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    Humbolt pet question for you.

    My boy cat has a bladder infection. Hes got his medicine and such, and hes eating and seems to be doing ok. Kinda depressed and all I am sure hes in pain. Anyways whats the best cat food for cats. I know they need a mix of wet and dry what would you suggest. As I love my little buggers and want them to live forever and ever.
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    I know this question isn't for me, but we feed our cat Science Diet.

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    Our cat gets Hill's science diet as well, dry food only, shes a picky eater, doesnt like going from dry to wet food or when they get mixed, but loves dry food.

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    Depends on what your cat likes and what you have in your area. Best you can do is compare the ingredients on different foods and look for something that has good ingredients and that your cat likes.

    What I look for in my dogs food is whole meats listed first, hopefully several times (all ingredients are listed by weight), no by-products, whole grains (whole rice instead of rice bran and rice flour and rice gluton) and no carcenogenic preservatives.

    That said stay as far away from Hills and Science Diet as you can. Used to be a good food 10 or 15 years ago, look at the ingredients now and you'll be appaled and probably feel kinda silly given how much it costs. Just because the vets push it doesn't make it a good food. Compare the ingredients and you'll see what I mean. Might as well feed sawdust and give the critter a vitamin.
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    I give both of my dogs Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul and they love it. Several vets that I've been to and review sites have given it very good ratings. I believe that they also have a cat version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrazen View Post
    I give both of my dogs Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul and they love it. Several vets that I've been to and review sites have given it very good ratings. I believe that they also have a cat version.
    Good food, I've feed mine that for long periods of time and they did great. My youngest is on Chicken Soup for pups along with what I'm giving everyone else. Right now I'm feeding Taste of the Wild (made by Diamond, same makers of Chicken Soup and Kirkland).

    Good food and good price, modeled after the Innova line but about 30% cheaper. They do have cat food, kitten, adult, light, sr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I know this question isn't for me, but we feed our cat Science Diet.


    heh

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    When I had a cat (peppy.. I miss him.. RIP)
    we found out that dry cat food caused crystals in his bladder..
    Found this info below.. might be useful


    I just got a 1+ year old male cat and don't know what he was fed.
    He doesn't like Iiams or Science Diet and I would like to keep him
    on a dry food. Is there a food you could recommend. He has been
    neutered and I've been told bladder infections are common if not
    on right food.

    You are to be commended for your concern in guarding your cat's
    urinary tract health. The information you were given is partially right,
    in that bacterial infections may accompany other lower urinary tract
    problems (FLUTD), such as urine crystals or uroliths (bladder stones).

    A great deal of research has been on-going as to the relationship of
    diet to urinary tract health, and the thinking has changed over a period
    of just a few years. Originally it was thought that diets high in magnesium
    and ash contributed to the problem; now more emphasis is being placed
    on the pH of urine (acidic or alkaline). (Veterinarians recommend a
    range between 6.0 and 6.5)

    Unfortunately, special diets which prevent the formation of one kind of crystal
    can actually cause the other, so I don't recommend a special diet for a one
    year old cat with no symptoms, unless your veterinarian prescribes one.

    Generally, a good quality commercial food should be fine for your cat. I would
    recommend avoiding fish flavored foods, which are said to be suspect in crystal
    formation. I would also recommend that you supplement your cat's dry food diet
    with a small amount of canned food each day, also avoiding the fish flavors, with
    the eventual goal of getting him on a mostly- or wholly-canned food diet. Make
    sure your cat always has plenty of fresh, clean water, and avoid feeding him table
    scraps. Watch carefully for any signs of distress, such as straining to urinate or
    missing the litterbox.
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    I mixed the old dry with new evo and they have a choice of either wet or dry. They prefer the wet. Max seems to be doing better. Paft came over to see him and it made him very happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annalysa View Post
    I mixed the old dry with new evo and they have a choice of either wet or dry. They prefer the wet. Max seems to be doing better. Paft came over to see him and it made him very happy.


    Evo is an excellent food.
    Very high protein though. Regular Innova is pretty rich, 36% protein, Evo is 50%.

    Make sure to adjust how much you feed so your cat doesn't plumb up too fast.

    Anything you can do to get them to drink more water is good, whether with wet food or multiple water bowls or circulating electric water bowls. Seems expensive but cheaper than a single vet visit.

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