Apart from Butchers Choice - what wet food?

(35 Posts)
LingDiLong Sat 22-Jun-13 17:19:15

So I've been reading here about the fact that a lot of wet food isn't good for cats so I was thinking of gradually changing her from the KiteKat she was on in the rescue centre on to something better. I can't find Butchers Choice in any local shops though. Is there anything else that is recommended?

Thanks!

I'm guessing if you can't get Classic then you can't get James Wellbeloved sachets either. I don't know what else to recommend. You can buy everything online though. I get lots of stuff from www.petsupermarket.co.uk

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 22-Jun-13 22:07:51

Aldi tinned food is cereal free too, apart from rabbit and turkey flavour.

Or theres always pouches, gourmet has the highest protein levels iirc it's 14% compared to 9-10% for tinned.

GetStuffezd Sat 22-Jun-13 22:10:10

Oh dear. I just feed Tesco cheapo tins and dry food. Is this something I need to reconsider?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 22-Jun-13 22:14:21

Don't know, if they are happy and healthy then why change? but if it only costs a little bit more for butchers classic then why not try?

I've never understood why its ok for pet food makers to put cereals into an obligate carnivores diet.

I don't think go cat has a good rep from what I've read on here.

GetStuffezd Sat 22-Jun-13 22:16:57

Fluffy, do you happen to know how much the Aldi stuff is? Obviously I want my cats to be getting the right stuff, but budget is tight blush

LingDiLong Sat 22-Jun-13 22:18:00

Thanks thecatneuterer, I'll have a good read of the labels in the supermarket and order some from there if they don't have a decent protein content. We aren't near an Aldi unfortunately! If pouches are generally better I'll take a look at those.

We are changing her over from GoCat dry (which she had in the rescue centre) to IAMs at the moment. She has dry in the morning and wet in the evening as per her schedule at the rescue place. Once she's happy on that we'll change the wet.

Thanks all

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 22-Jun-13 22:20:30

45p a can, chicken, salmon and tuna flavour are all cereal free.

Moneys tight here too.

GetStuffezd Sat 22-Jun-13 22:30:39

Cheers! That's not bad at all, is it?

BonaDea Sat 22-Jun-13 22:37:30

I order online from zoo plus. We use almo jelly and think it's great.

GetStuffezd: what you really need to avoid is the cheap dried food. Vets say that if it wasn't for that they probably would see 95% less cases of crystals in urine and blocked bladders (an awful and potentially lethal condition). If you can possibly feed the better quality dried food then that would really be a hell of a lot better for your cats (James Wellbeloved is a particularly recommended one).

ZebraOwl Sun 23-Jun-13 01:48:43

I give mine Almo for breakfast, ordering online & shopping around for special offers. They have dry food for their tea, again shopping around for the best prices & sometimes changing brand depending on cost. At the moment they're on Happy Cat (poultry with apple & banana) which works out very cost effective as they only get 25g per meal rather than the 40-50g portion sizes for most foods...

GetStuffezd Sun 23-Jun-13 07:18:23

Thank you cat neutered, I will splash out on better dried food in that case. A box of that lasts a good while!

GetStuffezd Sun 23-Jun-13 08:19:35

Oops, just checked my tinned food and it actually is butchers!

lljkk Sun 23-Jun-13 11:54:16

Bozita from Zooplus. Supermarkets usually have Butchers, Lidl does a special offer on it about once a month, too.

VeganCow Sun 23-Jun-13 19:29:14

Its Butchers Classic, not choice. Orange cans, Sainsburys Tesco sell it. Asda too i think.

Its the best Supermarket tinned food for cats, no cereals or filelrs.

If you really cant get hold of it, try Anomonda carny, delivered from Zooplus
here

LingDiLong Sun 23-Jun-13 22:05:15

Thanks Vegan, I actually found some Butchers Classic yesterday but I'm.starting to wonder about using those little trays or pouches so I don't have open tins hanging around

VeganCow Mon 24-Jun-13 10:21:52

The tins are better and more economical too. Each tin has 400 gms which is same as 4 pouches, they are half the price of the pouches.

You can freeze cat and dog food. Take out what you need and freeze the rest either in the tin or in a plastic container.
I use these tin covers to cover the tin.

TheSilveryPussycat Mon 24-Jun-13 11:39:52

Hi, I am TheSilveryPussycat's DCat. I understand it is down to you lot that she is feeding me stuff from a tin with pictures of dogs on shock. Can this be right?

It's nicer than the other food she used to give me, which I have been politely protesting about by eating it rather distainfully, if at all. That had pix of cats on, she has been trying recently though, she's been getting Whiskas pouches, which were an improvement. At least she's been sticking to meaty ones in jelly, which is my right preference.

