myactv.net on April 18,2010 at 01:19 AM
you can go to the local animal shelter, they may have a food bank
Posted by robyn on February 13,2010 at 01:12 PM
i'm in the exact same situation......4 cats, no job.....i will eat pb&j if i have to.....my babies come 1st..... i do wish there were programs.....my vet is awesome though, always giving me samples;) good luck.
Posted by judy on December 03,2009 at 01:56 AM
i was wondering if there is any help for a disabeled and low income person who needs help for my 3 -12 year old cats so i dont have to find them homes because i cant afford food and cat litter and shots and licences because that would be the worst thing for my cats and me and my 4 kids! any help would be great!
Posted by Carol on January 22,2010 at 02:59 PM
i live in alabama and if you get foodstamps or medacare you can get a discount on pet care check in that in your area.
Posted by Betty on November 10,2010 at 04:35 PM
Keep htem indoors so and forget the liscenses and vaccines for now. just worry about the food and litter. Do you have 99c stores in your area? they have both litter and food. a previous reply said to use free sawdust from your local lumber mill. newpaper.Great idea! i called HOme Depot and may go there with my buckets, broom and shovel and load up. Sand from the beach or river is not so clean but if your desperate, it's better than nothing. shredded newpapers,have your neighbors give you theirs when they're done w it. You can do it! recycling CRV cans plastics and bottles makes good money too, believe it or not. Give your neighbor and friends a couple large plastic trash sacks or containers for the "kitty recycling fund" and have your childeren pick them up a few times a week (rinse and reuse the large garbage bags). Have your kids collect the recycles at their school lunchroom and gym and football field. I usually make $30 a month on turning in recycles from a just few friendsand this pays for my cat supplies. i only turn in a trunk and back seat full of stuff. If you had a pick up truck and smashed cans.. you'd make $100s guarenteed.
Posted by rhonda on December 01,2009 at 02:39 PM
my vet said to feed them a tsp of pumpkin pie filling a day will help with that problem
Posted by scmaize on December 29,2009 at 02:21 PM
It should be PLAIN canned pumpkin, not the pie filling, which contains spices! Plain canned pumpkin can help with constipation or diarrhea.
Posted by Micheline on November 11,2009 at 11:01 PM
My cat loves chesnuts, but he has kidneys problems,so is it good for him or not ? Thank you to help me
Posted by Barbara on November 07,2009 at 08:57 PM
I am disabled and get very confused finding coupons formy cat Sanchez.He is 20 pounds because he is a Maine Coon and eats alot. I need coupons for 9-live canned food and science diet because that is all he will eat if they are mixed.I need to save all the money I can because my funds are very limited and can barely feed myself . He is my best friend and acts just like a seeing eye dog for me with my disabilities.I have knee problems he walks me up the stairsevery night and down inthe morning he sleeps by my me in bed and if I take my mask off or my machine stops he wakes up my mother. When im really having a bad day he leaves his toys were im laying or sitting when i go to the restroom. He never leaves my side. Its like he is part of me.He fetches and shakes hands and does most things a trained companion dog can do. He also washes his toys in his water dish and comes to get me tosee what a good job he did. He makes me smile when i want to cry.What a lucky person I am to have such agift. He has another year to grow and if anyone can send ninelives canned coupons or science diet for his heart (maine coons have to be monitored in this area) and if any vet insurance or special help to keep up with the vet bill I will be forever grateful Thank you Barbar and my angel Sanchez
Posted by Stephanie on January 17,2010 at 05:18 PM
I'm sorry for your current situation, and I wish I could help, as I am very underfunded as well and have 8 cats (thank goodness for credit cards). I just wanted to let you know that Science Diet is one of the top companies who tests inhumanely on animals for their food. I believe 9 Lives also does invasive testing on animals as well. You may be better off feeding your cat the more natural stuff. It doesn't have by-products or artificial flavoring, and is better for animals in general. Pets fed the more natural food tend to live longer and have less health problems, and you won't be supporting the murdering of innocent animals with these horrible companies. Good luck with everything.
