Most of the good dog food brands also make cat foods too!
Wellness Natural Balance Canidae (sp?) Fromm
You really don't want your dog or cat eating fillers, preservatives or dyes. Also the meat sources from some of the lesser brands would probably shock you. It is worth the extra money if you can get a better brand.
Personally, for middle aged to older male cats, I believe in foods designed for urinary tract health. That's the only kind of food my 11 year old can eat since he had an obstruction a few years ago and had to get admitted to the animal hospital, get the obstruction cleared and had a catheter (yes - a "Cat Catheter") for several days. The Vet told me that the kinds made for urinary tract health is all he can eat, and also, that it should be considered for any adult male cats due to this not being an unusual problem with the boys.
I feed my cat Felidae, the same makers of Canidae. Felidae is low in ash. The ash is what causes older cats to develop crystals and kidney problems. Wellness is also low in ash.
A lot of water is very necessary also if feeding dry cat food.
I had a cat with crystals once and after that I watch them closely with the proper diet and water intake. I leave a sink drip for just the cats! They love it and it really doesnt cost to have it drip. May have to change the faucet someday but well worth it!
the cats i had prior to the ones i have now ate purina one cat food for the majority of their lives and lived to be 18 and 19. the cat my MIL had ate whiskas and kit n kaboodle and other grocery store brand food and lived to 19 1/2. personally i would never feed whiskas or other brands of cat food similiar to that. the cats i have now have to eat a prescription diet because the male had urinary blocking issues. prior to this food they are on now they were eating wellness, which from what i have heard, may indeed have contributed to his urinary issue. after fox's first issue i switched him back to the wellness and he continued to block several times. i have now had him on this food for almost 3 years and have not experienced another problem with him.
cats need a higher protein content than dogs, they need a more meat based diet also. and they also need taurine, that is a must ingredient.
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I was so pleased with the results after finding it at the feed store and trying it, I never felt the need to change. My boys aren't as picky about their food as the dogs... http://www.performatrinultra.com/cat/cdi_chicken.htm http://www.performatrinultra.com/cat/cda_chicken.htm (might have to copy and paste those to your Address bar)
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