View Full Version : Need kitty fud recommendation

Der Cute
02-10-2009, 07:32 PM
I has new cat! Mrow!
her name is Fuzzy, aka Fuzzbutt, and she's a domestic long haired klingon cat :). All black, and she's such a considerate kitty.

I want to do good things for her/ with her. Got any dry food rec's for me? It's been a couple years since I had my cats :(

Thx for any help


02-10-2009, 07:49 PM
*gets out whistle*


She seems to be the animal food expert 'round these parts.

Yay kitties!!

02-10-2009, 08:25 PM
Best thing I can recommend is get several types in your price range and see what your cat goes for. Remember, they're fussy eaters and will put their pride before their hunger.:D

02-10-2009, 08:46 PM
*nods* According to our vet, cats will starve themselves before eating something they don't like.

(luckily, our vet will allow us to return any dry/wet food McGriff decides he doesn't like)

02-10-2009, 08:49 PM
As far as dry food goes, maybe get some small boxes of various varieties, depending on your price range. Or find out whatever the shelter/pet shop/breeder has been feeding them and what might be suitable as an alternative.

02-10-2009, 09:21 PM
I gave my cat Science Diet until he was a year old. I then switched him to IAMs. I was worried when we got the second one that he wouldn't take to it the same way the first had, but he was a farm cat. :D

Hope this helps!

02-10-2009, 10:50 PM
Check around for hairball formulas. I use Iams, and my cats love it. The short-haired one has no problem with hairballs, and the long-haired one only has problems when she's either excessively shedding and I'm neglecting to brush her enough, or if I've run out of food before being able to get more and give her junky stuff.

Der Cute
02-10-2009, 11:35 PM
Miss Fuzzy came home with 2 cans of diet mushy food, and a ziplock bag of IAMS cat food. She likes the IAMS, so I know she'll like that.

It's just that my 2 cats (rest in peace girlies) had to have a low-ash, prescription diet due to urine crystals & pee issues.

I love this kitty. Fuzzy has learned her name in 2 days, she doesn't get on the counter - she knows that's a no no place. She LOVES laser pointer game, (my bf bought one just for her) and when she's chasing & killing the laser, she will NOT attack my foot! She knows Momma's foot is off limits. She doesn't scratch furniture, she keeps her claws in... guess her biggest drawback is that she drools. LOL. And that I can't go to another room in the apt. without her following me.

J and I went to the animal shelter, and I went into cat visit room. Fuzzers jumped right on me and started to purr and almost laid in my lap. No wait time, no hesitation...she said "take me home cuz you're my human". And she loves J. She follows him and plays laser game with him a lot, but if I get up and change rooms, she follows me.

I'm so lucky to have found a good kitty. Pics later!


02-11-2009, 01:53 AM
I think you should post pics and then we'll have a better idea of what she'd like to eat.


what? :D

02-11-2009, 04:45 AM
find out whatever the shelter/pet shop/breeder has been feeding them and what might be suitable as an alternative.

We bought a cat from a pet shop once. They swore 20 ways from Sunday that the cats were all feed Science Diet, and they loved it!!!!!


Kitty didn't touch the crap. Not one little lick.

The Gatekeeper
02-11-2009, 05:03 AM
What country/city are you in? Do you want to keep it organic? What's your budget? I currently have 11 cats left in the house. Let me know, and I'll try to offer you what info I have.

02-11-2009, 05:41 AM
I work in a pet food store and am owned by 2 picky felines :). Miss Molasses* is doing WONDERFULLY on Innova Senior Cat (www.naturapet.com). I am really impressed by the quality of the Innova - the first 3 ingredients are real meat and there is no corn and no byproducts in it anywhere. Seriously, I would eat the stuff myself. I want them to make a Student Kibble...

*Testimonial: Molasses has always been a fat lazy kitty, and often a seriously grumpy one; within a month of switching her to Innova, she had lost a substantial amount of weight, was sleeker and shiner than she had been in ten years, and she had started to play again! This 12 year old cat that never moves was running up and down the stairs with toys in her mouth! I think she must have had arthritis that was relieved by the glucosamine & chondroitin in the food. Of course, now I wish she would shut up in the middle of the night :)

(Other Kitty is eating a locally made kibble - Acana Pacifica - but that is not widely available outside Alberta yet. Good stuff though. Pickles loves his fish, and is allergic to corn and wheat. Pacifica is grain free and has fresh caught lake whitefish, northern pike, and salmon in it. Pickles is a fat happy fuzzbutt now).

I also recommend Wellness cat foods (www.wellness.com) to customers. Another excellent line, and I have fed it to both my cats in the past. They did well. Pickles just wanted something with lower magnesium (bladder crystals a few years ago) and Molasses needed the senior food :)

To be honest, I am not particularly fond of Iams, Science Diet or Eukanuba. They're not bad, but the bar has been raised in pet foods over the last 5-10 years and they have not kept up with the changes. There are better foods available, IMO. In a pinch, Science Diet's "Nature's Best" (Chicken and Rice or Seafood flavours) is better than their other foods, I think.

Der Cute
02-12-2009, 07:28 AM
Here you go!



02-12-2009, 02:20 PM
Awww, she looks like BT's kitty!

02-12-2009, 03:24 PM
Iams is pretty good and not all that expensive

02-13-2009, 02:15 AM
*snuggles Fuzzbutt* Prettykitty :)

McGriff's on the Hill's Prescription Diet for medical reasons and he's never turned his nose up at the stuff (current favorite is k/d wet; he vacuums it up). I can't remember what Sooty was on; stepfather would just feed her table scraps and whatever was cheap. Before McGriff gained his medical problems, he liked Trader Joe's can food (I think it was the lamb and rice variety).

02-19-2009, 04:16 AM
Since Saydrah hasn't ran into this post, I'll tell you what she suggested to me a few months back. It's called Blue Buffalo Spa Select: Indoor. It has weight management and hairball management in the food. When you look at the price tag, it IS more expensive. But! But, once your cat gets used to the food, it won't have to eat as much of it to fill up. So in the long run you'll save money :)

It's very good for them. My kitty loves it. She's an older cat who doesn't move much. But after getting on that food, she's up and running around and wanting to play more o.O

Also: That cat is preeeeeeettttttyyy!

02-19-2009, 04:51 AM
I've heard good things about Blue Buffalo. It's a house brand for Petsmart, I think. I had a look at it while scoping out the enemy (;)) and the ingredients looked good, similar to Innova and Wellness.

In general I try to stay away from pet foods with corn, corn gluten, or wheat; rice, barley and oatmeal seem to agree with my kittymonsters and the doggie-beast, and potato is a good carb for them too. Chicken meal, lamb meal etc are fine (it's muscle meat, clean skin, and organ meats such as liver and heart, all fine for cats/dogs to eat); unspecified "animal" meal is a bit scary, and "byproduct meal" can be dodgy as well. You never know what's in those.

I like foods with added glucosamine for joints, "good" bacterial cultures for digestion, and yucca shidegera (a plant) that really helps with litterbox stinkies.

As I said, I'm waiting patiently over here for my Student Kibble...