Let me preface with - In a perfect world our animals would also be Vegans, but not sure how to achieve that one yet (a LOT of research for sure)...
We have two indoor cats, our 4 yr old Male Gabriel has been diagnosed with kidney disease. We had started both rescue animals as kittens on nutritious diet of "Welness Core" "Evo" etc. not your usual hills sceience diet (yuck) but our boy developed the predominant tract blockage disease found in many Male cats ( it's very commonplace )
But, all efforts to manage the disease had all failed with variations in the diet, so our Vet (usually with a holistic approach) suggested we change to royal canin urinary SO canned food. Within a month our cat was healthy, back to normal blood levels etc.
Our other cat (female, 6 yrs) still enjoys her Core wellness.
But the reality is we are far from happy to be feeding our cat this food, we know the drawbacks of less nutrition but when you're backed into the corner what do you do?
So, in doing research I still cannot find a suitable replacement that will give better nutritional value without using the royal canin foods that seems to work miracles, regardless of content or opinions. Again in a perfect world our rescues could do what is normal and forage outdoors as they're supposed to, but it's not a perfect world ( that's a whole other discussion for another time )
Has anyone out there experienced similar or have any insight into this dilemma with any food choices/substitutions please?
Hello to Hugh and other readers - I have a cat who will be 9 years old this year; her name is Georgina (I call her Georgie for short, or just "my sweetie". Well I tried keeping her on the VeganPet dry cat food (manufactured in Australia) for a while, as wanted my household and fridge to be completely plant-based. Then, I felt it was not fair to her, she'd been used to eating like a normal cat since she was young and what right did I have for changing her diet or forcing this on her. so now, I still feed her veganpet dry cat food as she loves it, but also other foods many cats like, ie sardines, some natural yoghurt, vegetables (she loves cooked pumpkin). I grate carrot into her sardines, and maybe a little fresh coriander (cilantro). She also chews/eats some grass outside out block of apartments. I sometimes add a little e-v olive oil with her dry food). The digestive system of cats (unlike humans) is more built for eating animal flesh, as it passes through fairly quickly, and their teeth are for animal flesh (meat or fish etc). I also noticed my cat is just not satisfied eating dry food alone. She is much more satisfied after a seafood/fish dish, also after yoghurt, or other things cats have been used to eating. Try to make fresh foods at home and avoid commercial canned foods) - some are not good quality and contains lots of toxins. I think to keep cats healthy, they also need play time/interraction with other animals or humans, some exercise, stroking/love, fresh water. This is my experience only, as I only have one cat at this time. Thanks for reading and regards, Amanda (in Australia).
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