So I know you have mentioned having cats in previous posts and I realize the better quality food ideally means a healthier cat in the long run. Long story short I’m adopting a kitten in a few weeks and need food recommendations (and any other cat related tips you might have). As always, love you guys and your blog!!! Thanks!!
Con-drag-ulations on your impending kitty!!
I’m going to give you two sets of conflicting advice and let you sort through it.
#1: Cats, unlike dogs, are exclusive carnivores. So grain-free foods are the way to go.
#2: My very first pet was a cat I adopted as an 8 week-old kitten. He was so small that my middle finger and thumb, encircling his ribcage, could touch. I fed that fucker nothing but Meow Mix and he lived for 20 goddamn years. And they were exceptionally healthy years! The amount you feed is almost as important as the content of the feed itself. Keep the cat trim and s/he’s much more likely to live a good long life no matter what McDonalds crap you shove in ‘em!
So if money is a serious consideration, here’s what I’d suggest: splurge for a really nice food for the first year of his life, when he’s growing and developing. Then transition him onto something more affordable.
This site has a great breakdown: http://www.petfoodratings.org/quick-cat-food-reference-table/.
Other advice? Don’t buy toys. Just make them. Literally just throw a hair band on the floor, or kick a box across the room. That cat will be set for hours.
Finally, invest in a microchip. If you can only afford one thing, microchip > fancy food. I foster animals, and MANY of them were clearly owned and loved at some point. If a pet slips out the front door while you’re loading in groceries or whatever, and they aren’t wearing a tag, or the tag snags on something and is pulled off, or has an old phone number, the odds of being reunited with them are sadly super slim.
Oh, and spay/neuter. Obv. You read our blog, you’re not a fucking scrub.
GOOD LUCK, SEND US CUTE CAT PHOTOS!!!