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21 Oct 02 - 01:31 AM (#807581)
Subject: BS: Cat Food
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

Which brand of cat food does your cat eat?

21 Oct 02 - 03:27 AM (#807603)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Catherine Jayne pouches......won't eat anything else!!! Bloody expensive cat!!!

21 Oct 02 - 07:35 AM (#807672)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Bassic

Whiskers in tins, but only Supermeat, they dont like the Jelly or Gravy as much. My friends cats like the "cat food" from the local Chineese Takaway (duck in pankakes) or the bacon in bacon sandwiches from the Sandwich Shop. They are pedigree Oriental/Siameese cats and therefore have been brought up by their mothers to expect nothing less! They now have an account at the sandwich shop and a "pussy bag" of bacon pieces is supplied with every bacon sandwich that comes into the house. Its the only way to distract them so you can have some yourself! Very expensive tastes!!!

21 Oct 02 - 07:45 AM (#807674)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: greg stephens

Most of my cats over the years have insisted on Whiskas, to the point of being perpared to starve themselves to death rather than eat anything chepaer.I presume this is because the manufacturers put some addictive drug in it, which is a bastard trick but that's capitalism for you.

21 Oct 02 - 09:01 AM (#807709)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Gillie

As long as it is fishy flavour and it comes in pouches our two cats will eat it!! As for biscuits - only Vital Balance will do.

Gillie & Magician

21 Oct 02 - 09:07 AM (#807714)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Mr Happy

morrisons own brand 'my cat' both 'meaty chinks' & 'chunks in gravy'. as a special treat some times whiskas supermeat or butchers supermeat.

21 Oct 02 - 09:49 AM (#807736)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Ella who is Sooze


Tescos own bran and fruit flakes. (either crunchy or with milk)
baked potato
next doors koi carp (arghhh)
mashed potato
singapore noodles
ice cream
(anything that isn't nailed down, covered up or hidden away from the open territory that is the kitchen side board)
Oh and anthing that doesn't have your fullest attention whilst you are eating it... so no television dinners, or a swift paw swip and it's gone...

I'm at a loss, he's a rescued street cat, pulled out of the River Usk from a bag full of his brothers and sisters. And still insists that it's the survival of the fitest no matter what!


21 Oct 02 - 09:53 AM (#807743)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Reprinting from my post to the "We don't need another WalMart thread:

Not only does WalMart have cheap catfood, their housebrand is the only kind my cats will eat! I think they put some kind of kitty dope in it to get the little furballs addicted. Then they know you have no choice but to come back at least once a month to buy more catfood.

In fact, we ran out of WM catfood about a week ago. Our four cats have only been grudgingly nibbling at the stuff I got from the Mom and Pop store down the road. All four of them are in the same room of the house as I am typing this. This is a very uncommon occurence as each of them hates at least one of the other three. When sworn enemies appear to get along peacefully, something conspiratorial must be going on. I think I should go to WalMart in the morning and get another 25 pounds of cat dope food before they get it in their heads to form a little pussycat lynch mob.


21 Oct 02 - 09:57 AM (#807753)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Sorcha

Friskies "Special Diet" (urinary tract/low ash); dry only. I refuse to let them rule everything.

21 Oct 02 - 10:00 AM (#807755)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Burke

Iam's, the older cat formula.

21 Oct 02 - 10:23 AM (#807769)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: GUEST,Oakley

Fresh seahorse spleens, braised in hyena milk.

21 Oct 02 - 10:31 AM (#807773)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Kim C

He's not real particular about his dry food as long as he gets a little canned food in with it. He seems to really like the DOGS' canned food, though.

Thumper will not eat People Food. He will also not take treats out of your hand. Anyway, you could leave your dinner plate right in front of him, and unless there's fish on it, he could care less. He might sniff at it, but that's about it.

Buddy Cat, who has since gone on to Kitty Heaven, was a different story. Leave your milk glass on the table for two seconds, and he'd have his grubby little paw right in it.

21 Oct 02 - 10:34 AM (#807777)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Dave the Gnome

Ours, frustratingly, changes on an almost daily basis! Tuna, cod and carrot from Go-Cat at the moment though, with a bowl of Iams at the side in case he gets peckish!

