Forage for cats "Sheba": reviews
With the appearance of a pet called Meow, the question arises of making a complete diet, when it is necessary to take into account the weight, breed and vital characteristics of the animal. There is an erroneous opinion about feeding cats with one fish. Such food can play a cruel joke and end for a family tragedy - the loss of a pet. Being in a crazy life rhythm, it's hard to allocate the proper time for cooking food to a pet, so the "Sheba" cat food was developed. Reviews of owners who buy this delicacy, extol it on the pedestal of the best food for a purring pet.
A condition caused by inadequate or inadequate nutrition can arise in an animal when fed with natural products. Do not forget that giving the cat only one liver or river fish means to condemn the pet to kidney disease and thiamine deficiency. And to feed Murka from his saucepan is also unsafe. According to the strategy of nutrition, cats are carnivorous animals whose gastrointestinal tract is tuned for processing meat. But man is an omnivore. For example, vegetable oil cats are not digested, although the saturation with its use in the animal comes earlier, because of what the body receives less calories.
In the diet of the animal must be present: calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, potassium, zinc. This makes it difficult to prepare home balanced feeds. Canned food for cats - that's the way out in solving the issue of the correct nutrition of the pet.
Types of feed
By the way of preparation and texture there are two types of food: wet and dry. The canned food is in sealed cans or aluminum packages. The volume is usually small. The difference between this type of food in low carbohydrate content and a higher proportion of water in its composition.
Dry food is produced in the form of granules of different shapes. The volume of packaging in this case is much larger. At a price, it is cheaper than its wet substitute. The advantage of dry food in its long and safe finding in the dish is a favorite. That is, the food is not weathered and does not disappear in a bowl of cat after 12 hours.
These main types of fodder for cats are divided into the following categories: for castrated, sterilized, pregnant, nursing animals and kittens for up to a year.
Categories and requirements
All specified food for pets, depending on the composition and the ratio of components, is differentiated into cat food classes.
The budget option is the economy class. The main ingredient here is soy, additional ingredients are flavorings. This food has a low nutritional value. The animal, undoubtedly, is saturated with it, however it is not balanced.
The middle class includes canned food for cats, made from products of higher quality. Such food has therapeutic rulers aimed at distilling wool, preventing urolithiasis.
Premium and super premium premium foods are the most expensive, as they lack soy, and a large share of carbohydrates.
The modern class of food is holistic. The composition of the product uses meat of animal origin, and grown without antibiotics and other chemicals, and there are no vegetable proteins.
Veterinary advice when choosing food
Purchasing food to the animal, it is necessary to abstract from the advertising descriptions, happy muzzles of cats on food packages and to concentrate their attention on the combination of ingredients. For example, we will consider the food for cats "Sheba", reviews of veterinarians which can be called positive, they say only good about the quality of such food.
In the composition of the first place is meat, which indicates its high content, when compared with the components listed below. The second position is by-products. There are many disputes regarding this component, it all depends on its quality and the conscientiousness of the producers. After all, in a processed product it's hard to see if a tongue, a liver, a heart is added to it, or there is milled skin and bones. Given that the cat food "Sheba" refers to the premium class, there remains a hope for the inclusion of quality by-products in its production.
The next component is taurine. This amino acid is simply necessary for domestic cats. With its lack, the condition of the animal deteriorates, the coat and teeth fall out. And completes the list of ingredients list of vitamins (A and E). The lack of carbohydrates in the feed is also a sign of high-quality nutrition for "meat-eating" fuzzy.
In most cases, dry food can cause an allergic reaction in the animal, expressed by alopecia, itching, and gastrointestinal disorders. However, do not confuse the individual intolerance of any ingredient in the diet with allergies.
Until now, there has been no general picture of the allergic reaction of cats to feed. Initially, it is recommended to exclude from the diet of the animal those foods that it has been eating recently. If there are no positive changes, then there is a possibility that the antigen is not food, but, for example, dust or synthetic litter. Food for cats "Sheba" reviews of veterinarians and pet owners in this regard is approving. Although the product line of this brand has no special food for animals with sensitive digestive tract. In all feeds of the company "Sheba" there are no flavors and dyes.
Rating of cat food
It is very difficult to find an objective assessment of the quality of this or that feed. Each manufacturer, trying to promote their goods, creates ratings and gives leadership positions to his creation.
With regard to the composition of canned fodders for cats, the following classification is found for their useful properties: Natureda, Innova Evo, Hill's, Gourmet, Felix, Brit and Sheba. Combines their presence in the composition of meat, probiotics, vitamins. The rating of cat food for accessibility for 2014 was headed by popular brands: "Viskas", "Kitiket", "TerraKot".
