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Re: [FH] natural remedies and diet information needed for feline heart diesease

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  • savionna@aol.com
    Hi bj, In a message dated 3/25/04 8:02:13 PM, nadjabaja@yahoo.com writes:
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 30, 2004
      Hi bj,

      In a message dated 3/25/04 8:02:13 PM, nadjabaja@... writes:

      << does anyone have

      information about natural remedies such as hawthorn? i have read that

      it can be very helpful. >>

      Hawthorn (both the herbal form and the homeopathic remedy Crataegus
      oxyacantha) *may* be helpful depending on the cat. Complementary techniques are
      individual to the animal; they don't really treat the "disease" per se. So, the best
      way to find out if they are appropriate for the cat is to work with an
      experienced holistic vet. There is a directory here:
      www.ahvma.org/referral/index.html.

      << also what sort of food should i give her? >>

      All cats, with very few exceptions, require the same nutrition: a
      high-quality ("quality" in the nutritional sense), well-balanced, low-carbohydrate,
      meat-based diet. There are various ways to provide the nutrients a cat needs, such
      as feeding typical prey animals, feeding a raw or homemade diet, or feeding
      the best-quality canned product that is available, affordable, and palatable to
      the cat. For information on the unique nutritional needs of cats, see:

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

      Some quality canned brands 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. See websites for store locators and
      ingredients.

      << royal canin makes some varieties with lower salt. >>

      Royal Canin makes dry products. There are a number of potential health
      problems associated with feeding a dry, high-carbohydrate, plant-based diet to a
      cat, which is an *obligate carnivore*. That means, a cat must consume nutrients
      contained in meat to survive (info on that is in the links above). Further,
      manipulating the ingredients to achieve a certain goal, such as reducing sodium,
      may result in a product whose nutrients are not balanced and do not meet the
      unique nutritional needs of a cat...leaving aside whether it's even desirable
      to reduce sodium in an individual cat.

      << what about taurine supplements? >>

      Taurine is an amino-acid "relative" that is an essential nutrient for cats.
      It can also support the health of the heart.

      << giving her the pills is sometimes a trial and i

      don't want to stress her out more. >>

      If you think the cat needs supplemental taurine, it is available in capsule
      form. The powder is relatively tasteless, so it can often be mixed, in a
      desired amt, into a moist food (whether a canned food, baby food, etc). // Rosemary
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