In a message dated 8/5/04 6:29:52 PM, autumncat@...
<< She suggested offering Kirby low sodium tomato juice or cranberry juice.
She thought he would like the taste of tomato juice and would get more fluids
that way. Anyone heard of this or given tomato juice to their cat? >>
I have heard of using tomato juice, altho this juice is *generally* suggested
b/c of its salt content, which will then potentially encourage more
drinking...but a "low-sodium" tomato juice would potentially counteract that.
Cranberry juice is suggested for *humans* with a *bacterial* infection in the
urinary tract (b/c of certain compounds in cranberry that inhibit the ability
of bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract wall and colonize). It is *not*
recommended for cats b/c cranberry juice may be preserved with sodium benzoate,
which is potentially toxic to cats.
Further, many cats do not like the taste of fruit/vegetable juices, in part
b/c it is so removed from any food that cats have eaten for the past tens of
millions of years.
Clam juice or the juice of water-packed canned tuna is sometimes recommended
for cats to encourage drinking. However, it's important to remember that cats
have evolved to drink almost no water, b/c they derive sufficient moisture
(60-80%) from the typical prey animals in the diet; caregivers can approximate
that with a high-quality canned diet (generally with about 75% moisture). Cats
eating dry food (10% moisture) can never drink enough water to compensate for
lack of moisture and resultant dehydration. // Rosemary