The manufacturer of a premium feed is Mars. This is a well-known company, which is engaged in the production of fodder "Whiskas" and "Kitiket". In the product line "Sheba" there is no specialized food for sterilized and castrated animals, dry food. Packing canned food is very convenient, one pack contains 80-85 grams, which is enough for one feeding an adult animal.
Wet forage "Sheba" is made from poultry meat, fish, seafood, veal and beef in a variety of their combination. Basic flavoring options:
- Beef with rabbit.
- Tuna with salmon.
- Chicken with turkey.
- Veal with tongue.
- Duck with chicken.
- Chicken with a rabbit.
- Trout with shrimps.
If you open a tin can, you can see not the porridge, but whole pieces of shrimp, chicken and other ingredients.
Advantages and disadvantages
One of the advantages is the maintenance of a sufficient amount of liquid (82 grams in one bundle) in the "Sheba" line. Dry food contains only 10% of water, while the natural daily intake of liquid by the cat should be 78%. And this is important, because cats lack a feeling of intense thirst. Lack of fluid in the animal can trigger chronic dehydration. Those cats that feed on dry food lose half the water.
Advantages of Sheba:
- Convenient packing.
- Good composition of premium class.
- Absence of flavoring agents, dyes.
- Presence of vitamins and taurine.
- Nutrition: 75 kcal per standard 100 grams.
- Absence of special medical series.
- The price is above average.
- Lack of feed classification according to the age of the animal.
- The entire range is designed for cats over 1 year old.
All the minuses of commercial power supply of this line are reduced to zero after the slogan declared by the manufacturer, they say, "Sheba" canned food is not intended as a basic meal, but as a treat.
The price of goodies and reviews
Since the product is declared as a treat, and for delicacies have to be paid, then the prices for feed are higher than the average. As of October 2015, the picture is as follows:
- Food in an aluminum package of 85 grams in Russia costs 29 rubles, in Ukraine 16 UAH.
- For canned food (100 grams) in Russia you will have to pay 86 rubles, in Ukraine - 38 UAH.
The recommendations of people who bought this delicacy as a meal for their animals are different. Opinions subjective, therefore to judge nutrition of this firm, referring to the conclusions of people, it will be incorrect. So, the food for the cats "Sheba", the reviews collected these:
- Many praise canned food, pointing to the presence in them of whole pieces of shrimp and meat, which characterizes commercial feed as a product of natural ingredients. However, such food is very expensive for the daily feeding of the animal. Cases of recovery of cats from allergies are observed after entering into their diet liquid nutrition of this brand.
- There are opinions about this stern and negative. So, it was noted by the owners of fluffy pets and the fact of getting used to "Sheba", and individual intolerance, expressed by disorders in the animal.
What if the food is very expensive?
Food "Sheba", the price of which on average is 50 rubles for 90 grams, not all owners of cats can afford. If you translate the product into kilograms, that is how it is customary for a person to make a start in calculating the purchase price, then the price turns out fabulously-550 rubles in Russia (or 300 UAH in Ukraine). An adult cat, on the recommendation of the manufacturer, needs 3-4 packs a day, that is 270-360 grams. A week goes 2.2 kg, and a month - 8.8 kg. Then the cost of a fluffy pet per month will be about 5 thousand rubles (or 2.6 thousand UAH). The amount is rather big, so the question arises what to feed the animal.
The main product should be meat. Not boiled, but frozen. Be sure to have in the diet milled bones or pre-acquired bone meal. Vegetables at the discretion of the owner. Cats lack food enzymes to break down raw vegetables and fruits. If you add them to your home food, then only in steamed form.
Recipe for a home balanced diet
Approximate composition: 3 kg of chicken thighs (from the half of the portion the skin is removed), 2 tablespoons of bone meal, a glass of water, 3-5 capsules of fish oil, 2 eggs (the yolk is moist, and the protein is slightly boiled), 50 mg of vitamin B complex, 268 mg of vitamin E, 2000 mg of taurine, which can be purchased at the pharmacy, 1 teaspoon of iodized salt, 100 grams of liver.
Meat, skin, liver, capsules of fish oil are twisted, here are added the rest of the ingredients. You can form balls of about 40-50 grams and send them to the freezer. An animal should not be given frozen food. It must be pre-defrosted or heated. On the day of the cat needs 5 of these balls. This amount is enough for one animal for 14 days. The price of food is about 800-1000 rubles, per month - about 2000 rubles. Not to stand every day in the kitchen for cooking animals, you can give 2 hours once a month and prepare balanced food for 4 weeks in advance.
The prescription is taken from Dr. Lisa Pearson and is not recommended for cats with chronic kidney disease.