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So confused about what/how to feed...

sweetmelly

Savannah Super Cat
#1
Hey everyone! I think I have read and read and read...TOO MUCH...and now I am confused on what to feed my girl.

She was eating Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice food when we got her. When we went to PetSmart to get some for when she came home...we were met with a "salesperson" for their premium brand, Simply Nourish. This woman worked us like no one's business and we ended up buying that food instead. Here is a link to what we have....
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11496996&cp=2767033.3688404&utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default

I posted this brand last week on the Savannah Cat Enthusiasts FB page and someone mentioned that it is probably not good for her. SO, can someone help me understand why? I am trying to figure out this feeding thing best as I can, but I think I am confusing myself.

Also, when can/should I start feeding her some chicken? I don't want to start too soon or too late. Again, I am starting to over think everything! :rolleyes:Right now, she is still on a strictly kibble diet. (I am moistening it though) Any advice/guidance?



Made with wholesome ingredients like real, select deboned chicken and steel-cut oatmeal. A Petsmart exclusive.
This chicken and rice blend is enriched with vitamins and minerals with your pet's long term health in mind.
Ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Rice Flour, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Oatmeal, Dried Chicory Root, Flaxseed, Dried Cranberries, Dried Carrots, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, L-ascorbyl-polyphosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferric Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Taurine
Guaranteed Analysis:
  • Crude Protein Not less than 36.0%
  • Crude Fat Not less than 16.0%
  • Crude Fiber Not more than 3.0%
  • Moisture Not more than 10.0%
  • Ash Not more than 7.0%
  • Calcium Not more than 6.5%
  • Phosphorus Not less than 1.2%
  • Potassium Not less than 1.0%
  • Magnesium Not less than 0.60%
  • Zinc Not more than 0.1%
  • Selenium Not less than 175 mg/kg
  • Vitamin A Not less than 0.30 mg/kg
  • Vitamin E Not less than 30,000 IU/kg
  • Taurine Not less than 0.25%
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids*Not less than 0.20%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids*Not less than 3.0%
  • Ascorbic Acid Not less than 0.75%
  • (Vitamin C)*Not less than 10 mg/kg
  • Beta carotene*Not less than 3.0 mg/kg
  • Lycopene*Not less than 0.5%
 

admin

Paige
Staff member
#2
Hey everyone! I think I have read and read and read...TOO MUCH...and now I am confused on what to feed my girl.

She was eating Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice food when we got her. When we went to PetSmart to get some for when she came home...we were met with a "salesperson" for their premium brand, Simply Nourish. This woman worked us like no one's business and we ended up buying that food instead. Here is a link to what we have....
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11496996&cp=2767033.3688404&utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default

I posted this brand last week on the Savannah Cat Enthusiasts FB page and someone mentioned that it is probably not good for her. SO, can someone help me understand why? I am trying to figure out this feeding thing best as I can, but I think I am confusing myself.

Also, when can/should I start feeding her some chicken? I don't want to start too soon or too late. Again, I am starting to over think everything! :rolleyes:Right now, she is still on a strictly kibble diet. (I am moistening it though) Any advice/guidance?

Made with wholesome ingredients like real, select deboned chicken and steel-cut oatmeal. A Petsmart exclusive.
This chicken and rice blend is enriched with vitamins and minerals with your pet's long term health in mind.
Ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Rice Flour, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Oatmeal, Dried Chicory Root, Flaxseed, Dried Cranberries, Dried Carrots, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, L-ascorbyl-polyphosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferric Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Taurine
Guaranteed Analysis:
  • Crude Protein Not less than 36.0%
  • Crude Fat Not less than 16.0%
  • Crude Fiber Not more than 3.0%
  • Moisture Not more than 10.0%
  • Ash Not more than 7.0%
  • Calcium Not more than 6.5%
  • Phosphorus Not less than 1.2%
  • Potassium Not less than 1.0%
  • Magnesium Not less than 0.60%
  • Zinc Not more than 0.1%
  • Selenium Not less than 175 mg/kg
  • Vitamin A Not less than 0.30 mg/kg
  • Vitamin E Not less than 30,000 IU/kg
  • Taurine Not less than 0.25%
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids*Not less than 0.20%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids*Not less than 3.0%
  • Ascorbic Acid Not less than 0.75%
  • (Vitamin C)*Not less than 10 mg/kg
  • Beta carotene*Not less than 3.0 mg/kg
  • Lycopene*Not less than 0.5%

The problem is you are not going to get just one answer...I would stay with what she was eating so as not to upset her tummy...

Many people feed raw, but you absolutely MUST know what you are doing there as far as supplements...I fed my kittens when they started weaning, RC mixed with Blue Ridge Beef kitten mix...Ixas who was born here and lives here will now NOT eat raw and I'm not going to force him...he is happy eating Proplan Beef and Chicken or Weruva...but you have a little baby there that needs the proper nutrition to grow...

You can always try Proplan kitten chicken and liver...mine loved it as kittens...
 

sweetmelly

Savannah Super Cat
#3
Well, I have been transitioning her to the new stuff and she has been doing really good on that, too. No runny poops or anything. Is the problem with the Simply Nourish the rice?? Blah. I have a HUGE bag of the Simply Nourish now and I hate to waste it. But, I will if need be...of course, and transition her back to the Pro Plan! ;)
 

admin

Paige
Staff member
#4
Well, I have been transitioning her to the new stuff and she has been doing really good on that, too. No runny poops or anything. Is the problem with the Simply Nourish the rice?? Blah. I have a HUGE bag of the Simply Nourish now and I hate to waste it. But, I will if need be...of course, and transition her back to the Pro Plan! ;)
Are you only feeding her dry? I can't remember...
 

sweetmelly

Savannah Super Cat
#5
Are you only feeding her dry? I can't remember...
As of right now, yes. But I think I am going to add at least some "wet" to her diet soon. Can I mix wet (a canned "good" brand) with her dry? Or feed her dry and wet separately?

you would think that the feeding part would be easy but I am finding so many different opinions and methods and it is just confusing me even more. lol
 

admin

Paige
Staff member
#6
She should be getting some wet food...you can grind up some of the dry and mix with wet or you can leave the dry out and feed wet...
 

sweetmelly

Savannah Super Cat
#8
Ok, is Taste of the Wild a good option?

And, Jacq, raw raw?? or cooked? I know her breeder was feeding her other cats cooked chicken but I don't think the babies had any before I brought her home.
 

John Popp

Site Supporter
#9
I'm throwing the BS Flag at the reviews on the Petsmart site. No way you get 21 people feeding their cats and everyone thinks it's sliced bread. Just isn't going to happen and some cats aren't going to like it. Just the way things work, so either they are editing the responses or the manufacturer is stacking the deck.
 

jungle boy

Savannah Super Cat
#10
Ok, is Taste of the Wild a good option?

And, Jacq, raw raw?? or cooked? I know her breeder was feeding her other cats cooked chicken but I don't think the babies had any before I brought her home.
My baby really likes Taste of the wild canned. There are two flavors and he likes both! :)