Hey everyone,
I've got two 2 y/o ragdoll kittens - Karma and Cocoa - who I've fed with dry food in the morning and throughout the day (Hills Science) and wet food for dinner (Whiska's canned or pouches).. When I took my babies to the vet recently to get their vaccinations updated, the vet advised that I take them off the wet food and give them just dry food. I always thought it was good to have variety because there are some things the cats get out of wet but not dry food, and vice versa.. But the vet said that the dry would be better for their teeth and would get them drinking more water (my cats are big fans of water, I'm not sure they need much more!).
Cocoa has to go back and get his teeth cleaned, which he's being sedated for (which I'm also a bit concerned about).. but Karma's teeth are fine..

So what I'm wondering is, if I start giving the boys dry food constantly, is it going to upset their routine at all? Are they going to think I just haven't fed them at night and not eat because they're waiting for their wet food? Or is the vet just crazy and should I stick to the routine that has worked so far. We've also just moved house, which caused a bit of tension for all of us, but I'm pleased to say I think we (including the cats) all handled it well, and my kitties are loving the new house Emotion: smile

I know I should have asked the vet this, but even so, it's good to have some more opinions.. Emotion: smile
Thanks Emotion: smile

Shellie >^.,.^<
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Hi Shellie,
If this were me I would carry on as before and ignore the vet.

Alison
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Hey everyone, I've got two 2 y/o ragdoll kittens - Karma and Cocoa - who I've fedwith dry food in ... have asked the vet this, but even so, it's good tohave some more opinions.. Emotion: smile Thanks Emotion: smile Shellie >
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So what I'm wondering is, if I start giving the boys dry food constantly, is it going to upset their ... wet food? Or is the vet just crazy and should I stick to the routine that has worked so far.

Technically, the dry food is better for their teeth, but I also feed some wet food. I mostly started when I had an elderly cat who wasn't eating enough. I had to feed her canned food to get her to eat, and she would not eat chilled or heated wet food, so I was stuck opening multiple cans a day and having the other cats finish it off. After she died, I felt guilty stopping the wet food, so I give them one can a night, which is split between 3 cats and one dog (can't give a treat to one while another is watching).
I use it more as a treat than a meal. They still eat kibble thorughout the day, and the one cat has a daily routine of going up to the bathroom with me when I get ready for bed. She eats kibble there even though she knows I am about to open the can.
I'd be a little concerned since one already needs a teeth cleaning, so be aware of how much of each he is eating. You may want to reduce the amount of wet food. How much do they get? Perhaps a smaller serving would be better.
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You are correct. I highly recommend a new vet. Feeding an all dry food is not healthy for a carnivore, especially your boy who can become prone to urinary crystals. I would also recommend a higher quality canned food.
But the vet said that the dry would be better for their teeth and would get them drinking more water

There is much debate about the efficacy of dry food for cleaning teeth. In my experience, many cats just swallow kibble without chewing enough to get any benefit from the dry food. I give my cats chicken gizzards for their teeth. I feed them raw but if you don't want to, you can just braise them in some butter. As far as drinking more, again in my experience some cats will drink more when fed dry food, but many don't, and then they can get urinary tract problems.
I'm sure you'll got lots of opinions here as food is a much debate topic Emotion: smile

Meanwhile, here is an excellent article on feline nutrition: http://www.homevet.com/petcare/feedingyourcat.html

Lauren

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Hey everyone, I've got two 2 y/o ragdoll kittens - Karma and Cocoa - who I've fed with dry food ... asked the vet this, but even so, it's good to have some more opinions.. Emotion: smile Thanks Emotion: smile Shellie >
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That is just plain silly advice. They HAVE to drink more to stay healthy, but it certainly won't guarantee it and boys have a terrible time with urinary problems if they don't get enough water. I think that is terrible advice, and it sounds to me as though the doctor is not up on the most recent cat veterinary research. More and more do NOT recommend dry only diets. It is merely a convenience for the owner and not of benefit to the cat.
Karen
Hey everyone, I've got two 2 y/o ragdoll kittens - Karma and Cocoa - who I've fed withdry food in ... have asked the vet this, but even so, it's good to havesome more opinions.. Emotion: smile Thanks Emotion: smile Shellie >
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Hi Shellie, I have Ragdolls too :-) their teeth should be clean at that age! could you take them off whiskers and try introducing some raw instead, gradually introduce it... or find a better wet food than whiskers! it isn't very good food! are you in the UK? if so try from waitrose, Yarrah Organic Cat. I think tesco's or sainsbury's do it too. Denes is another good one too.
good luck
I've got two 2 y/o ragdoll kittens - Karma and Cocoa - who I've fed with dry food in the ... wet food? Or is the vet just crazy and should I stick to the routine that has worked so far.

Well, I hesitate to say your vet is crazy, but there are plenty of vets who recommend canned food over dry. My vet's opinion is the opposite of yours. He says that although some think that dry food helps clean the teeth, there is no evidence of that other than with some of the special dental diets. And in fact, cats that consume only dry food are less likely to get sufficient water than cats that eat canned food.
If it were me, yes, I'd ignore the vet and keep feeding canned food. You may want to feed a little dental diet dry food or treats, or try to start brushing their teeth, to improve dental health. Since one of your cats needs a cleaning at only two years of age, I'd suspect a genetic tendency toward dental problems. If you can manage it, regular brushing might help considerably.
There is much debate about the efficacy of dry food for cleaning teeth. In my experience, many cats just swallow ... here as food is a much debate topic :) Meanwhile, here is an excellent article on feline nutrition: http://www.homevet.com/petcare/feedingyourcat.html Lauren

I take a proctologist's view. If whatever the cat eats produces a smooth turd in the litter box, that's the diet he/she gets. If the *** looks forced, hard, evidence of constipation, I experiment until the "evidence" looks normal. Pretty simple, eh?
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There is much debate about the efficacy of dry food ... here is an excellent article on feline nutrition: http://www.homevet.com/petcare/feedingyourcat.html Lauren

I take a proctologist's view. If whatever the cat eats produces a smooth turd in the litter box, that's the diet he/she gets. If the *** looks forced, hard, evidence of constipation, I experiment until the "evidence" looks normal. Pretty simple, eh?

LOL! Yes, let's hear it for smooth turds Emotion: smile
Lauren

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
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