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Old 02-14-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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If I wanted to add water to dry food for my cat to help her digest it better so she doesnt regurgitate it from eating too fast how much water should I add to 1/2 cup of dry food?
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Old 02-14-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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Luv, have you considered giving her a good quality canned food instead of the dry? I believe your cat is telling you the dry food is not compatible with his digestive system.
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:49 AM
 
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Yes, I agree with Garden of Eden. Have you considered providing small amounts of wet food? Adding water to dry is not necessarily ideal. Most cats wont eat it. They are strict carnivores and unlike dogs and humans, they can be very sensitive and picky to what they eat. If your cat is eating food too fast, consider adding a ping pong ball or golf ball to his/her food dish, or putting his food in a treat ball, to slow down the amount he/she eats at once. Usually this is sufficient to stop food overload regurgitation.

Please be careful when changing your kitty's food. A cat would rather starve than eat something that is unpalatable to them, and any cat that goes more than 48 hours without proper intake is at severe risk for liver failure.

I wish you the best of luck, hope you find a solution to your problem. Feel free to message me.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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What kind are you feeding her?
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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I Third that!
And to think we once wondered why our own cat chronically threw up blobs of kibble until we were forced to can it (pun intended)...this also explains things:

Felidae (cats; suborder Fissipedia, super family Feloidea) A family that comprises the extant and extinct cats, the most specialized of all carnivorous mammals. The brain is large, with large olfactory centres and cerebral hemispheres which overlap the cerebellum. The jaws are powerful and cannot be rotated (as for chewing). The incisors are in a straight line across the jaws, the canines are long, and the cheek teeth are reduced in number, the carnassials being well developed for shearing... Felidae - What is a(n) Felidae | -Encyclopedia.com: Dictionary of Zoolology --

(Please don't believe the ads, or veterinarians who advocate the feeding of their commercial kibble, either? They can either take an XRay, or just look into the cat's mouth for the proof of this -- that is AFTER they can prove a cat's not an obligate carnivore to begin with. )

More info from Feline Specialist: Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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If I wanted to add water to dry food for my cat to help her digest it better so she doesnt regurgitate it from eating too fast how much water should I add to 1/2 cup of dry food?
Please consider getting rid of the dry food causing so many health issues in cats. It's mostly cheap filler the cat cannot use. Buy a good canned food. There are a few sites where you can learn the proper feeding and nutrition of cats:

Feline nutrition information: Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi
History of dry food (a must-read article):
Cat Nutrition.Org (http://www.catnutrition.org/diabetes.php - broken link)
YourDiabeticCat.com - Helping and Preventing Feline Diabetes
Canned Cat Food - THE Staple for a Nutritious Diet for Cats
Feline Nutrition
Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM
http://www.catinfo.org/zorans_article.pdf (broken link)
The Dry Cat Food Crisis | http://www.felinefuture.com (dry foods)
Raw Fed Cats
Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi
Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi
Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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Didn't we just get through a scandal involving cat deaths and Chinese supposed protein additives to the best canned foods? I am unconvinced that canned foods are superior in general or in specific.

Indeed. All of these canned brands utilized Chinese "protein additives" that turned out to be Melamine:

Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
Authority
Best Choice
Blue Buffalo Co (RICE GLUTEN)
Cats Choice
Co-Op Gold
Companion
Compliments
Demolulas Market Basket
Demoulas/Market Basket
Despar
Diamond Pet Food (RICE GLUTEN)
Doctors Foster & Smith
Doctors Foster & Smith (RICE GLUTEN)
Eight In One Inc (Salmonella)
Eukanuba Cat Cuts and Flaked
Eukanuba Morsels in Gravy
Evolve
Evolve
Fame
Feline Classic
Feline Cuisine
Fine Feline Cat
Food Lion
Foodtown
Giant Companion
Giant Eagle
Hannaford
Harmony Farms (RICE GLUTEN)
Hartz Mountain Corp (Salmonella)
Health Diet Cat Food
Hill Country Fare
Hill's Prescription Diet
Hy Vee
Hy-Vee
Iams Cat Slices and Flakes
Iams Select Bites
J.E. Mondou
La Griffe
Laura Lynn
Li'l Red
Lick Your Chops
Lick Your Chops (RICE GLUTEN)
Loving Meals
Master Choice
Medi-Cal
Meijer's Main Choice
Natural Balance (RICE GLUTEN)
Natural Ultramix
Nu Pet
Nutriplan
Nutro
Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classics
Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
Nutro Natural Choice
Nutro Products
Paws
Performatrin Ultra
Pet Pride
Pet Pride / Good n Meaty
Pounce
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority Canada
Priority US
Publix
Roche Brothers
Roundy's
Royal Canin (RICE GLUTEN)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet (RICE GLUTEN)
Save-A-Lot Special Blend
Schnucks
Science Diet Feline Cuts Adult
Science Diet Feline Cuts Kitten
Science Diet Feline Cuts Mature Adult 7+
Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Can
Sophistacat
Special Kitty Canada
Special Kitty US
Springfield Prize
Sprout
Stop & Shop Companion
Stuzzy Gold
Triumph
Wegmans
Weis Total Pet
Western Family Canada
Western Family US
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