He has recently started getting excited about other peoples bacon butties and sausage rolls though. A trait I endevour to discourage with the aid of a badmington raquet...


Dave the Gnome

21 Oct 02 - 10:53 AM (#807799)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Skipjack K8

Thymus, spleen, sweetbreads, any specified risk material, or specified bovine offal, as it used to be known.

21 Oct 02 - 11:11 AM (#807814)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: mack/misophist

It's good to see that almost everyone here uses cat food. A cat's metabolism needs much more of the amino acid creatine than dogs or people. A cat will sicken on dog food and die on a vegan diet. Cat food, please.

21 Oct 02 - 02:05 PM (#807950)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: PageOfCups

IAMS hairball control. Really works, too!

Oh, and 10% of all yogurt consumed in the household, or else they shred your kneecaps.


21 Oct 02 - 02:18 PM (#807955)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Clinton Hammond

What I wanna know is, why is there no MOUSE flavoured cat food?

I mean, you see cod, tuna, BEEF???? What the hell kind of house cat first took down a cow, or paddled out to open water to land an ocean tuna to discover they really liked 'em????

Chicken I could see easy... but COW?!?!?!

The house cat that can take down bovine, can eat what ever the hell it wants!



The real trick around here is keeping the adult cat out of the kitten food... Another 3 or 4 months and they'll be on the same food, and it'll be SOOO much easier...

21 Oct 02 - 02:22 PM (#807958)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Shields Folk

My cat loves potato crisps, he goes mad for them.

21 Oct 02 - 02:47 PM (#807980)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: jeffp

Purina Cat Chow, all three of them.

21 Oct 02 - 02:48 PM (#807983)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Bat Goddess

Let's see, when we thought Sabine might be allergic to wheat-based dry food we started buying the expensive rice-based stuff (in the really big bags and with a frequent buyer discount), but I can't remember the name of it. (Natural Choice? Select Choice? Somthing like that.)

Mortimer gets Purina DM because he's diabetic.

Sabine is a popcorn freak, but not as much as Calliope was -- Calliope would stand in the bowl.


21 Oct 02 - 03:08 PM (#807997)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: lady penelope

Whiskers in pouches, gravy ones only ( fussy gits ) anything else that looks interesing, down to and including my cocktail last saturday!!! We managed to persuade Cerys that she was really only interested in the cream part of the cocktail ( gave her a bit for herself ) but she still kept coming over and licking out the nigh on empty glass. Mind you, I had a tortoiseshell called Rainbow who liked dry white wine ( to the point of inebriation!).

Clinton, the above mentioned Rainbow did severely maul two fully grown show dalmations ( who were not shown after their encounter with Rainbow, one of them nearly lost one of it's eyes...). I think given enough motivation, Rainbow would have,indeed, gone after a cow.......

TTFN M'Lady P.

21 Oct 02 - 03:48 PM (#808027)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo

I've never seen a starved-to-death cat in front of a full bowl of

A while back, physiologists and psychologists thought
that cats were colour-blind. When they switched the
"reward" to something more appetising than lab chow,
they found that the cats could see colours just fine. . . .

Cats are just better at training us than we are at
training them. I suspect they're really aliens
on a secret research project.


                           -- Arne Langsetmo

21 Oct 02 - 04:00 PM (#808041)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Clinton Hammond

Arne... "The Cat From Outerspace" isn't just a lousy movie eh?!?


21 Oct 02 - 05:13 PM (#808086)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Pushkin

Whiskas in pouches, felix in pouches, morrisons own, whiskas tins but won't finish them, chicken curry, jerk chicken, cheese, marg, broccoli (he will still it off the dinner plate).

They also drink:-

brandy (only tried it the once)

basically my male cat, if he were human, would be a curry munching lager lout.    She is just awkward.....

21 Oct 02 - 05:39 PM (#808101)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Bearheart

I make my own (and they love it) from ground turkey and occasional cow and sheep innards I get from the farmer's market. (they love heart and liver, and the farmer's market stuff is cheap ,a free range and antibiotic free). I mix it with cooked millet, which they digest easier than rice,and sometimes oats (which Cougar our 13 year old white longhair had for baby food and still goes nuts over); and whatever veggies are good from my garden, farmer's market or grocery store. They love carrots, will kill for fresh cooked broccoli and asparagus, and dig mushrooms, potatoes(which they don't get too often), parsnips and beets. I cook these till just done and mush them up with the meat and grain. I do supplement with Taurine and a few vitamins.

