For 2019 we are trying something new. Sort of an experiment . We are going against everything we have always believed in regard to what the "best" diet is for a feline, an obligate carnivore, and we are going to be feeding a diet containing grains. For almost a decade we have been feeding a no grain, high protein diet. And overall, our cats have done well. However; over and over I have become frustrated with the lack of weight in my cats and kittens. The no grain, high protein diets work as our vets continue to tell us that our cats are an ideal weight and in PETS, obesity is definitely a common occurrence. However; in a cattery, where hormones are constantly fluctuating, stress is HIGH and queens require more calories and carbs to "grow and nurse" kittens while remaining healthy themselves, it is imperative IMO that they are eating enough and are at a good weight. I have tried dozens of no grain, high protein diets and have even added canned and raw to the mix to see if higher weights could be achieved. Unfortunately, it never works. Specifically for kittens.
I have talked to many breeders and I have started surveys on the breeders group I run and the diet I will be experimenting with for 2019 is Royal Canin. No, I am NOT choosing to feed Royal Canin because of the "perks" that breeders can get (eg; kitten packs and discounted prices on food which is honestly no less expensive than the no grain diets I was feeding previously). I am trying the Royal Canin diets because of RESULTS and the number of breeders and Veterinarians that have recommended them.
Royal Canin Kitten food (dry) will now be fed to ALL of our cats (kings and queens). In addition to the Royal Canin Kitten, our males will have Hills Prescription Urinary Care (CD Stress) to prevent crystals and stones from developing. Although we do not anticipate this will happen, we want to ensure it doesn't.
We will be feeding our kittens and nursing queens Royal Canin Mother & Babycat (dry) until kittens are approximately 3-4 months of age.
In addition to DRY, we will be feeding our kittens, queens and kings Royal Canin Babycat Instinctive Loaf (canned food) mixed with raw beef (80/20) and Freeze Dried Raw (Stella & Chewie or Primal).
Just a few of the benefits of feeding a raw diet ...