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Cat food and cat litter

MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
edited September 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So H/A cat owning denizens, I seek advice on two cat related matters.

What kind of food do you feed your cat? I currently am using Pet Promise dry food.

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What kind of litter do you use? My current brand is TidyCat scoopable kind, but it's not completely serving my needs (after a couple weeks it stops clumping and starts smelling, despite adding new litter to the mix).

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  • AdventAdvent Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I switched to Freshstep a few months back, and I love it.

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  • GooeyGooey (\/)┌¶─¶┐(\/) pinch pinchRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Science Diet and Arm and Hammer.

    My kitty likes the food and the litter seems to control odor the best out of the brands I've tried.

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For food I use Science Diet. I'd switch over to Blue Buffalo though if I thought my older cat could handle the change (he's got a sensitive stomach and has been eating Science Diet forever).

    For litter I use Tidy Cats Scoop for multiple cats. I've never run into the "stops clumping" problem you seem to be having though. Maybe it's because I have one of those automagic cat boxes though. Those are great, by the way.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    We use an indoor formula dry food (I forget the brand) and fancy feast wet twice a day. Also use tidy cat scoopable and have noticed the scooping breaking down, but that is just an indication to change out the whole litter so I consider that a bonus.

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    edited September 2008
    I change my cat's litterbox every weekend, sometimes every two weeks. I know some people change it once a month but I've always found that to be too long. (BTW, to answer your question, I use Arm & Hammer.)

    Also, for food, I use Authority brand. The primary ingredient is actually meat, it doesn't use corn or wheat fillers, and is vitamin-fortified for cats. (I used to use Science Diet but they changed their formula a couple of years ago and aren't quite as good as they used to be.)

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  • IreneDAdlerIreneDAdler Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I don't remember the name of the food we feed our cat, but it's one of the major brands. Not Eukanuba or Purina though. The litter we use works pretty well for a long period of time, it's called Fresh Step. It's pretty good at covering up the smell and stays clumped, though my boyfriend is so lazy, he doesn't really scoop, he just dumps the whole thing out and puts in all fresh litter.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For hard food, we use the Cat Chow Indoor variant (comes in a green bag). For soft food, it's Fancy Feast, Friskies, or 9-Lives, depending where we stop for cat food.

    As far as litter, I second the Fresh Step. It works a lot better than Tidy Cat, but I DO think you're supposed to change the litter every week or so instead of adding more.

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  • EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I use clay clumping litter, the Petco generic that you can refill in the store. Never had a problem with it not clumping over time, although we usually dump out everything after 2 months or so to get rid of lingering bits.

    As for food, my two cats get a mix of raw food nuggest from Primal, and Weruva wet food. One of them is a kibble freak so he gets a mix of Origen and Before Grain, with more of the Origen in the mix.

    I'm a big proponent of high quality pet food. Typically reduces health problems, gives them more energy, makes their coats shinier and their poop less stinky.

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  • MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    jclast wrote: »
    For food I use Science Diet. I'd switch over to Blue Buffalo though if I thought my older cat could handle the change (he's got a sensitive stomach and has been eating Science Diet forever).

    For litter I use Tidy Cats Scoop for multiple cats. I've never run into the "stops clumping" problem you seem to be having though. Maybe it's because I have one of those automagic cat boxes though. Those are great, by the way.

    Do they really work? I've always wondered if it was worth the cost to get one

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  • OboroOboro __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    The best odor-controlling litter I've ever lived with was Arm & Hammer. The only food I can remember is that my older sister used Science Diet for her cats, that seemed to work well.

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  • IreneDAdlerIreneDAdler Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ah yes, Friskies, is what we feed our cat. Ocean fish flavor. She seems to like it well enough. I like to give her treats sometimes, and her favorite is the soft treats that are chicken flavored. She hates those crunchy tartar-control treats, though.

    Also, I hear that there's this thing called catgrass that you grow in a little planter, and is good for cats' digestive systems. I think you can get them at petco.

