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gracesfurbabies
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« on: April 30, 2007, 04:06:04 PM »

Could we use this as a place to kind of keep a record of what we're feeding, what we've switched to and problems we've had?

Other than relaying info. received from food manufacturers/companies let's try to keep the political comments out of this thread.  They are certainly valuable.... I just think we need a place where we can dump the basic info.

Thanks  Grin
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gracesfurbabies
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2007, 04:09:37 PM »

I successfully switched 12 cats and 2 dogs to

1.  Life's Abundance from HealthyPetNet.   They all love it!   Because I was scared of the Menu connection I then switched to
2.  Nature's Variety Raw Instinct dry for the cats and the dogs - dogs love it and cats are gradually eating it
3.  The cats are also eating Pinnacle and Avoderm wet food and they love it
4.  Our KumpiKat should arrive tomorrow
5.  Our California Naturals dry for cats and dogs will arrive this week as well.

As you can tell, we're planning to rotate foods for variety and for safety.
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zanzie
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2007, 04:45:09 PM »

I'm switching to home-made raw food for my two cats. After a week and a half, Foot-Foot is fully on board and eating like she was born to be a carnivore (she's always been the smart sister!). Callie is still reluctant, and having some adjustment issues. She needs more tuna on top to entice her, and she eats less than she should, but she's slowly getting there.

I use the recipe from www.catnutrition.org. So far I've made two batches, using chicken thighs, ground turkey and chicken livers (plus supplements). Once I have Callie eating this blend reliably, I'll get some rabbit or other meat and give that a try.

Both girls are in good moods and sleeping well. I will take them to the vet for testing on Thursday since they consumed a recalled can of NB. 
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gracesfurbabies
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2007, 05:07:31 PM »

Zanzie,  My now-departed Callie wasn't too quick on the uptake either but she was an angel.  lol   I'm close to moving to home-cooked but with working and commuting a total of 65 hours each week and trying to feed 12 cats & 2 dogs I've got to find a reasonable solution.  This expensive food is killing us.   I'm hoping that something a little more moderate (and safe) will come on the market after this is settled.   Smiley 
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karvskitties
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2007, 11:31:07 PM »

I have switched to Chicken Soup Adult Cat Formula dry.  They are still on this 1/3 cup per day.  No problems transitioning.

I had switched to Eagle Pack Hollistic Duck and Lamb Formula.  They took to that immediately (since the dolls hadn't had any wet food in ages, which is what saved their lives).  Wanting to not support menu - bought 5 cans Felidae (the formula with more meat, not the Chicken and rice).  As has been reported, 2 of my cats don't like it.  My 14 yo will eat just about anything (especially with warm water added, a little heat up in microwave - gives it a gravy like taste).

Tomorrow - I either buy Hollistic or Innova (Innova claims to test for End Ingredient Integridy - and is manufactured at a different plant than the others, plus keeps an employee on site).  I will also buy more Felidae.  The mix is 2/3 of one of the other brands to 1/3 Felidae (until I can get them on all Felidae).  Don't know if I should keep mixing for the female - since she ate it tonight without any problems (first time in 2 weeks - for those wondering about a transition - she did wolf it down - but under the "cooking" direction I described).
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 02:16:05 AM »

Gracesfurbabies -

Was your dear Callie also a Calico?

My Callie (AKA Callie Lou) is sitting on my lap, helping me to write. She's my shadow, and a little princess. She seems to know she's adorable, and gets by on her looks. Foot-Foot is a shy, smart, and sweet tortie with white feet, chin and whiskers. When the two of them are curled up together it looks like someone spilled white, black and brown paint all over the two of them - a riot of color. They're much adored by the whole family.
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gracesfurbabies
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2007, 03:54:17 AM »

Zanzie,  Yes, my Callie was a tortoiseshell calico.  I also had a second tortie, Bat-Kitty (her sister was Robin...lol).   Both were sweet as angels but a little skittish.  I've found that to be true with calicos in general.   I typically have 12-14 cats and sweet babies like that can get lost in the crowd when some of the others are strong-willed.  Callie lived 17 years and we lost Bat to kidney failure.   Like every kitty I've ever know they proved to be incredibly brave when illness struck.  We have so much to learn from our furry friends!   Grace
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2007, 05:19:18 AM »

All my cats and dogs do very, very, well on Chicken Soup.

In fact with the cats, if I switch even to homemade, and I did for a while with all the correct formulations and additions, their urine was strong.  Back to Chicken Soup
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2007, 05:53:30 AM »

I've been trying a diversity of foods for my four felines.  Innova Evo is now the kibble they get in the mornings, 'cept for one who is on a Rx diet (Royal Canin Renal) for decreased renal function that may be due to age (she's 16, anything BUT sweet).  Wet food as been a mixed bag.  The most palatable for them has been Wellness Turkey & Salmon, but the youngest just walks away from that.

