this site just makes me sad

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf559623.tip.html

It’s a discussion of ‘Cystitis in Cats’. Feline Cystitis (also called Feline Urological Syndrome or FUS, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or FLUTD) is an irritation of the bladder and/or urethra [from SpecialCat.com] It’s the same condition that Miko, Scully and Stephanie were all diagnosed with almost two years ago, a condition that has been completely resolved by switching the cats to a raw food diet.

But there’s no mention of raw feeding on the site. Not at all. On the contrary, there are quite a few recommendations for a prescription diet, the most common being Hill’s C/D. Like most prescription diets, this product works fairly well most of the time, but the goal of a prescription diet is to treat the problem and not the overall picture. Have you seen the C/D ingredients list? Brewers Rice. Corn Gluten Meal. Chicken By-Product Meal. Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid). Chicken Liver Flavor.

I’m sorry – I thought we were feeding carnivores.

There was, thankfully, one person who at least mentioned that canned food is much better than dry when treating urinary tract issues. But if you read these kinds of discussions long enough, you’ll find that even with a prescription diet, canned food, increased water intake, etc., many cats will experience regular relapses. They’ll do well for awhile and then have another flare-up. I know from experience just how maddening that cycle can be.

What’s even more disheartening than the dietary advice is reading about drastic options, like surgery. I just do not understand how veterinarians can denounce raw food as difficult and “dangerous”, and in the next breath recommend reconstructive surgery on a cat’s urethra. Am I missing something?

While I do think that a raw diet is ideal, I don’t believe it’s the right choice for every cat. I just wish that it would be more readily considered as a valid option. Until then, discussions like this will likely be frustrating. I don’t understand how people can be downright paranoid about the miniscule risk that my cats will contract salmonella from fresh chicken, but not think twice about feeding their cat chicken-flavored corn.

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  1. I’d like to feed Arianwen a raw diet, but i don’t know where to start. She was on dry food at the rescue I adopted her from, and was addicted to the stuff. Literally. :-( I have her eating both dry and good quality canned now, which was a struggle. But I fear that if I radically change her diet she’ll go on a hunger strike and give herself hepatic lipidosis.

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