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31652Re: [FH] Two 6 year old brother cats - HCM - supplements, food, success stories please!

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  • savionna@aol.com
    Dec 7, 2007
      Hi (sorry I don't know your name),

      In a message dated 12/1/07 1:55:43 AM, tokates@... writes:

      > Two of my 6 year old, male cats have just been diagnosed with HCM.
      >
      Very sorry to hear that.

      > it looks like all the prognosis reports are 2-4 year survival rate or
      > an average of 700+ days.
      >
      Predicting longevity is a very tricky thing. What's important is to do the
      best we can every day to help the cats fulfill their lives.

      > Also if anyone has a suggestion for proper food (they also
      > have struvite crystals from time to time)
      >
      Are they eating dry food? It's the leading contributing factor to struvite,
      which form in alkaline, concentrated urine...which results from the plant
      matter and 10% moisture in dry. Cats have evolved to eat a moisture-rich (60-80%),
      meat-based diet, which keeps the urine naturally acidic (6.0-6.5 is desirable
      for cats) and in the right concentration.

      All cats, with very few exceptions, need the same food: a high-quality,
      well-balanced, low-carbohydrate (preferrably grainfree), moisture-rich, meat-based
      diet, which we can provide with higher-quality canned products, premade raw,
      whole prey, or homemade fresh food.

      Some relatively reliable articles about feline nutrition incl:

      1. http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/id1.html
      2. www.catinfo.org
      3. www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm
      4. http://www.damnynke.com/diabetes_&_obesity.htm
      5. www.advancepetfood.com.au/nutrition
      6. ww.drsfostersmith.com/general.cfm?siteid=0&gid=74&ref=2066&subref=AN

      Some canned brands that do a good job meeting a cat's nutritional
      requirements incl: Wellness, www.oldmotherhubbard.com; Nature's Variety,
      www.naturesvariety.com; By Nature Organics, www.bynaturepetfoods.com; PetGuard,
      www.petguard.com; Felidae, www.canidae.com; and Eagle Pack, www.eaglepack.com. The first 3
      have grainfree products...and Nature's Variety has premade balanced raw. If
      you're interested in pursuing fresh food further, I can provide links for that,
      too. // Rosemary








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