26408Re: [FH] I don't want to be here
- Dec 31, 2006Hi Amy,
In a message dated 12/30/06 4:55:00 PM, amy1350@... writes:
> I've never joined an online support group before, but then again I'veSo Luke is guiding you into new experience. He must be a special guy.
> never had a cat with heart disease before.
> I don't know what to do. The thought ofYou're doing a good thing for him by joining with others who are helping
> him not being with me is almost more then I can bear.
heart cats lead full lives. So you knew one thing to do.
Luke is with you now, right? So another thing to learn to do is to treasure
him every day. It's easy when caring for a cat with a health condition to miss
the present by getting tangled up in an unknowable future.
>Not necessarily...altho "low" is relative. What's important in cat nutrition
> Should I start Luke on a low sodium diet?
is to provide a reasonable balance of nutrients, incl sodium, that falls
within a generally accepted range for cats. Severely restricting one mineral or
another can lead to imbalances...and products that severely manipulate one or two
nutrients (like most Rx foods) usually have such poor ingredients that any
possible benefit from restricting sodium or whatever is outweighed by the
overall lack of nutrition. Canned foods that have high-quality, species-appropriate,
meat-based ingredients...eg Wellness, Nature's Variety, Natural Balance,
etc...will generally have a good balance of all nutrients that meet a cat's unique
That said, if you're feeding a food with very high sodium, that would not be
good for any cat, with or without heart disease.
If you're interested in information on cat nutrition, some links are below:
Some canned foods that generally do a good job of meeting a cat's nutritional
needs incl: Wellness, www.oldmotherhubbard.com; Nature's Variety,
www.naturesvariety.com; PetGuard, www.petguard.com; Felidae, www.canidae.com; Natural
Balance, www.naturalbalanceinc.com; By Nature's Organics,
http://www.bynaturepetfoods.com/index.htm; and Eagle Pack, www.eaglepack.com.
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