I just thought I would share this with you... Last fall my husband discovered a stray cat with babies living at his workplace. He was worried about them having food so he decided to buy a big bag of Kit n Kaboodle (cause it was on sale and the cheapest thing he could get I think)
Anyway, the cats must have found a new home and are no longer there. So he brought home what was left of the bag and I thought to myself I'm not feeding that old stale crap to my cats! Well, when I wasn't in the room, my husband opened up the bag and Boots crawled right in and started munching away. They love it!!!! What is wrong with those cats liking that cheap crap? I really thought they would not eat it.
Does anybody know how this food rates? I know it's not the best for them, but if they like it so much and it's cheap so I need a couple of good reasons to tell the hubby why we shouldn't continue feeding it to them.
Not one source of GOOD protein, only by products, and too much corn if you ask me. You cats will be pooping their brains out. Not to mention it will make their coats rough.
My cats are extremely picky eaters. They used to love purina, and they love those cheap canned foods. I tried feeding them higher quality foods, they wouldnt touch it. But they do love the Chicken Soup brand and eat it right up. Their coats are doing great, teeth looking good, less poop. And I don't think its that expensive, and I have 3 cats on it.
And its not really cheap to feed cheaper foods, because your cats will eat alot more than if they were on a high quality food. It all evens out.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 6/27/2006 10:30:50 AM*** Reason: add
I tried the higher quality foods on my cats, they turned their noses up at it. I feed them friskies, they love it. I get the 20lb bag at petsmart, it lasts the 3 of them a month. I know its not the best food to feed, but its the only one they will eat. I wasted money on food trying to get the "better" ones and they wouldnt eat it.
If you need to tell the hubby something to deter him, tell him that in the long run the money you'd save on the cheap food, you will end up spending twice as much in vet bills when your cats (especially if they are neutered males) get urinary blockages!
***Edited By: imsdac on 6/27/2006 10:56:10 AM*** Reason: spelling again!
Thanks lifeofriley! I've heard a couple of people say that chicken soup is good stuff and I'm thinking about changing over to it. How long does a bag of that stuff last you with 3 cats, and just out of curiousity, do you let food out for them all the time or only give it to them twice a day?
I know what you mean riley. They are picky eaters. My cats have 2 food bowls that are always full because they snack here and there. Take a few bites,,walk away,,come back in 10 mins eat some more,,etc,,,
Yeah they dont eat much at all. They still get one small can of food a day between the three of them. Occasionally I get the chicken soup canned. I found that the off brand canned is better than stuff like friskies though, as far as ingredients go. My oldest cat has no teeth so I prefer her to eat canned. So it may not last you as long as it does me, but definatly longer.
part of the ingredients: "beef tallow preserved with BHA"
BHA is a known cancer causing preservative that has been banned from human foods by the FDA.
As if the corn, corn, corn and by-products were not bad enough, I would never feed any animal food with BHA in it. Sadly enough, Science Diet also has it. Some of their formulas also have BHT and Ethoxyquin - two more known cancer causing preservatives.
We have found the absolute best cat food to be Felidae (made by the same company that makes Canidae). Most cats love it and it is all natural ingredients, no corn, no by-products and no cancer causing preservatives. The price is extremely reasonable too (about $8 for a 6 lb bag)
I'm not so picky with food for my cats as I am with my dogs. It seems that with cats, it's all about the flavor with them. I've bought a variety of cat foods through out time. I just made sure they were nutritionally balanced and had the adequate amount of taurine in it.
My adopted stray has probably eaten every food on the store shelf. She's 15 yrs and going strong. My Brother's cat only ate what was at WalMart and she lived to be 22 yrs.
I think for the most part that a cat can live a long life with balanced food, fresh water, indoors free of disease and accidents.
Back in Iowa, barn cats were never feed food with the exception of a few table scraps now and then. They mostly lived on mice and birds. (That was their purpose.)
Riley and Merico: are all of your cats around the same size? I'm just asking cause I've got one fat one and one normal size one... I was thinking the adult lite formula would be good for my "porker", but would it be suitable for a normal sized cat. He's not skinny, but just right and I wouldn't want him to lose any weight. I don't want to buy two different formulas... what do you think?
And Riley I'm definately with you on the poop, the less I have to scoop the better!! :o)
Animal, all 3 of mine got chunky over the winter. Mine are also on the lite formula and they are losing weight. Chicken soup also makes a regular adult formula, but your other cats should do fine on the lite. It still has protein and everything, just not alot of fat.
Also with mine, I no longer scoop. We have 2 litter boxes inside and 1 outside in their pen. We buy the cheapest litter, whatever is on sale, and put litter box liners in the boxes. When they get full, we throw all the litter out and start fresh. Much easier than scooping lol.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 6/28/2006 4:15:40 PM*** Reason: .