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The Missing Link- Dry food supplementing

#1
I was wondering if anyone has ever tried using The Missing Link as a supplement for their Savannahs? I've read a lot of good reviews for this product and it doesn't seem to be too bank breaking. The breeder was feeding my boy, Sorte, Iams Hairball dry food, so that is what I bought for now so I don't stress his system too much. I would assume he needs more than just that dry food though for the time being until we figure out what diet we want to move him on to. He is 10 months old and around 14lbs right now.

If you think there is something better out there, please feel free chime in on that too.

Paul
 

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Paige
Staff member
#2
Paul, Missing Link is very good, although I don't think you really need to supplement until you switch to raw or something like raw. The dry food should have all the nutrients Sorte needs right now...it would be great to be able to switch him though...

There is also Kitty Bloom, which I have started using and others, like TC Feline, etc.
 
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MK Anderson

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#3
my cats eat mostly raw. I grind chicken and put my own supplements in it. when I thaw their daily portions I add enzyme, probotics and taurine to it.
 
#4
Oh really? I would have thought the dry food would be lacking on some of the nutrients he would need. His stool has been fairly soft and runny the last couple days (could still be getting over the flight here). This morning it seemed to have a stronger smell to it also. I am giving him 2 handfuls in the morning and 2 handfuls in the evening for now. It usually takes two 5 minute eating sessions for him to finish each serving. He has been drinking a good amount of water surprisingly.
 
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MK Anderson

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#5
I usually do 30pounds at a time of raw and freeze it in 2cup container. I have zero stinky poop in my home :), no runs, nothing, because of the raw. I started raw feeding before I even got Keeba(my Savannah). my other two cats have eaten it since kittens and I have found that they are the healthiest cats I've owned. In years past I use kibble, but I think raw(for me) is the only way to go.

Because he is still a kitten I would free feed him. He could still be adjusting and that's why he has softer stools.

If you are interested in the raw their is a thread on here how to do it.
 
#7
Thanks Marye Kae. Yeah, we looked at that raw feeding thread a few days ago. I'm pretty sure that is the route we are going to go with Sorte also. We just need to figure it all out and get a plan going. :) That definitely seems like the best route to me. It's the "getting started" part of it that is the hard part, LOL!

As for "free feeding", do you mean to just always have kibble out for him to eat instead of limiting it for now?
 
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MK Anderson

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#8
I know, it took me a while to get it all together with raw. Once you get it going it pretty easy, just messy lol. Make sure you get a nice grinder if you go that route. I ended up buying two :( which cost more.

Yes, I would just always have it available for him he's still growing.
 

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Paige
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#9
Oh really? I would have thought the dry food would be lacking on some of the nutrients he would need. His stool has been fairly soft and runny the last couple days (could still be getting over the flight here). This morning it seemed to have a stronger smell to it also. I am giving him 2 handfuls in the morning and 2 handfuls in the evening for now. It usually takes two 5 minute eating sessions for him to finish each serving. He has been drinking a good amount of water surprisingly.
Usually all that cat food is already supplemented to death...you could give him fortiflora for runny stools...probably switching him over slowly will help any runny stools though...you can use something like felines pride, rad cat, primal, stella and chewys, natures variety, etc., for now if you want, as a way of feeding raw that is already prepared. This way you do not have to worry about supplements...just a thought.
 
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Awww, so I assume you bought a cheaper grinder that didn't hold up, causing you to buy a better one? Or you just needed two? I think I can handle a little mess, hehe ;)

OK, I will start keeping food in his bowl throughout the day then. :) I just have so many friends with "fat, lazy cats", far from what Sorte is of course, I didn't want to lead him into being one of those kitties. LOL! I play with him a lot though, so he gets a lot more exercise than any of my friends cats too.