Join Date: May 2005
Location: the frigid north
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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!
Tis the season, for hot apple cider!