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bigfatgypsy Wed 12-Oct-11 12:58:12

Until recently I have been feeding my 2 old lady cats on Oscars dried food only. Sadly one of the old ladies recently died, and in the last few weeks of her life, when she was struggling to eat i started to give her some Felix pouches which she enjoyed a bit more.

Since then I've continued to give the other cat wet food as she liked it too at first, but since then she's stopped wanting to eat it.

I've just got a new younger cat (4, the other one is 15) and as she'd been eating Felix wet food in the shelter I decided to carry on with it. But neither of them are now eating it - I'm throwing most of it away.

They do eat a tiny bit each, and the Oscar biscuits are always down but they're not really going down either.So I'm thinking of scrapping the wet food altogether again and trying them both on a new, complete dry food.

Can anyone recommend one I can use for both cats bearing in mind one cat is pretty old.

I'm happy to go back to dry only tbh as it's less messy but I want to be sure I'm using a good quality one that they like.

I've used Oscars for donkeys years but they're online so I've never really looked at
other makes. I went to PAH and got confused with the enormous array of makes!

ColdSancerre Wed 12-Oct-11 15:53:53

I would go for scrapping the wet food and just having a decent quality dry food. I don't recognise the brand name Oscar, but I would recommend Hills Science Plan, Royal Canin or James Wellbeloved as being really good quality dry food and all are available at Pets at Home.

Older cats need less calories as they're naturally less active, so the 'senior' dry food aimed at older cats reflects this. It also has other stuff in to help them with aging, but it's not absolutely necessary to feed them that.

I would choose the type of dry food based on their weights. If they're both healthy weights choose a standard food, if they're both a bit podgy get a senior or light (it won't harm the younger one to have senior). If one is podgy and one normal weight then I would get senior/light and see how the slim one fares.

Royal Canin has a dazzling array of different types of dry cat food but they have a tool to help you decide what is best.

bigfatgypsy Thu 13-Oct-11 07:49:44

Thanks CS our local pet shop delivers the dry foods you mention so I'm going to try them. Both cats are average weight so will they both be ok on standard food or should I still be getting senior because of the older cat? Not sure what makes them 'senior'

peggotty Thu 13-Oct-11 07:53:48

I used to use Hills dried for my 2 cats who are 12 and 14 but recently swapped to PAH's own dried version which is cheaper and my cats actually seem to prefer it!

peggotty Thu 13-Oct-11 07:55:34

P.s i assume the 'senior' just has more of certain minerals etc in it than the standard but i don't think it'll make that much difference tbh!

ColdSancerre Thu 13-Oct-11 08:26:55

If they're both a healthy weight I would just give them standard food. The senior stuff has vitamins and minerals in but I never gave that to my old boy and he lived until 19.

ColdSancerre Thu 13-Oct-11 08:30:46

BTW sometimes PAH do online special offers on things like hills or Royal Canin. Next time I get an email about it I'll try and remember to start a thread in The Litter Tray. A few weeks ago I got 4 4kg bags of Royal Canin for the price of 2 with free delivery.

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