Regarding cat food, a lot of cats are allergic to fish protein. It's like celiac, they like the taste but it screws up their GI tact over the long term and can lead to IBD/bowel cancer. Of course some cats eat fish and are fine. I keep thinking that contributed to my grain-free cat dying at 4 years old.
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i know this is a super old post but yeah during my weight watchers days, my lecturer told us to wash out mince after cooking it to get rid of the fat.
I never did it, tho.... but I know lots who did.
Many cats get addicted to the filler (usually grains) in dry food just like people do. I slowly slowly mixed wet in with dry for mine, transitioning him slowly. He loved meow mix, so that was my transitional crap food. I'm trying to transition him from crap wet food to real food, but he's balking at that, too. But his health is so much better than when he was on the high quality dry food before.
At one point, he was on 50:50 no-grain high quality dry food and no-grain wet food. He got fleas. We took all the dry food out and the ffleas went away, including the ones that had spread to the house, with no effort on our part.
5'4" 36yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
Starting: 185 lbs (March '10)
Current: 132.5 lbs
Goal: 135 lbs (Hit Jan '13)
Beating bingeing since 10/31/11 on my Leptin Reset journey
I have 14 cats (mostly barn, except for winter when it is cold and the pickin's are slim outside!) and there are some weird eaters in the bunch... I have 1 (who just had kittens before Christmas) who loves broccoli. Seriously loves it. We always give the animals left overs and table scraps (which I feel way better about since going primal) and Isis turned her nose up at pork to eat broccoli instead - one of the kittens did the same thing!
I once had a cat who would walk past a steak to get to a tomato.
Ours was a rare case, but I still get paranoid about that stuff. I'm trying to figure out an inexpensive way to do raw at home without the vet getting all up in my face about salmonella and toxoplasmosis. :/ She said that stuff doesn't bother the cats with their carnivorous immune systems, but she thinks it's irresponsible regarding the humans living with the cats.
I haven't found a wet food that our cats like more than their dry food that doesn't have fish in it yet. But, they eventually got reeeeeally fond of ground chicken/turkey with the Feline Instincts nutritive additive and little chunks of liver.
My chunky, cranky, whiny kitty has almost had a complete attitude adjustment since I've started transitioning her to grain-free. I noticed that every time I bought Iams, she'd whine constantly about FOOOOOOD!, and could easily eat twice the recommended serving for what would be her normal weight. It was like she was constantly starving, and she's never known true starvation like a street cat or neglected animal would.
So, I mixed the half bag of Iams i still had with C&P Ultramix (no wheat, corn, or soy) and went about feeding her that for a week. She seemed rather content, singing to me in the morning instead of shrieking. Then, I started alternating the dry food with Wellness grain-free wet food, and she LOVED that. My next step is to mix her current dry food that still has rice, tapioca, other grains with Evo.
She has lost a little bit of her belly and seems less irritable, so here's to the successful making of a Primal Kitty!
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