The whole flesh meat in the appetizers is good, but cats need other things like liver, heart, etc. In other words, "the whole animal." They do NOT need grains or vegetables. They are carnivores and that means meat.
HOWEVER, eating just the flesh as in these appetizers will leave them missing a lot of nutrients which would be found in the entire animal. This is why Taurine is added to commercial catfood (to fend off heart disease) because of its lack in the commercial cat food which is really just a concoction.
BTW, the history of commercial cat food begins with the meat industry trying to figure out what to do with unwanted pieces of a butchered animal! Something to think about (I learned this off the cat diabetes site).
I give my guys this stuff as a topping over their regular wet food. I split one larger can (5.5 oz) of Friskies (usually PLUS) between FIVE cats and put a bit of this stuff on top, IF it's one of the types of food which they don't particularly care for. They love the appetizers, and the nice meat protein obviously appeals to them.
I pick canned food which has muscle meat as the first ingredient. My guys don't particularly like fish...not unusual, since cats don't usually catch fish in the wild (see the diabetes cat site for good info on food).
On the other hand, they also don't particularly like whatever meat I might eat! Only one is partial to ham, and all will take a bite or 2 of it, but no other meat like beef. They prefer wet canned OR their main diet which is Natural Balance (dry) reduced calorie. My kids are Siamese and I was told that crunchy food is good for them since they are more susceptible to tooth problems.
Sometimes I split 2 small cans (3 oz) of Fancy Feast Florentine between the FIVE cats in the evening. They love the gravy! LOL They don't like the other types of Fancy Feast...interesting.
I got 3 of my cats as kittens last year as rescues who were a mess...bloody diarrhea, etc. They are upright, lively, mischievous 1+ years old now. My 5 yr old, also a rescue meezer is doing pretty good on the diet I outlined. He is shy and reserved, but joins in with the kittens, "talks" to them, etc. His teeth look good, with just a bit of red at the gum line. Previously I had to get my cats' teeth cleaned by the age of 6 yrs since they were loaded with tartar and gums were inflammed looking! So this is an improvement.
Appetizers are not complete food. They are what they say: appetizers. Use them for treats, and only occasionally or the cats will get "spoiled." Cats definitely prefer the taste of the appetizers...but it's not the best thing as an exclusive food.
Cat owner of 30 years, and still learning! ;)
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
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it is just a yummy treat. cats need more.
answered 2 years ago
2out of 2found this answer helpful.
Nothing made by Fancy Feast is very nutritious; that is why it's so cheap. If you really care about your cat's nutrition, stick with Petco's natural and holistic food. If you read this ingredients in the Fancy Feast appetizers, the first is water, the second is meat, and the rest are additives. Aside from the fact that meat should be the first ingredient, he nutrition missing here is the great stuff found in natural and holistic food, like vitamins, minerals, fruits and vegetables. Also, Fancy Feast's regular food often contains wheat and corn plus MANY additives so it's not really that "nutritious" either. Read ingredients, or speak with any holistic or good vet.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
New York, NY
3out of 7found this answer helpful.
No, according to my vet and it is also printed on the Fancy Feast Appetizers package, this is only intended as a treat, and as all treats, should be given in moderation. There is the possibility that your cat will become accustomed or addicted and will refuse its regular food; and that can be very, very bad.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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