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Old 02-17-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Default Best low-ph & low ash cat food...???

Does anyone know of a low ph & low ash cat food besides Iams, Royal Canin, Science Diet perscription & all the other by-product-ridden garbage vets try to sell us? A friend of mine has a cat who had a blockage a few years back and has been looking for something healthier, but his vet insists the cat should stay on the stuff they sell for life. I have been searching on-line to no avail...has anyone else out there been through this and found a better solution? TIA for any feedback!!!
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi, feline specialist Dr Lisa Pierson covers blockage, UTI (& all the common cat health issues.) She also lists safe foods and (IIRC,) Wellness Core is one of the best. It's all on her site.
Is there a Holistic vet he can go to?
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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What a great and informative site, thank you! I agree a holistic vet would be a good idea, if he lived closer I could refer him to mine, but he is on the other side of the country, unfortunately...! I will refer him to this site...the cat in question is very dear to me too, as I have known him since kittenhood and even had him living with me for a brief time when my friend was between apartments, I just want him to have a long and healthy life!!!
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I endorse 'Hill's Science Diet Feline c/d'. Ya have to get it at the vet's and it isn't cheap, but neither of my 14-year-old indoor cats have had any urinary tract problems. They like it more than tuna!
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi, feline specialist Dr Lisa Pierson covers blockage, UTI (& all the common cat health issues.) She also lists safe foods and (IIRC,) Wellness Core is one of the best. It's all on her site.
Is there a Holistic vet he can go to?
Glad to see someone else is "addicted" to the link above. That site was VERY helpful to us when making the change from dry free feeding to WELLNESS® - Healthy Dog and Cat Food canned food meals twice a day.

Our male had a UTI and blockage problem and was over weight. Our vet was informed enough to clue us in concerning the damage we were doing free feeding our cats carpy dry food and recommended Wellness canned.

Originally I purchased Wellness online or at a speciality store. However, Petco now carries it as well. Petco also sends me a lot of coupons that come in handy!
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: here and then there...!
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"Glad to see someone else is "addicted" to the link above. That site was VERY helpful to us when making the change from dry free feeding to WELLNESS® - Healthy Dog and Cat Food canned food meals twice a day"."

Yes, Great website. And a great change! It is amazing how much that we think we know, then realize we didn't know much! Feeding canned 2x's day is great! And I use canned Wellness too! They love it and are doing great! ...(guess I like to use Great!)

"...UTI and blockage problem and was over weight".
Yeah, sounds like problems from low quality foods, sad that so many suffer from this,... we didn't know...and all we can do now is learn and have an open mind, like we have! Some vets just don't tell us simple things, like it very well may be the food...

"Our vet was informed enough to clue us in concerning the damage we were doing free feeding our cats carpy dry food and recommended Wellness canned".

Wow, that is good that you got the info from whichever way, but from a vet is not so typical. Glad your vet did the right thing IMO for you and your "kids". Took me a really long time to get the vet I have now, few and far between, but I hope that they will be popping up more.
Vets with true care, compassion (for you but mostly animals) and willingness to take time with you, those should be the only vets!

Good for you Lola and happy cat eating and dreaming and feelin good.


(thing i am running on here sorry, late, and tired!)
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:27 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Thank you so much for your advice, everyone...I really appreciate all the good information I always get here, so many helpful & knowledgable people!!!
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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Wink Alternative foods for kitty

I have tried to be holistic with my approach to my kitty since I got her.
She always loved dry food I never served her any of the icky foods outt their but it was a high quality dry. Then a vet said try well dry ...well a week later she had crystals in her urine and it was horrible for her.

The vet put her on Science Diet Feline CD, well my cat has never had another urinary infection, that is accurate. But it is because the stuff is loaded with sodium and other things like grains and chemicals. The reason they do not have urinary tract infections is because the sodium makes them thirsty to drink more waterl which is the main culprit of UTI.

My research also showed that yes regular hard food because it is mostly grain will create crystals in the urine, and if the ash is high and the way the magnasium levels deliver it is a problem waiting to happen.

Feline CD is just garbage nothing nurtitional and the vet says she needs to stay on it the rest of her life. I have read about other problems that our cats get from being on the CD too long because it effects other organs long term.

I am searching for a holistic vet in the surburbs of Chicago who will be able to give me great nurtitional counseling for my cat, her ph will need to stay between 6.0 and 5.0. When the urine goes too much alkaline that is when crystals form.

I am told there are ph testing kits that I can test her urnine after changing foods, however my cat hats the texture of soft food so it will be a struggle.

Cats should not be eating any grains period ...ever see a kitty nibbling on a cranberry? Or some wheat..etc/...

She has turned up her nose at raw ... so I am on the search to get a new vet and get a new food and none of this stuff some reps suggest.

After your kitty's uti gets better find a better food try not to leave her on the CD feline.. read your ingredients.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I am not sure about Ph but I found a brand that is sold at PetSmart called Organics by Nature: short list of ingredients and no ash, although it does contain organic guar gum, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, taurine and choline chloride (I looked them up and the only one I could not find info on was dicalcium phosphate; the other ingredients are not harmful--in fact, I was surprised at what I read about taurine.)
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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I have tried to be holistic with my approach to my kitty since I got her.
She always loved dry food I never served her any of the icky foods outt their but it was a high quality dry. Then a vet said try well dry ...well a week later she had crystals in her urine and it was horrible for her.

The vet put her on Science Diet Feline CD, well my cat has never had another urinary infection, that is accurate. But it is because the stuff is loaded with sodium and other things like grains and chemicals. The reason they do not have urinary tract infections is because the sodium makes them thirsty to drink more waterl which is the main culprit of UTI.

My research also showed that yes regular hard food because it is mostly grain will create crystals in the urine, and if the ash is high and the way the magnasium levels deliver it is a problem waiting to happen.

Feline CD is just garbage nothing nurtitional and the vet says she needs to stay on it the rest of her life. I have read about other problems that our cats get from being on the CD too long because it effects other organs long term.

I am searching for a holistic vet in the surburbs of Chicago who will be able to give me great nurtitional counseling for my cat, her ph will need to stay between 6.0 and 5.0. When the urine goes too much alkaline that is when crystals form.

I am told there are ph testing kits that I can test her urnine after changing foods, however my cat hats the texture of soft food so it will be a struggle.

Cats should not be eating any grains period ...ever see a kitty nibbling on a cranberry? Or some wheat..etc/...

She has turned up her nose at raw ... so I am on the search to get a new vet and get a new food and none of this stuff some reps suggest.

After your kitty's uti gets better find a better food try not to leave her on the CD feline.. read your ingredients.

Merrick makes dog/cat food (dry and canned) called "Before Grain (BG)." You can buy it at Pet People. If you buy it, and it doesn't work for you, they'll let you return it, plus they have a 1lb bag for $2.99. I feed it to my cat, along with Blue Buffalo and he gobbles it right up. Blue Buffalo has vegetables in it. You can buy it at PetSmart or Petco, but PetSmart is less. He also likes Felidae and Evo dry cat food, also from Pet People, and Pet People will give you samples to try.
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