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Whats the cheapest way to feed my cat?
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Old 27-12-2009, 12:43 PM
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I have a three year old female cat and currently buy her tesco's own cat food in a six pack which lasts about a week.

Should I use biscuits to 'bulk' her food or are they only intended as a treat?

Do cheaper supermarkets do their own cat food

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Old 27-12-2009, 12:45 PM
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buy biscuit based and it'll be cheaper. use the meat for "treats". If your cat is still hungry then she'll go hunting for mice etc so don't worry about her starving..
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Old 27-12-2009, 12:47 PM
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Dried biscuits are much cheaper than tinned meat but make sure you buy a decent brand that protects from urinary tract infections. I'd leave a permanent bowl of buscuits out and then just feed her smaller portions of meat to supplement them.
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Hi Ian,

You should get more help with this on the Pets & Pet Care board so I'll move your thread over there.

If you do an advanced search on that board for threads with 'cat food' in the title there are numerous threads that should help.

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Very cheap dried cat food is low in protein and bulked up with all sorts of stuff cats were never intended to eat. Buy a more expensive one and you'll find your cat will eat less of it and the price difference will be reduced. Whiskas is okay, better than most supermarket own brands, but the premium versions are better and there's always some sort of offer on somewhere. If you feed too low a protein food the cat will start begging for food to make up the difference and that's annoying. The other money saving tip here is to use a measure or scales to measure out a portion as per the feeding suggestions on the back of a pack. Throwing out uneaten food is the ultimate waste of money!

You can of course up the protein by feeding carefully chosen table scraps and other foods. I buy my two cats an inexpensive tin of basic sardines or mackerel in oil once a week..30p or so and money well spent when you see the shine on their coats. They can also get the chewy bits of cooked chicken etc that you wouldn't eat yourself (chop very finely) and if you use a local fishmonger they'll normally sell you packs of fish trimmings for pet food. These can be frozen in portions. It sounds more expensive than cat food but you serve it instead of a cat food meal, not as well as. and you only need one or two treat meals per week.

My two cats get half dry food, half wet, in seperate bowls, two meals a day. they get a tin of fish between them and one or two other non cat food meals a week. They look sleek and healthy on this, so I'm happy.
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Old 27-12-2009, 2:39 PM
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never give a cat especially a male only dry food as itcauses urinary problems
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Old 27-12-2009, 3:09 PM
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Cheap pet food is almost always mor eexpensicve in the long term as the pets tend to eat more of it and.. it often results in massive vet bills as a result of cheap pet food being fed to pets later on in their lives.

False economy I am afraid.
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never give a cat especially a male only dry food as itcauses urinary problems

No it does not - good qyality dry food and plenty of water always available is fine for cats.. male or female.
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Old 27-12-2009, 8:50 PM
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No it does not - good qyality dry food and plenty of water always available is fine for cats.. male or female.
I agree

If I was going for cheap food I would go with Iams, I wouldn't touch anything else the supermarket sell.

The more you spend the better food you get.
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Old 27-12-2009, 9:07 PM
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Aldi and Netto all do packet wet food. I just used to buy whatever was on offer and get a few at a time. Very often butchers and deli counters do 'pet bits' which are the ends of the cooked meats. Also look out for cheap sardines and tuna on offer on BOGOF as these often work out cheaper than cat food. My cat died recently and I think she had kidney disease which if you read up on, dried food can contribute to. For the last few months I just bought her the 'gourmet' ones and prawns etc because if a bag of prawns is £1.99 it will do about 10 meals which doesn't work out expensive after all.
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Old 27-12-2009, 9:53 PM
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I buy the £10kg packs of Hills Science Diet / Royal Canin. They last my two cats 4/5 months. Yes, they're £38 each, but that works out at maybe £1.50/£2 a week, much cheaper. You must always leave fresh water out with dry food.

Cat food is like wine. You REALLY get what you pay for!! As others have said, if you pay for cheap food, your cat eats more, you pay more, and your cat may well end up ill because the food quality can be very poor.

I would never, ever recommend dry food which are Supermarket brands, Whiskas, Go Cat, Purina (parent brand) etc. They are not good enough quality to feed on their own, IMO.

I would *just* about let my cats eat Iams, but I don't rate them. They used to be really good, but Nestle bought them and changed the ingredients significantly enough to make a difference as far as many vets were concerned, who stopped selling them. If you're going to buy Iams you might as well pay £5 more and get Hills or Royal Canin and get much better quality.

Use wet food as a treat every few days, or offcuts of meat. Oily fish in particular is great. When I use tuna from a can (in Spring Water only!), I always drain the water out for my cats who go a little crazy for it.

www.petsupermarket.co.uk have excellent deals on the 10kg bags at the moment, and will deliver. They often have 2 for 1 deals and things like that, too.

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Old 27-12-2009, 10:10 PM
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www.petsupermarket.co.uk have excellent deals on the 10kg bags at the moment, and will deliver. They often have 2 for 1 deals and things like that, too.

HTH
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Great prices on the RC, mine are still on kitten food & over a year old
I think I will move them to Extergent when I run out of kitten food.
George looks like hes on steroids
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My advice is buy Butchers Classic cat food. It's a good quality food but it's very cheap. Comes in sachets or tins.