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    edited September 2008
    Medopine wrote: »
    jclast wrote: »
    For food I use Science Diet. I'd switch over to Blue Buffalo though if I thought my older cat could handle the change (he's got a sensitive stomach and has been eating Science Diet forever).

    For litter I use Tidy Cats Scoop for multiple cats. I've never run into the "stops clumping" problem you seem to be having though. Maybe it's because I have one of those automagic cat boxes though. Those are great, by the way.

    Do they really work? I've always wondered if it was worth the cost to get one

    They work, but some cats don't like them and won't use them.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit ceterum censeoRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    As far as food is concerned, many cats are picky eaters. Don't try to switch up the food too often or they'll practically starve themselves. Our cat eats Purina One Special Care Urinary Tract Health Formula, but that's specifically because she has UT problems.

    Litter-wise I can't remember.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Zeke is a very special kitty. He has an incredibly weak bladder. Cat's have a genetic bladder defect that could flare up and cause problems. Zeke would normally suffer from it constantly, but he gets a very special food and can only drink bottled water (my tap water is copper and mineral heavy).

    He gets the occasional table scrap. He loves french fries, but only gets a nibble every now and then.

    Occasional treat/tuna. No telling what he gets into while I'm gone.

    As far as litter, I use cheap dollar store kind. Works best in odor, the grains are a bit finer so it clumps better, and I don't step on hard little rocks whenever I walk around the bathroom bare footed.

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Medopine wrote: »
    jclast wrote: »
    For food I use Science Diet. I'd switch over to Blue Buffalo though if I thought my older cat could handle the change (he's got a sensitive stomach and has been eating Science Diet forever).

    For litter I use Tidy Cats Scoop for multiple cats. I've never run into the "stops clumping" problem you seem to be having though. Maybe it's because I have one of those automagic cat boxes though. Those are great, by the way.

    Do they really work? I've always wondered if it was worth the cost to get one
    Mine works great, and neither cat has issues with using it (one has always used it, the other used a regular catbox for around 10 years prior to me getting the automated one). It's also a godsend if you have a nosy dog.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Food is an indoor cat mix, but I can't offhand remember what brand.

    Our litter box, however, is one of these bad boys:
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    Basically, the pee goes through the non-clumping litter and grating into a bottom tray with the equivalent of a puppy training pad in it. You scoop the poop out as needed (and can just flush it). We change the pad about once a week or so and the litter you add to as you need with a complete litter change monthly. In the end, it's cheaper than our old Tidy Cat Multiple Cat litter.

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  • etdragonetdragon Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    We feed our cats Purina Cat Chow complete formula. For a long time they were getting something else but the little one has a sensitive stomach and this is the only food that doesn't make her all pukey.

    The litter we use is Scoop Away Multi-cat. We don't use the one with the crystals though because it doesn't seem to clump as well as the non crystal version.

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  • YamiNoSenshiYamiNoSenshi A point called Z In the complex planeRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I feed my cat Purina indoor mix, since he's a (surprise) indoor cat. Always has been, even when he had the option to go outside before I adopted him. He doesn't get wet food because it pretty much turns his... leavings into the same consistency as the food.

    I use Freshstep with flavor crystals or something like that. It's pretty cheap in the big bags, and it works. We scoop it daily and replace the litter completely every month.

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  • ravenhexravenhex Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    All I have to say is get a litter robot. Well worth the 300 bucks to never scoop cat shit again.

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  • DeathwingDeathwing Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Our two furballs get Wellness canned cat food (the grain-free varieties), and use the Arm & Hammer baking soda litter.

    The Wellness is definately not cheap, and not extremely easy to find in stores compared to some things we could be feeding them.....but it's high quality, and neither of them have had any health problems whatsoever, lots of energy, shiny coats, etc.

    I usually order it online from The Hungry Puppy these days, and i've also used PetFoodDirect with few problems, though their order processing & shipping seems to be slower.

