reply to post by quest4info
I have noticed changes in the eating habits of my 3 cats over the last 12 - 18 months or so.
The single most obvious thing that I think has changed is the dry food they eat..."crunchies". All 3 of my cats are neutered, 2 female and one male.
The male cat has had serious issues with "cystytis" which is more dangerous to male neutered cats and at one point I thought he was going to die. Yes,
big bills at the vets.
The problem I think is the contents of a lot of pet foods has changed and now incorporates lower quality ingredients. To make up for the fact that
they don't taste as good as they used to, the manufacturers have added more "appetiser" ingredients to keep cats interested and consuming. Along with
the problem of my cats not eating food of a quality they have been used to, they also got in the habit of eating too much of it, almost to a point
where they wouldn't eat anything else.
Sound familiar....junk food for humans.
So....pet food companies cut back on costly ingredients, cats get sick, vets get paid more and the animal pharmasutical and food companies (who often
fund vet training facilities) all get richer while our animals get sick. A viscious circle that needs to be broken by those who are blind to these
I have now changed the feeding habits of my cats and cut RIGHT back on dry foods. If they don't finish the wet food then they can't be THAT hungry and
their "cravings" for crunchies are not instantly rewarded like they used to be.
I love my cats, and will do all I can to keep them happy and healthy. While I respect vets for the help they give to our pets, they seem to have
little concern over precautions against the problems we pet owners may face other than sell us extremely expensive products from their practices.
Also, products for animals don't carry the same regulations as those for human consumption and are therefore easier for manufacturers to ignore
I don't buy cheap because it's not good for them.
I don't buy expensive because I refuse to pay for "label" products and company profits.
I love the Spring when my cats can catch their dinner as nature intended.
I imagine the problems apply to most pet foods but mainly to cat and dog foods which make the producers millions and millions every year.....I wonder
what they feed their pets?
ps....I also filter all the water they now drink in the house and they have rainwater sources outside and I use a 20,000 litre tank of it in the dry
times of year for the garden which tops up their trough.
edit on 12/12/2010 by nerbot because: stuff