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Changing the diet is not for everyone, and it may not be the solution that will best serve your family’s needs. If your cat is on a prescription diet or is being treated for a long-term medical condition, ask your veterinarian for advice on whether another brand can be substituted to reduce your household costs. It is possible that there is no other food that can be fed to your cat because of an underlying health condition, but in most cases, a way can be found so that you can feed your cat the food he needs while keeping him with the family.

Finally, while table scraps and leftovers of your family’s food is a good treat for your cat, they should not take the place of formulated animal food that has the added minerals and fats your pet specifically needs. Cats in particular need taurine, arginine, niacin, preformed vitamin A, and specific types of essential fatty acids. Cats that are deficient in any of these food ingredients can suffer severe health problems.

Do not be shy about asking your veterinarian what you can do to make your situation easier to handle. You are not alone, and veterinarians encourage families to stay together, even during the rough times. Your vet may know who you can contact for cat food assistance, if needed. Again, research is key. Call around and see if there are any pet charities or shelters that are having pet food fund raisers or food collection drives to help families in need.

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3:17PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

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2:56AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Thanks for all this good information

11:12AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for. I feed my cat a premium brand that is reasonably priced and he does great. I think a lot of the natural brands are a little over-priced and you have to be careful, but I did a lot of research and Natural Balance Ultra in my opinion has the best nutrition for the most affordable price.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I try not to feed my cat dry food, it is convenient and is certainly not species specific-cats are obligate carnivores and there is too much wheat and other filler in dry foods. One constantly has to be on guard when buying wet food to ensure that the top ingredient is not meat by products because that often means hooves, beaks and other undesirable parts of the animal that a cat would not normally eat either-it is ground up and added to meat.

4:47PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

thanks so much!

1:20PM PDT on May 22, 2012

I just feed my cat pure meat. It might be a little more expensive than canned cat food, but I don't think it is - it seems to work out the same or cheaper. Anyway, am I the only one that thinks it's odd we're bombarded by the dangers of HUMANS eating carbs and not meat/dairy while at the same time told we have to buy commercial cat food for vitamins they don't even need? When cats are carnivores and people aren't? And we even see on TV VETS promoting biscuits??? Turns out domestic cats should be living for 30 years. We're killing them with rubbish food

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4:04AM PDT on May 10, 2012

interesting article thanks for sharing :)

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