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  • Dec 29

    There has been an ongoing discussion among cat owners about whether dry or canned food is better. Do you feed your cat canned food? Should you? The answer is a big YES, and here are the top 3 reasons why.

    1. Water Content.

    In canned cat food, the main ingredient is water. This means that canned food is closer to what your cat would eat in his natural habitat. When a cat kills and eats prey, the animal flesh contains the water required to meet the cat’s nutritional needs. This is not the case with dry food.

    Because cats have evolved to get most of their water from the prey they hunt and eat, they are not well accustomed to drinking water from a bowl. Many cats do not get enough water if they are on a dry food diet, and easily become dehydrated. This can contribute to common feline diseases such as Urinary Tract Crystals, which often lead to kidney and liver problems.

    2. Animal Protein

    Most canned cat foods contain significant amounts of animal protein, and this is generally the second ingredient, after water, and before any carbohydrate content. Canned cat foods do not generally contain much carbohydrate, while dry foods usually contain a great deal.

    Is this important? Very much so! Too much carbohydrate for a cat can cause all sorts of problems, including a higher chance of developing Diabetes, more likelihood of becoming obese, and greater risk of Pancreatitis. A better understanding of cat nutrition tells us that lower carbohydrate and higher animal protein is a much healthier diet.

    3. Digestion

    Canned food is already partially broken down when the cat eats it. This makes it much easier to digest in the cat’s stomach and intestines. What this can mean for your cat is reduced incidents of vomiting and intestinal gas, and less risk of Bloat.

    I know it can seem inconvenient to deal with canned food, when with dry all you need to do is pour a little into a bowl each day. Maybe you dislike the smell of canned food. The tins and bowls are messy and they need to be cleaned or recycled. But once you know what your cat really needs for optimum health, you understand that it’s worth it. And think how much more inconvenient it would be if your cat develops diabetes or kidney problems, and you need to give him insulin injections or subcutaneous fluids each day! Not to mention how this would affect your cat’s happiness and sense of well being.

    So keep your cat’s health in mind, and consider making the switch if you have not already!

    all the best to you and your feline friends,

    Beth

    P.S. For a deeper understanding of how your cat’s diet can affect his health, download this free, full veterinarian’s report on cat nutrition, by Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM.

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  • Nov 2
    Flowers & Trees

    Cat IN Autumn Tree

     

    Seven Things You May Not Know About Your Own Cat
    By Robert Seigal

    Longevity – It is said, give a cat three years for every human year and you have an idea of how old he is compared to us. Not so. A cat at one year old is capable of reproduction and fully able to take care of himself. A three year old human is helpless. Such mathematical formulas for understanding the ‘real’ age of an animal don’t work because their internal, and external developments vary and do not correspond to human development.

    But did you know that the life span of cats seems to be increasing, from around twelve years or so several decades ago to eighteen or more and it seems now not uncommon for cats to live into their twenties? Not only advances in cat medicine but apparently in genetic changes as well are contributing to longer life and some cats live to be much older indeed. Several cats in Southern California have been reported to live as long as thirty and thirty four years.

    Independent & Loners – Cats are thought to be solitary creatures by many, but anyone who has visited a farm where there are cats will find they congregate in colonies, sometimes nearing twenty in number and seem even to hunt together. There is little fighting because there is always one dominant cat which the others all accept, the rest being equal. At least until a new cat arrives and dominance must be re-established.

    If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, as do I, you no doubt find him asking to be let out, even though he has his cat doors. Mine does daily, usually at night. I go to the door, open it and he eagerly runs into he mudroom, awaiting the opening of the next door, though both are equipped with cat doors. If I actually go out into the back patio with him he seems delighted, rolling around on the stones, watching me. I suspect he would love a hunting companion. (Preferably, I expect, one a bit quieter and more stealthy than myself.)

    Cats can’t be trained – Training is entirely possible and we have probably all seen on television performance cats trained to walk a rope, roll a ball and even swim underwater. We attribute this to some sort of showmanship business and think our own cats are not trainable. Depending on the breed and the particular cat, they are probably all trainable to some degree and they are certainly able to train us!

    Particia Moyes, in her book How To Talk To Your Cat, relates how one of her cats and she have a game, the object of which is to remove from some precarious perch – the top of a chair, say, an object, without disturbing anything around and without knocking the item to the floor. The one cat does this with care and great attention, and success. Her other cat, she tells us, takes the game simply to mean, ‘get the thing regardless’ and will also retrieve the item but in the clumsiest fashion, knocking it to the floor.

