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Author Topic: Rotating dry, canned, raw and cooked  (Read 1892 times)
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« on: February 28, 2011, 11:04:11 PM »

Hello all I am just curious if any of you feed all these, rotating them around through out the week.

If so how do you all work the rotation out?
Is there a certain amount of days you feed each ?
Do you have issues with any of your guys not wanted to eat one and waiting for the other?

I am just curious about this as I am feeding total raw right now but with 5 cats and a little Chi its starting to get Very Expensive even with us grinding out own mostly.

My parents have had outside cats since I was a kid and they have always fed dry with canned and of course the cats would catch mice and thing too . They also got any scraps from breakfast, lunch and dinner.
These cats lived to be a ripe old age so it got me to thinking that maybe I could add the other types of foods in to help with cost.

Anyway I am just wondering if any of you have any experience with this.

Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 11:34:58 PM »

Right now my kitties get measured amounts of dry in the morning and at bedtime. In the afternoon, they get homemade wet. I want them to eat more wet but it's a struggle right now especially with Stormy needing a high fiber food. They also get a little bit of table scraps too. When I say "they" I mean Stormy. Smoggy will not eat wet food anymore.

My Angel kitties Gremlin and Thunder ate mostly supermarket dry food (with canned for the occasional treat) for most of their lives and they lived to 17.5 and 20 years. I think food was safer back then though, before someone got the bright idea to add fake proteins and other garbage into their scientifically formulated products.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 12:00:46 AM »

Ned couldn't agree more with food being safer 20 yrs. ago and now it is seems more to be a science experiment, rather than nutritious. My dog on most days gets morning of natural canned chicken, evening is whatever I'm having for dinner in which I take her nutrient requirements and make that part of the meal we eat as could not afford to feed her a separate cooked home made meal.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 05:38:34 AM »

Mine eat mostly wet, homemade & some canned. They eat raw a few times a week & I try not to do any dry within 8 hours of raw for easier digestion. 1 dog gets about 1/2 cup of dry with his wet [for digestion issues] & Punkin needs dry sprinkled on his wet to attract him now [he's about to be 22]. Frequently Punkin's dry is Now or Friskies crunchy treats to get his attention due to failing appetote.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 06:11:40 AM »

My cats eat dry, canned, and some home-cooked food in rotation.  When I make home-cooked, I use it to replace a meal of canned.  I had tried commercial raw at one time, but only one cat would eat it, and he gradually lost interest, so I don't feed raw any more.  (If my cats liked it, I'd probably still use it.)

I don't use any particular "system"--I just don't feed the same food two meals in a row, and try to space things out.

I have always believed in rotating types, brands, and flavors of foods, feeling that if something was lacking in one, it would be made up for by the other, and recent events have reinforced my opinion that this is the right way to do it.

As for "holding out" for something else, yes, some cats are like that.  I find dry food problematic in this regard.  It's addictive to many cats, and they will refuse wet foods in expectation of dry.
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