In a message dated 7/22/03 9:19:36 PM, cinmautone@...
<< I've been feeding him Wellness canned food for the past two years
and he's doing very well. >>
Good product. We also use the canned food also, along with homemade raw.
<< I recently found a new diet called "Nature's Variey". I'm very
tempted to put him on this diet since all the ingredients are listed
as organic. >>
Are you thinking about the canned or premade raw?? (I'm assuming you're no
longer feeding any dry.)
I'm not sure about what "organic" refers to on their website. The statement
is: "Nature’s Variety products contain certified, organic meats, fruits,
vegetables, sprouts and eggs," and it's somewhat ambiguous what the "organic" refers
to. Meats only...or all ingredients? In which products? The only single
ingredient identified as "organic" (as far as I could tell) is alfalfa sprouts (and
since the canavanine in alfalfa can bind arginine, which is an essential
amino acid for cats, it shouldn't be in cat food anyway, altho it often is).
<< The only problem is that I'm not sure if it contains the proper
sodium and phosphorus levels. >>
The way to find out is contact the company and ask for the levels on an
as-fed or dry-matter basis.
<< In the past, he's had problems with oxalate and struvite
crystals but all that changed when I stopped feeding him dry food. >>
Oxalate crystals generally form in an acidic urine (often in cats fed an
acidifying diet when they have struvite crystals). Struvite crystals generally
form in an alkaline urine, often in cats who eat a grain-based dry diet (which is
alkalinizing); some fish is also a contributing factor to struvite formation.
Dry food in general is implicated in crystal formation, b/c it upset the
cat's moisture balance and can concentrate urine. Canned food maintains proper pH
for a cat (which is slightly acidic, at 5.5-7) and, b/c of moisture content
(usually around 75-80%), keeps urine more dilute.
<< Can anyone advise me if the mineral levels in this diet are
appropriate for him? >>
Sorry, no, I can't. Are you concerned about minerals in relation to urine or
heart issues? If the former, the thinking about about minerals (eg magnesium)
in urinary tract disorders has changed considerably. Excessive phosphorus is
problematic for any cat, esp those with kidney issues.
<< Is anyone familliar with this diet? I would greatly appreciate your
thoughts and suggestions. >>
We haven't used it, altho I know people who do. I think the canned is
comparable to Wellness in terms of ingredients. Both are completely grain-free lines,
with vegetables as the source of minimal carbohydrate.
<< Here's what's listed on Nature's Variety web site:
GUARANTEED ANALYSIS >>
Guar. analysis tells only the minimum and maximum of each nutrient category.
To find out what is really in the can, you need as-fed or dry-matter analysis,
which you can get from the company. // Rosemary