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What to feed my cat?!

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roofio87 Sat 13-May-17 07:10:33

Hello Mn cat lovers. Our very first cat cane to live with us yesterday. He is a rescue cat (of sorts, a friend of a friend could no longer keep him so we have taken him on) He is a beautiful ginger tabby cat. What is the best thing to feed him and when? At the moment he is on dry foods only, and the previous owner has given me a large back of this. Is this enough, wet food instead or also?! Or is it the cat's preference?! Also, we shop at lidl, is there cat food sufficient or worth buying a more well known brand?! Thanks everyonesmile

MrsPnut Sat 13-May-17 07:19:31

We feed our cat dry food during the day and wet food in the evening.

Our cat is quite elderly now and she likes Sheba or Gourmet Perle but when she was young she would eat most varieties.
You can guarantee that you'll find a brand a cat likes and stock up on a few boxes only for them to change their mind and turn their nose up at it.

Enjoy your furry feline overlord grin

lljkk Sat 13-May-17 07:27:55

Lidl often sells 6packs of Butchers for a good price.
Butchers is high % meat so tends to be a good choice.

Toddlerteaplease Sat 13-May-17 09:22:40

Cannot possibly comment without a photo grin

roofio87 Sat 13-May-17 18:27:37

Sorry, here he is 😍 Thanks ladies, got him some wet food today and gobbled it all up!!

BlahBlahBlahEtc Sat 13-May-17 18:31:53

Aw what a beauty! The cat should have wet and dry food, however many pouches depends on how big an eater is, my cat is small and has 1 plus biscuits, other cats have 2 / 3 / 4. Give Webbox a go though, it's better for the cats then Whiskas etc and mine loves it but he'll for sure let you know what he likes!

Toddlerteaplease Sat 13-May-17 18:42:53

Aww what a Beautiful beast!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-May-17 19:39:01

He is rather special. I personally dislike the cereal levels in lidl food, Aldi premium pouches are good though.

Ours is on gourmet at the moment. £8 a week.

farfarawayfromhome Sat 13-May-17 19:51:58

He's so handsome!!!!!

Weedsnseeds1 Sat 13-May-17 20:18:21

He's a beauty. I think wet is recommended if he'll eat it. Mine won't ( have tried everything, some of it weight for weight more expensive than pure gold) bit he drinks plenty.

roofio87 Sat 13-May-17 22:08:10

I looked at the lidl ones today and they seemed so low on meat % so I avoided. Bought some whiskers pouches and he ate one up super fast. I moved his food and water bowl upstairs to our spare room where he seems to have camped himself out so he was feeding better in there too I think!
Just gotten into bed and the meowing has started!! It's like having a newborn again! 😂

Weedsnseeds1 Sat 13-May-17 22:30:11

The percentage meat us the named protein. So if it's chicken, for example, minimum legal percentage to call it chicken is 4%, so that is what is declared on the label, however there is more total meat than that, which is labelled as meat derivatives or animal by products. This isn't anything sinister, it's category 3 material ( fit for, but not intended for, human consumption) this is stuff like liver, chicken wings / frames etc. The way pet food is labelled is different to human food because of legislation, for example, you may see "ash" this is a measure of the mineral content not burnt material used as an ingredient.
Lidl food is actually quite good quality.

Weedsnseeds1 Sat 13-May-17 22:30:58

Better than Whiskers actually!

roofio87 Sun 14-May-17 07:09:07

Thanks Weeds. This is all totally knew to me!!!

Allergictoironing Sun 14-May-17 07:38:06

If you do change their food, do it slowly over time. You can cause all kinds of unpleasant effects that need cleaning up if you change their diets suddenly envy (not envy, thinking of clearing up diarrhoea).

Mine are luckily not too greedy, so I give them some wet every morning & evening, then leave dry out 24/7. Indoor cats, medium/large, they get 1 pouch between them at night & half a pouch between them in the morning then of course as much dry as they want. Their dry is the Royal Canin indoor cat formula, so I feel OK about giving them Felix AGAIL as their wet grin

LittleCandle Sun 14-May-17 07:44:10

When I got my boys, they wouldn't look at wet food and I was slightly at a loss. I then glanced through their vaccination books, which I was lucky enough to have got with him, and saw they had eaten hard food all their lives. Bought some and they began to eat again. Now, they get a handful of dry food and a sachet each in the morning and just the dry food the rest of the day. When they were only fed on wet food (because of another cat's problems with only dry food) they were totally uninterested in it. They are 14 now, so I don't mind pandering to them a bit. They are quite fussy about their wet food and won't look at Felix, got bored of Whiskas, didn't like Tesco or Asda's own, but don't mind Lidl's stuff.

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