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post #21 of 174
I used to make a homemade dog food bc one of my dogs had allergies. When I had dd, it was hard for me to keep up with it. Then the same dog was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, and I went back to the homemade.

After reading FOOD YOUR PETS DIE FOR........I did research on different natural pet foods and switched all my animals to California Natural. My kitty though was experiencing some really bad gas from it (Or we were I should say) and I just switched the 2 cats to Innova....and no problems so far.

Whats really amazing is that these 2 brands dont cost any more than the Natures Recipe I was feeding them.......AND you feed them less, so it really works out to paying less for food, and its better for them.

I think every pet owner should read that book.
post #22 of 174
We feed our four cats Pinnacle. It comes in dog formulas too. we get it at red bandana stores.
http://www.breeders-choice.com/
post #23 of 174
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Originally Posted by hippiemom
My pup came from the breeder eating Science Diet
So did ours and after doing research I was grossed out. Their is rubber stabulizer and, of course, animal by product in it. I was so surprised to see that people think its ok to feed our pets this nasty stuff.
post #24 of 174
Thread Starter 

Natural pet foods are so good for my pets!!!

I am on cloud nine! I put both of my cats on Innova EVO less than two weeks ago. Doc is a neutered male who was diagnosed with diabetes about two years ago. He was a very big muscular cat to start with, but lost a lot of weight since he got diabetes. We put him on Purina DM and insulin shots, and he gained back some weight, but his body type changed so much. He has just been so bony, especially over his spine and hind legs. But he still had a fat pouch under his belly and his abdomen was bloated. Now I can hardly believe what my hands are feeling: MUSCLE! Less than two weeks on EVO and Doc has put down thick muscle around his spine! His flanks are firm, not squishy. He doesn't feel bony at all! And I can tell it's not fat, it's definitely muscle. I'm so happy! *wipes tear from eye*

Jackson is also a neutered male cat. Also two years ago, he was diagnosed with FLUTD. His urine was full of tiny crystals and blood. Urination was extremely painful for him. He was peeing every few minutes all over the house, and it was bloody and glittery. Our vet said there was not much that could be done about it, but give him canned food to increase his water consumption to dilute the urine. He was also put on glucosamine for a little while to repair and strengthen the inner bladder membrane. After a little while, he got better and has appeared to be perfectly healthy since then. Two weeks ago I had to bring in an animal urine sample to school just to learn how to do a urinalysis. I happened to catch Jackson peeing, so I got the sample from him. This was not for diagnostic purposes, just for 'play', so the cup sat in my locker at room temperature for seven hours before class. Unfortunately, the sediment test revealed a significant amount of triple phosphate crystals. Chemical changes will happen to urine just sitting at room temperature, but I don't think it caused the crystals to form. I learned that these crystals form in alkaline urine, so I needed to make his urine more acidic. Eating a high-protein, high-fat, low-carb diet will acidify your whole body and give you acidic urine. In a week or two, I will need to bring in another urine sample for more practice, so I will get to see if the EVO has gotten rid of the crystals.

I put my dogs on Canidae. They were healthy to start with and still look great. My husky started to get a little fat, so I have to give her less of the Canidae than the old food, Iams, *shudder*. So I know the Canidae is more nutritious. Both the cats and the dogs switched over great, no tummy upset or anything.

Then I also learned that clumping cat litter contains silica dust, that when breathed in, may cause lung cancer in both animals and humans. Yuck! I don't want that in my house! So I am also switching over to Feline Pine. Now my bathroom just smells like a Christmas tree!
post #25 of 174
You know Emily, I put all my guys (but mainly Havoc) on the EVO--a few weeks ago. The difference in Havoc is absolutely amazing, The past couple months I've been thinking of him as really old--he is 12, now he's acting like a puppy again!! I even layed a couple tracks for him today!
post #26 of 174
Thread Starter 
Isn't it amazing how important nutrition is? I never would have predicted the speed or the level of improvement I've seen. To think that so many health and behavior problems are just caused by eating crap...
post #27 of 174

