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Raw or semi raw? dry or canned? What should I feed my cat?
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An_256296 posted:
What's your opinion of Blue Freedom indoor dry food? I often hear that I should feed my cat a raw diet but it appears to be a lot of mix reviews. I am trying to switch my cat over to can food, but yet the reviews I am reading is saying that the dry food helps keep their teeth clean. When I first got my cat the vet recommended Purina Pro Plan, Iams Eukanuba, and or Royal Canin. We started out with Purina Pro Plan, but I read that cats don't need grain, so I switched to Blue Wilderness, but then my cat began to gain too much weight, so I switched to Blue Wilderness indoor, but he continued to be overweight, now I am using Blue Freedom indoor. Help, this is my first pet, and I feel as though I am taking him through a great deal constantly changing his food. Should I really be feeding him a semi or raw diet? I also have concerns about feeding my cat a product that is not manufactured in the United States. Please advise as I want to do what's best for him.
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Your concerns are legitimate. Foods not manufactured in the United States are not subject to the rigorous standards for pet food seen in this country. It's also not true that cats don't need grains and other non-meat ingredients. Although cats are carnivores, they get grains and vegetables by eating the whole animal (i.e., rodents) in the wild. It's best to stick with diets that say "AAFCO Approved" on the label. These are minimal standards for pet foods recommended by the American Association of Feed Control Officers. If he's truly overweight, your veterinarian can recommend specific diets to control his weight.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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