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Old 02-15-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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And, here is the list of ingredients in EVO Chicken and Turkey Cat and Kitten:

Turkey http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Turkey is the clean combination of flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey or a combination of thereof - exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails.

Turkey is an excellent source of highly digestible protein. Natura uses high-quality turkey in many of our formulations.


Chicken Meal http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Chicken meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts of whole carcasses of chicken -- exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, or entrails.

Natura uses high-quality chicken meal in many of our foods as an excellent source of protein.


Chicken http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Chicken is the clean combination of flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken - exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails.

Chicken is an excellent source of protein.


Herring Meal http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Herring meal is the clean, rendered (cooked down), dried ground tissue of undecomposed whole herring or herring cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil.

Herring meal is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Natura uses the whole herring including the oil from this excellent food fish in our cat and dog food products.


Chicken Fat http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) (naturally preserved with mixed Tocopherols) Chicken fat is obtained from the tissues of chickens in the commercial process of rendering or extracting.

Chicken fat is the highest of all animal sources in linoleic acid (over 23%), an important element for skin and coat health. Because Natura uses such high-quality chicken, this is a high-quality source of fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Natural Source of Vitamin E).


Peas http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Green peas are a variable annual leguminous Eurasian vine that is cultivated for its rounded smooth or wrinkled edible seeds.

Green peas are a fresh vegetable source of protein and contain a good source of vitamin A. Natura uses high-quality peas in some of our treats.


Egg http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Egg is the part or whole of the reproductive body produced by hens.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, with naturally occurring complex combinations of amino acids. Natura uses only whole eggs in our products.


Turkey Meal http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Turkey meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone derived from the parts of whole carcasses of turkey--exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, or entrails.

Turkey meal is an excellent source of protein in commercial pet foods. This ingredient is very digestible and very palatable. Natura uses this ingredient in combination with fresh chicken, fresh turkey and chicken meal in some of our dog food formulas.


Pea Fiber http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Pea fiber is an absorptive vegetable derived from cleaned and processed pea hulls.

Pea fiber is a useful ingredient that helps regulate the bowels to help prevent constipation or diarrhea.


Natural Flavors http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Natural flavors are flavor ingredients that do not contain synthetic or artificial components.

In the Natura products that include "natural flavor" in the formula, the exact composition is proprietary. However, it is always made from high quality all natural ingredients, consistent with Natura's nutritional philosophy.


Apples http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) A member of the rose family, the apple has a compartmented core and is thus classified as a pome fruit.

Apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber. About 81% of the fiber is soluble; most of it is of a type called pectin. Apples provide both soluble and insoluble fiber, some vitamin C and beta carotene, and potassium and boron. Natura uses this nutritious fruit in its whole form to obtain all of its wholesome nutrients.


Carrots http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Carrots are the roots of the carrot plant, and a member of the parsley family.

Innova dog and cat foods contain whole fresh carrots.


Cranberries http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Cranberries grow on a low, creeping shrub with slender, wiry stems. The fruit is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant. It is initially white, but turns a deep red when fully ripe.




Herring Oil http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) (naturally preserved with mixed Tocopherols) Herring oil is the oil extracted from whole herring.

Herring oil provides a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Because the herring that Natura uses is of such high quality, the herring oil helps produce healthy skin and lustrous coats.


Tomatoes http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Tomatoes are the edible berry of the tomato plant of the nightshade family.




Pumpkin http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Pumpkin is a rich source of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and pantothenic acid.