Avoid dry food.
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Old 27-12-2009, 10:25 PM
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Great prices on the RC, mine are still on kitten food & over a year old
I think I will move them to Extergent when I run out of kitten food.
George looks like hes on steroids
Ironically, my little 2-3kg cats will only eat diet dry food! When I put full fat food in front of them they walk away. I might as well have put down a bowl full of ash. (Which incidentally, is an ingredient of most supermarket brand dry foods...)

Luckily they eat a pouch a day each, too.

The RC prices at the moment are excellent - I just missed a 2 for 1 deal which was annoying. Still, I got a 10kg one for £38 and free delivery which was great! Do you mean Exigent?!

There used to be a brilliant cat food called Nutrience which contained lots of the herbs and grasses cats eat in the wild, but it's from NZ and I can't find a UK stockist. The kibble had such a good shape for eating.

(I didn't eat it.)

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Do you mean Exigent?!

There used to be a brilliant cat food called Nutrience which contained lots of the herbs and grasses cats eat in the wild, but it's from NZ and I can't find a UK stockist. The kibble had such a good shape for eating.

(I didn't eat it.)

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I did, but I can't spell it

I think I've heard of (years ago) that Nutrience.
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Ironically, my little 2-3kg cats will only eat diet dry food! When I put full fat food in front of them they walk away. I might as well have put down a bowl full of ash. (Which incidentally, is an ingredient of most supermarket brand dry foods...)

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"You will be relieved to hear that ash is not added to pet foods. It is a way of describing the mineral content of pet food. The ash you see listed is part of the guaranteed nutrient analysis: legally the pack must state how much of the food is protein, fat, fibre, water and ash.

Ash is measured by heating the pet food to temperatures of around 550 °C, and burning off all the organic components to leave just the inorganic residue. If the mineral content of pet food sounds high, it is important to remember that our domestic carnivores were designed to eat carcasses that are full of bones containing minerals, and a well-designed pet food will reflect this in its composition.

Kim Russell, Registered pet nutritionist, North Molton, Devon


• This is a misreading of the label on the product. Ash is usually given under "typical analysis" or a similar heading not under the ingredients list. Foods are often described in terms of their nutritional content by carrying out a proximate analysis. This is done because it is much quicker and cheaper than carrying out a detailed analysis of the nutrients ... The mineral content is found by burning off all the organic material in a muffle furnace to obtain the ash.

So ash is not added as an ingredient but is instead an indicator of mineral content. These minerals will be chiefly potassium and phosphorus with smaller amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium and zinc, and trace amounts of many others. Historically, manufacturers often boosted the mineral content of dog food with bone meal to raise calcium levels but, because of concerns about BSE, they now tend to use fish meal instead.

Ash is not added as an ingredient but is instead an indicator of mineral content. These minerals are chiefly potassium and phosphorous. You might see ash levels of 14 per cent in a dry meal for dogs, but tinned products often have around half this level. The composition of the food will affect the ash content, but the elements are likely to be beneficial or neutral to the dog's health and not noxious or toxic at the concentrations in the product.

Brian Ratcliffe, Professor of human nutrition, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen"

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Hi,

I have a three year old female cat and currently buy her tesco's own cat food in a six pack which lasts about a week.

Should I use biscuits to 'bulk' her food or are they only intended as a treat?

Do cheaper supermarkets do their own cat food

Thanks
but personally I choose not to feed my two any of those as their staple diet. I feed Burns or James Wellbeloved - & buy online - best/cheapest option & far more nutritious than any wet food on sale
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My three eat Whiskas dried and Butchers Classic tinned which they love and has really helped one of my cats who had diahorrea as it has no added cereals or vegetables.
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If you've no other choice, Lidl sell a complete dried cat-food for £1 a kilo. They also have a "premium" complete dried food at about £2.25-ish for a 750 gramme bag which should last for about 14-21 days. My boy Stanley loves that and gets a pouch of wet food in the evenings but he only laps the gravy. He's full of energy, his eyes are bright and his coat is lovely and glossy.
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I usually feed my two moggies half a tin of Asda cat food each every day, it has to be the fishy one though..lol. And inbetween meals they get about a cupful of Aldi biscuits between them - either the Senior one or the Special breed one. I can truthfully say that my previous moggies were fed on this diet too and they lived to 18yr and 20yrs without any problems at all. In fact the 20yr old could only eat Aldi senior cat biscuits, the other brands were too rich for her and she would ick them all up afterwards. Aldi ones she kept down and actually put weight on again with them.

The only time my boy cat got a urinary tract problem was when we used the Bob Martin crystals instead of his cheapy litter. He kept going down with cystitis until I figured out the problem and now (fingers crossed) he is back to cheapy cat litter and no problems at all.

They are both thriving on this diet and aren't begging for food all the time either. In fact I haven't managed to get any Aldi cat biscuits over the festive period and unfortunately they are having Go Cat senior and I am actually noticing they are asking for food more. So it is a quick drive to Aldi I think..

Oooh meant to add they are both 9 years old and look so much younger and really glossy coated too.
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