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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:07 am 
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Hello everyone

We are moving to Seattle from London soon and I am wondering how I will feed my Bengals.

Currently they are on Hi LIfe fish selection (no grain at all) and they get a mix of Lilly's Organic fish biscuits (no grain) and Go cat biscuits as treats only (small portion a day).

They occasionally eat Applawse chicken and pumpkin (complimentary) or raw chicken

I cannot see anywhere that Hi Life sells in USA so want to start a process of getting used to food I would be able to find in USA as one of the cats is quite sensitive to food changes and the other is very fussy (tried complete raw food and neither was keen).

What would you recommend that is not complete junk? I welcome any advice at this time and it would also be good if I can find it in UK to start blending prior to moving (3 months time).

P.S. At present we use Oko litter, it clumps and never smells and is flushable - anything like that in US?

Thanks in advance

Martina


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:48 pm 
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Hopefully, there is some one here who can offer you some advice. That's a very long move for you. My bengal won't eat high-quality food. Brian is great with recommendations. Hopefully, he will read and comment on your post.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:21 pm 
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Thank you and I know what you mean, I guess they are like humans, love junk food :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:21 pm 
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Hi there. They sell applaws in UK so it should not be a problem for you. I use Canagan which is grain free but very expensive. I think it's the best as quite a few applaws flavours are complementary and I don't want to have to check all the time, so I feed Canagan as all flavours are complete. Oscar also loves the Canagan biscuits. Not sure re litter but loads of members will be able to advise you. Applaws seems to be in most pet shops and online but not in the general supermarkets. Hope you have a smooth journey to the UK

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:14 pm 
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Thank you, yes applaws wet is often complimentary, I also found that some flavours give Kalinda runny poo, and hard to say what as many flavours are mixed meats, so I stick to fish and chicken. Sometimes I give her raw beef as a treat but rarely. Also tried some other grain free foods without success. It does make it difficult that often, despite something being termed as chicken or fish, it contains all sorts of meats so hard to detect what what is making them sick.

I will look up what you mentioned, thank you, xxx


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:27 pm 
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I would look at what chewy.com has to offer. They list the ingredients and have a generous return policy. Also I would try to avoid the big pet store chains, I don't think they have great cat food there. I go to a local boutique pet store that has been in business for many decades. They carry hard to find specialty food including quality raw food. I prefer to feed my cats Koha super premium pet food. You can go to their website and put in a zip code to see where they sell it in your area if you want to give it a try. http://www.kohapet.com/

My cats love this food especially the venison. They have never walked away from their food dish and generally turn their nose up at lower quality cat food. Good luck with your move!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:48 pm 
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I think you'll find a lot of good food choices in the US, much more variety than you are used to. I wouldn't bother trying to acclimating them to US food now, because virtually nothing that we sell here is available there, and you'd be ruling out most of the really good stuff by doing so. I'd just recommend bringing a supply of the food they like here, then transitioning them at that point.

There are two really large pet food chains (Petsmart and Petco) that you'll see everywhere, which are good places to buy supplies and litter etc., but bad places to buy food. They mostly carry cheap, crappy food. Look for the small "boutique" kinds of pet stores (fortunately they too are all over). One such place I know that is up there is called "Mud Bay"

http://mudbay.com/

They are in both Portland and Seattle. They aren't my favorite place to buy food, but they are good. (It's actually a pretty great luxury that I can recommend my 3rd favorite place to go with no qualms at all).

Here's a bunch more places to check out (I basically found them by going to the radcat website and checking out "where to buy". You and your cats may or may not like Radcat, but a place that carries RadCat is likely to be a pretty awesome high-end kind of place that caters to cats).

http://www.radfood.com/where_to_buy

As far as particular foods go, if you go into these types of places, most of the food there will be pretty decent quality or better. You can just go in there, explain that you are auditioning new foods, and many of them will send you home with a lot of samples and suggestions. There's always new ones to try, which is kind of fun. Many of them have freezer sections where they have all kinds of raw stuff to try. You mentioned that your cats didn't like the raw when you tried it. I wouldn't completely give up. Just like any foods, some taste better than others to cats.

