A place for atheists with cats to exchange pictures and anecdotes and even ask for advice regarding our feline friends.
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I have switched to Wellness CORE Indoor Cat dry food. I don't think she's eating it even though I have cut way back on her wet food ration in order to kind of force her to start using the dry food. Once she does, I'll up the ratio of wet food. She's never had anything but her Science Diet kitten food for the last 9 months and I think it's become her idea of what dry food should be.
To me, there aren't many cooler things in the world than your cat, a ferocious (though small) predator, curled up on your lap grooming away. I love the way they groom their head by wetting their forelegs.
This article is, for me, the one to read when it comes to cat nutrition. She makes clear there that dry cat foods are a problem. I forget whether the author, Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, DVM, writes it in this article or if I heard it somewhere else, but the saying went something like "The cheapest wet cat food is better than the most expensive dry cat food."
Cats eat meat and nothing else, really. If they chew on grass, it's not for nutritional value but as a form of fiber probably to flush hair through their digestive tract.
Dry foods tend to dehydrate cats, who have a very weak thirst drive and naturally get much of their water from the blood of their prey. Dehydration damages cat kidneys.
The high carb content of just about all dry foods may be the primary reason why so many cats get diabetes.
BTW, this article and another one she links to will tell you about the dangers of making homemade cat food and feeding raw food from the butcher or supermarket. It's not as easy as you think.
We have four cats and it really isn't practical to feed wet food, nor to have set mealtimes. However, I think wet food, if you can manage it, is a good idea. I used to have a friendly butcher in the UK who would throw all his "off-cuts" in bags and sell them for a dollar (equivalent). I'd spend an hour or so once a week, cutting all the fat off the bits, leaving me with a pile of raw meat, about a third of the original bag. I then weighed it into 4oz bags and threw them in the freezer, taking two out every night and feeding it to my two cats in the morning. The cats were in unbelievably good condition as a result, according to the vet.
However, we can only do what is practical. The IAMS dry food and wet food seems to be the most healthy on offer in the UK.
On a side note, I watched a TV program in the UK that followed people with unusual jobs. The one I watched showed a guy whose job it was to taste the cat food his supermarket was selling, and I have to say it was just gross to watch - and, once seen, cannot be forgotten.
The easiest way to weigh your cat, is to weigh yourself holding her, and not holding her, and do the subtraction.
BTW, when I look at the grocery store canned cat food I notice that (a) it has no actual recognizable meat in it and (b) they have ridiculous and unjustifiable vegetable additives. Cats are obligate carnivores, and a cat food like Petropics' Tiki Cat makes a lot more sense than Friskies and that ilk. While Tiki Cat will inevitably cost more than Friskies ($2.50/can vs. $.60/can), you can feed your cat somewhat less because it is ALL usable food for the cat whereas the rice, potatoes, acai berries, carrots, etc. are basically of no use at all to a cat. Two teaspoons might be enough vs two tablespoons of the yucky stuff. Here is a little video about Tiki Cat. (I have no business interest in the company, BTW; this is just informative.):
I'm noticing that Squeaky is becoming a bit less lean. Not fat by any stretch, but I think she's going on low-carb adult dry food because cats don't need carbohydrates and can actually become diabetic. She'll still get a can of wet food per day, though, and I think the dry food will start to be rationed.
One of our four cats spends her life in our bedroom, except when she comes down to eat from the communal cat bowls or use the litter tray. The lack of exercise, along with her neutering, has made her rather fat - well she looks more like a cumulus cloud with a head on it.
Early this morning, she was evidently walking along what must be the equivalent of a tightrope - ie our headboard. She lost her balance, I assume, because the first I knew of it, she had landed on my face will all claws extended. Fortunately I sleep with an eye mask so I only have a large gash on my chin to show for the explosion that happened to my face whilst I was asleep.
Squeaky is doing her crazy cat routine. She started by sitting atop her cat tower and looking at me with wild eyes. Now she's jetting around the apartment and doing crazy shit like jumping up the wall about 5 feet off the ground and scraping on her way down with her front claws (sounds like fingernails on a blackboard).
That sounds reasonable too. Yes, I forgot about the rules of apartment blocks. As long as she can't get a grip to climb the barrier, it should work reasonably well. Try to cater for a mad dash, if you can, because that's probably the only time she would be in danger.
@Strega - Anything visible outside the balcony would undoubtedly bring down the ire of the management, who don't want the outside of their building looking like it belongs to a poorer section of Hong Kong. I was thinking of maybe attaching a 6" wide horizontal sheet of clear plastic to the inside of the railing to block access.
However, you know how resourceful and inventive cats can be when they want to do something.
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