Please bear with me. This story is rather long-winded. But I have to explain everything in order to get my point across.
She is a 7-year old Exotic Shorthair cat. She has a beautiful temperament, has a heart of gold - and true to her name, is the sweetest little creature
on this planet. She is my little soul partner and my heart’s delight.
I adopted Candy about three years ago. She came from a previous situation of neglect. Any person with experience of exotics or their namesakes,
Persians, will know that these cats require extra attention and care. They are prone to more health problems that the average cat, cannot go for long
without human companionship, and will often follow their human “parents” around from room to room like a dog would.
Candy’s temperament was not pleasant initially when I first received her. She suffered from mild depression, slept 95 % of the time, rarely indulged
in play, and very rarely responded positively to my attention and touch. I could understand her reasons - Candy had apparently suffered an eye-injury
as a kitten. Another cat had put his claw through her eye. Unfortunately Candy did not see a vet in this condition; and without proper treatment the
iris eventually adhered to the cornea. She also had rolled-in eyelids, which one can imagine caused her endless discomfort – what with the hair of
her eyelids continuously scraping the surface of her damaged eye.
When I got Candy, she also had a raging ulcer on her good eye. A couple of trips to my local vet did not do much in the line of improving this ulcer,
and it eventually progressed into a sequestrum. I them took Candy to a well-known feline eye specialist in my nearest city, who scraped the sequestrum
off her eye, and also operated on her rolled-in eyelids – to at least improve her levels of comfort in that regard. Unfortunately he could not do
anything about her damaged eye – the damage had been too severe, and a complete corneal transplant would have most likely only produced more
scar-tissue than she had at present.
After these eye-operations Candy’s temperament and levels of happiness increased greatly, and she promptly took off on explorations of the house
every morning whilst investigating every leaf and every worm in our yard.
I should add at this point that Candy has been reared on a well-known and highly-recommended veterinary prescribed dry food, which had been formulated
especially with the Persian feline breed in mind. She ate dry-food freely, and both my vet and the eye-specialist had at this point confirmed to me
that their opinion was that this food was “perfectly balanced and suitable” for my cats.
This was not the end of Candy’s health problem tirade unfortunately. She had dry-eye syndrome (not uncommon for this breed) and I had to instil a
drop of tear-gel four times a day into each of her eyes. After about 6 months after her eye-operations, Candy developed cat-flu. I would like to
stress that my cats do not have access to the outside world and to other cats, and are kept isolated in my house and a large enclosed garden / quad.
So it was quite the surprise to find her coming down with sniffles and sneezes.
Even though the cat-flu was short-lived, it affected her eyes. Candy developed a raging ulcer in her good eye.
Two more trips to the vet, and said ulcer was cured. However, from this point onwards Candy got cat-flu on at least a two-month basis, with her
sniffles and sneezes in most cases being followed by ulcers in one or both of the eyes. In this time I changed vets, and my new vet prescribed a
L-Lysine supplement (an amino-acid that interferes with Argenine production – Argenine being another amino-acid essential for the successful
reproduction of the cat-flu virus).
The L-Lysine was tremendously helpful in curbing Candy’s flu and subsequent eye-ulcer attacks. I eventually found that she became so dependent on it
that if I happened to skip her dose one day, she would get flu shortly thereafter.
About two months after the curbing of the cat-flu episode, Candy jumped off my 30 cm high futon-bed one morning. I was absolutely disturbed to see her
hind-legs spread out like a frog-swimming position, and drag her hind legs behind her all the way to her food bowl – where the deliciously addictive
dry pellets were awaiting her.
Off to the vet very promptly again. A set of kidney-function tests and an x-ray later (diabetes / leukemia and feline AIDS test thrown in as anxious
mama-of-the-feline wanted to be doubly sure all is okay in those departments) and the vet diagnoses her with hip-displacement. Obviously I was
Candy was prescribed a daily dose of Mobiflex, which is a mixture of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and lip-mussel (has strong anti-inflammatory
properties). So here I am – juggling four sets of eye-drops per day, 1 dose of L-lysine and 1 dose of Mobiflex with some immune-strengthening
supplements thrown in for good measure.
Candy’s mobility improved greatly on Mobiflex. Unfortunately I was absolutely perplexed to see her drag her hind legs some months later. Another set
of x-rays and the prognosis was a crack in her pelvic bone (probably due to her placing her weight wrong on her legs from the hip-displacement). More
treatment and anti-inflammatory medication followed.
I must add at this point that Candy was at this point permanently sort of semi-walking on her hocks. She improved again, just to sustain another crack
in another part of her body, and once again would have to endure the stressful visit to the vet, more anti-inflammatory injections, medications and
This situation was wearing me thin. I love my kitty – I will fight for her every step of the way. And it hurt me – it broke my heart to see this
sweet little angel suffer so – all meds-out with no end to the continuous ups-and-downs in her health.
At this point I sat down and started doing intensive research on the internet in order to find a cause or a product that would aid and support her.
And then I started reading about the atrocities committed in the cat food industry.
What most consumers don’t know is that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides a
convenient way for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered “unfit for human consumption,” and similar waste products to be turned into profit.
This waste includes intestines, udders, heads, hooves, and possibly diseased and cancerous animal parts.
What is rendering? As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, to render is “to process as for industrial use: to render livestock carcasses and to
extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.” In other words, raw materials are dumped into large vat and boiled for several hours. Rendering
separates fat, removes water, and kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms. However, the high temperatures used (270°F/130°C) can
alter or destroy natural enzymes and proteins found in the raw ingredients.
edit on 10/12/2011 by shimmeringsilver73 because: Changed title to more appropriate