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Mature cat with GI issues...help

crazydays
November 4th, 2007, 07:05 AM
Hi everyone!
My orange tabby cat is 14 years. About 2 years ago he had to go to the hospital because he was vomiting, stopped eating and lost a great deal of weight. He was a hospital admission and thank goodness sorted out on you guessed it Hills I/D soft and Mature cat food-kibble.
Tory is extremely picky yet he devours this food.

I have discovered that he loves Wellness 95% protein-salmon/turkey DOG food. Tried him on Wellness cat food and he was disgusted! I am only giving him one quarter of small can Hills/day. He eats lots of kibble. QUESTION-
do you think I could cut out canned Hills and give him small amount Wellness protein for dogs- probably 2 tablespoons/day??????

sugarcatmom
November 4th, 2007, 12:22 PM
Did they ever figure out what might have caused the GI issues? My concern would be that it was a pancreatitis thing, in which case the lower fat content of I/D might be better than the Wellness. Not that I/D is a better food overall (has too much corn/rice/soy), but Wellness tends to be quite high in fat.

Other than that, the ingredients of the 95% meat formulas are very simple and even for dogs it's recommended for only intermittent or supplemental feeding. As long as the 2 tbsp/day doesn't exceed 20% of your cats diet, that part shouldn't be an issue. If you wanted to make it more complete, you could add Wysong's Call of the Wild (http://www.wysong.net/page/WOTTPWS/PROD/CALL_OF_THE_WILD) supplement, but without knowing what the original digestive problem was, I'd be leery about feeding too much Wellness.

crazydays
November 4th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Sugarcat Mom!!!

I really appreciate your help. We were never told anything about pancreatitis. The vet felt he needed a food change ( embarrassed to say-Fancy feast ) The Vet felt that he needed Senior food. We jumped at Hills because it was like magic- instantly better. I have come to know Hills is not a great manufacturer. The last thing we want to do is upset the apple cart.
Great info about the 95% protein food-Wellness!!

sugarcatmom
November 4th, 2007, 08:39 PM
If you did want to try a different lower fat canned food with better ingredients than Hill's, the Innova Reduced Fat (http://www.innovapet.com/products/default.asp?id=1605) one is pretty good (37% calories from fat), as is Natural Balance Ultra Premium (http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/catformulas/NB_CatCanned.html) (46% fat, about the same as I/D), but obviously your picky eater has to like them for them to be any good.

crazydays
November 5th, 2007, 05:05 AM
Morning Sugarcat Mom.
I will definitely try a can of each and see how it goes.
Thank you:thumbs up