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My cat is quite fat and needs to loose some weight. Whats the best kind of food for cats? My mom wants to put her on science diet. is that good? We just changed my moms dog over to it(science diet for senior dogs) and she loves it.
 

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I really hate to make comments like this, but Science Diet is junk. It is full of fillers and stuff that animals do not need and will not utilize. I like Natura pet foods (<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.naturapet.com)</a>. They are all natural and made with high quality ingredients. Of course there are a lot of great pet foods out there. You just have to know how to find them (not Wal-Mart). If you feed your pets a better food you will save money in the end and have a much healthier pet.<br><br><br><br>
I go by three simple rules when buying food and treats for my pets.<br><br><br><br>
-Always read the ingredient list.<br><br>
-If it says "not suitable for human consumption" it is not suitable for my pets.<br><br>
-If it is full of chemicals and cheap fillers, it's not even worth considering.
 

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Try feeding her more canned food if your mom will by it. Often extra weight on cats is caused by their inability to properly use all the grain in dry food. Cats aren't designed to eat so much grain. Canned food is closer to what they'd eat in the wild.
 

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I use Royal Canin, although there are other good brands like Natural Balance and Wysong. You want to avoid food with by-products, which Science Diet has. Check the list of ingredients; "chicken" should be the first ingredient. The word "by-products" should appear nowhere on the list. RC has a version for weight loss, as do others. Also, make sure to play with the cat so she gets exercise. Your dog may love Science Diet, but just remember that most people love donuts...
 

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I really hate to make comments like this, but Science Diet is junk. It is full of fillers and stuff that animals do not need and will not utilize. I like Natura pet foods (<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.naturapet.com)</a>. They are all natural and made with high quality ingredients. Of course there are a lot of great pet foods out there. You just have to know how to find them (not Wal-Mart). If you feed your pets a better food you will save money in the end and have a much healthier pet.<br><br><br><br>
I go by three simple rules when buying food and treats for my pets.<br><br><br><br>
-Always read the ingredient list.<br><br>
-If it says "not suitable for human consumption" it is not suitable for my pets.<br><br>
-If it is full of chemicals and cheap fillers, it's not even worth considering.</div>
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I didn't know, the vet said its the best. and that site goes nowhere for me. it dont work.
 

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I wish there was a way of figuring out you can trust your vet besides trial and error. At our last visit, my vet asked me what I fed our cats. I shamefacedly answered "Whiskas," and he confirmed that it was crappy food mostly made with fillers. He recommended a vet-only brand sold here in Canada, and when I mentioned I was curious about raw diets, he said that was a great idea and he'd be happy to work with me on feeding our cats raw.<br><br><br><br>
I was chatting with my brother the other day and he said his vet told him Whiskas was fine, especially since his cats had thick, shiny coats and were in good health. Mine mentioned my cats' ages and sex (two young males) as a factor why Whiskas sucked (because of their potential for urinary troubles), and my brother has two older females. Still, it's frustrating not to know which vets you can trust.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I've heard raw meat diet is the best for dogs and cats.</div>
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I've heard that as well, but also that such diets have to be regulated to include certain percentages of muscle meat, organ meat, and bone. Once I stop having heebie-jeebies at the idea of chopping up hearts and livers for my cats, I'll do more research.
 

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Yeah, I just can't stomach making food from scratch either, so instead I buy high quality packaged food (ie. not Science Diet or any other brand advertized on TV).
 

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Try feeding her more canned food if your mom will by it. Often extra weight on cats is caused by their inability to properly use all the grain in dry food. Cats aren't designed to eat so much grain. Canned food is closer to what they'd eat in the wild.</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> It's actually called 'The Catkins Diet'.
 

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Also, consult with a vet before trying to get your cat to lose weight. They can get fatty liver disease if they lose too fast.
 

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All wet food is a good choice, and not "light" type wet foods. Cats are carnivores, and the "light" foods add more fiber and fillers, which really aren't a part of a cat's natural diet. Wet food is lower in carbs and higher in water so the cat feels fuller because of the water, and the lower carbs can help them lose weight.<br><br>
Also, free feeding isn't good for overweight cats, since they'll just eat too much. You should try to help your cat get some exercise as well with things like catnip, feather toys, laser pointers.. anything to get the cat moving! (short of chasing it or being cruel, of course) One thing that my cat will run for, and I realize this sounds counterproductive, is if you toss a piece of dry food or a treat down the hall he'll go running after it and run back.<br><br><br><br>
Definitely keep a close eye on how much he's losing and how fast. And, as Thalia mentioned, keep an eye out if he stops eating AT ALL. Overweight cats are at high risk for hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver, and can die extremely quickly if they won't eat and don't receive immediate medical care.
 

