Re: [FH] DIET QUESTION
- Hi Lisa,
In a message dated 9/25/04 12:55:13 PM, lclarizia@... writes:
<< Yes, we've been over that -- historically, they got a can of wet food
them in the morning and evening, and a bowl of dry food for each to self-feed
on during the day. >>
Have you figured the amt of calories you're feeding? Are you considering
reducing, then eliminating the dry food (esp for the obese cat)? Some caregivers
use a timed feeder with a built-in gel pack to provide meat-based meals thru
the day when they're not home. Another option is to simply place the bowls on a
gel-pack on a tray or cookie sheet.
<< The vet really likes the philosophy behing Wysong --
meat, intermittant feeding etc. >>
Dr. Wysong has made a valuable contribution to our understanding of feline
nutrition...and his company does try to act respectfully toward animals and the
greater environment. However, a number of his cat products are quite outdated
and continue to contain high amts of carbohydrate from cereal grains (not
<< As the vet put it, cats don't eat soy in the wild. >>
He's completely correct. Nor do they eat corn, wheat, yeast, or ethoxyquin.
For that matter, they also don't eat chicken, beef, and lamb...however, those
food sources at least contain nutrients that cats need in a form that cats can
process, generally without negative biological response.
<< He told me he's seen a huge increase in animals with food allegeries in
his practice lately,
which he thinks is directly related to the amount of grain in commercial
Yes, skin and digestive reactions are thought to be directly related to
grains, as well as to a number of other common animal-feed ingredients...eg yeast,
soy, fish, byproducts, and synthetic additives...with which a cat's immune
system has no evolutionary experience and to which the immune system naturally
reacts, increasingly pathologically.
Species-inappropriate nutrition is also a major contributing factor to
various other "epidemics" now affecting cats, incl obesity, diabetes, chronic
urinary infection, renal impairment, dental/gum disease, and on and on.
<< I never really thought about what I fed the cats,
other than if they'd actually eat it or not (they're both on the picky side).
>>Nutrition is the foundation for *everything* that happens in the body.
Without nutrients, the body cannot maintain and repair itself. Selecting quality
sources of necessary nutrients is the most important thing a caregiver can do for
<< thanks for all those sites as well! >>
You're welcome. // Rosemary