Re: [FH] Introduction to Monster
- Hi Chris,
In a message dated 6/27/08 2:22:59 PM, casmann@... writes:
> He's blamed it on taurine deficiency caused by the mostlyAbout how much supplemental taurine are you giving per day? The AAFCO
> raw diet I feed. (my raw diet exceeds AAFCO guidline for feline
> nutritional requirements, taurine included. I also feed supplements
> that contain it)
guidelines are basically based on avoiding deficiency/excess problems...not on
optimum nutrition. And we have very little information about the taurine content of
typical cat prey (altho mouse taurine is estimated at about 240mg/100g
as-fed)...and about typical taurine content of meats used to feed cats (there are 2
main studies, from Spitze and Laidlaw).
> I'm writing looking for advice. I'd like to know if there is anythingOther nutrients that might be useful to look at incl L-carnitine,
> more I can be doing to help him improve.
dimethylglycine (or trimethylglycine), and coenzyme Q10.
> I have to beIf you'd like to post exactly what you're feeding, we can look at it for
> sure there is nothing dietary causing Monster's problem as everyone
> else woud be at risk if this is the case.
> Since changing his diet he's had gassy explosive diarrhea on and offThere could be a coupla contributing factors to this: new medications,
> and will sometimes vomit after eating. The commercial food is Eagle
> brand dry and tinned, sometimes Friskies tinned and treats are
> Whiskas dry food)
ingredients in the commercial food, and abrupt food change, which can upset the dig.
system balance. Eagle Pack is considered a quality mfr, but their products
contain grains, which are neither necessary nor desirable for cat
nutrition...and can be a contributing factor to dig. problems. Friskies is a brand with
generally low nutritional quality, sorry to say, and it's ingredients can also
cause digestive problems. In general, there is no dry food that is appropriate
nutrition for cats, b/c the ingredients (often with grains), nutritional profile
(often high in carbohydrate), and moisture level (10% or less) do not relate
to the cat's evolutionary diet, which contains high amts of animal proteins
and fats, no to very limited plant carbohydrate, and 60-80% moisture. If you
want to continue feeding a commercial food, it might be worthwhile to look at the
higher-quality grainfree canned brands, such as Wellness,
www.omhpet.com/wellness; Nature's Variety Instincts, www.naturesvariety.com; By Nature Organics,
www.bynaturepetfoods.com; and EVO 95% meat,
> I have been letting him eat the raw food last 4Excellent. A well-balanced fresh food diet provides quality nutrition for a
> days and that's cleared up both ends of the little guy
cat...and if you're uncertain about feeding your homemade food at this point,
there are commercially available foods, such as Nature's Variety raw, among a
number of others.
> I've been told 6 months is an average life expectancy with thisI think (my opinion only) trying to predict longevity is a tricky business.
> condition, I'd like to know if that's commonly true.
With quality care, incl species-appropriate diet, we can help a heart cat lead
a comfortable, rewarding life, for however long it may last. // Rosemary
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