Posted by jennifer on November 06,2009 at 08:23 PM
I have two cats that have diffent taste in food one in human food and they just like cat food I am wored that cat that has taste in human is not get what she needs can some help me and tell what I can do but her taste in human food thank you jennifer
Posted by Julie on November 01,2009 at 07:09 PM
I am disabled and I really am in need of food for myu cat. He is all that I have, I am housebound and he keeps me company. Any help would be appreciated.
Posted by my cats mom on November 04,2009 at 05:14 AM
what is your address and i'll mail you something to help. i have seven of my own. rosie, allie, murphy, maddie, clarabel, bailey and charlotte.
Posted by shar on October 17,2009 at 01:58 PM
my cat will get backed up now and then, and has to be given enemas.what is the best cat food to prevent this.
Posted by kris on December 01,2010 at 11:21 PM
I had elderly cats who had this problem also. When I was in vet tech college, I asked my instructor about this problem. I was on a fixed income and could not afford a very expensive treatment or food. She told me to get regular metamucil, not orange flavor, and mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in their canned food every day. it worked wonderful! check with your vet for the correct dosage for a cat of your size. Good luck!
Posted by shelly on January 22,2010 at 11:16 AM
try mixing a little veg or olive oil in his food a tea spoon it cant hurt call a vet and ask first c what they say, prob make coat nice n shiney too!!!
Posted by kate on January 01,2010 at 11:36 PM
Needs more liquids in its diet. More water or give it a can of wet food twice a week or so to help with liquids. Science diet is the best.
Posted by scmaize on December 29,2009 at 02:23 PM
Try a tsp. or so of plain canned pumpkin. Most cats will eat it mixed with canned food. Some like the taste!
Posted by pawprint99 on October 11,2009 at 07:17 PM
Are there any way my mother who feeds feral cats can get discounted food? She is on a very fixed income and has to feed around 12 cats daily.
Posted by annea on December 18,2009 at 11:22 AM
feral cats will eat anything so she can feed them the really cheap tuna,,and they can be trained it just takes time and love
Posted by Beth on October 23,2009 at 04:07 PM
I, too, feed 5 ferals. Check with local shelters - ours will help the elderly with occasional donations of food, or alerting staff and volunteers of your mother's needs.
Posted by Colleen on November 03,2009 at 12:51 PM
Thanks so much for the information. It would be good if the cat food mfg would provide food for these feral cats.
Posted by diane charette on October 09,2009 at 10:11 AM
i would like to know if there is a cat food that is soft and dry for one of my tonkiness he is use to wet food and refuses to eat the dry hard food it,s been about three weeks since i took away the wet food i could see his losing weight he eat but very little he just turn one year any sugestions
Posted by grannymae on July 21,2010 at 04:37 PM
Put a little hot water on your cats food and let it sit for a couple minutes before feeding it to him. I also use left over gravy or broth from cooking chicken bones or turkey bones etc. I put any left over juices from cooking meats in a jar in the fridg. and then mix it with the cats dried food. It helps with a finiky cat ! If you use tuna for your meal then drain the can of tuna in the container or right onto his food.
Posted by Stephanie on January 17,2010 at 05:21 PM
Try the natural type dry food (that don't test inhumanely on animals), like Solid Gold, Halo and Natural Balance. I would also rotate the brands and flavors to give some variety. Also, giving a cat too much wet food and not even dry can lead to tartar and gum problems, which may be why your cat isn't eating the dry food now. Take a look at your cat's teeth, do they look any other color then white? Then that's probably the problem. Good luck!
Posted by SSMouse on November 28,2009 at 10:00 PM
Maybe he has a sore mouth and it hurts for him to eat the dry stuff. You should have your vet examine his teeth.
