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16847Re: [FH] cat food for heart/chf

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  • savionna@aol.com
    Jun 26, 2004
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      Hi JoAnn,

      In a message dated 6/25/04 2:03:35 PM, mainecoonsusa@... writes:

      << I was wondering if anyone knows of a good low salt >>

      The sodium content of many commercial and Rx food products are listed here:

      << premium >>

      "Premium" has no meaning as a nutritional term, but as a marketing one, altho
      the term is not defined or regulated. The foods that are generally considered
      to contain less noxious ingredients than others incl: Wellness,
      www.oldmotherhubbard.com; Nature's Variety, www.naturesvariety.com; PetGuard,
      www.petguard.com; Felidae, www.canidae.com; Natural Balance, www.naturalbalanceinc.com;
      Innova, www.naturapet.com; and Eagle Pack, www.eaglepack.com. All contain grains,
      altho some contain less potentially problematic grains (eg rice or barley
      instead of corn or wheat) than others...and some have a lower carbohydrate load
      than others. See websites for ingredients. The macronutrient content of many
      foods are listed here: www.sugarcats.net/sites/jmpeerson.

      << that is good to feed a cat in chf? >>

      If by "good" you mean of high quality (quality in the nutritional sense) for
      a cat, there aren't any. All dry food products are low in nutritional value
      relative to a cat's nutritional requirements...in part b/c all dry food products
      must be made with a high proportion of grains to be manufactured by extrusion
      (the most common mfr method). Grains are a source of carbohydrate, which
      results in most dry cat foods containing between 25-50% calories from
      carbohydrate. Cats have no dietary requirement for carbohdyrate (or plant-based nutrients,
      for that matter), eat about 5% calories from carbohydrate in the wild, and
      have limited ability to process plant matter efficiently, due in large measure
      to their evolutionary history as *obligate carnivores*, which means they *must*
      consume certain nutrients found only in animal flesh. The potential
      consequences of feeding an obligate carnivore with no dietary requirement for and no
      history of eating plant-based nutrients can include not only malnutrition but
      also obesity, diabetes, chronic urinary disorders, digestive issues, "allergy"
      issues, and dental issues.

      Further...of particular interest to cardiac cats, for whom water balance and
      weight are important issues...all dry food contains about 10% moisture, so
      part of the biological response to dry food is dehydration. Typical prey animals
      in the cat diet contain about 60-80% moisture, so cats have evolved to derive
      the moisture they need from their food. Not only are cats unable to ever drink
      enough water to compensate for the lack of moisture in dry food, but the high
      carbohydrate load affects water balance in the body, contributing to bloat.

      << what dry cat food do you feed your HCM kitties? >>

      What dry do we feed? None.

      For information on the nutritional requirements of cats and some of the
      consequences of not meeting those requirements, see:

      1. www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm
      2. http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/id1.html
      3. http://rocquoone.com/diet_and_health.htm
      4. www.speedyvet.com/nutrition
      5. www.homevet.com/petcare/feedingyourcat.html
      6. www.drsfostersmith.com/general.cfm?siteid=0&gid=74&ref=2066&subref=AN

      // Rosemary
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