|Purred: Fri May 23, '08 10:52am PST |
|We were C/D dry cats for a long time, but Mama grew unhappy with the (lack of) quality of that product.
The "logic" behind our being on C/D was that our angel brother, Remy, had had some UTI issues, he was eating it excusively, and it was, our vet thought, a "good maintenance diet" for all of us. But after Remy went to the Bridge Mama began to think we maybe shouldn't be eating it exclusively - especially since the rest of us hadn't had any UT problems. (We DID all like the dry C/D food.)
After the food toxicity scare last year, Mama switched us off major commercial cat-food brands for the most part, to a couple of small-label dry foods, available at independent pet stores. (Eagle Pack brand for the most part, because it's easily digestible for Pixie, or Verus when we can snitch it from the ferals.)
Then along came Cow!Cat, and he started having UT problems, so the vet put HIM on C/D dry. So we were back to snacking on C/D and eating the Eagle Pack for the bulk of our meals, except for Cow!Cat who was eating dry C/D exclusively.
But the C/D didn't help him enough. He had to have urinary tract (perineal urethrostomy) surgery this winter, and now he is on a mostly-wet diet. (He can't block any more, but he can still get painful crystals.) He is SUPPOSED to eat Royal Canin SO wet food, which is only available by prescription, but there are a couple of problems with that. #1 he doesn't like it (although he does like it better than C/D wet. #2 it seems to be chronically back-ordered - apparently Royal Canin's production line isn't equal to the demand for this food. The Royal Canin SO is rather expensive, especially sold as individual cans, (online it's over $2 per individual can) but if you buy it by the case, from a vet who recommends it for his patients and so orders large quantities of it regularly, it's about $25/case of 24.
Because of this supply issue and the palatability issue, Mama has been mixing the Royal Canin SO half-and-half with other wet food for him - notably Friskies Special Diet, which the vet also recommended, although not as highly as the Royal Canin SO. Friskies is a big commercial brand, and may not be terribly high quality, but on the plus side they're one of the few companies that had no problem with toxins in their canned foods last year. AND the full Friskies line is available in ordinary pet stores (not sure if the Special Diet products are available in supermarkets.) Mama also occasionally mixes in a high-quality food such as Innova or California Naturals. She's not sure if they're as UT friendly as the Royal Canin SO or the Friskies is supposed to be - but when those are not always available, and their nutritional value is questionable, she figures a little bit shouldn't hurt him and it's superior nutrition.
The Royal Canin SO is also available in dry form, which has not been as back-ordered as the wet. Cow!Cat is supposed to eat mainly wet food, but he gets a little of the dry as a snack. The rest of us really like the dry SO too. It comes in small (4 lb) and large (16.5 lb) bags - the large bag costs about $39.
As you may have discerned by now, Mama is running a cat-food restaurant for us! And this doesn't even go into my specially- tempting foods that my meds get mixed into.
I hope all this is helpful to you. Cow!Cat and Remy were going to start a UT support group, but bad Mama got sidetracked. Maybe she should work on that again!
Edited by author Fri May 23, '08 10:57am PST
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