|Purred: Sun Feb 22, '09 11:16am PST |
|Thanks Tigger! I do not know about the grains vs. meat idea! Our Salvador would regularly catch any remaining (vegan or vegetarian) dinner crumbs by the baby highchair (usually beans/rice, veggies, very few grains). I even offered him some (before we knew about the crystals in his urine!) . Oh my! I said one day , "gosh, cat, if you THINK you are that darn hungry, here, have a silly lima bean!" and he did! he ate it! He's so silly! I was interested in vegan or vegetarian cat food prior to the urinary problems. Even though we were on Iams (*seafood, very stinky cat breath, try different flavors,... we tried cheap food too, maybe more fiber? but he always wanted "More food" no matter what brand. I feared the salt in the ingredients in the cheap cat food, so we would eat Iams? but that has some wacky preservatives! I looked up every ingredient on wikipedia. I wanted to make my own cat food recipes. (maybe with happy organic chicken eggs or something?) anyway. to make a long story short (if anyone is still reading this? LOL) Our vet suggested that it is the minerals in the food that do not metabolize well (& form crystals.) . Our vet suggested that a new recipe may or may not help, but to (of course) try the special cat food. (which we did, & will continue to do so...) but... I couldn't help but to be curious about other cat foods . They are mostly corn meal anyway. This science diet is based on rice (which we human family usually eat a lot of yummy wild rice, high protien special wild brown grain rice, not that yucky plain white stuff you at the supermarket.) I'm just curious about diets and recipes. (but not curious enough to risk this cat's life or an $800 vet bill for urinalysis or whatever. Maybe on the next cat we will try home made cat food recipes.
* PS. I heard rumors that fish flavored cat food may cause crystals. Something, again, with the acid mentioned by other posters. Interesting. Again, of course, I am not a Dr, or anything. My vet did not ask what flavor cat food our kitty was eating, but we did mention Iams (and a mixture of cheap stuff, I thought it might have more fiber? to curb his constant hunger problem?) I know meat did not fill me up (when I used to eat it,) but fiber would.... so.. It was just an idea.
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