I give my two kitties (almost one year old) dry cat food..is this okay or should I be giving them canned?
Thanks!
Christina

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I give my two kitties (almost one year old) dry cat food..is this okay or should I be giving them canned?

As long as it's a good quality dry food there's no need to give them canned. I have four cats. One doesn't like canned food at all so she only eats dry. I feed them all Purina ONE, although I know there are better (and more expensive) brands out there.

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Hi Sue and thanks for the advice! If you read my response to Lauren, you'll see that I have been buying Walmart brand "Special Kitty". Can you tell me about how much a bag of Purina ONE costs? Thank you!!

Christina
I give my two kitties (almost one year old) dry cat food..is this okay or should I be giving them canned?

As long as it's a good quality dry food there's no need to give them canned. I have four cats. ... dry. I feed them all Purina ONE, although I know there are better (and more expensive) brands out there. 8[/nq]^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to e-mail)
I give my two kitties (almost one year old) dry cat food..is this okay or should I be giving them canned?

As long as it's a good quality dry food there's no need to give them canned. I have four cats. ... eats dry. I feed them all Purina ONE, although I know there are better (and more expensive) brands out there.

I should have also said to be sure they get plenty of water.

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Hi Sue and thanks for the advice! If you read my response to Lauren, you'll see that I have been buying Walmart brand "Special Kitty". Can you tell me about how much a bag of Purina ONE costs? Thank you!!

I think a seven pound bag costs about seven dollars at Wal-Mart. It could cost more or less where you live. Wal-Mart checks prices at other local stores to be sure their prices are lower. (It's called "comping," if you care!)
"Special Kitty" is probably one of the worst brands to buy, IMHO. Same for the "Ol' Roy" Wal-Mart brand of dog food.
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I firmly believe in a diet of mostly canned food. However, one of my cats basically insists on eating almost exclusively dry food. The thing that bothers me is he drinks lots of water, whereas my other cat hardly ever drinks. Then I read about how cats eating dry food require enormous amounts of water and rarely drink enough, and even when they do their urine is more concentrated than cats eating wet food.
With so many older cats having so many kidney problems, I think it's important to feed them wet food.
Jon
I actually buy Ol Roy for my bassett hound (whereas she used to get Purina Beneful), but money is so tight that we've had to make many changes. We have a family of six, two cats and one dog and are having a hard time just keeping the utilities on which is why I ended up buying the Walmart brands. I realize I shouldn't have taken on the responsibility for two cats, but the lady who was fostering them made me feel guilty for not taking both since they were brothers, so my husband and I adopted both of them even though we were intending to get one kitten.
Anyway, they seem to love it and drink plenty of water, but I'm curious if anyone in the group knows why the walmart brand is known as the worst brand to give your pet.
Thanks for all of your help it's much appreciated.

Christina
Hi Sue and thanks for the advice! If you read ... how much a bag of Purina ONE costs? Thank you!!

I think a seven pound bag costs about seven dollars at Wal-Mart. It could cost more or less where you ... probably one of the worst brands to buy, IMHO. Same for the "Ol' Roy" Wal-Mart brand of dog food. 8[/nq]^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to e-mail)
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I think a seven pound bag costs about seven dollars ... for the "Ol' Roy" Wal-Mart brand of dog food. 8[/nq]^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to e-mail)
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Christina, Feed whatever you can afford. Wal-Mart's Ol'Roy and others don't use quality ingredients, that's why they are so cheap. But as long as your pets are eating it and if that's all you can afford, then that's all you can do. I'm sure your kitties would rather be in a loving home than in a shelter, right? When your finances improve, then you can start changing their diet.
What's wrong w/ carbs? Are you a carbophobic?? What do you think the phosphorus and calcium levels are on a dry matterbasis?

Wellness Turkey and Salmon has a phosphorus level of 0.88% and the Chicken and Salmon has a phosphorus level of 0.91%. Both are well below the oft-quoted 0.98% maximum recommended phosphorus level.

They don't have non-specific by-products, and have a small fraction of the carbs of Science Diet. Specifically, 16-20% of Science Diet's (maintenance) calories come from carbs. 2% of Wellness Turkey and Salmon's come from carbs. Read the article zuzu22 linked to you, and you'll understand why that's a good thing.
So what advantage, exactly, does Science Diet have over Wellness? What's bad about having few carbs? Steve made a good argument for carbs being more or less ok at http://tinyurl.com/2bhga but even he never said they were a great thing to have, either. He cautioned against going low or no carb without looking at other things like phosphorus, but if you can have your cake..
Jon
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