I’m always intrigued by the number of brands and varieties of ketchup available here in the US. I tend to use the same brand as my mom used – it’s the taste I‘m familiar with.
Interestingly enough – did you know that as of December 2018 there were 630 brands of pet foods and treats in the US alone? Specifically, pet foods and treats amounted to just under $40 BILLION U.S. dollars.
With those kinds of choices – how do you choose what’s best for your exotic longhair or exotic shorthair cat or kitten? Do you listen to tv advertisements? Do you search internet ads that are almost always sponsored by pet food companies to tout their products as the best and their competition’s products as inferior? Do you buy what your vet has at his clinic? Do you think that the most expensive brands equal quality? Conversely, do you think the cheaper brands equal inferiority? Are you swayed by product packaging?
Exotic Longhair & Exotic Shorthair cats are people too
Just like people – different exotic longhair and exotic shorthair cats have different tastes and needs. Some cats are dealing with food allergies, some are aging, and (like me) need to supplement their diets to stay healthy. The sizes of kibble also vary. I’ve got one old gentleman cat that we dearly love. We give him more soft foods than the younger cats and he maintains his health and his weight. Soft is easier on his old tender gums and teeth.
Nowadays there appears to be a trend towards more protein-based products rather than adding corn, grains, etc. Buffalo, rabbit, fish, etc. are trendy and to the general public, those foods seem too good to be true! And the beautiful pictures on the packaging may make you want to snack on them yourself!
But when I look at the packaging ingredients I see the words meat-by products and I cringe. I grew up in Iowa around farmers with beef and dairy cattle. When a cow would die be it from old age or injury or birthing or sickness, the farmer would put a chain around the legs of the animal and pull it out to the road where a rendering company truck would load the animal and process it into… guess what? Pet foods. So if a cow has cancer or abscesses or blood pockets… even though the meat is cooked it’s not something I say yum yum to and want to eat myself much less give to my cats.
Longhair & Shorthair Cat / Kitten Food Requirements
The best food for kittens & cats should be:
- Rich in protein from animal sources
- Low in carbohydrates
- Made with clearly named meats/fats
- Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and easy to chew
- Additionally, Exotic Shorthair food should ideally be wet food instead of dry kibble
For that reason, I weekly prepare quite a bit of raw meat for our exotic longhair and exotic shorthair cats and kittens and freeze it in small containers. Search the internet and you can find suggestions as to how and what to include in your mix. But be prepared – some cats will transition to raw just fine but some are so addicted to dry cat food additives that they look at what should be like filet mignon and turn their sweet little noses up.
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