Re: [FH] Junior not eating much
- Wow, thanks for the great info Rosemary! It gives me
"food" for thought!
Jen and Junior
--- Savionna@... wrote:
> Hi J,ww.drsfostersmith.com/general.cfm?siteid=0&gid=74&ref=2066&subref=AN
> In a message dated 9/1/06 11:26:08 PM,
> ichiume1@... writes:
> > He doesn't seem to be eating much and I wonder if
> > has anything to do with the benazepril.
> Could be. Synthetic medications can sometimes
> depress appetite. If he's
> really nauseous, there are gentle remedies that can
> help soothe his digestive
> > Junior has never been a big eater but now he is
> > touching his food. It could also be the new
> low-salt food my vet has him on
> > and I wonder if I
> > should give him some of the old just so he'll eat.
> Yes, I think that's a good idea. When a cat isn't
> eating...then you can use
> whatever he'll eat, within reason.
> > Does anyone know of any good low salt
> > canned or dry food (what he normally eats) other
> then the Purina C/V?
> Sodium restriction is not necessarily a good idea.
> All cats, incl heart cats,
> need a high-quality, species-appropriate diet with
> high amts of high-quality
> animal protein, moderate amts of animal fats, little
> to no plant carbohydrate,
> and 60-80% moisture. Dry food is problematic b/c it
> is moderate to low in
> animal proteins, moderate in animal fats, high in
> plant carbohydrate, and low in
> moisture (10%)...and the high carbohydrate content
> can affect fluid balance,
> which is not desirable in a heart cat. So it would
> be in Junior's best interest
> to eat a higher-quality meat-based food, such as a
> grainfree or low-grain
> These are the primary ingredients of Purina CV:
> Liver, water sufficient for
> processing, beef, ground yellow corn, fish. Liver is
> not appropriate primary
> source of proteins, in part b/c it's high in Vit A.
> Liver is fine, as long as
> its in *general proportion* to muscle meats. In a
> typical prey animal, the liver
> is about 3-5% of the whole animal. Beef muscle meat
> is in theory a good
> source of proteins (leaving aside the condition of
> the stock animal)...but some
> cats have an adverse reaction to it. Corn has no
> place in feeding cats, period.
> Fish is not part of the cat's evolutionary
> diet...and, among other problems,
> cause adverse reactions, in part b/c of a high
> histamine content (depending on
> species). So from an ingredient standpoint, this
> isn't really a good choice.
> Besides, 18% of calories in this product come from
> carbohydrate...cats need zero
> As for the sodium...Purina CV contains 0.20% by dry
> matter. If you look at
> the chart at
> you'll see there
> are various commercial foods with around the same
> sodium content...so *if* you
> need to restrict sodium (and I'm not saying you do),
> then there are
> higher-quality foods with better ingredients.
> Junior may not want to eat the new food also, b/c
> he's accustomed to
> dry...and doesn't recognize canned it as food. So if
> you decide to provide a canned
> food, it might be a good idea to introduce it very
> slowly. And to do it after
> his appetite is somewhat stable again.
> If you're interested in information on nutrition,
> here are some articles with
> relatively reliable information:
> 1. http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/id1.html
> 2. www.catinfo.org
> 3. www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm
> 4. http://rocquoone.com/diet_and_health.htm
> 5. www.advancepetfood.com.au/nutrition
> // Rosemary
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