Re: [FH] Cat food Delima! Adult/Kitt en Food Combo ????????????? ???
- Hi (sorry I don't know your name),
In a message dated 6/26/07 11:04:31 AM, txncowgirl4loving@... writes:
> I have 2 cats, one 10 - 12 week Old kitten and one 2 1/2 yr oldBoth cats...actually, all cats, with very few exceptions...need the same
> female... Currently they are on a blended mixture: Whiska's Delight
> (Chelsey the 2 1/2 yr old was on that) and Meow Mix Kitten(BlackJack-
> BJ, the kitten was on that).... They eat out of the same dishes....
> What kind of canned food can I give them that will let both get the
> required nutrients they need?
nutrients. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must obtain required
nutrients from animal flesh. Thruout their entire evolution, cats have been
specialized meat-eaters...and their entire bodies are geared to eat prey animals.
That means cats do best on a food that comes closest to approximating the
animal proteins and fats cats eat in the wild. This automatically eliminates all
dry food, which is made with a hefty proportion of plants, incl grains, and many
canned foods, which are made with poor-quality ingredients that don't provide
required nutrients. I'm sorry to say that both Whiskas and Meow Mix do not
provide quality sources of required nutrients.
Some canned brands that do a reasonable job of meeting a cat's nutritional
needs incl: Wellness, www.oldmotherhubbard.com; Nature's Variety,
www.naturesvariety.com; By Nature Organics, www.bynaturepetfoods.com; PetGuard,
www.petguard.com; Felidae, www.canidae.com; and Eagle Pack, www.eaglepack.com.
What's diff. with kittens is that they need more energy. So the way to
provide more energy is to feed more often and more volume. Kitten foods are usually
no diff. in nutritional profile than adult foods...and those that are are only
marginally higher in colories and protein, but sometimes with undesirable
ingredients. There's a chart at Max's House that shows the energy requirements
for little ones. See www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm . The calories can
be spread out over like 4-6 meals per day, if possible.
A 10 wk old need about 113 calories per lb body weight per day. So...assuming
that the kitten is an average 2-3 lbs (based on 1 lb per month of age),
that's 225-340 calories. Most quality canned cat foods are *about* 30-35 calories
per oz. So that's *about* 7.5-10 oz. I know that seems like a lot, but kittens
can eat prodigious amts of food. Our kitten was eating 12-15 oz of quality
canned daily, plus prey. There's a chart with calorie contents of commercial
foods here: http://geocities.com/jmpeerson .
Some sources of information on feline nutrition incl:
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