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Originally posted by Saucerwench
Always bothered my conscience that my cats were getting crap from the factory farms, those Industrial Age monstrosities of the previous century. I don't eat meat anymore, beef, pork, and chicken from cruelty farms. But I give my cats cold refridgerated -purified- water, and they gobble it up, but I'm no one of means, though I wish I was. However, I keep a great big huge litter box for them, full of the more -expensive- scoopable fine litter, and I notice that they like to often go "big bathrooms" in it, relative to the refreshed cleaned 'box', and when I neglected it, they hold their "bathrooms" more, which I believe is not good, just like for people.
Originally posted by Amanda5
reply to post by shimmeringsilver73
My boy cat suffered from FUS - watching him I knew something was wrong but could not work it out until he tried to wee on the carpet one day and only blood came out. Off to the vet for a lesson and explanation of - too much magnesium in the processed cat food (wet food in tins) was causing the crystals to form around the urethra. The vet explained that it is very common and more so in male cats. Also he added that by the time people realise something is wrong the cat is very ill and operating is not really an option.
So - medicated dry food it was and as I had four cats then it was one in all in. They all love the dry food but I cannot help wondering - after reading your story about my female who died two years ago. She had renal failure and went down fast. I noticed she had lost weight but she was the eldest and it was as if it was overnight - I had her on my bed and straight to the vet - took samples and said it was not good and even in humans the kidneys cannot be repaired. I vowed my pets would be put to sleep if they were suffering and could not be helped - she died in my arms.
So after Woosti died I started to feed the others wet food - I thought sardines. At the moment they still eat the medicated dry food - to benefit my boy - but lots of sardines. They are kept inside of a night but will catch frogs and lizards and birds from time to time. I am actually starting to question vaccines for my pets. I will never have another vaccine myself and am struggling to work out what I will do when next my pets are due.
Originally posted by CitizenNum287119327
reply to post by shimmeringsilver73
Perhaps you should have thoroughly researched BEFORE you got a cat.
It's a CAT. CAT's eat MEAT.
Surely something that any three year old would know.
Iv'e watched my little one's sneaking handfuls of mince out of the fridge,
trot out back and feed cats through the fence.
All cats in my family since i was a child have been feed MEAT from a butcher. raw meat.
Glad to see your cat is finally getting healthy
Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by ofhumandescent
A cat I had lived to be 15-16 on dry cat food and the occasional wet food.
I don't think it's as cut-and-dry as some think. If I'm correct, wouldn't cats have evolved out of their natural diet to adhere to a wet diet, dry diet or combination of both?
Iams Pet Food Recall Details The Iams pet food recall was issued when it was discovered that an ingredient used in the production of the pet food was contaminated with an industrial chemical called melamine. Melamine is not approved for use in the production of either human food or pet food, even though it is not considered highly toxic. The melamine had contaminated two specific ingredients used in the production of the pet food; wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate. Both of these ingredients are added to pet food during manufacture to provide the pets with proper nutrition. In the Iams pet food recall, both dog and cat foods were affected, including some treats for each type of animal. The manufacturer acted quickly to issue the Iams pet food recall and remove any tainted products from store shelves. The US Food and Drug Administration released an alert warning about the risk and advising individuals whose pets may have eaten the contaminated pet food to seek medical attention for their pets immediately at the first sign of poisoning by melamine. The consumption of melamine is believed to cause kidney damage and in a small number of cases it can cause kidney failure and death. The symptoms that pet owners should be on the lookout for include vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. The ingredients suspected of being responsible for the Iams pet food recall has been traced to a manufacturing facility located in China. This Chinese manufacturing facility produces both the wheat gluten and the rice protein concentrate that was contaminated with melamine. The contaminated ingredients were then imported to the United States through a company located in San Francisco, California and distributed to various manufacturers. All of the manufacturers that were affected by the recalls, including the Iams pet food recall, have canceled their orders for products manufactured by the plant in China. The Iams pet food recall is just one in a string of recent recalls associated with products imported from China. Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste from China was found to contain a chemical that is commonly found in antifreeze, which sickened and killed a number of individuals in South America. A multitude of children’s toys imported from China was also recently recalled due to the toys being painted with paint containing lead. Although the Iams pet food recall is the latest recall issued, it will not be the last. One can only hope that the problems will be found before many people, or pets, are injured.