They are ALL freaking carbo junkies, since the RC Renal kibble (lots of corn) is highly prized and I have to watch them eat to keep the other three out of it.

I'm gonna try and transition them onto a raw diet if possible in the near future.  Since I'm moving MY diet to organic veg-head again, getting the meats for them will not be an issue.
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GoingNUTZoverthis
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2007, 08:50:42 AM »

Looking for feed back on KUMPIKAT mine just arrived? 
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2007, 12:02:39 PM »

My dog, Honeycomb, who is a big Chow/Shepherd/Lab mix had the classic reaction to the Ol'Roy canned food purchased from WalMart.  We switched to Purina's Beneful and she is thriving.  Her initial reactions included lethargy, vomiting, excessive water intake and lack of appetite.  Before these things occurred, all within a 12 hour time period, her only symptoms were excessive flatulence.  That same day, the first of the recall information was posted on the FDA site and we immediately discontinued the canned food.  She ate only yogurt and drank water for two days and finally the contaminated food was eliminated from her system via diarrhea.  The third day she ate the new Beneful dry food (which is all we will feed her from now on) and she has been fine ever since.  She received rewards as a good behaviour treat and I check these against the lists also.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2007, 06:21:19 AM »

kkaylynne, I would get Honeycomb off Beneful as soon as possible. I had 4 dogs that were being fed Beneful in Feb. One of them died, one had severe seizures and nearly died and all 4 were vomiting up bile. When I called Purina, they said it couldn't be because of their food and offered me coupons for more food. UH....Hello!! It WAS the food, they had just been switched to Beneful when they all became ill. Soon as I made the connection, I took them off of it, unfortunatly we had already lost one. This was before the recalls so poison food never even entered my mind to start with. When I called FDA to file a complaint,they were well aware of the problems and said they had many complaints and it should've been recalled long ago but Purina's a large company so don't hold my breath waiting for a recall. Also, if you go to doggybling.com you will see many many many other stories of people that have lost their dogs or have sick dogs that were fed Beneful.
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Innde Rose
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2007, 01:45:29 PM »

Has anyone been able to get their cat to eat Honest Kitchens Prowl dehydrated raw? I starved them over night, then I put it in their mouths and they spit it out. I sprinkled cat nip on top and they still wouldn't eat it.

Lately I've been feeding my cats a mix of dry, California natural, meow mix, and timberwolf, and several different brands of premium wet food. Only one of my cats nibbled on the premium wet foods. I can't get the other cat to eat the premium wet foods at all. I have tried the innova, natural balance (was putting it in their mouths to get them to eat it. Then they recalled one of their flavors that I was tyring to get my cats to eat.), california natural wet,  Chicken soup for the cat lovers soul, and merrick. One cat will only nibble on the premium wet foods and the other one refuses to eat them.

Both cats were eating fancy feast wet for years, but I has having trouble with the cats getting urine infections. When the recalls kept going and going, I pulled them off the fancy feast. Both cats will happily eat 9 lives, friskies, and fancy feast but one will not touch the premium brands and the other will only nibble on them.

I took all their dry food away but when they wouldn't eat this morning, I gave them some california natural dry food.

Does anyone know how I can get both of my cats to eat the Honest kitchen prowl dehydrated raw?

Sorry this is such a long post.
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Sindawe
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2007, 02:12:17 PM »

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Does anyone know how I can get both of my cats to eat the Honest kitchen prowl dehydrated raw?

I wish I had an answer for ya.  I picked up a sample size of Prowl last week and tried it out on the kitties Friday.  Even when mixed with their favorite bribe food of canned tuna, they did not display much interest in it.  A few mouthfuls of the mix and then they all walked away from it.  The only thing I can think of is is very gradual additions of small amounts of the stuff into their normal canned diet or some bribe that they will eat.

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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2007, 02:26:04 PM »

I have been trying a variety of organic food brands, but my cats only seem to like fish-flavored varieties.  I have had some success with the Pet Guard Savory Seafood cans, as well as a product called Country Pet.  They have only one flavor of cat food, but a few flavors of dog food.  The cats seem to love this stuff.  I have one cat with constipation problems, so I sprinkle the food with some Missing Link.  The Country Pet food appears to be mostly meat, so I add the Missing Link so she'll get some fiber.  I buy Country Pet at Whole Foods.  In my local store, it is kept in the frozen food section with the people food.  You can also order large quantities online at http://shopping.netsuite.com/countrypet

I've found the Pet Guard food line online at The Better Health Store (www.thebetterhealthstore.com) .  They sell people food as well, and offer free shipping with a purchase of $59 or more.  This is a better deal than the pet stores that charge extra for shipping heavier food items.

Hope this helps.

Bobbi
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