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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:12 pm 
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http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm

I just found this article that states that a wet food diet is much better then a dry food diet for cats.

Check it out....I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks about this topic

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:08 pm 
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That is interesting.

It caused me to look at the ingredients in our bag of Iams - after chicken the next things on the list are chicken by-product meal, corn meal, corn grits, and beet pulp.

My two Bengals are from a breeder who uses dry food only, and my Abby is from a breeder who feeds dry, raw chicken stomachs and hearts, and canned food.

I wonder if most people feed a mix of dry and canned. My wife worries that raw chicken will cause the cats to get salmonella. I need to tell her to read this thread: http://www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/v ... .php?t=797


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:11 pm 
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Hey Jeffrey,
My breeder gives all of her cats dry food as well. When I told her Diablo had a loose stomach, she told me to stop giving him the wet food and only dry, or give him some baby food with baby rice cereal to bind him. That didn't work. As SOON as we cut back on the dry food, his stool is now the same as Yuki's, and it looks normal and healthy to me. My vet said that I shouldn't give them raw chicken, but the more I am reading, the more it seems that it's ok for Bengals....
-Jaime

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I give my cats (5) a mixture of wet food and dry food, and Oska and Harvey get raw chicken legs as a treat at the weekends.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:58 pm 
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I have one bengal and one aby. I feed them both wet in the morning and in the evening and I leave dry out 24/7. They only graze at the dry and always demand their wet food at their usual feeding times. I would love to switch to a raw diet, but in all honesty....I am too LAZY to have to prepare a meal for my cats. :oops:

I don't listen to my vet when it comes to my cats' diets. He recommends that I feed them Hill's i/d. Don't get me wrong...I think he is a great doctor. I just feel like he's trying to sell his prescription food for his own benefit as opposed to recommending what is truly the most natural and nutritious diet for my cats. When I questioned him about it he couldn't give me a good answer as to why he is recommending food that is made of meat by-products instead of one made with real meat when cats are obligate carnivores. Oh well...I've learned to ignore his food recommendations. All the things I've read about feline nutrition say that raw is #1 and premium canned is #2.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:00 pm 
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I don't listen to my vet when it comes to my cats' diets. He recommends that I feed them Hill's i/d. Don't get me wrong...I think he is a great doctor. I just feel like he's trying to sell his prescription food for his own benefit as opposed to recommending what is truly the most natural and nutritious diet for my cats. When I questioned him about it he couldn't give me a good answer as to why he is recommending food that is made of meat by-products instead of one made with real meat when cats are obligate carnivores. Oh well...I've learned to ignore his food recommendations. All the things I've read about feline nutrition say that raw is #1 and premium canned is #2.


I totally agree - i've read of some of the things that go in to manufactured food, and it's awful. But, on the flip side, these foods also have all the nutrients a cat needs.

My vet suggested Hills wet food pouches for my male cat - the 'lite' variety. I left it down for 12 hours and it did not even get touched.. :roll:

It's about striking the right balance - i feed my cats 2/3 tins of Almo nature/Whiskas per day and they have a bowl of Hills oral care down at all times to munch on when they just need a nibble.

Treats are prawns and raw meat (which they LOVE) around once a week. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:57 am 
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Hi Jaime,

To be honest, you will read so many articles and get so many suggestions and ideas that it bocomes baffling!! As far as my experience tells me, it is gluten that Bengals digestive system has a problem with (be it maize gluten or wheat gluten). Any dry food I have tried with this in has caused loose stools - however anything without and they are absoluteley fine.

We personally choose a mainly dry food diet, and Royal Canin is our preferred choice, but even then, the Kitten 34 and Beauty & Fit has the gluten in it (so we avoid these varieties). We use Royal Canin Baby Cat 34 for the Kittens and Skincare 34 for the adults with Queen 34 for our breeding girls and as they are all indoor cats, this keeps them happy and their litter tray evidence speaks for itself.

I believe that the litter tray gives you an idea as to how happy your bengals tummy is and for us, our way works just fine.

We do give raw chicken and mince as a treat, but irregularly, so that they dont give up on their normal dry eating habits (their dry food is down 24/7, so they eat when they want).

Different vets have different ideas, but my suggestion would be if the litter tray is showing a nice firm poo!, then all is well.

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