In the wild, a cat will eat only a very small quantity of any grain, namely the stomach contents of mice, rabbits, or birds he catches. Why then, should a pampered household cat eat a diet that is loaded with the one food nutrient he really doesn't need? Although french fries and Twinkies might be tasty treats on occasion, what human would consider living on them day in and day out, much less feed them to their children as a regular diet. Why then, would we do less for our cats?
Dry cat food can also contribute or be directly related to certain health conditions:
- IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
- CRF (Chronic Renal Failure)
- Urinary crystals (which are potentially fatal to cats)
- Diarrhea or other allergy-related conditions
- Dehydration (cats on canned food diets get sufficient water in their food)
So what do I feed my boys? I read through Franny's About.com list of Top 6 Canned Foods for Kittens and, while they all sounded good, I decided to go with Nutro brand cat foods.
My reason for choosing Nutro over the other brands Franny listed is simple. In my area, Nutro is readily available and affordable at a wide variety of stores. I think it's important to use food and litter that are not only high-quality but easy to get. If I had to special order a rare brand of food all the time, it would be a pain.
So I'm going with Nutro brand, both their Nutro Max Cat line and their Nutro Natural Choice line. Both contain a good mix of high-quality ingredients and interesting flavors. Primarly, I use the Nutro Max Cat, which comes in three flavors: Chicken & Oceanfish, Turkey & Giblets, and Chicken & Liver. I give the boys all three, though they seem to like Chicken & Liver the least. Who can blame them for disliking liver?
I'd feed them wet food for every meal if I could be psychic and anticipate when they'll get hungry, but sometimes they want food in the middle of the night or during the day when Liz and I aren't around. So we leave out dry food during the day and at night for them. The dry food we chose is also Nutro brand. It's Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Kitten Food.
So, for our boys, it's:
- A half can each of canned food at 7:30 am
- Dry food available for snacking all day
- Canned food again at 7:30 pm
- Dry food available all night
- Water available at all times
Does this sound reasonable? The boys doubled their weight in the 3 weeks we've had them and they seem healthy.