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  • What a lot of people (and many vets) need to understand is that what is harmful to humans is not harmful to animals. Our systems are not designed to ingest some of the types of bacteria's that are found in raw meat. Cats have an entirely different digestive system making it not only logical, but healthy to eat a raw diet. No mouse or bird has ever been cooked after it is hunted and...
    Patti Thomas Sep 8, 2015
  • Just my opinion, but I would take your girl to a cardiologist and have a echocardiogram done ASAP. HCM can not be accurately diagnosed by using a blood test. And a cardiologist needs to see what all is going on with the heart and prescribe drugs accordingly. This could be HCM, RCM, HOCM or something else heart related. Making a wild guess that it is "consistent" with HCM from a...
    Patti Thomas Aug 12, 2013
  • Dr Peirson says water with food source. That does not include dry kibble. It must be included with the food. As I read it, both of the "quotes" are saying the same thing. Dont allow the cat to become chronically dehydrated and then rehydrated ... it is not healthy. Its a set up for urinary problems. If cats are "feast-and-famine eaters", this again, does not support grazing on dry...
    Patti Thomas Mar 30, 2012
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  • Any time the body gets dehydrated, it is in a compromised state. Therefore, dry foods that dehydrate the body requiring it to be rehydrated, cause stress on ALL body organs, including, and especially, the kidneys. I really don't care if there is "hard evidence." When it comes to the health of myself and my cats, I will take years of first hand experience any day, over "research...
    Patti Thomas Mar 29, 2012
  • "A cat's normal prey is ~70% water. Canned food is ~78% water. Dry food is ~5-10% water. Cats have a low thirst drive and do not make up the deficit at the water bowl. They are designed to get water with their food. It makes absolutely no sense to feed dry food to any cat - especially one with urinary tract problems". Lisa A Peirson, DVM Dry foods take the water away from the cats...
    Patti Thomas Mar 29, 2012
  • Yes, we make our own. But we also order our beef from a commercially owned producer. There should be no reason for concern if there is careful handling of meat. I don't know about the store brands testing for eColi. All raw meat has traces of some bacteria's, but a cats system is designed so that small trace amounts do not adversely affect them. In fact, the human gut as well, has...
    Patti Thomas Mar 29, 2012
  • I think it's excellent advice. As a breeder I feed all of my cats raw diet, and have for about 7 years, with very good success. I add a moderate amount of organ meat and also add the salmon oil. I do add a pre mixed vitamin supplement designed specifically for feline raw diet. Noticeable changes with raw diet.... less water consumption, so less stress on kidneys less poop less...
    Patti Thomas Mar 28, 2012
  • I would never give medications for a heart condition without knowing the exact nature of the condition. Giving the correct dosage is imperative to preventing further heart damage. Too much or too little, can be either ineffective, or potentially fatal. Just my opinion, but my thoughts are..... it is better to do nothing, than take a wild guess at how to medicate a heart condition...
    Patti Thomas Mar 27, 2012
  • The info your breeding friend gave you is absolutely wrong. It's sad she is being naive about her breeding cats. HCM can, and does exist without a heart murmur. I had a cat who passed away last year at age 7, from HCM. He never had a murmur, but a routine HCM scan was done and it was discovered he had HCM. The ONLY way to determine and rule out HCM is through ultrasound heart scan...
    Patti Thomas Mar 15, 2012
  • So sorry to hear about your loss. I lost one of mine this week also. On Thursday. Hopefully you can find some comfort in knowing he passed peacefully in the comfort of his home, surrounded by those who loved him. I think that is how he would have wanted it. I took my girl to the ER clinic and she spent the night there and passed at 6:00 am before we got back there to see her. If I...
    Patti Thomas Feb 26, 2012