Anyway the tin says Butchers on it, and says it is all meat and liver. I would put an thanks emoticon, only for some reason it does flowers, not [mice].

Tins with pictures of dogs on are never a good idea - however meaty they may besmile Cats have different nutritional needs to dogs, so tins with pictures of cats on are really the only way to go. You need to have a word with your owner TSP's Dcat.

TheSilveryPussycat Mon 24-Jun-13 18:54:49

Thanks thecatneuterer (what a strange name, I won't ask). She is right under the paw, but a bit dim. I'll get onto it!

QueenStromba Tue 25-Jun-13 13:00:56

Butcher's choice is dog food, Butcher's classic is cat food.

TheSilveryPussycat Thu 27-Jun-13 17:22:13

Well, the Dim One has finally got it right. Yum!

That's good. The Dim One deserves a special present (headless mouse?) on her pillow for that smile

VeganCow Fri 28-Jun-13 14:24:46

thecatneuterer the advice now for blocked bladders with no crystals is a wet only high quality diet rather than dry.
My boy blocked when he was around 1, has been on wet only since then and has never had a repeat in 4 years. <touches wood >

That's interesting Vegancow. The vets at our clinic have always said it's just the cheap dried food that's the problem - not the quality stuff. I'll bring up the subject next time I'm there and see if they've changed their minds.

riojabotherer Sat 29-Jun-13 00:29:54

Zooplus stocks some excellent foods, though some are pretty costly, especially if you have more than one cat. Before we brought home our kits I got a bit obsessed with cat nutrition and swore them off dry food forever. They are awaiting an order of Animonda Carny at the moment. I've heard lots of cat owners rate it, along with Bozita and Grau. Nature's Menu is going down well here at the moment but it's too expensive. We've had them on Butcher's Classic, though it looked to me like there was an awful lot of jelly. It's one of the better supermarket foods, as far as I can work out.

Apparently raw feeding is becoming popular but with a toddler knocking around, I'm not game.

Have to say all my previous cats have thrived on Felix/Whiskas etc, but I'm going to keep these two on something with more meat and no grain/fillers if possible.

VeganCow Sat 29-Jun-13 01:12:12

Thecatneuterer I had to take my cat to a 24 hour busy animal hospital, they said best advice is wet only diet, with the addition of cystease or furinaid to help with the bladder lining, the hospital said to look for the latest advice on the fabcats website (feline advisory bureau ) on FLUTD and sure enough they say the most important thing is to increase the uptake of water which is most easily done with wet food.
Would be interesting to see what your vet says.

VeganCow Sat 29-Jun-13 01:16:44

Riojabotherer Animonda Carny is a great food, mine prefer it to bozita which is cheaper problem cos it has gravy or jelly. The Animonda is solid a bit like whiskas supermeat.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 29-Jun-13 10:21:32

Bengal cat forum has some serious mental raw food feeders on it, if you mention you feed ready prepared tinned food then you are an evil evil person who ought to be banned for life from keeping anything apart from pot plants.

They are very scary people.

dobby2001 Sun 30-Jun-13 17:02:51

Just found this thread. We tried our 2 on the Butchers cat food, when Sainsburys started selling it, and they refused to eat it! First time the have ever turned their noses up at anything. They can be more happy to eat some brands than others, but the Butchers was complete refusal!

We have had Aldi in the past and they were not overly keen either - I assumed it was because both were cheaper quality??? Have I got veggie cats fgs??confused

riojabotherer Sun 30-Jun-13 22:59:05

Update...Nature's Menu, while it may be a high quality food, makes their poo smell horrendous! They do seem to have much nicer breath now than when they were eating Classic. I can sit with them fighting or washing next to me without passing out.

kimthomasandaimee Thu 18-Jul-13 14:35:39

From Supermarkets we get:

Lily's Kitchen

From ZooPlus we get:

Grau
Animonda Carny

From Happy Kitty Company we get:

Macs
OmNomNom

These are all High Meat Content cat foods without grains and cheap fillers.

They may seem more expensive than Felix, Whiskas and other low meat content foods but you're cat will probably need to eat less of them.

My preference is for raw food which we get from:

Honeys
Natural Instinct

Mice and Day Old Chicks frozen from online reptile suppliers.

And we make our own raw food but you have to be careful to get the meat~bone~organ ratio correct _

golfergirl28 Tue 07-Oct-14 10:56:37

Talking of Butcher's. Is the Really Fishy/Meaty as good for cats as the Classic? Sorry, I asked this on another thread but looking for more input. It's cereal free too.

msrisotto Tue 07-Oct-14 17:39:14

I know I'm helping resurrect a zombie thread but I hadn't seen it and am bumping to look at later!

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