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Re: [FH] Cat just diagnosed with HCM

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  • savionna@aol.com
    Hi Lisa, In a message dated 8/28/04 11:04:09 AM, lclarizia@aol.com writes: Predicting longevity is
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 29, 2004
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      Hi Lisa,

      In a message dated 8/28/04 11:04:09 AM, lclarizia@... writes:

      << The survival rates are distressing, to say the

      least. >>

      Predicting longevity is a tricky business.

      << I'm interested in

      nutritional supplements for him >>

      Nutritional supplements are just that: supplements to a whole, healthy,
      species-appropriate diet...to be used when the cat has a particular deficiency
      and/or may require a particular nutrient not available in sufficient quantity in
      the diet. But the foundation of nutrition is the diet itself, as no supplement
      can compensate for the lack of nutrients in poor-quality (quality in the
      nutritional sense) food.

      What does the cat currently eat (brand, flavor, canned or dry)?

      << does anyone have any information

      about that >>

      There is a great deal of information about nutritional supplements and
      nutraceuticals...but their use, again, depends on the needs of the individual cat.

      << diet in general? >>

      Despite vigorous industry marketing to the contrary, all cats, with almost no
      exceptions, require the same diet: a high-quality (quality in the nutritional
      sense), low-carbohydrate, well-balanced, moisture-rich, meat-based diet. Some
      sites with mostly reliable information on that incl:

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

      << I know he'll need a low-sodium diet >>

      You do? Why does he need a low-sodium diet?

      << but beyond that what else can I do for him? >>

      That depends on his individual needs. // Rosemary
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