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Old January 20th 07, 06:13 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Rene S.
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Can you expand on this statement "McDonalds for cats"? I'm not trolling
you on this. We just got a brand new 3 mo old kitten over Christmas and
we're feeding him Fancy Feast and Whiskas dry. Are we doing him a disservice
in some way? He loves the stuff.
It IS the higher priced kitty chow but not as much as the Iams or Science
Diet. We're overseas and obtain our meow chow through the military
commissary so we're fairly limited on choice. We use a local vet instead of
the Army vet because it is a *itch to get an appointment. Local vet pretty
much says feed what he'll eat just not too much. The main reason you perked
my interest on this is our last meowzer died unexpecedly last year at age 12
and the local vet said it was - are you ready for this - a possible heart
attack.
Just your thoughts on the Mikkie D 4 kitties thing.
Thanks
Alan


Alan,

When my previous vet said this, she meant that the Fancy Feast was the
equivilant of junk food for cats and not a high-quality food. (However,
in the OP's case, eating some food and gaining weight was better than
the cat not eating and wasting away, which is why I mentioned it.)

I personally have stopped using grocery-store brand foods such as FF
because they use fillers and other ingredients I can't pronounce. For
instance, here's an example of the ingredient list of FF:
Brewers rice, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, ground yellow
corn, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E),
soybean meal, animal digest [note: what the hell is that!?], chicken,
turkey, brewers dried yeast, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate,
natural and artificial flavors, potassium chloride, tetra sodium
pyrophosphate, salt, choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5,
Blue 2 and other color), taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate,
Vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement,
calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin
supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic
acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium
bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
A-5120

To contrast, here's the ingredient for Nature's Variety raw organic
chicken, which is what I now feed:
Organic Chicken, Organic Ground Chicken Bone, Organic Chicken Liver,
Organic Chicken Heart, Organic Chicken Gizzard, Organic Whole Eggs,
Organic Bok Choy, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Pears,
Organic Persimmons, Organic Flaxseed Oil, Montmorillonite, Organic
Yogurt, Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, Organic Parsley, Organic Blueberries.

I understand that you have limited availability on what you can obtain.
My best advice is to search a little online and read the ingredient
lists. You will be surprised at what you find.

Rene