Who we are

Cherry Street Cats is me (Robin), my husband Steve, Sandi, Michelle, Verena, Vinyse, Derek, Kent, and Connie, a group of dedicated cat lovers who care for a colony of feral cats in the east end of Toronto. I also have a great rescue team of Lesley, Joanne, and Susan. Together we do our best to make the lives better for feral and homeless cats and kittens. 900+ cats helped in nine years!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thoughts on food

We feed our cats at home canned Wellness and a bit of TD for their teeth. My personal opinion is that cats do best on a grain free diet and canned is better for them than hard food. However, premium cat food is expensive so for our ferals, well, they have to take what they can get. We feed them whatever is donated or if I'm buying, I'll buy middle of the road, Whiskas hard, and big cans of Friskies canned.

There is a difference in cat food, though, and I've really noticed it through feeding these guys.

Here is uneaten food. Hard to believe that feral cats would reject food, but they definitely are not fans of No Name hard food.

When you read the ingredients, it seems clear why. Corn is the first ingredient, followed by chicken and turkey by-product meal, corn gluten meal, poultry fat, meat meal, fish meal, chicken digest, a bunch of other things and artificial colour. Cats are carnivores and need lots of protein.

I'm very grateful to have received donations of some Orijen hard food. Look at the difference: deboned salmon, salmon meal, deboned lake whitefish, russet potato, Atlantic herring meal, sweet potato, deboned lake trout, deboned walleye, deboned cod, and all kinds of other ingredients that I actually recognize.

So before you buy cat food, read the labels, buy the best you can afford, it really does impact your cat's overall health.

A bunch of the regular boat cats, gathered around for their meal. I'm happy that I can say that all the cats in the picture below have been spayed or neutered.

Queenie is my current favourite. She's been very friendly lately, allowing us to pat her.

This is Callie, one of the boat cats, only seen occasionally.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post. It is so important to feed canned food to cats. I feed my 6 twice daily canned and a little of the Eagle Pack dry. They are all reaching amazing ages and still look good. I think you have done fabulous work with your ferals and if I can help with a donation please send me your address. Feral cats belong to all of us. Hugs Deb.