We have a 3 year old indoor cat and were wondering what is the best dry cat food diet we could give her. When we first got her, we tried to give her the wet can of food we got with her, but she threw it up. So, she doesn't like any canned food. We have been giving her bulk dry cat food from the grocery store. She seems to be OK with it, except that her litter box odor has gotten kinda of bad.
I've just been reading about diets and litter box odor and that there might just be a connection. What is the best kind of dry cat food to feed her so her litter box won't smell so bad?
By Linda Delcamp from Brighton, MI
I ought to be feeding ours wet cat food but they like the dry so much I use the one formula. The main thing is to try to see that real meat is the first ingredient. By Products do not equal meat. If it says Chicken as the first ingredient than that food has real meat as the main ingredient,
I have noticed even the ones at the vet don't pass my test of real meat being the first ingredient.
Also the better you feed your pet the foods with real meat as the first ingredient, the less bulk wasted matter there will be in the litter box.
I have found this out about cats. If they don't eat one wet can food, try another one, again with meat as a first ingredient.
The specialty cat clinic in our area no longer recommends a diet of dry food, saying that they (dry foods) have surprisingly high sugar contents. Since they have done this, they have seen a 30% drop in the rates of diabetes in their clientele.
Now, I don't have a cat, and only heard this from a (trusted) source; but I would say doing some good online research would be a good idea. A call to your vet might be a good idea, too; and a call shouldn't cost you anything.
I have found Evo to be the best. It has no corn, wheat or soy which are often allergens. Cats and dogs on Evo or California naturals eat less because their systems are satisfied. There are no fillers, no euthanized animals (true) and no garbage. Always read the ingredients and avoid health problems. Good food, avoid vaccines, a bunch of love and your pet will have a great auto-immune system. Fewer visits to the vet. Health is precious.
I prefer Costco (Kirkland) brand. It has chicken at the 1st ingredient and none of the thing you want to avoid. It is also inexpensive and the cats like it.
This is for robynfederspiel:
What is the one formula and where can you get it around Brighton, MI?
Purina One can be gotten at most any store, Wal-Mart, Woodman's, etc. I found Woodman's to be cheaper as Purina One is more expensive.
If you want less bulk wasted matter in the litter box just do not use cat food that includes cereals. Cereals are just not at all natural food for a cat. The only time a cat will eat cereals in nature is when he catches a bird and eats the stomach of the bird (if he does !) with the cereals the bird fed on. You may find this quite stupid but many cat owners see the size of a their cat excrements as a proof of the good health of their cat and this is used as a strategy by cat food companies when, on the contrary, the cat owner should think that the bigger what ends in the litter box the less useful the food was to the cat.