    Ms. Moyes speaks of two other game she and her cats have; fetch and carry and hide and seek. In the first, the person throws a ball of tinfoil (or what-have-you) and the cat returns it, dropping it at the person’s feet. The second she says her cat invented. She (the cat) will bring the ball of tinfoil, drop it, then leave the room. Ms. Moyes will hide it, then call her cat who will begin excitedly exploring all the hiding places, find it, drop it and leave the room again. Keep in mind that Ms. Moyes creates and maintains an unusual and unusually close and respectful attitude towards her cats. Very likely, and many pet owners, indeed, parents, have discovered that, the more you anticipate your pet (or child) to be capable, the more capable your pet or child becomes.

    My own cat offers a less dramatic, but useful example. A stray taken in at about 8 months he at first caused some alarm with his tendency to ‘do his nails’ on the furniture. I would bang my foot on the floor and tell him no and he’d stop. Now I just tell him, in no uncertain terms, to stop and he does. He only does this when he wants something and I’m not paying attention.

    In fact, this is one way a cat has to get your attention and let you know he needs something – he does what he knows he is not supposed to do. My cat knows he’s not allowed on the kitchen table, for example, but if his food bowl stays empty too long, onto the table he leaps and I know right away he wants feeding.

    There is an ancient Egyptian papyrus of the twentieth dynasty showing a dog walking on his hind legs, carrying a staff, herding goats. In the same picture there is a cat, walking on his hind legs, carrying a staff, herding ducks. The picture depicts the dog and cat on their hind legs carrying staffs, no doubt, to indicate that they are in control. Were they shown on their fours, one, they could not be shown carrying a staff and two, they would seem to be on the same level as the goats and ducks, not in charge of them. My guess is that one time, before the dark days of cat extermination, cats were trained and used and I expect they themselves were very responsive to this arrangement.

    Aloof – When one considers the terrible history the family of cats has endured at the hands of man, repeatedly throughout Europe and even in America, it is no wonder the cat keeps himself aloof. Associated with witches, Satan and evil, as a race, cats have been betrayed, condemned, tortured and exterminated, many times, by the thousands and tens of thousands. Those which survived the pogroms passed on their genes to progeny, along with the survival sense to be wary of man. Yet every cat owner knows how truly attached a cat can become and how genuinely grateful they are for the affection and care given them.

    Cats & Music Start playing an instrument, even something gentle, such as folk music on a guitar, and a dog is likely to leave the room. A cat, on the other hand is likely to come near, lay by you, roll around, purr and seem to enjoy the sounds immensely. My previous cat used to be my biggest fan, particularly of my fairly elaborate finger picking.

    My current cat loves to hear the guitar but the obvious deep pleasure he gets from that doesn’t even compare to when I pick up the Celtic Harp and play on its strings. I can only describe his state as ecstatic, as if each tiny individual sound washes him with almost unendurable pleasure. Many composers throughout history relate the same story.

    The famous harpist, Mlle Dubuy, noticed that her cat purred pleasantly when she played a piece on her harp well but cried when she played less so. She used this phenomena to improve her skill. Recognizing how much she owed her success as a harpist to her discerning cat she left him her substantial inheritance and endowed loyal friends likewise to ensure her cat was well cared for.

    There is a video on YouTube of a cat playing the piano. She is quite intentionally sounding the notes, utterly absorbed in the phenomena. When his mistress plays Bach on another piano the cat stops and listens with obvious appreciation. It is quite as if this cat, and in fact, all cats, truly do appreciate beautiful music and the one in this particular YouTube video, aspires to musicianship.

    Movement – We all know how agile and flexible cats are – owing to a variety of factors. Unlike man, in whom the vertebrae of the spinal column are held together by ligaments, in cat they are bound by muscle, giving the cat great range of movement. Because of the construction of his shoulder joint he can turn his foreleg in almost any direction.

    But have you noticed, probably without thinking about it, that there is something funny, something odd in the way a cat runs?

    Unlike almost all other mammals who advance by moving the front leg of one side of the body and the back of the opposite, the cat moves front and back legs of the same side. So it’s, front, left, let’s say, slight pause, back left, right front, pause, right back. The only other mammals said to do this are the camel and the giraffe – and they both have funny gaits too.

