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cat food / Kanika & Wellness!

mermaiden wrote a post about food for pets, which got me thinking about cat food and searching for info. I had done a little research before, and knew enough to check the protein & fat content (the higher those numbers the better) and avoid anything that had by-products (HORRIFYING) listed as an ingredient or listed anything before chicken/meat (including 'chicken meal'). What I didn't know was that corn and grains in general are just filler, not actually helpful for the cat. I was feeding Kanika Maxximum Kitten (which is better than Iams according to ingredients; chicken as primary ingredient, no by-products, high protein & fat) and then Trader Joe's dry food, which is pretty good, but after learning about the uselessness of grains I wanted something better. I found Wellness and learned that it was available at Whole Foods, so I picked some up when I stopped to get my odwalla bars.

When I first brought it home, Kanika could smell it through the bag and got excited! so cute! Ze's been on the new food for about three days now, and ze actually seems happier. Just as playful as usual, but friendlier (not so inclined to dart off if you reach to pet zir), and more tolerant of hugs/cuddles and even holding. Not a huge amount of difference, but noticeable -- and I'm hoping it will increase. When I was feeding zir Maxximum, ze would sniff at it when I put it in the bowl and then leave it. With Trader Joe's, ze would sometimes sniff-n-go, but sometimes have a bite or two -- but with Wellness, ze has a good-length munch session immediately after I put it in the bowl!

I also tried it myself and found that it's actually pretty tasty! They say it's human-grade, and you can tell, f'sure. I tried my cat's food way back when my parents were buying the cheapest food possible and boy was it nasty, with an aftertaste that lingered after brushing my teeth. Now I know that there were probably beaks and feet and who-knows-what-else in there and UGH grosssssss.

It's also pretty pricey as cat food goes (about 2.5 times as much as the previous kind), but considering that a month of food is about three coffees, it's definitely within our ability. There was a time when it would have been hard but I think even then I would have wanted to get it if I had known (even would have sacrificed some of my treasured coffee trips!). I'm happy to be able to get the good stuff without difficulty (and know what 'good' is) now ;-)

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queerbychoice ══╣╠══
Feeding a kitten better quality food has the additional extremely noticeable effect of causing it to grow up to be a much bigger cat. When I was a kid, my family must have had about 20 different cats, but my mother bought the cheapest cat food available, and the cats were all tiny. When I got Stardust, I fed her Science Diet for her first year (and Purina One since then). She's fully twice the size of my parents' cat!
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belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
hmmmm, interesting! I wish I had known about better foods when I first got Kanika, but oh well, at least I know now!
bellerisa ══╣catface╠══
Ooh I want to try that! My Phoenix is so fussy with food and I think she's too small for her age so I'm going to see if it's available in England.
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belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
This one is based in the UK and has good ingredients: http://www.orijenpetfoods.co.uk/acatalog/orijen_cat.html -- actually, it seems even nicer than Wellness as far as the ratios go! It looks like they deliver to your door, too.
tiger dance
bellerisa ══╣tiger dance╠══
Bel you're a superstar!! I spent hours yesterday trying to find a good UK one but all I did was confuse myself and find out that all the brands I thought were good are either full of fillers or blacklisted by animal rights groups! This one looks very good and I like the fact that I can use the same food for my cat and my kitten - I've placed an order now so I hope they like it too. Thank you so much for the link :D
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
aww, yay! you are so welcome!
wolfmare ══╣╠══
All of our critters are spoiled, we get them the best food we can afford, plus the occasional 'people' food.
belenen ══╣adorable╠══
aww, yay! :D
brightlotusmoon ══╣╠══
I feed my three cats either Blue Buffalo or Natural Balance, depending on whether I go to Petco or Petsmart, and since both brands are ultra premium, I've seen how great my cats have been since being on the food. I'd never go back to low-quality food with gluten and fillers.
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belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
cool! Do they have a preference of the two?
brightlotusmoon ══╣╠══
They seem to prefer Blue Buffalo, probably because of the LifeSource nuggets. But they've also devoured Natural Balance, so I'm never sure. However, they also really seem to love Natural Harmony Farms food, which is a subsidiary of Blue Buffalo - it's sold at my local grocery store (which is a huge step for a grocery store, I think; it's the only natural brand they sell). So I could probably feed them either Blue Buffalo or Harmony Farms for the rest of their lives and they'd be fine. It's on par with Wellness, which is what my parents feed their cat, and Toby is very healthy.

