... But there is absolutely no reason to feed any cat a prescription diet, which are uniformly of poor nutritional quality. This is doubly true for
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, Nov 1, 2005
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But there is absolutely no reason to feed any cat a "prescription"
diet, which are uniformly of poor nutritional quality. This is
doubly true for diabetics...
As usual, I agree with Rosemary. With minimal understanding of
feline nutritional requirements and an understanding of what needs
to be tweaked with certain conditions, you can often do better on
your own. If you have the time and willingness to do this.
If not, there IS a line of prescription diets that seems to be based
on science rather than profits: Wysong. I have no financial
connection and will probably always make my own. While not still
perfect, IMO, for those most comfortable with a prescription diet,
it's an option that you should have your vets investigate.
Dr Wysong's "Scientific & Philosophical basis of Rx Diets" paper
does an excellent job at explaining nutritional concepts which few
vets unfortunately don't understand. http://www.wysong.net/PDFs/introduction.pdf
Feeding food that the cat's body is able & designed to utilize is
the best defense against disease. When cats are fighting other
illnesses, it's even more important. Many of the supplements
recommended for heart kitties, I was able to get into Mr Pepe in
their original form, aka food.
Check out the "Pancreas Size" chart on pg 14. Rats & Mice fed
processed foods have pancreas's that are more than twice the size
(.84 vs .32) as those fed a species appropriate diet. The pancreas
is one of the masters of our immune system and allows us fight
disease. Bigger is not better, since this indicates its working too
hard and is breaking down.
I had a funny dog experience a few weeks ago, which hammered this
home. I took my 4.5 yr old dog in for an ultrasound to check her
reproductive organs. The first thing out of the vets mouth
was "whoa, what a pancreas!" His assistant walks in and he shouts
to her, "check out Buddie's pancreas?" I was afraid to ask what's
wrong with her pancreas - thinking the worse. As dogs age, it
becomes bigger, mushier and less distinct on u/s. Her's jumped off
the screen and looked like a puppy's pancreas. I took her off
kibble at 7 mos and have been feeding her a species appropriate diet
for the past 4 years. Looks like her pancreas hasn't aged since the
Lisa: It was Dr C who got so excited about Buddie's pancreas. He's
also one of the few vets in the area who doesn't hassle raw
feeders. I hope he made the connection.
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