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32784Re: [FH] what have you been feeding your cats?

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  • savionna@aol.com
    Apr 5, 2008
      HI Summer,

      In a message dated 4/4/08 2:43:40 PM, lucyandoni@... writes:

      > i want to put lucy on a low sodium, low phosphorous diet.
      How much sodium and phosphorus is Lucy getting now? There are charts with
      sodium and phosphorus content of various products at
      http://geocities.com/jmpeerson/ and http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma.

      This is a real interesting topic that we've talked about a few times (so
      there will be more in the archives). I think it's important to get an idea of what
      "low" is...b/c "high" sodium and "high" phosphorus are not nutritionally
      sound for any cat, and minerals work together, along with all the other nutrients,
      to feed the cat's entire body. So it's important to look at the nutritional
      composition of the whole product, in addition to the 2 minerals, when selecting

      Per the Mineral Requirements of Cats (Meyer, 1993), the guideline for the
      average healthy adult is 80mg sodium per kg and 60mg phosphorus per kg body
      weight per day. So the average 10 lb healthy adult needs about 360mg sodium/day and
      315mg phos/day.

      >   what are
      > some of you feeding your cats? 
      Higher-quality grainfree canned, such as Wellness, and fresh food.

      If you want to follow up, some reliable sources on feline nutrition incl:

      1. http://home.earthlink.net/%7Ejacm2/id1.html
      ("The carnivore connection to nutrition in cats"; Debra L. Zoran DVM, PhD,
      2. www.catinfo.org ("Feeding Your Cat: The Basics of Feline Nutrition"; Lisa
      A. Pierson DVM)
      3. www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm ("Feline Nutrition"; Max's House)
      4. http://www.damnynke.com/diabetes_&_obesity.htm ("Diabetes and Obesity in
      Cats"; Eliz. Hodgkins DVM)
      5. www.advancepetfood.com.au/nutrition (the former SpeedyVet Online Learning

      Some brands of higher-quality grainfree and lower-carbohydrate canned foods
      incl: Wellness, www.omhpet.com/wellness; 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.

      If you are interested in fresh food, some sources incl: Nature's Variety,
      www.naturesvariety.com; Hare Today, www.hare-today.com; Big Creek Farms,
      www.bigcreekfarms.com; Primal Pet Foods, www.primalpetfoods.com; and Bravo,
      www.bravorawdiet.com. // Rosemary

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