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    AmyO
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    I recently changed my kitty’s food and have a brand new bag of Iam’s kitty chow. I only used about a cup of it and I’d hate to waste it all. Please let me know if you are interested or if you know of any shelters that would take it.

    Thanks

    #687137

    sacatosh
    Participant

    I know someone who could really use it – laid off, etc. You know the drill. Anyway if you want to email me sacatosh at gmail I will come get it or hook you up with the person.

    Alternately if you prefer a shelter, I am sure FCAT could use it. “hammerhead” on here is the owner and “justcuz” helps her. I’m sure one of them will pop up shortly.

    #687138

    hammerhead
    Participant

    Sure we can take it won’t turn down free food, can feed it to my ferals. Good for you for getting off that crap, plus they(Iams) tests on animals.

    Did you ever get your cat fixed?

    feraltrapping@gmail.com

    #687139

    AmyO
    Participant

    My boss also has some extra kitty food (iam’s and something else), so maybe we can split that so you both get something. I’ll email you, Sacatosh, to arrange a time for you to pick it up. Hammerhead, where/when can food be dropped off for FCAT?

    I didn’t realize how awful Iams is. So terrible.

    Hammerhead– I did get him fixed. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you. Because of scheduling and a few other factors I ended up taking him to Vets for Less in Federal Way. It was a great experience and my kitty is happy and healthy.

    #687140

    KBear
    Participant

    “Good for you for getting off that crap, plus they(Iams) tests on animals.”

    Um, it’s CAT food. I sure hope they test it on animals…

    #687141

    justcuz
    Member
    #687142

    sacatosh
    Participant

    AmyO, no worries about me – give it to FCAT. They have a bigger need. I can assist my friend :)

    IAMS/Purina are terrible terrible companies. They torture animals in the name of “testing” their “pet food” (most of which is filler and rotten meat parts, not food, and is not fit for anyone’s comsumption) If your animals have skin issues, first thing to do is get them off foods with wheat, corn, and any sort of meat meal or byproducts and 99% of the time the skin problems clear right up. Foods for animals, just like for people, can cause all sorts of health and behavior issues. Your kids wouldn’t be healthy if you fed them nothing but McDonald’s. Same thing with your pets and those big-name mass produced fast-food style pet foods.

    #687143

    Lena
    Participant

    Iams is also owed by Proctor and Gamble. The worst company out there for cruel animal testing on their other products.

    #687144

    CMP
    Participant

    So on that note, what brands of food do you recommend, specifically for cats? I feed mine Max Cat dry food b/c my sister’s cat has always eaten that and never had teeth problems…but she’s a chunker now. My kitten gets Max Cat kitten food and then I mix up the wet food selection…Nutro and Trader Joes. One of my girlfriends said that the wet food should have proteins listed as the first four ingredients so that’s what I look for. I am totally open to suggestions for both my kitten and the geriatric, overweight cat that I’ve inherited…the one with the good teeth.

    #687145

    AmyO
    Participant

    Mud Bay was very helpful in finding a new food. According to them, the main ingredients should be meat–it should specifically say chicken, turkey, salmon, etc. If it says “meal” after the meat, that’s okay. It shouldn’t have fillers such as rice or corn hulls. Also, if it just says “animal fat”, that’s not good. It should specifically list what type of animal fat is in the food.

    I’ve heard that Kirkland cat food is actually pretty good, although I haven’t looked into that. I was feeding my kitty Innova, but that is too rich for him so now it’s on to Premium edge. Hopefully that works for him.

    Mud Bay’s website has a lot of information about choosing food. They are extremely helpful and don’t try to push products.

    #687146

    hammerhead
    Participant

    Kbear hope the above info will educate you on the cat and dog foods that are out there.

    AmyO. email me at feraltrapping@gmail.com and I can get you my address then.

    Kirkland in the PURPLE bag is a great food, the cat nuggets is bad all fillers.

    FCAT

    #687147

    Lena
    Participant

    Here’s an article I just wrote for my blog and for my clients on how to pick a dog food for your dog.

    http://pathwithpaws.com/blog/2010/01/23/how-do-i-pick-the-best-food-for-my-dogs-health/

    I haven’t finished the cat article yet. I’ll post it here when I do but the info for cats is very similar except that cats need more protein than dogs and I will include some information on changing the food of picky cats:-)

    Mud Bay, Pet Elements and Next to Nature are also great at answering food questions and having free samples to try – especially nice with some of those picky cats:-)

    #687148

    KBear
    Participant

    I didn’t know Iams was torturing animals. I’m glad the dog food I buy is on the “good” list. I do object to the use of the term “animal testing” when what is really meant is “animal torture”. I still think it’s misleading to say a particular pet food hasn’t been “tested on animals”. Of course it has. But hopefully not under inhumane conditions.

    #687149

    EmmyJane
    Participant

    I just got a cat about two months ago and I’m wondering if its normal for the cat poop to stink… like really super stink… like run me out of the room gagging stink. Max is on Healthwise Chicken Meal and Rice. He can stink up about 1,100 square feet.