    Food, water and health – Cats can live just fine on dry food. This is a dubious statement many authorities state as being downright false. Cats need meat. They have not the biological capability of taking various elements from a variety of non-meat foods and constructing the needed proteins, which man and dogs can do. And much of the content of dry food, i.e. Carbohydrates, not only are not natural foods for cats, they are said to be wholly unnecessary and can be harmful. Meat in some form, usually canned food, is a necessity for cats, not only for the proteins but as well for the water.

    Cats do not have, as every cat owner has probably verified, a strong drive to drink. Their normal prey is their primary source of water. Deprived of that and not given sufficient wet food a cat can easily, and all too often does develop kidney disease from dehydration.

    Regardless of whether your cat eats wet or dry food or both, fresh water should always be available to her. Many cat owners have observed that cats are more likely to drink if their water bowl is not located next to their food bowl, which makes sense, as in nature, animals go in search of water independently of their search for food. Also, being clean animals, it may not ‘feel’ as hygienic to have food and food smells next to their water source.

    It is also advised to avoid plastic dishes for both food and water. Plastic tends to getting scratched and in those nicks and scratches harmful bacteria can grow. Also, some cats are allergic to plastic and develop skin conditions on their chins when fed and watered from plastic bowls.

    Still water may run deep – but it still doesn’t suit a cat. Almost every cat owner has noticed that their cats love to put their tongues under the tap or even raise their mouths to falling rain. My cat used to put his head under a drip in the bathtub and let the water run to his tongue until we had it fixed – the tub, that is. Many cats will drink from any form of water other than still water.

    Some people, including some vets think there is some molecular difference in moving water. Some think it is the sight of the movement of the water, or the sound. Whatever the reason, (and considering what a big subject this is if posts on the internet are any measure it is a bit surprising that the motivations for this are not better known), cats prefer moving water.

    This fact has spawned an entire industry of cat fountains, almost all plastic, though there are several sources for ceramic cat fountains and cat bowls. Whether it is one of the plastic fountains or a ceramic cat fountain or cat bowl, all need the same care, which is simply to keep it filled and give it a thorough cleaning regularly. Some sources for pet fountains are listed at the end of this article and if you go to http://www.etsy.com and type in ceramic cat fountains you can find others.

    Recommended reading: How to Talk To Your Cat by Particia Moyes The Life History and Magic of THE CAT by Fernand Mery

    Web sources –

    http://www.ceramiccatbowls.com/

    http://www.artfire.com/users/indoorfountains

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  • May 3
    Winterkost

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    Cats, unlike dogs, are obligate carnivores, which means that they must eat animal protein in order to survive and thrive. In addition, a lot of the diseases that cats frequently suffer can be caused by mistakenly feeding cats the same way as dogs. Until recently, even veterinary science treated cats, nutritionally at least, as if they simply another type of small dog.

    The majority of cat owners feed their cats:

    – dry cat food
    – cat food with too much carbohydrate content
    – the wrong kind of protein, and/or not enough of it

    Cats are their own creatures, and deserve to be treated as the unique animals they are!

    So what exactly does it mean when we say that a cat is an “obligate carnivore”?

    Felines in their various forms and species have been around for millions of years, and as hunters of live prey, their bodies have developed specialized ways to digest and use the food they eat. Imagine what the nutritional content of the cat’s natural diet would consist of. There would be lots of animal protein, and a fair amount of fat. Also, there would be a certain amount of carbohydrate (consider the grainy contents of a mouse’s stomach!), but carbohydrate would be a relatively small part of the cat’s natural diet. Thinking about what a cat would eat in nature gives us lots of great clues to feline nutritional needs.

    Cats who are domesticated and living with humans depend upon us to feed them and to supply them with the nutritional elements they need. Many packaged cat foods are inadequate nutritionally, and in some cases even harmful. Also, until recently, most cats lived on the prey they caught. So because animal flesh is moist, cats did not drink much water. Cats who are fed only dry food must be sure to drink adequate water as well, which may not always come naturally to them.

    Many commercial pet foods contain primarily grain and fat, which do not provide many of the vitamins and minerals that a cat needs for good health. Grain filler is often used in order to lower the cost of manufacturing (animal protein is much more expensive). Also, grains help to bind the various ingredients of the food together, so it becomes easier to make the dry kibble.

    Luckily, pet food companies are becoming more familiar with the issues common to commercial cat food, and there are now a number of very high quality cat foods on the market. Be sure to check the ingredients carefully when you are buying food for your cat, or even consider making your own! You may also want to consult with your veterinarian about using a nutritional supplement formulated especially for cats.