I also give treats from the table (yes they are spoiled), a nibble of any of the above I'm having. They will eat cooked asparagus and broccoli WITHOUT any butter! Though they will also eat butter, yoghurt and sour cream if they find it unguarded.

I will say that most of my cats (I have 6) look half their age and almost never have to go to the vet, and my oldest cat was 22 when she finally went this summer. (I've been making their food for about 10 years, and I'm convinced it is responsible for their good health and youthful appearance, though Cougar says it's her genes). Two who were older took their time adapting to the new food, but grinding it up so it looks like canned food and putting a little fish oil on it helps.


22 Oct 02 - 02:18 PM (#808685)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food

The herd (four) has the following non-cat food preferences:

Fettucine alfredo
Refried beans
Anything in the trasjh they can get to
A small bowl of water with one ice cube (don't like it with two)
Leftover milk from a bowl of cereal

And from the beverage front:
The small round white ball inside those cans of Guinness (I like to give them those!)

22 Oct 02 - 03:59 PM (#808774)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Liz the Squeak

Anything but mostly what is on my plate. One little bugger will flick cauliflower off your fork between your plate and your mouth. She will also rip you to shreds for a McDonalds' fry.

Two of them used to eat nothing but dry food or pilchards and were as fat as anything. They then discovered Felix tins and are mere shadows of their former selves, much more active and sleek and seem to be enjoying a new lease of life.

If a cat has a sense of smell 14 times more sensitive than ours, why do they still eat Haddock flavoured cat food?


22 Oct 02 - 06:34 PM (#808901)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: maire-aine

My gang (of 4) used to eat only Purina Cat Chow, then I changed them to Purina Senior Cat formula. Then back in April, one of them (Danny) was diagnosed with a tumor that's probably cancer. The vet found it in a regular physical, so he didn't have any symptoms. Anyway, the vet suggested holistic treatment with supplements and anti-oxidants and what-not. And I changed the whole gang to something called PHD Feline formula. I order it over the internet from their website which is .

I don't know how well it's working for him, but Danny is still a happy, comfortable cat. All four of them have slimmed down considerably on this, and since they are all either 13 or 14 years old, it's probably good for them. Not an sales pitch, but just fyi.

23 Oct 02 - 01:54 AM (#809086)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Venthony

I don't care what anyone feeds my wife's vile cat, just as long as it's fatal.


23 Oct 02 - 02:58 AM (#809103)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Liz the Squeak

Ah, but given the Deity status of the cat, are you not afraid that it will come back as something even more vile and disgusting in its next life and make your life even more miserable?


23 Oct 02 - 07:52 AM (#809138)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Catherine Jayne

Apart from the whiskers pouches Merlyn also likes:

Bread...has to be white and fresh!
Curry.....she's not nice to be around after though!!

Well, she will eat anything we eat!!!


23 Oct 02 - 08:25 AM (#809158)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Auxiris

I'll buy Arne's theory that cats are really aliens on a secret research project.



24 Oct 02 - 12:05 AM (#809844)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Jim Krause

Normally, our cat Princess Henrietta the Phluphi, a.k.a. Phluphi gets Hill's Prescription Diet CD. But at 9:00 PM sharp she must have her yogurt. Other favorites are:

  • ice cream
  • chicken, cooked or raw
  • turkey, smoked, cooked, or raw
  • any soup with chicken or turkey in it
  • raw beef, and
  • popcorn

Some cat people have very simple tastes; they only want the best.


24 Oct 02 - 07:57 AM (#810003)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Peg

Bearheart: good for you for feedng them the fresh food diet! I tried to switch mine over to it years ago but they were to resistant. They LOVED the canned mackerel I used as a "transition" food however!

I have two kittens (older) who seem to be having digestive problems and I am wondering if a fresh food diet would help...of maybe not giving them wet food?

How dod you get your cats to switch from commercial food??? I read and hear that this is best for them and helps avoid all the kidney failure and other problems commercial kibble and canned food can cause in later life...but short of fasting them for days how do you get them to eat it?

