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      Feeding Koi cat food?

      I heard from a few people that they feed there koi cat food. I'm starting to wonder if that would work. Does anyone here feed there large koi cat food, if so why?

      I'm not planning to feed my koi cat food.

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      I know of people that do too. I'm not sure that cat food is good for the cats, why feed it to the koi

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      I'm glad i'm not the only one who heard that. Is cat food better for koi?

      Why not feed koi food to cats..

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      Each kind of food is specifically manufactured for that particular
      kind of pet.
      Dog food does not have all of the nutrients that cats require.
      And visa versa.
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      As my mother used to say, "If you're hungry enough, you'll eat anything." (This in response to our moans of displeasure over something, usually green, on our plate.)

      I believe a hungry koi will eat anything and while cat food may keep them "fed", in the wild they would not normally have access to the beef or chicken in pet food. (Cheap cat food also has dyes that come out the other end the same color as it went in. Do I want red and green koi poop?) Maybe if you used a high-quality cat food in addition to a koi food to make sure of koi-specific vitamins. (Of course cat and dog food is now toxic from the contaminated Chinese wheat... )

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      One other point : What would the Cat Food do to the Water Quality of the pond ? I would think most/if not all Fish food is maded to go in water , I don't believe Cat Food would be . All that I see from this (Feeding Koi , Cat Food) is a BIG future problem in the pond/koi .

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      Quote Originally Posted by sweetpea View Post
      Each kind of food is specifically manufactured for that particular
      kind of pet.
      Dog food does not have all of the nutrients that cats require.
      And visa versa.
      exactly.
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      Bless your heart sweetpea.....I think you've put your finger on the crux of the matter...each pet has ingredients specific to their need....I don't think our koi need any tainted wheat glutten from china.

      back in the day when I first got started folks tried to beat the High cost of koi food with trout chow....wow did they learn the hardway in our cool NW waters. Lots of indigestion and tumors.

      stick with koi food. learn to read the ingredients and % of protein. Learn ehat to feed in what temperature range. While a penny saved in food may end up costing you more in health problems for you babies....

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      and fatty livers. One of the first things I ask on a pond call if I see fish with beer bellys, is what do you feed.
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      I think the issue with cat and dog food is that it has too high a fat content, and ends up long term causing liver issues.
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      I was talking to the dealer where I buy my koi. He's Japanese and said he went to a club meeting in South Georgia at a member's house. He said that the owner of the home/pond was throwing in this special food to their koi. Not knowing what it was , he asked the owner what she was feeding her koi, she replied cat food, that's what everyone here uses. He was impressed as to how much the koi seemed to like it. So, he went back to try it as a treat and sure enough, the koi loved it. But it left a oil slick on the surface of the water. He discontinued it immediately. I would think that you'd be better off using a cheap koi food than a food designed for a cat. Their systems are so different.

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      All food is definitely not created equal, and without a very detailed ingredient lisitng as well as proccessing information it would seem to be an unacceptable risk. Typical cat feed is heavy on cornmeal (cheap fodder that Koi don't digest it well at all), high in animal fats (there's your oilslick in the making), and many have high ash content as well. Why risk saving a dime on food when you'll likely spend it ten times over on health issues and pond maintenence problems?

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      This is very interesting, I thought it was just a few people who feed there koi cat food. This is making me wonder what other stuff people feed their koi. I believe cheap koi food is about the same price as cheap koi food. Why risk saving a few bucks to get cat food and possible losing your koi that you raise from a fry to twenty inches or so.


      Does anyone here feed there Koi cat food?

      I don't feed my koi cat food; I buy bulk koi food and split them with a few of my friends.

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      Oh yea, if anyone feed there koi cat food please post a picture of your koi.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Headache View Post
      One other point : What would the Cat Food do to the Water Quality of the pond ? I would think most/if not all Fish food is maded to go in water , I don't believe Cat Food would be . All that I see from this (Feeding Koi , Cat Food) is a BIG future problem in the pond/koi .
      Yes you put cat food in water to make gravy LoL, nice brown gravy pond water .
      Quote Originally Posted by PapaBear View Post
      All food is definitely not created equal, and without a very detailed ingredient lisitng as well as proccessing information it would seem to be an unacceptable risk. Typical cat feed is heavy on cornmeal (cheap fodder that Koi don't digest it well at all), high in animal fats (there's your oilslick in the making), and many have high ash content as well. Why risk saving a dime on food when you'll likely spend it ten times over on health issues and pond maintenence problems?
      Yep all that and with all the recent recalls, I wonder if any koi got any of the poison foods and some poor cheapo lost his fish.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Leekinneykoi View Post

      Yep all that and with all the recent recalls, I wonder if any koi got any of the poison foods and some poor cheapo lost his fish.

      I think dry food is safe but wet food is the one that has poison.

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      When in doubt refer to the AKCA site in the KHA program and read the module on Koi nutrition. Cats are carnivorous and require high protein content with high lipid counts and bad fat. Koi digestion will have difficulty with this type of diet not to mension the wreck it plays on internal organs.
      Most fruits and veggies are great for koi. High vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals can be found there. Cat food lacks most if not all essential vitamins for Koi. Please stick with what works. Good quality koi food.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bammbammkoi View Post
      I'm glad i'm not the only one who heard that. Is cat food better for koi?

      Why not feed koi food to cats..
      My sister's cat sits at the edge of the pond while the koi are being fed, begging. The cat would actually eat out of one side of the hand while one of her koi was eating out the other side of the same time. Koi and cat were nose to nose more times than you could count.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RichToyBox View Post
      My sister's cat sits at the edge of the pond while the koi are being fed, begging. The cat would actually eat out of one side of the hand while one of her koi was eating out the other side of the same time. Koi and cat were nose to nose more times than you could count.
      Our pets resemble that remark At fish feeding time the dogs INSIST on getting some (we even have a miniature dachsund that will swim around the pond eating floating pellets ). We have to put a few handsfull on the rocks for the dogs so they'll leave us alone while we feed the fishies (don't tell the dogs, but they get cheap catfish food , the Koi get the good stuff )
      The cats are a different story... Our old tomcat has an aversion to the pond. One evening we were sitting pondside after feeding our babies, and Velcro the cat decided to get a drink from the pond. It was getting dark and apparantly his tongue lapping the water looked like a bug so our biggest male came up, mouth wide open to have a snack . Interspecies french kissing , and velcro the cat... no longer drinks from the pond

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      Quote Originally Posted by West Coast View Post
      When in doubt refer to the AKCA site in the KHA program and read the module on Koi nutrition. Cats are carnivorous and require high protein content with high lipid counts and bad fat. Koi digestion will have difficulty with this type of diet not to mension the wreck it plays on internal organs.
      Most fruits and veggies are great for koi. High vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals can be found there. Cat food lacks most if not all essential vitamins for Koi. Please stick with what works. Good quality koi food.
      Thats what I was going to say. I learned a bunch in the section Chris Neaves taught.
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