Posted by S on November 05,2009 at 04:50 PM
Try mixing the canned and the dry. Use more canned food at first and slowly decrease the amount of the wet food until the mixture is mostly dry. Do this over the course of several weeks. I have known this to work in the past.
Posted by Gwen on November 04,2009 at 05:14 PM
I take Iams dry and than 1/4 can of Fancy Feast and mix it with 1/2 can of hot water and pour it over the dry. This has worked well for several years.
Posted by Elizabeth on October 10,2009 at 02:49 PM
Why would you just feed him dry food? Because it is convenient for you? Because you don't ike the smell? Would you want to eat pretzels all day every day for the rest of your life? Give him wet food at least once a day. Male cats can develop urinary problems, also, if they are fed a dry only diet. Cats have tastes buds just like we do. Try to stick to chicken, turkey, duck and away from beef/fish.
Posted by Mike Rollag on October 02,2009 at 08:08 PM
I am trying to find a better price on Medi Cal Feline weight control. Can you help me please?
Posted by Genie on October 01,2009 at 11:51 AM
i live in white hall, ar but i work full time in west little rock, arkansas off of cantrell road. i have 4 cats who live inside my parents house and 2 grown cats outside that had 4 kittens 2 months ago and all catys eat fanci feast can food, fanci feast dry food and whiska lickins treats. i am unable to feed them all and need financial assistance at this time. Any help anyone could give me will be greatly appreciated. my phone number is 870-329-7450
Posted by Monica on October 13,2009 at 08:50 PM
o sry, I meant to put that for a diff one! (I fu sign up for purina kitten kit, then u get a free bag!)
Posted by Monica on October 13,2009 at 08:49 PM
try mixing wet and. I do really recommend that then, feed him wet only in the morning, really, i believe cats need both wet and dry, there are so many benefits to each. Might as well get the best of both worlds! Each one 'prevents' different things. so yea, i recommend both, either bymixing, or wet in the morning, and dry throughout the day, Vary the wet food though! (u will probaby have the most sucess mixing the food,)
Posted by Elizabeth on October 10,2009 at 03:01 PM
Hi Genie, See if there is a local SPCA or Humane Society or rescue group that could help you TNR the outside cats. They need to be spayed/neutered so they do not reproduce anymore. Not sure what pet food stores are near you but Fancy Feast is generally expensive and not economical because it only comes in a 3 oz size for the cans and very small bags for the dry. You could save money immediately by switching brands. Skip the treats. The cats will be grateful for the food/clean water. Re wet food: You would save money by buying the 12 oz - 14 oz cans (soup can size) or at least by buying the 5.5 oz size (tuna size can) - Friskies is the same quality of food as Fancy Feast. Walmart has good sales on cat food. Petco does also. If you buy by the case and not individual cans you will also save money. Ask your local store for a discount since you are feeding "strays". You could also look for a local pet food distributor (the people that sell to local pet stores) via Google. They may sell to you at wholesale if you go speak to them. Also, if you do have a Petco maybe the manager will give you broken bags... of dry food. Ask any of the stores if they will give you the broken bags of food. You can add hot tap water to the dry food to make a wet food. Hope this helps. Please spay/neuter them! Log onto petfinder.com and type in your zip code to find the closest local rescue group. They may have other suggestions as well.
Posted by sharon smith on September 25,2009 at 09:08 AM
Can you tell me what cat food would be the best from grocery store. Pet store too far? Much appreciated
Posted by kathy de martino on January 21,2011 at 04:39 PM
dear sharon: i have a 3 year old cat named snuggles and she is the love of my life, try the local animal shelter, explain your problem and see f they have extra food, they might be able to help
Posted by Stephanie on January 17,2010 at 05:25 PM
The food that has been proven to be best for cats (and dogs) is the natural food (the real natural food, not what claims to be natural). Check out these brands: Halo, Natural Balance, Solid Gold (just to name a few). Those brands are all natural, no fillers, by-products, or artificial flavors, and even better, those companies don't test inhumanely on animals. It's the best of both worlds. Your cat will have less health problems and live longer (according to a lot of websites) if you feed them the real natural foods instead. Also, watch for ingredients such as "chicken MEAL", when you see "meal", that's not a good thing. Good luck!