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I've heard that as well, but also that such diets have to be regulated to include certain percentages of muscle meat, organ meat, and bone. Once I stop having heebie-jeebies at the idea of chopping up hearts and livers for my cats, I'll do more research.</div>
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you don't really have to go to a butcher or something for this type of diet. one brand of raw food is <a href="http://www.wildkittycatfood.com/" target="_blank">wild kitty</a>. i don't personally feed my cat this food but i've checked it out and seen it at the health food/animal store near my home. the company does all the work and you just take a container out of the freezer.<br><br><br><br>
in any case, i also like Innova Evo dry food if you still want to give not just wet food. it has no fillers--no grains at all and is made from raw, human grade meat. Becasue it is has no fillers it is easier to digest and more filling for the cat.
 

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there are some really good quality "diet" cat foods out there like Hills r/d (reducing diet) and Royal Canin Calorie Control, both available only through a vet.<br><br>
also remember to feed the amount of food for the weight your cat is supposed to be, not the weight he/she is.
 

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I definitely wouldn't go with hills, lots of vets sell it and the sells reps tell them how great it is, then they go tell you how great it is. Unless they have some sort of specific qualifications for nutrition I would do my own research. There are tons of filler free foods and they're all really good. I would just find one your cat likes "OK" (maybe not too much since you're trying to lose weight). Talk to your vet about how best to approach the weight loss, I like feeding a gradually reduced, set amount every day.
 

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We switched to Orijen when we found out that Eukanuba / Iams is owned by Proctor and Gamble (noted for animal testing )<br><br><br><br>
It has NO grain in it. And since cats are carnivores, this is the perfect food. The cat ( Bo ) loves it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
The price is not that bad and we believe we are making a conscious effort not to support companies that do animal testing on their products.<br><br><br><br>
Science Diet....no way....their nickname is Science Death.<br><br>
And....fyi.... veterinarians get a financial contribution from pet food manufacturers. This is why they promote those foods in the office, NOT because they believe in the quality of them.<br><br><br><br>
And yes, RAW is the best diet......it is the most easily processed by your pet's digestive system than any processed food. But.....the cost is higher. Again, it's all in what you believe is the best for you and your pet.<br><br><br><br>
Knowledge is power....do your research and then make your choice.<br><br><br><br>
Just my three cents worth this morning ( I was feeling generous LOL )
 

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raw diet is great for cats and dogs! these sites have some good info:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.holisticat.com/" target="_blank">http://www.holisticat.com/</a> - this one has a messege board with very experienced people willing to help and give advice on raw diets.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.catnutrition.org/" target="_blank">http://www.catnutrition.org/</a> - also a great website with some recipes for raw food for cats.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
hope this helps.
 

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Find a good holistic vet, they are almost always MUCH better educated about nutrition! Here's a website to find one in your area: <a href="http://www.ahvma.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ahvma.org/</a><br><br><br><br>
Science Diet is like a doctor telling you to eat nothing but Twinkies the rest of your life. Ack!
 

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I agree with what most of you have said, grain makes cats fat and unhealthy, and really has no place at all in cat food. Science Diet is notorious for making deals with vets and animal shelters to make you think that its the best, when it is junk. Of course its better than something you get at the grocery store for $5.99, but its not much better. If you can afford Science Diet, you can afford a natural healthy brand like Wellness or Innova's Evolve. I've heard from reputable vets that these two are the best. They are grain free and contain no biproducts.<br><br><br><br>
I started my little buddies out on Wellness, along with other natural brands of canned food, light tuna (less mercury) or canned chicken when they asked for it, about 2x per day.<br><br><br><br>
One of my kitties wasn't digging the Wellness, no I bought a bag of Innova Evolve, and now they gobble it up and refuse to eat the Wellness.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, whatever you pick, make sure you gradually mix it in, or it can give your kitty a sick tummy.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 
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