What Cat Food to Feed
My six year old male cat died in August due to a urinary blockage. We weren't going to get another cat, especially not a male, but I'm bringing home a new baby boy tomorrow. I've done a bunch of reading on the possible causes of urinary blockages in male cats and have discovered a lot of things I didn't know. Types of food seems to be a huge factor. I read it's best to feed an all wet diet. I think they need a little dry as the crunchy food is good for their teeth. I also read that any food that is made of seafood is a no no. Now I'm trying to figure out what the best choice is for him. There are foods that are for urinary tract health that keep the urine ph down so I'm wondering if one of those would be good. Help!
I found this web site , I am not sure if it will help . My dog got crystals in his urine and I was told not to feed any him food that has yeast in it. So he get canned food now and has not gotten crystals again.
[QUOTE=mybubbles65;1062058]I read it's best to feed an all wet diet.[/quote]
[QUOTE=mybubbles65;1062058] I think they need a little dry as the crunchy food is good for their teeth. [/quote]
Nah, isn't good for their teeth at all, actually. Dr. Jean Hofve sums it up best in her article: [URL="http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/does-dry-food-clean-the-teeth/"]Does Dry Food Clean the Teeth?[/URL]
And there are plenty more reasons not to feed dry:
[QUOTE=mybubbles65;1062058]There are foods that are for urinary tract health that keep the urine ph down so I'm wondering if one of those would be good. Help![/QUOTE]
If you feed a meat-based, low-carb wet food, you really shouldn't need to go anywhere near one of the urinary tract foods. All the manufacturers do is add an acidifier or more salt to inferior ingredients, when if you fed good quality animal protein in the first place, you don't need that extra crap. I think long-term feeding of these foods can damage other organs.
I feed my own cats a combo of pre-made commercial raw (don't have time to make my own) and a variety of good canned foods like Wellness, Nature's Variety, Weruva, ZiwiPeak, Schesir, etc.....
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. The loss of a beloved fur buddy can be quite devastating, to say the least. I am glad to see that you have a new fur baby in the home, and that you are deeply involved in research into what makes a healthy, and happy cat. SCM has supplied a couple of excellent websites to browse and her statement is pretty well on the money for what you should consider when it comes to striving to raise a healthy animal.
One of my male cats years ago suffered from urinary tract problems. I was fortunate enough to catch it and take him to emergency at 12 o'clock midnight some 2 hours away from home. In discussing the problem, the vet asked where the litter box was, and I said in the basement. She then said I was extremely lucky to have caught the problem in the early-stage with the litter box so far away from the living area. She recommended, would you believe, a quiet area in the kitchen or in the bathroom if it was close to the main living area of the house where the cat's movements could be observed by people but not disturbed too much. I have followed that rule for 10 years, and in that time there have been several times it has paid off with some of the others having urinary tract issues.
As far as hard food for the cat's teeth go about the best on the market is raw chicken necks. I'll pick up chicken necks at the butcher's bring them home, and cut them in half or in thirds and freeze them - 2 or 3 times a week I'll give a piece as a treat after thawing it out. Put it in a plastic bag, and place it in hot water to bring it up to body temperature before giving it to the cat. DO NOT USE A MICROWAVE. It will start a cooking action as soon as turned on destroying the natural nutritional value of the neck along with making the bones brittle, and causing a digestion problem
A wee bit of seafood from time to time as a treat should not cause any problems. When it is used as a mainstay this can cause issues, and anchovy should be avoided even in fish oil supplements. It is known to be a microtoxin to cats and depending on the cat and the length of time administered can possibly cause a problem.
I am enclosing a couple of websites that I have found useful in the past, and still refer to even today. Hopefully all the information in these different websites that have been mentioned will be of value in the raising of your new fur buddy.
Any further questions, just let us all know.
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