Posted by Genie on October 01,2009 at 04:17 PM
The food our cats love is fanci feast (the can food and the dry food). Our cats all love the Whisher Lickins treats in chicken & seafood and in the tuna flavor.
Posted by mary sokoloski on September 22,2009 at 08:57 AM
I am currently a volunteer at a non profit, no kill animal shelter. we are currently in the middle of a cat food crisis & are running ou. we have approximately 250 plus cat/kittens & have a shortage of food. does your organization donate food or have a program we might be eligible for? any help or advice you could give I would deeply appreciate it.
Posted by Bob on September 20,2009 at 08:08 PM
What is the best,yet least expensive CANNED cat food for a 1 year old female??? Thanks.
Posted by kathy on January 21,2011 at 04:45 PM
dear BOB; try meijers they have friskes can cat food 10 for 4.00 and my cat loves them
Posted by Stephanie on January 17,2010 at 05:29 PM
I totally understand the financial issues, but getting your cat the cheapest stuff out there will only lead to more vet bills and an early death. I have read many articles from all different websites about the long-term effects that the by-products and such have on pets. Try natural brands that don't test inhumanely on animals, like Halo, Natural Balance, and Solid Gold. They might be a little bit more expensive then the crap food, but having your cat around longer and healthy is worth it.
Posted by PATRICIA on September 08,2009 at 12:03 PM
I losted my job and money is tight is there anywhere I can get some kind of help paying for food for my cat and dog, I realy love them and want to do everything I can for there health. Thank You Patricia
Posted by laura munoz on December 06,2009 at 09:50 AM
I'am in the same position as Patricia, we are both disabled . My husband and me, we live on his pension, while we also have a 12 yr. old son. We also have 2 cats, and is there anywhere we can get help with their cat food? Sincerely, laura
Posted by William Gwynn on September 05,2009 at 09:04 AM
My cat didn't eat sene a week should i take her the the vet
Posted by Genie on October 01,2009 at 04:19 PM
yes, take your cat to the vet. most first time office visits are kept minimal unless there is an extra charge for an extra service, but at least you can get her treated and she will hopefully get betterso she can eat. You can ask yuor local vet if you can get on a payment plan and how concerned you are that your cat has not eaten. g
Posted by tina on September 15,2009 at 06:55 PM
after two days a cat should be taken to the vet. a week the cat should be taken immediately. low glucose is a problem also there may be some underline problem. is she old? when cats are old kidney disease and hyperthyroid are common and cats will stop drinking water.
Posted by P. Shobbrook on August 25,2009 at 01:59 PM
do you ship to Canada and if so would I have to order a certain amount?
Posted by William on August 24,2009 at 04:12 PM
Do Have a cat food both Dry & Wet I have a male Cat about 12 years old with Diabetes. I'm just looking for options on where to get our food for our cats. I also have a female about 14 years old . She's okay.
Posted by brenda on August 05,2009 at 02:35 PM
Is it safe for a dog to eat cat food on a regular basis? Safer for the cat to eat dog food?
Posted by Judy on August 11,2009 at 02:04 PM
I'm an emergency RVT. As such I see plenty of dogs who have all kinds of GI upset from mild diarrhea to life threatening pancreatitis, from eating cat food. It is too rich for dogs! It has a higher fat content. I also have assisted with the euthanasia of too many cats who couldn't be saved due to cardiomyopathy, a heart condition, which was caused by a lack of taurine in the diet. One owner told us that ever since finding the cat, it would not eat cat food and lived only on dog food. Well dog food does not have the amount of taurine a cat requires for proper heart muscle development. Her cat was struggling to breathe because of heart failure that is irreversible. Sad, it was a very sweet cat. There is just no reason to mess around. They label this food for a reason.
