Kitten Food Help

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  • Fire_FoxFire_Fox Forumite
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    MincePied wrote: »
    Thank you everyone. My budget would be around £60 per month for ongoing costs. I have money for the initial vaccinations and neutering separately.
    I know that will be close which is why i am asking advice before committing myself.
    If i did need slightly more i would much sooner cancel the sky TV subscription (only paying £20 per month for basic channels) and use that money. The kittens would bring much more enjoyment than the basic SKY channels ever will

    Depending how much pet insurance is in your area, that is more than close. Think more like £100 a month for two growing kittens.

    Do you have money set aside for a couple of tall cat trees, other sturdy scratchers, three litter trays, a fresh tray of cat grass each fortnight, and well designed interactive toys? If you do not you risk your curtains and/ or sofa and/ or carpets being trashed. Obviously this can get expensive. :(

    Can we ask why you are set on kittens rather than young adult cats? Asking because often this is due to misunderstandings/ lack of experience rather than facts. :o They will have stopped being fluffy furballs well before they are a year old.

    Young adult cats play just as much as kittens provided they are neutered (so not driven by hormones!) AND provided they have toys that move like real prey rather than boring 'dead' ones. Watch episodes of My Cat from Hell for the proof. :cool:

    Best online supplier of this type of interactive toy is Purrsinourhearts, all profits go to UK cat rescues too.

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  • edited 26 March 2019 at 12:02AM
    rosieblackrosieblack
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    edited 26 March 2019 at 12:02AM
    Well, I would advocate for getting rescue cats rather than from a cat breeder first of all because I'm all for helping animals in need :)

    As far as the food goes, the numerous vets I've been to have all told me that dry food is best for them and wet food increases tartar build up on the teeth (which can be very costly if not treated). I've been feeding my cat Applaws dry food since she was a kitten and she's never had any health issues and is now 7. I do give her a small amount of wet food in the form of one pouch of Applaws spread out over a few days because she actually really likes her dry food but likes a little morsel of wet food occasionally! Whilst there can be issues with bladder infections if they don't get enough moisture, my kitty is obsessed with water and drinks plenty of it so hydration isn't a problem. Also, the Applaws I buy is about £40 a bag and lasts for months! The wet food is very high quality and pricey (Applaws or Encore) but if you're not giving it that regularly then it's not a problem. Applaws also do kitten food and is one of the brands recommended by vets because it's very high quality human grade meat, unlike the stuff you find in the supermarket which is made up of a mix of things. A vet said to me that low quality food can lead to kidney problems later in life and so this is why I steer clear of it!

    Anyway, hope that's helped and good luck with it. Animals are very loving and so rewarding too :)
  • AndyMc.....AndyMc.....
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    rosieblack wrote: »
    Well, I would advocate for getting rescue cats rather than from a cat breeder first of all because I'm all for helping animals in need :)

    As far as the food goes, the numerous vets I've been to have all told me that dry food is best for them and wet food increases tartar build up on the teeth (which can be very costly if not treated). I've been feeding my cat Applaws dry food since she was a kitten and she's never had any health issues and is now 7. I do give her a small amount of wet food in the form of one pouch of Applaws spread out over a few days because she actually really likes her dry food! Whilst there can be issues with bladder infections if they don't get enough moisture, my kitty is obsessed with water and drinks plenty of it so hydration isn't a problem. Also, the Applaws I buy is about £40 a bag and lasts for months! The wet food is very high quality (Applaws or Encore) but if you're not giving it that regularly then it's not a problem. Applaws also do kitten food and is one of the brands recommended by vets because it's very high quality human grade meat, unlike the stuff you find in the supermarket which is made up of a mix of things. A vet said to me that low quality food can lead to kidney problems later in life and so this is why I steer clear of it!

    Anyway, hope that's helped and good luck with it. Animals are very loving and so rewarding too :)

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