Dried Chicory Root http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Dried Chicory Root is the dried, non-roasted root Cichorium intybus L., used as a source of inulin, as soluble, fermentable fiber. It shall contain no less than 50% inulin and no more than 13% moisture. Chicory Root is a thick-rooted blue-flowered European perennial composite herb widely grown for its roots and as a salad plant.

Commonly known as a soluble fiber, the inulin derived from the Chicory Root is a fructooligosaccharide added to help maintain digestive tract health and function.


Cottage Cheese http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Cottage cheese is the result of separating milk or cream into curds and whey. The curds are drained and pressed to form the soft, white, spoonable cheese.

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, protein and vitamins. Natura uses high-quality cottage cheese, straight from its retail container. The cottage cheese has only trace amounts of lactose and because of its limited inclusion in the formula, the ultimate amount of lactose in the finished product is insignificant and would not be in sufficient supply to cause an intolerance problem.


Alfalfa Sprouts http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Alfalfa sprouts are a member of the legume family.

Alfalfa sprouts are an excellent source of key nutrients, including vitamin C, iron, magnesium and manganese. Natura uses fresh, high-quality alfalfa sprouts to add these important nutrients to our foods.


Taurine http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link)




DL Methionine http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Methionine (dL-Methionine) is a sulfur-containing amino acid obtained by the hydrolysis of most common proteins. Methionine is a principle supplier of sulfur which is important in production of many other compounds in the body.

dl-methionine regulates the formation of ammonia and creates ammonia-free urine. dl-methionine is an essential amino acid. Natura adds this supplement to cat foods. In our dog foods, the meat supplies sufficient amounts.


Minerals http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Minerals are inorganic substances essential for a host of vital processes within the body.

AAFCO regulates minimum standard quantities of minerals in levels that pets need to survive. All pet food manufacturers supplement their products with minerals. Beyond meeting these minimum requirements, all Natura products contain a complete vitamin and mineral supplement program that helps pets to thrive, not just survive. The minerals Natura uses are chelated, providing three to ten times greater assimilation than common minerals. Included in our foods are some of the following vitamins and minerals: Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, Biotin, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Dicalcium Pantothenate, dl-Methionine, Folic Acid, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin, Potassium Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin C Supplement (Sodium Ascorbate), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement (Alpha Tocopherol), Zinc Proteinate Natura adds these important vitamins and minerals, in proper balance to its foods to ensure that your pet gets all the necessary nutrients for life and good health every day.


Vitamins http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link) Vitamins are organic compounds that function as parts of enzyme systems essential for the transmission of energy and the regulation of metabolisms of the body.

AAFCO regulates minimum standard quantities of vitamins in levels that pets need to survive. All pet food manufacturers supplement their products with vitamins. Beyond meeting these minimum requirements, all Natura products contain a complete vitamin and mineral supplement program that helps pets to thrive, not just survive. Included in our foods are some of the following vitamins and minerals: Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, Biotin, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Dicalcium Pantothenate, dl-Methionine, Folic Acid, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin, Potassium Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin C Supplement (Sodium Ascorbate), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement (Alpha Tocopherol), Zinc Proteinate Natura adds these important vitamins and minerals, in proper balance to its foods to ensure that your pet gets all the necessary nutrients for life and good health every day.


Direct-Fed Microbials http://www.naturapet.com/images/expand-icon.gif (broken link)
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Didn't we just get through a scandal involving cat deaths and Chinese supposed protein additives to the best canned foods?
Looked through the list and I did not see one of the "Best" canned foods on there. They are all those cruppy mainstream, popular brands sold by grocery stores and veterinarians.


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I am unconvinced that canned foods are superior in general or in specific
Um, compared to what? Over-processed cereal (which is also made up of grains, cheap fillers, and "The 4 Ds" in all those most "well-known" brands)?

The BEST food for a strict carnivore is MEAT. Period. Read our labels, look for specifically-named MEAT = happy, healthy feline companion (once they can get un-addicted to the junk foods, that is.)

No matter, I just noticed OP previously posted another thread about this cat's issue, and advice in the first responses there apparently went ignored.

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:46 PM
 
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Looked through the list and I did not see one of the "Best" canned foods on there. They are all those cruppy mainstream, popular brands sold by grocery stores and veterinarians.



Well, the thread advocated canned cat foods generally in case you missed that. And the 2007 recall covered about 90% of all canned cat foods based on sales volume. And, you can add the largest pet store to grocery and vets as the source of the poisoned food. So where do you get your canned cat food except pet stores, grocery or vets?
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