I work at a pet food store and have learned a whole bunch about quality of foods.
Stay away from foods with corn because corn is the #1 allergen in cats and dogs. I would recommend Wellness brand. It is a pretty good brand. While Natura brand foods (innova, california natural, and evo) used to be a great brand, they were bought by proctor and gamble and have had a ridiculous problem with recalls in the past few months.
Also Blue buffalo is a pretty good brand. But i would totally recommend Wellness. They have a good sized variety of both wet and dry foods. Even for picky eaters who like their food a certain shape :P
eta: someone else mentioned taste of the wild, that is an excellent food too. thats what i feed my kitties.
Also, if you had fun raising these babies, you should look into fostering for shelters. they always need help during kitten season fostering the babies until they are old enough to be spayed and put up for adoption.
Everyone's already grown up and out the door! But thanks for the info. It unfortunately wasn't me buying the food so we ended up with a lot of different stuff....which is bad :/ but they seemed to do well and grow up wonderfully but the last kitten went off to her forever-home today.
As much as I enjoyed it, I'm pretty sure that my mom would kill me if I decided to foster kittens. It's bad enough we had to get Misha fixed and still buying food for her (which she switches up every freaking week) and the poor girl is losing all her fur and she's itchy. I can tell, it's exactly the same thing tha happened to our other cat, Siberian who lost as his fur due to allergies. But she won't hear it, she thinks it's fleas. I just did a full check on her and she doesn't have a flea speck on her and honestly, if they had fleas we would have been infested by now but NOOOO mom knows best.
Gee, look at me, 20 years old and still arguing with my mom about it. It's frustrating she won't listen though, although she grew up with cat's all her life she doesn't really know about good care. We gave good care to our cats, but it wasn't really good care. At least we kept our older cats on the same diet (however it was Meow Mix, the same stuff Siberian was allergic to) but she claims that she get's what's on sale. It's not hard to keep to the same Friskies flavor each time, changing the formula so much is what's killing her >.< but she won't listen to me.
I literally have to relate things to humans all the time. "Okay ma, what do I do when I have an allergic reaction? Depending on what it is, I can get itchy, get hives and rashes, it's the same thing that's happening to Misha. It's not fleas that are making her itch and lose fur, fleas don't make cats lose fur in big tufts like that!" but she still doesn't take it.....