    Pics of the kitties - they're a Russian forest cat breed (like Maine Coons) called the Siberian:
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  • YamiNoSenshiYamiNoSenshi A point called Z In the complex planeRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Deathwing wrote: »
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    Ummm.... wow. I just have to say, those are some beautiful cats.

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  • DeathwingDeathwing Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, that they are :)

    Very loving and snuggly cats, although far too independent and stubborn to do anything like going to shows as their parents did.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Gooey wrote: »
    Science Diet and Arm and Hammer.

    My kitty likes the food and the litter seems to control odor the best out of the brands I've tried.

    My cat would have to shit gold nuggets to justify science diet.

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    edited September 2008
    Gooey wrote: »
    Science Diet and Arm and Hammer.

    My kitty likes the food and the litter seems to control odor the best out of the brands I've tried.

    My cat would have to shit gold nuggets to justify science diet.

    $20 a month is too much for you to pay for cat food?

    I mean, I'm no fan of Science Diet (I think it's overrated) but I don't think it's particularly expensive.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Feral wrote: »
    Gooey wrote: »
    Science Diet and Arm and Hammer.

    My kitty likes the food and the litter seems to control odor the best out of the brands I've tried.

    My cat would have to shit gold nuggets to justify science diet.

    $20 a month is too much for you to pay for cat food?

    I mean, I'm no fan of Science Diet (I think it's overrated) but I don't think it's particularly expensive.

    Maybe I'm thinking of a different product of theirs. I remember being shocked at the price when a friend who works at a vet clinic offered to pick us up some for our cat who was recovering from surgery.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Feral wrote: »
    Gooey wrote: »
    Science Diet and Arm and Hammer.

    My kitty likes the food and the litter seems to control odor the best out of the brands I've tried.

    My cat would have to shit gold nuggets to justify science diet.

    $20 a month is too much for you to pay for cat food?

    I mean, I'm no fan of Science Diet (I think it's overrated) but I don't think it's particularly expensive.

    Maybe I'm thinking of a different product of theirs. I remember being shocked at the price when a friend who works at a vet clinic offered to pick us up some for our cat who was recovering from surgery.

    Zeke's on prescription food and it's something like... 12 bucks a bag.

    IIRC, it's also Science Diet.

    They do have huge 50$ bags, though.

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    edited September 2008
    Maybe I'm thinking of a different product of theirs. I remember being shocked at the price when a friend who works at a vet clinic offered to pick us up some for our cat who was recovering from surgery.

    Ah I see... that makes more sense.

    Well, like I said, I personally think overrated. It used to be some of the best cat food on the market but they started using meat by-products and wheat filler and now it's not worth the expense.

    There are now better brands for the money.

    Anyway, I have an adult active female cat about 10 pounds. I don't ration her food, since she's good at controlling her own eating, and I think I go through a $25 bag of Authority every month and a half or so. And I also give her wet food occasionally, and I go through about $5 of Authority wet food a month, if that. Good cat food isn't all that expensive.

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  • buzzard0627buzzard0627 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I use Iams and tidy cat crystal stuff...

    P.S. give me back my cats...
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  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Feral wrote: »
    Gooey wrote: »
    Science Diet and Arm and Hammer.

    My kitty likes the food and the litter seems to control odor the best out of the brands I've tried.

    My cat would have to shit gold nuggets to justify science diet.

    $20 a month is too much for you to pay for cat food?

    I mean, I'm no fan of Science Diet (I think it's overrated) but I don't think it's particularly expensive.

    Maybe I'm thinking of a different product of theirs. I remember being shocked at the price when a friend who works at a vet clinic offered to pick us up some for our cat who was recovering from surgery.

    Hill's brand also vends special needs pet food (like for animals with kidney problems and such) and those can be quite a bit more than "regular" pet food.

    Science Diet's not cheap, but not expensive either.

