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Latest post at 07/03/2012 11:16:56
OK, so I've spoiled my 2 cats who now turn their nose up at anything but Sheba. I had an idea that maybe even "people tuna" would be cheaper, and sure enough, some can be had for 3-4 dhs, for a bigger can than Sheba at 5 dhs.

Is there anything wrong with feeding them tuna instead? And does it matter if it's the one in oil or the one in water?
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Latest post at 07/03/2012 11:18:53
BuckeyeD wrote:
OK, so I've spoiled my 2 cats who now turn their nose up at anything but Sheba. I had an idea that maybe even "people tuna" would be cheaper, and sure enough, some can be had for 3-4 dhs, for a bigger can than Sheba at 5 dhs.

Is there anything wrong with feeding them tuna instead? And does it matter if it's the one in oil or the one in water?


i feed mine tuna in spring water or brine- the one in oil will give them the runs so steer clear!
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Latest post at 07/03/2012 13:06:46
I would imagine that if a cat was fed canned tuna only, there might be a few risks...
- high salt in some tuna would be bad for the kidneys
- premium commercial foods are a true 'complete' diet so contain all of the nutrients they need (tuna only would have to be nutrient deficient)
- some people worry about the mercury content in canned tuna...because of their small size Hg poisoning could be a much greater risk for cats

I believe the latest thinking is that the ideal cat diet is premium canned food (I don't think "Sheba" is premium ) and raw bones (chicken wings etc). Apparently poor quality dry food sticks to the teeth and can increase the risk of decay...
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Latest post at 07/03/2012 17:15:02
So what IS premium cat food then, where is found in Dubai, and dare I ask how much it costs? Little furry money-eaters..... (jk)
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Latest post at 07/03/2012 17:19:10
To be honest lots of cat and dog foods are complete garbage and it's all about money making, why do you think most vets look like pet food suppliers. If your cat was in the wild what would it be eating? Hunting, killing and eating whatever it can get hold of, mice, rats, rabbits etc. Lots of foods have high water content. There's something to be said for raw, natural diets.
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Latest post at 07/03/2012 20:30:24
Cha-ching! So I should buy raw chicken now? This is getting more expensive by the minute! lol I draw the line at sourcing rodents, though... ;-)


Chocs01 wrote:
To be honest lots of cat and dog foods are complete garbage and it's all about money making, why do you think most vets look like pet food suppliers. If your cat was in the wild what would it be eating? Hunting, killing and eating whatever it can get hold of, mice, rats, rabbits etc. Lots of foods have high water content. There's something to be said for raw, natural diets.
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Latest post at 07/03/2012 21:02:26
BuckeyeD wrote:
Cha-ching! So I should buy raw chicken now? This is getting more expensive by the minute! lol I draw the line at sourcing rodents, though... ;-)


Chocs01 wrote:
To be honest lots of cat and dog foods are complete garbage and it's all about money making, why do you think most vets look like pet food suppliers. If your cat was in the wild what would it be eating? Hunting, killing and eating whatever it can get hold of, mice, rats, rabbits etc. Lots of foods have high water content. There's something to be said for raw, natural diets.


LOL if you went to the meat markets in say Deira and bought a load of frozen chicken that would last you ages, I bet it works out much cheaper than those ridiculous little tins of ponsy cat food. Some cats are just fussy, or become fussy. Mine has to have all his food liquidised as he has no teeth - disaster.
edited by Chocs01 on 07/03/2012
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Latest post at 08/03/2012 18:14:17
Chocs01 wrote:
To be honest lots of cat and dog foods are complete garbage and it's all about money making, why do you think most vets look like pet food suppliers. If your cat was in the wild what would it be eating? Hunting, killing and eating whatever it can get hold of, mice, rats, rabbits etc. Lots of foods have high water content. There's something to be said for raw, natural diets.


Oh Chocs, I agree with you 100%. I followed the 'premium cat food' theory only because it can be hard to get a natural diet right without lots of research.

BuckeyeD...if you do a little research on raw food diets for cats you'll find lots of resources. If you can buy in bulk, separate into meals and freeze, you'll save money too.
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Latest post at 11/03/2012 16:19:57
My mothers house cats have been fed John West tuna in sping water for over 7 years and they are fit and healthy! they have a few biscuit every day too. From being kittens they turned their noses up at everything else. She can't even change the brand of Tuna as they go on hunger strike. Best not to get the tuna in brine as this is salt water.
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