cobafdek Posted June 25, 2018 Share Posted June 25, 2018 Just adopted a cat from the shelter about two weeks ago. She's a fully grown 8 pounder about 18 months old. I've done a fair amount of reading about what's best to feed her. There seems to be two main camps: the dry food cat owners and vets, versus the wet food camp. Regarding dry cat food, the advantages are cost and convenience. The disadvantages, from the wet food camp's perspective, is that dry food is not the cat's natural diet, since they are carnivores who eat 95%+ protein in the wild. Manufactured, "scientifically" designed dry cat food is high in carbohydrates. Some of the more premium brands get up to only about 40% protein. A primary disadvantage of canned wet cat food is that it is more expensive. There are parallels in this controversy to human nutrition. Inexpensive, widely commercially available food prepared according to standard nutritional guidelines has led to long-term health problems related to obesity and the associated diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, for both cats and humans. The wet cat food advocates are analogous to the paleo diet camp for humans. That said, the quality of animal nutrition research is about as good as human nutrition research. In other words, very low quality with little long-term outcome evidence. Decent dry cat food, such as from Trader Joe's (30% protein) would cost about 20 cents per day. Wet cat food is $1 per day and up. The value investor in me initially went for the 80% discount. But now I am in the process of transitioning my cat to a grain-free protein wet food "more natural" cat diet. I know there are other board members out there whose value investing decision-making principles bleed into all areas of their non-financial lives. From those cat owners out there, I'd like to hear your thinking and experience, and how you made your choices. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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