    #687150

    hammerhead
    Participant

    yes/no sometimes the cat can have some thing called cocida(sp) take a sample to your vet and have it tested. If nothing is wrong, there are probiotics, to put on their food. I am not a vet, but I certainly see my share of sticky poop.LOL but again get a vet to check it out.

    #687151

    HunterG
    Participant

    EmmyJane,

    Intense stink when it comes to cat crap usually has to do with what you are feeding the cat. I began feeding my cat a grain free diet, and the “stink” went away.

    I have also heard that if the cat has an allegy, the feces will be extremely stinkful…..its not too uncommon for a cat to have an allergy to chicken. Maybe get an allergy test?

    #687152

    EmmyJane
    Participant

    Thanks for the tips everyone! I’ll get Mr. Max on a different food and see if that helps!

    #687153

    justcuz
    Member

    wow, this thread took a cool twist – great dog info, lenamegan, I’ve already passed it along!

    #687154

    Lena
    Participant

    Seconding the probiotics/enzymes for sticky cat poop – I like the animal essentials brand. Also seconding the grain free food. Grain ferments in the gut quicker and better than meat. Of course normal cat poop is fairly sticky just naturally:-)

    #687155

    Jo
    Member

    I inherited an 8 year old cat, Miss Finicky Princess, and if I buy supermarket dry catfood like Friskies, etc., she gains alot of weight.

    In fact, she’s overweight right now.

    Expert cat people: Any recommendations on a dry catfood for an overweight, indoor kitty. At one time I bought the Wellness brand (weight control) and she seemed to be okay with that. Is there anything to look for on the ingredients listing, i.e., protein 50%? She doesn’t like canned food.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Jo

    #687156

    Lena
    Participant

    Hi Jo,

    It is very hard to get a cat to lose weight on dry food. At the same time I completely understand those cats who will only eat dry food, I’ve worked with quite a few.

    Some cats will lose weight on a grain free and if you are going to feed only dry I highly recommend a grain free for cats just for health reasons alone. I like Evo because of the quality and because most cats will eat it even the picky ones.

    One thing to remember if you are switching from a grocery store brand is that you will be feeding a lot less of the high quality stuff because the protein is more digestible and there are no fillers.

    I know this is a long shot but any chance she would eat a raw diet? Probably the best way to have them lose weight is raw with grain free canned being second best.

    One more suggestion would be to feed a high quality canned but salt it at first. Some cats are so used to a high salt dry that they will not touch the canned unless you add a little salt. Later you can decrease the salt if they eat it with it. If she likes fish there is a mackerel with gravy by evangers at mud bay that many very picky cats will eat, esp with a little salt.

    Cats are a lot harder than dogs to switch food with. With overweight cats they can go three days without eating but must eat after that or their liver starts turning to fat and if it continues they will die. It’s called hepatic lipidosis. Doesn’t happen in the normal weight kitties. So ok to let them turn up their nose for a couple days but by the third it’s back to whatever they want.

    #687157

    Jo
    Member

    Thanks, Lenamagen.

    I’ll head up to Mud Bay and pick up a grain free product.

    If I decide to try raw diet, what do you suggest?

    I occasionally give her a teaspoonful of canned tuna fish and she loves it. Good? Bad?

    Again, thanks for your very helpful info.

    Jo

    #687158

    Lena
    Participant

    My favorite raw foods are from Darwin’s (local and deliver to your door), Nature’s Variety (can get at Mud Bay, Pet Elements and Next to Nature), and Paw’s Cafe (they also do amazing homemade diets that are cooked but are in the burbs and don’t deliver to Seattle yet)

    Here are links to all their sites

    http://www.darwinspet.com/our-cat-food/

    http://www.pawscafe.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49:cat-food&catid=39:cat-food&Itemid=75

    http://www.naturesvariety.com/raw_productsCAT

    Tuna is ok in small amounts but you don’t want to feed it every day. It can deplete kitties of vit B if feed long term .

    If she loves canned tuna she may also love Weruva’s canned food. They have a tuna one which I would not give more than once a week and then many other fish varieties. The store with the most fish flavors is Pet Elements. All three of my cats go crazy for this food – it’s their all time favorite. http://www.weruva.com/ Only cat food that looks good enough I would eat it:-)

    If you buy a lot of it I’ve found the best price is off of Amazon.com . We have a prime membership so shipping is free – I’m not sure how much it is if you don’t or if it qualifies for the buy $25 and get free shipping offer. It’s a third cheaper than anywhere else I have found it.

    #687159

    Jo
    Member

    Wow, thanks Lenamegen.

    I’ve printe out all your suggestions, and am sending your info onto all my cat-lovin’ family and friends.

    Jo

    #687160

    redfoxx
    Participant

    whoops, meant to post this in the good cat food thread…i moved it over there.

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