Am I the only one who was completely in the dark about cat food?!?
Question by Ashley S: Am I the only one who was completely in the dark about cat food?!?
Okay, so I was browsing through the questions about cats, answering the ones I thought I could contribute anything useful to, and someone asked what kind of cat food to feed their feline friend with a sensitive stomach.
Now, I really thought I knew the answer to this one, I really did.
I switched my cats from Meow Mix (what the pet store had them on where I bought them) to Natural Balance because my vet told me that it’s much better to feed a cat food with lots of meat in it rather than corn, and it was the meatiest cat food I could find at Pet Co. True to what my vet told me, after I switched them over, they started eating a lot less food and they used the litter box a lot less.
The problem was, while one of them handled the food fine, the other one developed really greasy fur (like how humans get greasy hair if they don’t shower o_O) and had really loose stools that were so smelly it was almost freaking toxic. Granted she used the litter box LESS, but the smell was exponentially worse.
So I took them to the vet and the vet suggested specifically Hills Science Diet. My cats eat the same amount of Hills Science Diet as they did with the Natural Balance, they both have healthy looking coats, and everyone’s bathroom habits are back to normal. Should be a big horray, right?
But now back to the problem at hand…
When I answered that person’s question, naturally, I suggested Hills Science Diet, as that is the food I seem to be having so much luck with. Another answerer replied under my response, “Eew, someone said Science Diet? That stuff is junk food.”
I was flabbergasted and somewhat offended that someone would suggest that, not only do I feed my little darlings junk food, but that I would urge another to feed their cat something that was not good for it. After all, my VET recommended Science Diet, so didn’t I have a real doctor of medical medicine on my side?
Well I decided to at the very least Google it and see what people were saying about Science Diet, and it turns out that nearly EVERYONE except for me thinks that Science Diet is garbage! The only site I found that had anything kind to say about Science Diet was hills.com (and yeah, of course they would, it’s THEIR product). Everyone else was saying how Hills uses substandard ingredients, grains and corn that can make your pet fat, and charges too much for a low quality product.
Also, a common theme I saw in people’s reviews of Science Diet is that it makes their animals shed like crazy… My cats are shedding like CRAZY! I thought it was just because it’s summer, but could it be because of their food?!
Have I been taken for a ride here? Did my vet seriously con me into buying overpriced food that wasn’t serving any nutritional purpose? What food should I switch my cats to in order to be feeding them “the right stuff”? How do I know what’s best for my kitties if even the VETS are lying to me?!
I just want to feed my kitties what’s best for them… I can’t believe Science Diet is that bad for them. If it’s really garbage like all those other websites say, then why did my vet recommend it? How do they justify charging so much for their product? How can this be?!
[COMPLETE DAMSEL MODE]
Help me, PLEASE!!!
While I do switch between wet and dry food (I find my critters like the variety), the question above was referring merely to dry food. What dry food should I switch them to so that they can be healthier?
Answer by J
It’s probably like how doctors get given tons of free stuff and samples from drug companies.
A few vets i’ve been in sell science diet right in their office and that’s the only food they sell.
If they can get vets to recommend it then the can charge a ton because most people will think they are doing whats best for their pet.
Yay for the internet i guess.
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