Brands I'd recommend to try:

Weruva (canned)
Earthborn Holistic (canned and dry)
Go (canned and dry)
Tiki Cat (canned)
Rad Cat (a commercially available frozen raw mix)
Orijen (dry)

Weruva, Earthborn, and Tiki Cat have particularly great fish flavors (or so says Serafina anyway...)

There are a zillion and one litter choices here. You'll find one you like. I'm a fan of TidyCat, and I supplement that with some of the wheat-based litter. TidyCat is clay-based, so not very environmentally sound, but texture, smell, and clumping are top-notch, and after trying a bunch of other stuff, that's what I settled on. But there is no end of choices here.

If you have other questions just ask. I live in Portland which is not that far from Seattle.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:37 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
I think you'll find a lot of good food choices in the US, much more variety than you are used to. I wouldn't bother trying to acclimating them to US food now, because virtually nothing that we sell here is available there, and you'd be ruling out most of the really good stuff by doing so. I'd just recommend bringing a supply of the food they like here, then transitioning them at that point.

There are two really large pet food chains (Petsmart and Petco) that you'll see everywhere, which are good places to buy supplies and litter etc., but bad places to buy food. They mostly carry cheap, crappy food. Look for the small "boutique" kinds of pet stores (fortunately they too are all over). One such place I know that is up there is called "Mud Bay"

http://mudbay.com/

They are in both Portland and Seattle. They aren't my favorite place to buy food, but they are good. (It's actually a pretty great luxury that I can recommend my 3rd favorite place to go with no qualms at all).

Here's a bunch more places to check out (I basically found them by going to the radcat website and checking out "where to buy". You and your cats may or may not like Radcat, but a place that carries RadCat is likely to be a pretty awesome high-end kind of place that caters to cats).

http://www.radfood.com/where_to_buy

As far as particular foods go, if you go into these types of places, most of the food there will be pretty decent quality or better. You can just go in there, explain that you are auditioning new foods, and many of them will send you home with a lot of samples and suggestions. There's always new ones to try, which is kind of fun. Many of them have freezer sections where they have all kinds of raw stuff to try. You mentioned that your cats didn't like the raw when you tried it. I wouldn't completely give up. Just like any foods, some taste better than others to cats.

Brands I'd recommend to try:

Weruva (canned)
Earthborn Holistic (canned and dry)
Go (canned and dry)
Tiki Cat (canned)
Rad Cat (a commercially available frozen raw mix)
Orijen (dry)

Weruva, Earthborn, and Tiki Cat have particularly great fish flavors (or so says Serafina anyway...)

There are a zillion and one litter choices here. You'll find one you like. I'm a fan of TidyCat, and I supplement that with some of the wheat-based litter. TidyCat is clay-based, so not very environmentally sound, but texture, smell, and clumping are top-notch, and after trying a bunch of other stuff, that's what I settled on. But there is no end of choices here.

If you have other questions just ask. I live in Portland which is not that far from Seattle.


Wow thank you all for advice, Brian, thank you that is uber informative. We will get a generous moving allowance so I might bring, like you suggested, food with me and buy some stuff to try. Generally, fish food is fine, but have often notices that when meats are mixed, the cats get runny poo.
They both like raw but when I tried the complete mix, they were not keen. They like chicken (especially if I rub in some Dreamies for seasoning) and one will eat a chicken wing with a bone, another won't. Both hate offal. So they do get chicken raw occasionally but seems there is so much choice that it will probably be fine. I will investigate all the links and pre order some to start with so that when we arrive, they can try what they like until I have the time to investigate.

P.S. I heard Portland has no sales tax so am looking forward to that :)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:19 pm 
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The members came through, especially Brian! Great information! Hope you have a safe move.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:04 am 
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Sherry wrote:
The members came through, especially Brian! Great information! Hope you have a safe move.


Thank you Sherry, xxx


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