THE BEST PET EVER Deserves THE BEST FOOD EVER.
I’m really glad that I noticed your post. I have a new kitten & after much reading about which are the best foods for her, I had chosen Tiki Cat as one of my three favorites. What a disappointment to hear this news. And I just read of their merger/selling out, which ever it is, with another company. It seems that when these merger business decisions take place it results in a decline in the quality of their food; other companies which had good reputations have also done the same thing the past year or two; with customer complaints galore. Too bad, it’s our pets that will suffer, and we have to prevent that by not buying these lower quality foods. What a shame.
thanks aimee – the best one i got was when i was at a pet store holding a bag of royal canin, i was in the treat aisle and this man that was there too noticed the bag and promptly told me i was an idiot and i could feed a much better food – imo, i think some people have taken this
whole issue of dog food too far – i admit that for quite a few years i felt intimidated into feeding the so called better foods – now my belief is that if Lexee is eating and doing well on a certain brand of food, then that means to me that food is better for her – Happy Easter
There are many different choices of food at the pet store, and short of sampling them yourself, you're going to have to rely on your pet's feedback to learn whether or not the food is appealing. But because pets can't fill out a review, we grilled veterinarians to learn what you should be looking at when shopping for cat and dog food to make the best decision.Dog food buyers are faced with a dizzying array of choices, and a host of contradictory -- and sometimes controversial -- -- claims over what the best diet is for their dog. This can lead to a lot of questions as to which food is the safest and most nutritious choice for their four-footed companions. And, of course, it has to be appetizing enough that Fido won't turn up his nose at dinnertime. I was feeding my 17 year old cat very successfully with Castor and Pollux Organic food. Pet stores stopped carrying it, so I (slowly as recommended) switched over to Blue Wilderness, figuring it was the next best healthy. My poor little kitty started peeing, completely emptying her bladder, all over the house! Or NEXT to the litter box, but not in it. Then she developed constipation. There were no behavioral reasons for this, and I started to accept that maybe her kidneys were failing as happens to old cats. Sometimes household finances get the deciding vote when it comes to what goes in the dog dish. I recently surveyed a number of brands of premium dry and canned foods and found that canned foods typically cost three to four times as much per calorie as dry foods. This is a valid concern, even for the person who would do anything to please their best friend. Calculating the calorie needs for a 20-pound neutered adult dog, the cost of canned food would be $1.50 to $2.50 a day. An 80-pound dog would eat up 4 cans a day, costing $6 to $10 to keep it within their caloric needs. You might notice that the larger the dog, the less food they need per pound of body weight. Dry food can certainly be more economical, especially for the bigger pets. Most of the dogs that I see who eat only canned food are small dogs where it is more affordable.When I wander thru the pet food aisle, I like to compare the different foods. When I pick up a bag of dry or a can of the newest and best premium food, I ignore the cute picture of an adorable pooch (or the wolves have become cover models for many “evolutionary” foods) and flip the bag or can over to look at the “Guaranteed Analysis.” The most important thing to know about any food is the relative amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrate that the product contains. Here, the important difference between dry and canned food is found. Fat provides about 25% of the calories in the average good quality dry food, but more than 40% of the calories in a typical food from a can. That can be a good thing (or a health hazard) but fat certainly tastes good (the current recommendation for humans is to limit fat to less than 30% of calories consumed, but it tastes so good). Canned foods will also have higher protein and lower carbohydrate percentages than their dry counterparts. You won’t find carbohydrates listed on the label but, if you add up protein, fat, fiber, and moisture, the remaining percentage is carbohydrates.Kibble begins as a dry cooked meal whereas canned food is canned fresh. Kibble is exposed to more heat than canned (destroying nutrients). Worse yet, kibble is linked to kidney and bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating. Of course, canned isn’t perfect either. Fresh is best, raw or cooked. Next best is frozen prepared food and then dehydrated and freeze dried foods, all available at better pet stores.