    ’til next time,
    Beth

    P.S. To learn more about feline nutritional needs, and how a cat’s diet can affect his health, be sure to download your copy of this free, complete veterinarian’s report on cat nutrition by Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM.

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  • Nov 13

    Cat Close-Up - HD Desktop/photosFrom: Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

    No one knows for sure why a domestic cat purrs, but many people interpret the sound as one of contentment. Our understanding of how a domestic cat purrs is becoming more complete; most scientists agree that the larynx (voice box), laryngeal muscles, and a neural oscillator are involved.

    Kittens learn how to purr when they are a couple of days old. Veterinarians suggest that this purring tells ‘Mom’ that “I am okay” and that “I am here.” It also indicates a bonding mechanism between kitten and mother.

    As the kitten grows into adulthood, purring continues. Many suggest a cat purrs from contentment and pleasure. But a cat also purrs when it is injured and in pain. Dr. Elizabeth Von Muggenthaler has suggested that the purr, with its low frequency vibrations, is a “natural healing mechanism.” Purring may be linked to the strengthening and repairing of bones, relief of pain, and wound healing

    This is a link to that paper:

    http://www.animalvoice.com/catpur.htm

    Purring is a unique vocal feature in the domestic cat. However, other species in the Felidae family also purr: Bobcat, Cheetah, Eurasian Lynx, Puma, and Wild Cat (Complete list in Peters, 2002). Although some big cats like lions exhibit a purr-like sound, studies show that the Patherinae subfamily: Lion, Leopard, Jaguar, Tiger, Snow Leopard, and Clouded Leopard do not exhibit true purring (Peters, 2002).”

    What makes the purr distinctive from other cat vocalizations is that it is produced during the entire respiratory cycle (inhaling and exhaling). Other vocalizations such as the “meow” are limited to the expiration of the breath.

    It was once thought that the purr was produced from blood surging through the inferior vena cava, but as research continues it seems that the intrinsic (internal) laryngeal muscles are the likely source for the purr. Moreover, there is an absence of purring in a cat with laryngeal paralysis. The laryngeal muscles are responsible for the opening and closing of the glottis (space between the vocal chords), which results in a separation of the vocal chords, and thus the purr sound. Studies have shown, that the movement of the laryngeal muscles is signaled from a unique “neural oscillator” (Frazer-Sisson, Rice, and Peters, 1991 & Remmers and Gautier, 1972) in the cat’s brain.

    Source: Library of Congress

  • Jun 12

    — by Ariane Franke

    My cat Misty is getting on a bit and has started to pick up digestive and urinary problems that many cats tend to have when they get older. She is 15 years old now and might only three or four years left in her. She has had a good life though and I expect she’s had many adventures with other cats in our area as we live in quite a cat friendly neighbourhood. When I started noticing that Misty was finding it harder to digest her food the first thing I did was to change her usual cat food.

    I’m not a cat expert when it comes to the science-side of things and I kind of took what my vet told me and researched it a little bit more on the Internet. From what I can gather the main problem is that Misty has difficulty with bladder stones, which basically unbalances her urine and pH level causing digestion problems and pain. Following what information can be found on the Internet and advice from my vet I decided to go for Royal Canin Urinary SO that I could buy from the online pet shop Nutrecare. The reason why I chose this and you’ll have to bear with me because as I said I’m not too great on the science-side of things, but a lot of treatments out there tend to focus on only one type of urinary problem, which can actually increase the risk of contracting another type of infection!

    According to the information I have read from the Royal Canin Urinary SO packaging, this product actually tackles the two types of bladder infections that cats usually tend to get. Since I started treating Misty with this solution I have noticed a huge difference in her and she seems to be passing urine a lot easier than before. I have also noticed that she is a bit livelier so that seems to be a definite positive result. I will still be keeping an eye on the situation and ensure that she gets a regular dosage of this urine treatment.

  • Dec 14

    By Tom Woodcock

    Christmas tree

    How your cat sees the Christmas tree

    Christmas is a beautiful time of year, but it can be a dangerous time for cats. As you decorate, their environment changes, posing new objects to be explored and new risks to be assessed. Is that flashing Santa ornament friend or foe?  Where does that big tree lead? Do those boxes make a good new scratching post? It is important to understand how your cat will view the changes at Christmas time, so that you can anticipate and not punish his natural curiosity. It is also important to be aware of any dangers that could be introduced to your cat at this time of year.

