|Purred: Tue Sep 28, '10 1:08pm PST |
I'm sorry I didn't see your post earlier. First, I'd like to point out our discussion forum on food here: http://www.catster.com/forums/group/thread/595305
As for your questions, let me see if I can answer at least some of them.
If dry food is recommended for reasons of fiber content and controlling diarrhea or other digestive upset, I would definitely recommend a dry food that is either high-quality commercially prepared cat food, or a prescription formulated for urinary problems, like Royal Canin SO or Hills/Science Diet CD. I would NOT recommend any of the supermarket brands.
If diarrhea or upset stomach are chronic that also could indicate intestinal problems and/or a food allergy. For that sort of condition a limited-ingredient diet is often preferred, so that the digestive system doesn't have to process so many different things at once, and so an allergen can easily be identified and eliminated from your diet if you DO have an allergic problem.
There are high-fiber wet foods available, for example California Natural foods which are made with one meat and one fiber - usually brown rice or sweet potato. There also are prescription limited-ingredient foods available from several different companies, both wet and dry. Royal Canin HP is made from soy and brown rice - plenty of fiber there! It's not an optimal nutritional choice because it has no meat content - just chicken flavoring and fat, and added essential nutrients like taurine - so the protein level is somewhat lower than desirable. But if it keeps a cat's digestion running smoothly, that improves nutrient intake anyway.
I don't know if the dry formulas of these foods would be at all acceptable for a cat with urinary issues, so I'd stick to the wet formula or ask the vet.
I hope some of this information is helpful to you. Please do check out and post in the food thread, and feel free to pawmail me if I haven't addressed your questions.
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