It is raining here today so I'll be catching up on filing and tidying up the office. Audrey is like a puppy; chews on everything. I have to keep all important papers out of her reach and my plastic table-cloth cover has a large hole in the corner now so I will be getting another one for special occasion dinners. Yes, she eats plastic. She's a hellian on wheels, I tell ya.
I didn't touch nuttin'
"You are shameless, Audrey"But enough of this...let's get on to something more important.
After living with cats for over 50 years, I have come to the conclusion that they need moist food and lots of it. Since putting my cats on mostly canned food with only a little dry for their crunch addiction, they have lost some weight, look better and act much less sluggish.
I started reading up on the down-side of feeding cats dry kibble only a few years back. Then, a good friend who lives with 5 cats and is on top of all the latest news in the feline world, told me that she took her cats off dry food and is really happy with the results. All her cats lost a bit of weight, their coats looked better and their stools were normal, finally. She fed them, twice a day, canned food only with a snack in the evening of a handful of dry. Lots of fresh water throughout the day and that's that. So, about a year ago I did the same and I also am happy with the look of my 4 oldsters and now the 2 young ones. The dry I give them for a snack (1/4 cup at most) is a grain free dry food. They all love it. They each get 1 1/2 cans a day of moist food ( 5.5 oz. cans) broken up into two meals. I give them Eagle Pack Holistic Moist food. If they are around at our dinner time I will give them a little treat of whatever meat is being served, mostly chicken and fish cut up on a plate to be shared. They look forward to this and it helps them bond.
My vet agrees that the dry food is what puts weight on our cats. All dry food is high in calories, loaded with fillers of mostly corn and sprayed with fat to entice the cats to eat it. She recommended that I go ahead and put the cats on moist food. I'm glad I did and will always feed my cats this way now.
If you decide to try this, I suggest you talk to your vet first. The vet can help you figure out how much food your particular cat will need daily and will also monitor the results. It's worth a try especially if your cat is on the 'chunky' side.
I'm off to cat-sit six cats I haven't seen in awhile. Time to fill the cat-bag.