    My kittehs get solid gold or natural balance. And 1 poops outside, and the other gets the Petco refill-your-own litter.

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  • Golden LegGolden Leg Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'm a Nutro Natural Choice guy, myself. I buy both dry and wet cat food, keeping the dry stuff out all of the time and feeding her a little wet goulash three times a day.

    It's not the cheapest cat food, but she's four years old and has never had any health problems.

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  • MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    I use Iams and tidy cat crystal stuff...

    P.S. give me back my cats...
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    Freaky, my grey cat does that exact same pose all the time

    she's doing it right now

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    edited September 2008
    Medopine wrote: »
    I use Iams and tidy cat crystal stuff...

    P.S. give me back my cats...
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    Freaky, my grey cat does that exact same pose all the time

    she's doing it right now

    She's telling you to get off the internets and scratch her tummy.

    dare you ignore the tummy?

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  • buzzard0627buzzard0627 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Feral wrote: »
    Medopine wrote: »
    I use Iams and tidy cat crystal stuff...

    P.S. give me back my cats...
    cats.jpg

    Freaky, my grey cat does that exact same pose all the time

    she's doing it right now

    She's telling you to get off the internets and scratch her tummy.

    dare you ignore the tummy?

    You NEVER ignore the tummy...

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  • AurinAurin Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ignore the tummy! It's just a ploy for the cat to bite you! :P

    I use Fresh Step and a Litter Robot... both awesome. I also use a mix of Iams kitten food and Costco brand Maintenance Cat... but I don't know if that's a good combo. The kitten food is for the new addition, but I'm thinking about looking into Authority thanks to this thread. >.>
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    Just to add: The Litter Robot has lasted me at least four years now, so they are a wonderful investment. :) I only empty the tray once a week. :P

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  • BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Feral wrote: »
    Maybe I'm thinking of a different product of theirs. I remember being shocked at the price when a friend who works at a vet clinic offered to pick us up some for our cat who was recovering from surgery.

    Ah I see... that makes more sense.

    Well, like I said, I personally think overrated. It used to be some of the best cat food on the market but they started using meat by-products and wheat filler and now it's not worth the expense.

    How long ago did they do that?

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  • shugaraeshugarae Phoenix, AZRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    We use Arm & Hammer litter... we used to use Scoop Away, but our cat hated it and wouldn't poop in the box D:

    For food we use the Costco stuff too - "maintenance cat" or whatever... The first ingredient is "chicken" so I figure that's good enough :P It's cheap and she seems to like it, so no point switching.
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  • OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I bought my cat the fancy Innova Evo stuff, but then I moved into my current residence and now she just eats my roommate's cat's Iams, ignoring the good stuff.

    For kitty litter, I use the PetCo store brand, Pet Gold, I think it's called. I have the Booda Dome, which isn't automatic, and I scoop nightly, and change and wash it once every 4-5 weeks. I've had no complaints about the litter. It clumps nicely and doesn't stink. I'm not sure I'm so happy about the dome, though. My cat likes to pee on the edges, and due to the round shape I can't scrape it off easily without breaking up the clumps.
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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    On Hill's, they have Science Diet, which is sold on the regular shelves, then they also have Prescription Diet which is only sold by vets and requires a vet note. We were getting the special stuff for awhile, but cat was still throwing up so we stopped.

    He likes the Purnia Natural and there's been less throwing up, so win!

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  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    we feed purina pro plan indoor an the kitten variety for our youngling. for litter we use swheat scoop, its wheat and doesn';t stink like clay. plus its better if they eat it when cleaning themselves.

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  • BobCescaBobCesca Is a girl Birmingham, UKRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    the cats get fed a mix of wet and dry food (both supermarket own brand 'cos it's about half the price) and we use the cheapest litter, usually the supermarket's 'value' or 'basics' brand (again 'cos it's less than half the price of the other brands).

    The cats don't seem to mind at all. In fact, they get confused if we give them other stuff.

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