Posted by BrendaR on August 06,2009 at 04:33 PM
Dogs should eat dog food and cats should eat cat food. Cats are Obligate Carnivores, means they must have meat and can't really process plant based foods. Dogs are Omnivores, and can adapt to both plant & animal (meat) food sources. You can look tese up for more information but that is why they each have there own foods - because they each have different requirements. Hope that helps.
Posted by nlguerr on August 02,2009 at 12:20 AM
My cat uses a litter box however he has been leaving feices behind one of the couches .What can I do to get him to stop?It is the same couch and I dont know what to do to get him to stop.
Posted by Carol Ann Roberts on January 05,2010 at 12:35 AM
I have found that a little water on their dry food seems to make it more interesting, not as much as conaned food will ever be, but after a while I found my cats, especially my Egyptian Mao, prefers his food now to be wetted. I use half the amount of water to food. Give it a try, dry food it usually much better for them.
Posted by Bob on September 20,2009 at 08:05 PM
I believe your cat wants more attention from you (family) and will achieve there attention by making you aware they are there and want there attention now.Then (rarely) cats pick tere own spot.Litter box be dammed!
Posted by Ann on August 14,2009 at 06:02 PM
Hi I had a similar problem when I moved house, my boy began going outside of the litter box, this including the sofa and his bed. First I cleaned the area thoroughly (pet cleaning products and a spot bot) then brought a bag of Dr Elseys Cat Attract Litter (sold at Petsmart, PetValu etc). Cleaned the litter boxes and replaced with this new litter, not sure if it was just a phase he went through when we moved but that was about a month ago and no more accidents since, I am keeping the litter to be on the safe side. Hope this helps.
Posted by Jodi on August 01,2009 at 11:02 PM
We have 2 older cats and 2 kittens in our house. The older cats want the kittens food and the kittens want the cat food. We have been trying to keep the foods seperated but it is becoming increasingly difficult. Is there any alternative food that we can feed ALL the cats/kittens the same thing? Can we just mix the kitten and cat food together and just let them all have it?
Posted by Beth on March 10,2010 at 03:10 PM
It is okay to feed the older cats the kitten food. Kitten food is higher in protein which is a plus since cats are mainly carnivorous..
Posted by Beth on August 21,2009 at 02:50 PM
You can either mix the 2 foods if you want to. I have not fed my kittens Kitten Food, and they have always been fine...grew up large, healty and sassy. One of my cats lived to 21, so i don't think the kitten food makes a big difference.
Posted by MONICAk on October 13,2009 at 09:02 PM
guess u could mix it! that is a hard one! But i do think u should attempt giving kitten food, it hhelps with development, but if they are past maybe, 5 months, I think it is fine, or whenever u feel most of their developing has occurred!!
Posted by karis on July 27,2009 at 08:33 AM
do you have free manx kittens
Posted by dale detarville on July 17,2009 at 01:52 PM
How much canned cat food should be feeding my cat on a daily basis. He weight is 6 pounds and she is about 4 months old.
Posted by annea on December 18,2009 at 11:28 AM
Only give it too her once a day and put out a small bowl of dry that way she won;t get fat
Posted by Monica on October 13,2009 at 08:55 PM
Since he is a kitten, i don't really think it matters as much, really just let him graze kinda. I do recommend leaving out some dry food too, it helps with tartar, and u can leave greater ammounts out at a time (if u have to go somewhere) ! Hope this helps! (btw i have a kitten ,, about 5 months, old, I get him half a can of the friskies 2 meals in one, and leave out dry food, a random amount, i free feed, and he isn't really obese that i can tell, not a show cat skinny but ya>) But if u do, make sure u play/ excerise him daily, play with A mouse, or something!
Posted by Patty on July 17,2009 at 09:19 AM
My cat has diabetes. Can he nibble on cat grass? And is it safe to give him cat nip once or twice a week?
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