Feeding Blue Buffalo dry food - propaganda?
Fairly new cat owner with 2 kittens. I started with Friskies, but a friend of mine who is a cat aficionado and has raised many cats recommends Blue Buffalo.
The cats seem healthy and look great.
That said, there's a lot of conflicting information out there and, despite all my research and asking people, there is no clear answer.
My friend swears by the Blue brand, but my vet thinks it's just okay and says that a lot of their success is due to the fact that they have their own propaganda machine... but then again, don't most companies?
Another vet recommends Purina Pro. Then there are the raw food folks who swear by it. But I've been told by another vet that raw doesn't provide certain nutrients they might get from a well formulated dry food.
So there's no clear answer. I try to feed them a variety of Blue dry food and Fancy feast wet food (usually fish based).
I plan to start getting them to eat some raw meats soon. The point is, I want them to be familiar with several types and textures and flavors.
I've done this since they were a few weeks old. One of the benefits of this is they aren't picky, which means if I ever need to change their diet, it won't be a big ordeal to get them to eat.
So my rule of thumb is any of the premium brands is probably fine, but I make sure they eat wet canned food 3 to 4 times a week for hydration, variety, and because they like it. I may try raw going forward.
Editor's note: Thanks for your input, Joey! I agree, there's a lot of conflicting information and breeders, rescuers, and veterinarians don't all agree. If you poll 20 vets, you'll get several different opinions.
Exposing your kittens to multiple types of food early on in life is probably, in my opinion, one of the best things you can do for them.
And now, over to the rest of us... what do you feed your cat? Do you think that Blue is good, or is their reputation based mostly on a good propaganda campaign?