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  # 834172 11-Jun-2013 13:39
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We've seen a couple of different vets at the clinic, and while they do sell a range of food there their advice had always been to just feed them whatever they are happiest eating, but keep it in moderation. They advised against some of the budget supermarket brands because they are more 'junk food', but basically said keep a mix of wet and dry and just make sure they are eating the right amount.

They did however advise against an all dry diet, as they are often very carby and it makes the cats fat. Apparently even the premium 'diet' biscuits that they put many overweight cats on just make them fatter.

That is basically the advice my vet told me too.

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  # 834299 11-Jun-2013 16:22
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I have tried a varied diet but as all my cats are grazers, the wet stuff just goes gross during the day and they wont touch it if its been out for a while. Sometimes I will give them a single serve packet between all 4 of them so it gets finished but they would much rather go for the dry stuff.



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  # 836096 12-Jun-2013 23:05
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We showed both our Ocicats so needed a nice glossy coat, good health n all other areas etc.

They used to win bags of 'premium' catfoods, Excellence included, but from previous experience with an allergic cat we try and avoid feeding biscuits with a lot of colours in them as they can get an allergy where they puke them up all over the house (messy).

I agree, stick with premium brands such as Purina, Proplan, Hills science dies, Orijem etc - there is a new one called 'Go' and 'Now' which are also meat-based.  look for cat foods of either wet or dry that say '100% diet' as they give all the nurtrients your cat will need

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  # 836494 13-Jun-2013 18:28
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My cats discovered those temptations ....... Have to lock the fridge and doors to stop them breaking in as they can open doors and draws.

LOL. (pictures claw marks all through house..)


"NZSPCA currently recommends

 Biscuits clean the cat’s teeth as it crunches through them."

Sorry, that's a good myth but it doesn't work.

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  # 2299380 14-Aug-2019 17:53
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Opening this topic again after six years hiatus.


I have a 90% Turkish Van of social parentage who is 13½yr (Skipper) and used to be 9.5kg but after developing caries and having approx ¼ of her teeth removed and then developing kidney disease at the same time just over a year ago, she is now around the 5kg. She used to be a quite the guts and when her sister (Captain) was alive we had to put Captains food up as Skipper refused to climb or jump so that worked. Captain was a grazer.


But now post the last tooth clean and extractions the vet wont anaesthetise any more due to poor kidney health. Her water drinking has markedly gone up in the last six months and she prefers only mushy gravy wet food along with Hills j/d Mobility dry.


Unfortunately we acquired these two cats just out of kittenhood and they were already trained on supermarket canned wet food and cheap dry. Managed to get them onto Hills but never onto real meat products, Jimbo's or any real meat products.


Our problem now since loosing all that weight is about twice a week she has a good vomit. This vomit is not her usual fur ball vomit for which she will eat a bit of grass for but only food. She normally has about 3 to 4 85gm cans spread over 18 hr day and takes about 3 goes at each can over a period of ¾ hr. If she has decided to eat her dry then she will only get 2 to 3 85gm cans.


Our previous cat (General) lived to 18yrs and 3mths and had to be euthanised. We acquired her and her sister at 7 days old and for most of her long life had an ongoing bowl of dry with one meal of real meat; kangaroo, chuck steak, kidneys & liver and prior to each meal one Dr Martins Tibbs vitamin tablet for cats. (not made any more) Yell Tibbs and she ran through walls. It wasn't till her final two years she went onto Dine cans due to oral problems.


Note she is in no pain or discomfort and looks after herself very well, mostly eats, sleeps and toilets. Doesn't play anymore, though loves a good ear and head scratch on her terms. She is not a lap cat but is a bed cat at night.


Yes she has us trained. Unlike her predecessor, General, who just went with the flow and was a lap and then bed cat in night.


What is a good mushy food for seniors ? One that is gentle on the tummy. I am presuming a highly soluble protein fibre food that is broken down in the gut would be best. Don't know.

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