I have six cats (plus the two kits who are going to be adopted by friends soon) ranging in age from 13 to 4. I tend to feed them urinray tract health food from Science Diet, interspersed with Dental Diet (Friskies) and basic Purina cat chow. Also they like Trader Joe's dry cat food. I also give them canned cat tuna (bad for them but they love it) and "special diet" canned food...and try to give them the "good stuff" (supposedly fewer scary tumor bits in it) as often as I can...

They are fine though one of my older ones drinks too much water...a bad sign as cats shouldn't drink too much (they say this is symptomatic of the later kidney failure), and another gets a tapeworm occasionally. She eats ravenously and loses weight. I put ground pumpkin seeds on her food and the problem goes away in a couple of days.


24 Oct 02 - 05:43 PM (#810489)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: vectis

Go Cat bikkies. Loves gravy/jelly but leaves the meat of all brands of commercial cat food, even Whiskas.
Won't touch meat unless it's still warm and twitching.

06 Nov 02 - 08:05 PM (#820370)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull


06 Nov 02 - 08:29 PM (#820381)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Burke

I've had to switch my Barnabas to Hill's Prescription k/d [:-(

He's eating it fine & is back to using the litter. I guess he realized I finally got the message.

06 Nov 02 - 08:51 PM (#820396)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: McGrath of Harlow

As soon as you reckon you've found out what a cat likes, and bought up a lot of it, that's the signal for the cat to change it's mind.

Can you get cat food made out of Mudcat?

06 Nov 02 - 11:35 PM (#820483)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Bert

Well hey Shields Folk! I'm glad I'm not the only one with a cat that like potato crisps. One of ours will steal them out of your mouth and also likes green olives and ANY leftovers. The other one will only eat cat food.

The way to get cats your cats to switch is to give them 'only' the new food. They might, themselves, choose to go without for a day or two, but you needn't feel guilty if you are providing them with a good diet. Another way is to get a dog. The dog will eat anything that you give the cats, so the cats get in the habit of eating what you give them before the dog can get to it. Of course then they will also eat the dog food which is not too good for them, so we used to have to supplement their food with high protein stuff like canned fish.

06 Nov 02 - 11:58 PM (#820491)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: katlaughing

One of mine had to go on Hill's k/d, so we put the lot on it and they are all doing really well, have done for years. They each get a teaspoon full of Friskies *fishie* morning and night.

They also eat a little bit of lots of people foods.;-)


07 Nov 02 - 02:50 AM (#820540)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Liz the Squeak

Shadow the tabby cat was eating Bombay mix the other night.... curry yesterday.... I guess it's an old memory from being a stray in an area with a high Asian population and several restaurant/takeaways in the area......

They all get the trimmings from fresh meat, and although Shadow will help herself if you leave the meat unattended, Amber the calico won't touch it. She prefers pilchards in tomato sauce. Max is a feline hoover. He's also as stupid as all get out and I'm thinking of renaming him Dubya.


07 Nov 02 - 02:58 AM (#820544)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Bert

Amber sounds like my kind of gal. I love pilchards in tomato sauce.

07 Nov 02 - 10:08 AM (#820723)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: My guru always said

Soda (the one that used to live upstairs till the owners moved & she kept coming back till they got fed up & threatened to have her put down) seems to do very well on Friskies Gourmet Gold Terrines (very expensive & tiny) since she had most of her teeth out. Oh and enjoys lightly poached cod occasionally - usually when I've fallen over her tail & upset her.

Wolfie (the feral one that auditioned for the vacancy along with 5 others the day after our previous stray had to be put to sleep) has really got his teeth into the odd raw chicken drumstick. He rarely leaves anything but the knee (? knobbly bit), but I usually take the skin off first. Obviously I'd never let him near cooked chicken bones - much too brittle & can kill a cat.

07 Nov 02 - 11:25 AM (#820771)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Morticia

Mine will only eat what I didn't buy this week. New improved cat food? I'm going out! ( thank you,Eddie Izzard)

07 Nov 02 - 12:14 PM (#820810)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Catherine Jayne

Went to the supermarket today and totally forgot Merlyns food. I came home and unpacked the shopping under the watchful eye of the mog only to find I had forgotten the one thing she was waiting for! Anyway had to dash out again and get the mog some more Whiska's gravy.....we now have a very content looking mog relaxing infront of the fire!!