    The number one source of curiosity and amusement for your cat, of course, will likely be the Christmas tree. If your cat loves to climbs trees out of doors, then you can bet he is going to try scaling any tree that you bring into your house. Most cats won’t get very far, but it is not uncommon for them to topple the tree with their energetic scrambling. If this happens, you risk not just injury to your cat but also damage to any nearby furniture and gifts. Make sure that your Christmas Tree is well supported and on a flat, stable surface.

    Pine needles from natural Christmas Trees are another health hazard for your cat. Fallen needles are sharp, and can easily embed themselves in your cat’s paws. Sweep up fallen needles on a regular basis.

    In addition to the Christmas Tree, there are many other plants that pose a risk to your cat’s health. Some plants are toxic to animals, and many of these are unfortunately often brought into the home at Christmas time. These include Mistletoe, Holly and Lillies.

    When decorating your house for Christmas, remember that cats are highly sensitive to changes in their environment, and will be both naturally cautious and curious.

    Dangling baubles and ornaments may seem like the ideal entertainment for a playful cat… the way they move and catch the light will draw fun loving kitties like a moth to a flame. However, cheap glass baubles can break easily, and the shards of glass can cause a great deal of harm to your cat. Avoid hanging ornaments from the lowest branches of the tree where they are most likely to catch your cat’s eye and skip any ornaments that are extremely fragile.

    Other decorations may not seem so appealing to your cat. For example, flashing lights or musical ornaments may frighten your cat, especially if they stop and start suddenly. If your cat seems frightened, begins to hide, starts urinating outside of the litter tray or displays any other symptoms of stress, remove the offending decorations immediately. While we are on the topic of things that might frighten your cat, consider how the noise level of your house changes at Christmas time. Just as is the case on bonfire night, your cat may be frightened of sudden loud noises often heard at Christmas such as crackers, poppers or bottle of Champagne being opened. Loud music or singing may also make them nervous so you might want to monitor the volume of Slade and SingStar if your cat is used to napping in a quiet house.

    While humans may be able to deal with over indulging in sweets and treats at Christmas with the help of some indigestion medicine, the consequences to your cat from eating the wrong kinds of foods can be more severe. Don’t leave food or snacks lying around where your cat can get to them (and that’s just about anywhere!) and clean up leftovers immediately. Foods such as chocolate, coffee and chicken bones are all particularly dangerous to cats, while snacks covered in salt can leave your cat dehydrated. You should also take care to not allow your cat to indulge in an alcoholic tipple from any glasses left out. And although it may be tempting to treat your cat to his own Christmas dinner, serve him a gourmet cat food choice rather than a portion of human food as any rich food that he is not accustomed to can cause vomiting or diarrhea.

    During the festivities of the season, pay particular attention to clearing up any discarded wrapping paper, ribbon or other small objects that might get lodged in your cat’s throat. Christmas cracker toys and foil sweet wrappers are particularly tempting to cats, but pose a choking hazard due to their size. Tossing around a crumpled up ball of wrapping paper can be a fun way to play with your cat, but never let them play with it unattended, and take it away if you see him start to chew on it.

    Keep a close eye on your cat during the Christmas season, to make sure he stays out of trouble and always ensure that he always has a quiet, cosy place to retreat to if all that partying gets a bit much for him.

    If you want more great tips, advice or Free Cat information the visit The Cat Pet Shop’s Blog If you need a Cat Tree for you cat to climb and play on there are some great deals at The Cat Pet Shop.

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  • Nov 21
    Catnip blossoms (Nepeta cataria)

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    When a cat has kidney disease, he may feel very lethargic and may not feel much like eating.  And to add to the problem, the foods that are often prescribed for cats with kidney disease tend to be blander and therefore less appealing to the cat’s senses.  So because you definitely want your cat to keep his weight up, you might need to get a little more creative with his feeding.  Here are a few tips.

