It has been five years since I first posted this blog entry. I am "recycling" it today, as it is timely, and because the previous comments that have accumulated are both thought-provoking and informative. Although I don't agree with all of them 100%, they have all contributed food for thought. Back then, I had received an email, challenging my suggestion that canned food is superior to dry. It was interesting the email was from a guy. I'm always gratified that more and more men are speaking out about their cats, and particularly that they're reading my advice, although not always following it. He wrote:
This issue seems to be the "roe vs. wade" of cats. Everything here seems to suggest switching to canned food as the best. However, my local PETCO people say that canned food (1) is mostly water, (2) goes right through, and (3) makes cats fat. Our cat started out life as a feral cat that "adopted" my son in Texas. When he got out of the army he brought her home. She's about 2 years old, just had a checkup and is "perfect" (but she does have feline leukemia and FIV) and weighs about 8 pounds. I bought some canned food today, and based on PETCO advice will start it out as a "treat", but already she has turned it down in favor of the dry. Just want to do right by Katie, but so far it looks like dry is it.
Awwww, shucks. Who am I to argue with the experts at your local PETCO? OTOH, a cat burdened with both FIV and FeLV needs all the ammunition it can get in the form of superior nutrition. I do hope that Dennis buys a high quality dry food and gives Katie plenty of water, and that he continues to offer her a high quality canned food in the hopes she will change over to it.
I can still take the stance that canned food is preferable, despite my recent epipheny about the health hazards of BPA linings in cat food cans. Fortunately, a number of pet food manufacturing plants are switching over to non-BPA cans. My volunteer team of forum members are doing the legwork by contacting the various companies and forwarding their replies to me.
What about you? What kind of commercial foods do you choose for your cats? Vote in the poll, and feel free to discuss your answers in the comments.