Adventures in Cat Food

Hanx here is what I’m assuming is a cat-nomoly. He will eat whatever food I put in his bowl!

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fyi: He does not eat iPads. Probably because they won’t fit in his food bowl..

He’s been through a lot of options, since I’m trying to find a few that meet a couple standards:

1. He likes it. A lot. I can afford to be picky because he likes so many, I might as well choose the ones he loves!

2. I like it. This means it’s not too expensive, I agree that the ingredients are something I want Hanx to eat*, and it doesn’t smell like someone’s been farting all day long (I’m looking at you, Before Grain 96% Salmon!).

The price is actually low on my list of standards because luckily I don’t have a ton of expenses so I’d be willing to shell out some dough on some really great cat food. Here’s what we’ve tried:

*Science Diet– he ate it. It’s what the shelter sent us home with, so we used it.
*Whiskas wet pouches– a cat video we saw said variety packs were a good way to keep a cat’s interest in different foods, so without knowing much, I grabbed a variety pack of wet Whiskas pouches for him. He loves these.
*Nature’s Variety– after researching and finding this thread through a friend, I decided on Nature’s Variety to try next. He loooves this food, whatever the flavor. We have wet and dry, though I rarely give the dry to him. When I do though he tries to chew through the bag!
*Purina Beyond– this is what my vet told me to get for him, so without looking into it further, I did. He liked it a lot, but once I saw that they used soy protein isolate among other weird ingredients, I freecycled it as well as the Science Diet. A man who feeds father/son feral cats was very happy to receive the food.
*Evangers– this has been the only food Hanx was iffy about. He ate it all, but it took him a while.
*Weruva– he gobbled this shit down. It was the steak frites.
*Natural Balance platefulls– this is another one he goes crazy for!
*Innova– he liked this one. I don’t know if he loved it like he’s loved some others, but he likes it.
*Merrick– he and I love this one! I think this one just didn’t smell as bad as some others. We tried Ocean Breeze.
*Before Grain– he likes this one a lot. I think it smells like old man farts. It seems to smell up the house, too. Maybe I’ll give one other than salmon a try.

I’d like to try Tiki Cat, Wellness, and b.f.f. soon and see what he thinks!

These are some awesome resources I’ve used to learn about cat food and nutrition:

http://catinfo.org/
http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3394882
http://www.greenlittlecat.com/?p=80
http://cats.about.com/od/catfoodandnutrition/Cat_Food_and_Nutrition.htm
http://www.petfoodratings.net/cats.html

*Essentially the ingredients I’m looking for are grain free with no fillers. I want everything he’s eating to have a purpose, to keep him strong, healthy and happy, and to be something a cat ought to be eating. Perks include: lower chance of outrageous vet fees, super silky shiny coat, playful and happy cat.

Mrow!

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Mrow! Mrow! Mrow! That means hi, hello, can we play now?

Mrrrrrrrowwww…. Means why did you leave me, and can you feed me?

Mrooow? I’m pretty sure means why aren’t you paying attention to me, I’m head butting you at this very moment (This is what is actually happening, and that’s the cat call I hear right now.).

The cat behind the meows is Hanx, my mix breed kitty. I’m pretty sure he’s at least some part Siamese thanks to all the talking, but he’s also some beautiful blue breed. He’s my first adopted cat, as I’ve been a dog person my whole life. I had no idea what I was missing out on! The shelter said he was about 1.5 years old when we got him, so he’s a few months away from his 2 year birthday.

He’s a sweet, sweet boy who loves to cuddle and I just can’t get enough of him, hence the blog. I clearly needed an outlet to talk about my days as a cat mama without annoying the ever loving shit out of my friends. So here goes, the tales of this one kitty, Hanx!