    • First, do your best to get your cat to eat the special kidney diet that your veterinarian has prescribed.  These foods are lower in phosphorus than regular food, so they produce less waste and are kinder to your cat’s kidneys.  The same goes for homemade cat food.  Although this is probably the most nutritious food you can be giving your cat, especially when he is sick, he may not be interested in trying anything new right now.
    • The most critical thing to remember with feline kidney disease is that getting him to eat any food at all is much better than his not eating!   Look up the ingredients on any food that you buy and try to find those with the lowest phosphorus content.
    • Your cat may respond to a little catnip sprinkled into his food.  Catnip has a strong smell and taste, and most cats can’t resist it!
    • Try warming up the food a little in your microwave.  If the food is heated, the smell and flavor will become slightly stronger, which makes it more appealing to your cat.  Stir or mash up the food before serving it, to make sure it isn’t too hot.
    • While you are giving food to your cat, try holding her and touching or petting her gently.  Cats usually respond well to physical affection and encouragement, and this can help put her in a better state of mind, more receptive to your suggestions that she eat something.
    • You can also try adding a little strong flavored liquid to your cat’s food.  Things that work well are the water from a can of tuna, clam juice, or the liquid from a can of anchovies.   In addition to enhancing the scent and flavor of the food, this also adds moisture, which helps your cat stay better hydrated.
    • Rub a tiny bit of warm canned food onto your cat’s paw.  This will get him to groom himself by licking the food off.   If you have a small bowl of the same food right there, he may go from licking it off his paw to eating it out of the bowl.
    • Something else that can work well for a cat with kidney disease is to feed him by hand.  Put just a small amount of food on the palm of your hand, and let your cat smell it and lick it before deciding to eat.  Sometimes just the extra love and affection that you give your cat at this time can make a big difference in his appetite.

    There are other medical options that you may want to discuss with your vet if you cannot get your cat to eat with these other ideas.  He may be able to give you an appetite stimulant, which can be a good short-term solution.  Another thing that often helps a cat feel better and more like eating is subcutaneous fluids, that help your cat to be better hydrated.  If all else fails you may need to feed your cat with a syringe for a time.  Your vet is the best person to advise you on these alternatives.

    to the health of our cats,

    Beth

    Related Posts:

    Feline Kidney Disease – Common Causes and Symptoms

    What You Need to Know About Cat Food For Kidney Disease

    Treating a Cat With Kidney Disease Using Subcutaneous Fluids

    Living Day to Day With Feline Kidney Disease

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  • Nov 14
    Winterkost

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    If your cat is diagnosed with feline kidney disease, one of the first things your veterinarian will probably recommend is a change in diet. Many studies have been done on this subject, and there is a wide range of opinions about what is the best cat food for kidney disease. Here are a few things every cat owner should know.

    One school of thought is that for a cat with kidney problems, protein in the diet should be restricted. However, this idea is very controversial, even among veterinarians. Many feel that this thinking came out about because in humans, as well as in dogs, a high level of protein can indeed be linked to kidney failure. However, cats have different nutritional needs, and rely on protein to a great extent. What does really cause problems is the high phosphorus content in meat. Unfortunately, restricting phosphorus often implies restricting protein as well.

    The best thing you can do if you find yourself in this situation is to have a very open discussion with your vet about the pros and cons of restricting protein. In addition, do plenty of your own research. New findings are always coming out, so be sure you have the latest information.

    Also, at this point having enough water in the diet is absolutely critical to your cat’s health. Canned food is a better cat food for kidney disease, because it will provide more moisture than dry, and will help to prevent your cat from getting dehydrated, which is another very serious danger to a cat with kidney disease.

    In the end though, what is really critical is that your cat eats, period! When a cat has kidney disease, he doesn’t feel good, and doesn’t feel much like eating. He can easily lose weight, which will only make his condition worse. You may at some point need to have appetite stimulants prescribed for your cat in order to get him to eat. The saddest part of this is that appetite stimulants are among the worst smelling and bitterest tasting of feline medicines, and even getting him to take those can be a huge struggle. So most importantly, just get your cat to eat! Even if it means trying new foods, or tricking him into eating with a treat or catnip, just do it!

    One of the best things to try is making your own cat food at home. This provides the best nutrition of all, but here again, this is only effective if your cat will actually eat it. If she is not willing to give it a try, don’t force the issue, but this is at least worth making a good attempt. There are plenty of excellent books available that provide recipes for homemade cat food. Ask your veterinarian as well, and he/she may also have some good suggestions.

    Understanding cat food for kidney disease can take a little time and effort, and you may need to try a number of different foods to see what works out best with your cat. But having the best possible diet can go a long way toward management of his kidney disease and improvement of his quality of life.

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    to the health of your cats,

    Beth

    Related Posts:

    Feline Kidney Disease – Common Causes and Symptoms

    How to Get a Cat to Eat when he has Kidney Disease

    Treating a Cat With Kidney Disease Using Subcutaneous Fluids

    Living Day to Day With Feline Kidney Disease

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