07 Nov 02 - 08:03 PM (#821181)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: JudeL

When they were younger they would eat anything that didn't move faster than they did. But I found that certain things such as milk and offal (liver kidney etc), disagreed with their digestive systems. A few years ago we were given some free samples of pouches, after that panther became more fussy and decided that she didn't like the type of cat chow that was all mushed into one solid lump but liked the stuff that had small pieces in jelly or gravy, which since she was then about 14/15 we decided if that was what she wanted , that was what she could have. I'm now down to one cat, we lost panther back in September but 18 &1/2 is quite old for a cat so it wasn't entirely unexpected. I'm just dreading it when Tom goes - he's 16 & 1/2 , he was one of Panther's kittens. At the moment he's still very active, independant and will eat anything not nailed down or moves slowly enough for him to catch. I just wish he'd stop leaving his "catch " on the doorstep.

08 Nov 02 - 07:20 PM (#821867)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Malachy

Mine mainlines on IAMs and ASDAs' cheap brand tuna flakes..but as McGrath says, every few weeks I find it regurgitated on the kitchen i keep a bag of Friskies in reserve which seems to do the trick..although the white bits are never eaten. Do I spoil that cat or what! BTW she is ginger and female...been told that is unusual. Don't know how true that is.

09 Nov 02 - 04:28 AM (#822087)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: JohnInKansas

The three cats who own my spouse thrived for at least a year or so on Purina cat chow only, but when one of them started staying out late at night (sometimes for a couple of nights) it was obvious that some neighbor had taken pity on the "poor hungry little terrorists" and was feeding them.

To keep them at home, she started stuffing them with canned "real food." Since I do most of the bulk shopping, I usually get whatever is the cheapest, bring them home and "randomize" the cans so they'll have some variety, and stack them in the cupboard above their "dining space."

Despite the spouses insistence that "they won't eat ...." (fill in a different kind about every three days) I find that if she's away, I can skip one feeding, and they think that anything they're served at the next feeding is delicious.

Although they're mostly indifferent to "kitty treats" like catnip (probably due to massive overdose at tender ages) the one thing that two of the three will aggressively attack for - is the TetraMin Tropical Flake fish food I feed to the gouramis. If I don't put a little down for them to munch on, it's almost impossible to feed the fish. The cats will attempt to climb the glass sides of the aquarium to knock the container out of my hands to get at it.

Maybe with a little repackaging and a good marketing campaign...(?)


09 Nov 02 - 05:50 AM (#822101)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Big Tim

Our cat Peggy can only eat Waltham's Feline Veterinary Diet Lower Urinary Tract Support food in sachets. She's been on that diet for two years and loves it, plus Feldene painkiller on alternate days and Synulux tablets twice daily. She's 18 and has an amazingly placid and loving nature.

09 Nov 02 - 08:42 AM (#822159)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: My guru always said

Malachy: I've always heard that ginger cats are only supposed to be Tom's too. Do they have the 'gaelic' temper I wonder? But white cats are supposed to be deaf, or is that albino ones? Our Wolfie is white with a black tail & he hears a can-opener 2 streets away *G*

09 Nov 02 - 11:06 AM (#822228)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Catherine Jayne

All ginger (no white on them at all) female cats are quite unusual.

09 Nov 02 - 07:41 PM (#822481)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: vectis

My "little darling" has just brought in some live prey, put it down in the kitchen and watched it disappear behind the washing machine.

Anyone for plumbing folks????

10 Nov 02 - 05:08 PM (#822868)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Liz the Squeak

Deaf white cats are usually those with varicoloured eyes. If it has one green and one blue eye, it's probably deaf in the blue eyed side. They have to be all white though, it is possible to have all white cats that have perfect hearing.

All ginger queens are unusual. Most whole coloured cats are toms.

All three will rip pots of Vessen yeast pate out of your hands.


12 Nov 02 - 06:45 PM (#824627)
Subject: RE: BS: Cat Food
From: Malachy

Well she's defo all ginger..she does have a bit of the gaelic temperament..though she may get that from me and not the ginger fur...if only she sang like Bonnie Raitt!
Anyway thanks Liz, CatsPhiddle, and My guru for confirming my thoughts.