Originally Posted by misticmimic
My dogs get a mix we have a HUGE bin I store dry food in. Every other month I have to pick up a bag of cheap stuff and every 3-4 months get a bag of each of my expensives. Cheap food - 50 pounds of Dog chow for $20. Other food Black Paw Gold - 35 pounds for $30, and Red Paw 20/30 (can only get from sled dog distributors) 35 pounds for $50 and do a mix of one bag chow 1/2 bag Gold and 1/2 bag Paw. They love the higher protein and makes everyone's coats show quality all year round. They also get a vast assortment of treats including each getting a bag of Moist and Meaty each week with a raw egg (shell and all just cracked) and chicken jerky on a daily basis.
Kitties get Purina cat chow Indoor Formula. Then whichever Whiskas or Friskies cans are cheaper when I need to stock up. They would much rather eat the dog food though, which is why I mixed dog and cat food for years as the dogs would rather eat kitty food. For treats they eat the same chicken jerky that the dogs do.
Litter is Arm and Hammer Double Duty for multiple cats.
You have to be really careful mixing the food together like that. It won't be balanced if you're not. The food is formulated to be fed alone and mixing it together can cause a deficiency.
Cats need taurine or they will have severe health issues. If they're eating dog food rather than cat food, you should probably stop them. Taurine isn't in dog food.
Taurine is an essential dietary requirement for feline health, since cats cannot synthesize the compound. The absence of taurine causes a cat's retina to slowly degenerate, causing eye problems and (eventually) irreversible blindness — a condition known as central retinal degeneration (CRD), as well as hair loss and tooth decay. Decreased plasma taurine concentration has been demonstrated to be associated with feline dilated cardiomyopathy. Unlike CRD, the condition is reversible with supplementation. |