Right now, I have a feeder that holds three pounds of dry food in the kitchen, and that has Natural Balance. Upstairs in the bedroom is a bowl that has Blue Buffalo (I like to make sure all the cats have chances to eat around the house). They seem to eat the Blue Buffalo more enthusiastically.
Cat Haiku
writer_lilies ══╣Cat Haiku╠══
Awww. Teh kitteh.

We need to feed mine some better stuff. They get dry and gushy food, but it's usually kit n kaboodle and nine lives. I heard that's the equivalent of feeding them cheetos or something.

We don't have a Trader Joe's here though. Maybe Iams will do.
malignlibra ══╣╠══
I'm not meaning to hijack anything here, but Iams is only a slight difference from the other stuff you're feeding.

If you have a feed store nearby or Petsmart (Pet Supplies Plus and Petland will also work) they all have good high quality foods. Blue Buffalo is a great brand for the price (their Wilderness line is very good).


Solid Gold
Innova Evo
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
Before Grain
Natures Variety
Natural Balance

They're all great foods you can look into. I can talk animal nutrition for hours on end, so if you have any questions feel free to throw them out at me :).
writer_lilies ══╣╠══
We do have those pet store here. I'll have to start pricing. I might have to give up my coffee too.
musicandmisery ══╣╠══
I don't mean to hijack either, but I would recommend visiting iamscruelty.com before you start feeding it to your pet.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
haha, I love that icon!
Me:  hugging Link
mermaiden ══╣Me: hugging Link╠══
Ohmygosh, I'm so, so glad it resonated with you, hon!!! :) And I'm so, so glad Kanika loves it!!
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belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
awww! (that icon is adorable!) :D me too! a happy 'Nika is a happy me :D
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belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
awwwww thank you :D *hugs!*
flyingshaman ══╣╠══
I'm so happy to hear about this! I'm really glad that .. yes, I'm just really glad for this.

I'm feeling all this love well up for .. for you feeling better (as it sounds like you might be) and this incredible affection and fondness for Kanika.

I love you, so much.
belenen ══╣artless╠══
awww ♥ Well, I'm not feeling like I was when I made the commentless post, so that's good. I've been going through a strange transition, and am still in it, but it's not bad. ;-)
jendaby ══╣Bleys╠══
This is useful information! Thank you for posting about this - I am always in search of ways to help Bleys stay healthy and happy! :)
belenen ══╣adorable╠══
you are most welcome! :D

adorable icon!!!
misc; two kittens.
delicatexflower ══╣misc; two kittens. "playful kiss"╠══

awww!!! this is so so good!! i think you can see i5 in a a pet or an animal when they are eating good & healthy. they seem much more happier. you know? just as we humans eat good, we feel good too! you are a great mommy to your kitty! :]
belenen ══╣adorable╠══
yes, exactly! and awwwww thank you!

jenniology ══╣Kitties╠══
That stuff looks good! Shame I can't get it for Alex at home. He's a picky eater.
belenen ══╣adorable╠══
awww, cutey icon! :D

I found one based in the UK: http://www.orijenpetfoods.co.uk/acatalog/orijen_cat.html -- it seems even nicer than Wellness as far as the ratios go! It looks like they deliver to your door, too. You might be able to order in the UK and then send it home? But shipping might be prohibitively expensive :-/
jenniology ══╣Kitties╠══
Wow! Thanks for finding that - it looks great. :)
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