44778Re: Your Cat's Nutritional Needs
- Apr 4, 2012The guide is copyright 2006 and seems very outdated. While some of the
charts may be accurate, I seriously question many of the conclusions
it makes about what to feed cats. When a scientific publication states
that the cat has a short intestine, yet can't conclude that
carbohydrates and fiber are bad, I would not recommend any of their
guidelines. They even mention the false assumption that fiber helps
control blood glucose. Fiber in the form of grains or plant products
contribute to hyperglycemia by adding carbohydrates. The pamphlet even
says, "Because cats are carnivores, the short length of their long
intestines limits their ability to ferment fibers that are found in
So why even suggest that cats need carbohydrates and fiber???
If anyone wants to learn what to appropriately feed cats, please go to
catinfo.org. Written and maintained by a licensed veterinarian with
decades of feline experince, Dr. Pierson explains in a no nonsense
fashion why cats need to eat meat or at least good quality canned
food. The examples she gives from her own experiences are helpful
explanations. Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins also wrote a very good book
called "Your Cat." There are several other vets online, Dr. Hofke is
one, Dr. Zoran is another, who repeat over and over again that cats
are obligate carnivores, which means they should eat meat only.
After feeding Hill's Science Diet "Hairball Control" to my magnificent
Nebelung kitty Gandalf for several years, he became diabetic. I
learned a lot about what is best for cats because of that horrible
disease, and I hope to help others avoid the heartbreak.
On Apr 3, 2012, at 6:13 PM, Leo Wempu wrote:
> That's good news!
> I see you've received lots of advice on how to feed Mystro. Here's a
> little guide to add to the mix :-)
> You'll want her to get everything she needs, but a little less
> calories each day, so she'll loose weight slowly and safely. I
> actually think it might be easier with canned food. The amount of
> dry per day is quite restricted and she might not be a happy cat.
> There's quite nothing like a kitty on a diet begging for more food
> to make one feel like a "criminal".
> Henna & Angel Leo
> From: Jackie <jboynton@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7:52 PM
> Subject: [FH] Great news for Mystro; many things ruled out by new
> vet!! No CHF or Asthma!
> I finally took mystro to a third vet, who gave me the right
> diagnosis. She does NOT have CHF, She does Not have respiratory
> disease. She is way TOO fat, despite diet. She is NOT diabetic!! He
> felt the litter was causing both of us to cough, lol.
> So, since the diets prescribed by former vets have always been "no
> more than 2/3 cup of dry food a day, anything's fine." My new and
> permanent vet is checking thyroid to see if that might causing her
> to continue gaining weight, despite special diet last vet gave me.
> Great news all around, thyroid test results tomorrow. I now have
> enough enalapril and furosemide to treat a cat with real heart
> disease for a year. But she doesn't need them, so I don't even care
> that they cost a fortune. Actually, I am very close to needing both
> of them if my heart doesn't get better, and my BP continues to rise.
> For the first time in many months, I now am able to think straight,
> and my panic is subsiding. I knew the cat didn't need those pills,
> she wasn't having the symptoms that your FH or FA kittys do. Mystro
> and I are blessed. I hope I can stll be a part of this group, becase
> she might just get CHF. And I contiue to learn about many other
> things here.
> Peace to all, love jackie and fat mystro. No more pilling, yay!!!!
> Unless the thyroid tests are funky. But no CHF, such a miracle
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