kitten suggestions

I'm new to this thread but find the discussion quite interesting. I have an 11 week old male kitten. Are there general recommendations for naturally feeding and caring for him? So far have just been using Purina One dry kitten food, which he seems to eat just fine. He was the runt of the litter so is a runt, but seems very active and playful.
I'm interested in comments and suggestions on this and perhaps a better diet regimen.
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post #28 of 174
Thread Starter 
I think most, if not all, of the brands recommended on this thread have kitten formulas. Also be sure not to use clumping, scoopable cat litter. They all contain silica dust which, when inhaled, causes lung cancer. Try Feline Pine, or Yesterday's News.

I wouldn't be concerned with him being the runt. If he seems otherwise healthy, he probably is. He might just end up being a small cat.
post #29 of 174
Being a male make sure to feed him more canned food than dry food for his urinary tract health. We have used Premium Edge Kitten, Wellness Kitten and Nutro Max Cat kitten with great success for dry and they all get the Wellness canned. I would take him off Purina ASAP though b/c it has by-products and lots of other yucky stuff in it. A good rule of thumb is that if you can purchase it in a regular groccery store it is not good for animals, not that everything in the pet stores is good, you have to read lables just like for people food, but it is a better bet. We use Swheat Scoop an all wheat litter that clumps but is safe. Best wishes with your little guy!

Amy
post #30 of 174
Thank you Amy and Emily. It looks like I've got some kitty supply retro-fitting to do.
Amy, it looks like you've got a veritable cat farm there!
post #31 of 174
We do, we do I've got two laying on me right now,lol! We live in a very rural area and they keep "finding" us....and we can't turn anyone away. Luckily my dh grew up with a lot of cats and I just love them so it works out well, but is costing us a smal fortune between the healthy food, vet visits and getting everyone spayed/neutered. It is all worth it though to come home from a long day and get bundles of furry love.

Amy
post #32 of 174
[We do, we do I've got two laying on me right now,lol! We live in a very rural area and they keep "finding" us....and we can't turn anyone away. Luckily my dh grew up with a lot of cats and I just love them so it works out well, but is costing us a smal fortune between the healthy food, vet visits and getting everyone spayed/neutered. It is all worth it though to come home from a long day and get bundles of furry love.

somehow I believe that.
post #33 of 174
Amy already said it but Sweat Scoop is an awesome clumping litter, flushable, safe and really controls odor well!
There are a couple clay clumping litters on the market that are silica free-but they work out to be more expensive than sweat scoop--and other than the problem that the dogs find sweet scoop clumps extra tasty....it works better than any of the other ones I've used.
post #34 of 174
I've been feeding mine Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul for the past couple months and they are looking great on it. All of the ingredients looked good to me, but if anyone knows different, I'd love to hear it.
post #35 of 174
We feed ours eagle pack.
post #36 of 174
That's what we feed our dog as well and he seems good on it. We also do Petguard that I get from our coop- United Northeast.

WE DID DO a raw diet for a while, but it was hard to keep up with a 100 lbs dog. I do believe that on a rsw diet he is much healthier. In fact I might considre it again thanks to this thread!

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Originally Posted by PugMom4Now
I've been feeding mine Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul for the past couple months and they are looking great on it. All of the ingredients looked good to me, but if anyone knows different, I'd love to hear it.
post #37 of 174
Thread Starter 
post #38 of 174
Wellness dry food.

The only other cats I've seen with coats as shiny and soft were on raw food diets.
post #39 of 174
Heirloom, you can try Innova EVO, kinda raw diet in a bag! My 12 yr old (who was always on regular Innova or Merrick Wilderness Blend) looks 5 yrs younger in the month he's been on it.
post #40 of 174
Thread Starter 
Is Innova EVO the ONLY grain-free cat food on the market? Something tells me that cats were NEVER intended to eat grain...
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