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Cats need to have food that's made for them, if they're not hunting. Cats need taurine and human food may not have enough for them Feeding them from the table could lead to some nutritional deficiencies. There are good, though not cheap, cat foods out there.
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Originally Posted by rroseperry View Post

Cats need to have food that's made for them, if they're not hunting. Cats need taurine and human food may not have enough for them Feeding them from the table could lead to some nutritional deficiencies. There are good, though not cheap, cat foods out there.
Oh, damn. I also don't like the smell of it. What is some good cat food?
post #484 of 563
Cat people are crazy. This looks like a good and not too wacky discussion of the different food options out there.

http://www.myhealthycat.com/cat-food.html
post #485 of 563
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Originally Posted by rroseperry View Post

Cat people are crazy. This looks like a good and not too wacky discussion of the different food options out there.
http://www.myhealthycat.com/cat-food.html
Thanks! Now if I could just get a Bengal Cat.
post #486 of 563
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Can one feed a cat with regular food? I always feel bad for my friends cat as she gets cat food and that is not very good food.



Most dry food brands have nutrients for cats that they might not find in human food, aside maybe from fish (if they don't get enough taurine their vision deteriorates more as they age). As for everything else in the cat food, well...those might actually be worse, considering some cats get old healthy enough living off generous restaurant owners (that or they get run over). 

 

As for wet food...well, try not to feed the cats while nursing a hangover. I've managed o plunk down the liver spread on my cat's bowl and spread the Fancy Feast (whatever flavor that was) on my bread. Good thing I noticed my liver smelled "fishy," literally. (Could be the orange one, Salmon) With or without that blooper though take into consideration that wet food tends to have more meat (as opposed to grain, as dry food is effectively cereal) and nutrients but since they're moist are also more saturated with preservatives.

 

One trick to  giving cats human food and keepign it both convenient and healthy is when buying fish, buy extra for the cats, then integrate the prep for their food with yours. When I'm cooking milkfish for soup, I boil all the fish, and before they cook through I take out the cats' food, then drop in the spices/vegetables for mine.  When I'm pan grilling tuna or salmon, I just sear theirs first (mostly to kill off bacteria, it's not like I get my fish from a sushi-grade market) in as little butter as possible, let it cool then cook my steaks; by the time we eat their steaks would be cool. When I do fish cakes, I boil extra fish, then after pulling them apart and separating the bones and heads, feed the cats before I mix in the spices and bread crumbs (fish heads and tails go to the stray cats outside). If you plan to make a huge batch just boil fish all the way through then store in a Lock n Lock (or similar container) in the fridge.

 

I try to avoid this with poultry and even red meat though since they tend to have too much fat and/or spices to go along with the cooking process; steaks that I don't season with anything mroe than salt and pepper are just too expensive. Ocassionally however I have to give in; my cats like my bacon-wrapped pork and beef meatloaf too much that even if I lock them away so I can do my prep, by the time the smell  wafts out of the kitchen they all start going nuts, more than if I was cooking meat sauce, ribs, or just about anything that isn't fish. Worse is it doesn't stop with my washing the dishes (not like showing them an empty pan makes them understand it's all gone) so I really just have to share the dumb bacon before the neighbors think I'm going all Michael Vick with some bobcats. At the very worst, that was fat and some black pepper in the ground meat; but at least it's real meat without preservatives (I prefer fresh, uncured bacon for this dish anyway, so no sugar).

 

Basically, if you want really healthy food for your cats, you either spend a lot of cash, or you just eat more fish, and I don't mean "Chicken of the Sea" sandwich spread. This actually makes me wonder whether sushi chefs' cats are healthier.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 11/26/12 at 1:18am
post #487 of 563

I feed my cat bacon.

post #488 of 563
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Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post

I feed my cat bacon.

 

It's no wonder they're both popular on the internet actually. But since I managed to grow a rescue cat here to a size I've never seen on even the biggest stray toms I started worrying about his liver and kidneys. Then again, that hasn't stopped me so I suppose they should live a little, too.

post #489 of 563

He only gets fed freshly cooked bacon every once in a while when he's been good.

post #490 of 563

Tabitha, adopted from the County Animal shelter. She joins Mike & Joannie.

 

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Originally Posted by fatcat28037 View Post

Tabitha, adopted from the County Animal shelter. She joins Mike & Joannie.

So cute!biggrin.gif
post #492 of 563

Raw mince meat the cats I had ate like there was no tomorrow. They don´t like fresh fish at all unless in cat food! They like the smell but they won´t eat.

I am always amazed at why cat food must stink so much regardless of what´s in it.

 

I am adopting my old cat that I left at it´s original home for a couple of weeks. Wonder what I can do to make the transition easier for him. He is castrated but I am still afraid he will feel the need to pee in every corner to make sure other cats understand it´s his home. He can get lazy at times once in a while figure that this cartoon look like a litter box. I guess it´s a male thing his mother never ever got such an idea she would rather die then pee out of order ;)

 

He is a free runner though the lazy kind mostly sleep in whatever sofa he finds. After his mother died he hasn´t got much rats ;) So don´t think that will be to much of a problem having to be a 100 % indoor cat.

post #493 of 563
Most cat foods smell aweful, close the to the smell of vomit when they start munching on it. ._.
post #494 of 563

I miss this thread...awkward silence after the nasty cat food?

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Originally Posted by jtaylor991 View Post

I miss this thread...awkward silence after the nasty cat food?

 

 

Me too. Anyone have new pictures? On a side note, I've begun the search for two little buddies. I wanted to wait until my kitchen remodel was done, and now I think it's time. Picutres of the cats I had posted before are truly my folk's. When I moved, I wasn't able to take them.

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