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Food for sensitive cat with health problems

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Paigeelizabeth, Apr 8, 2021.


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    Paigeelizabeth PetForums Newbie

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    Nicola234 PetForums Senior

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    Hi I’m no expert here, someone else will help you more but I’d say the vet diets aren’t the best if you do a little research yourself you’ll find much better diets. Raw diets can work well with some special diets x
     
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    Hi, again not an expert but one of the best sensitive foods seems to be Animonda Vom Feinstein turkey pure. Also as mentioned raw food seems to have really good results but obviously it’s all individual, and I am not sure about the exact needs of a diabetic cat.
     
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    Hi,
    I don't think AC is particularly gentle as it has quite a high offal content.

    Apart from the AVF mentioned could you not cook chicken and turkey for him? Get a tub of Felini from ZP; it's a food "completer" and has the necessary vitamins and minerals.
     
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    Oh poor you @Paigeelizabeth and your poor cat too. How old is he?

    A specialist vet told me my Tessy cat probably had triaditis and also Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). Do you know if your cat has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency too? If so the foods won’t do him much good without the pancreatic enzymes added to his diet or syringed in his mouth. I’m guessing he doesn’t have this but please ask them to confirm in writing (I suggest you email them).

    I’m afraid I don’t remember what diabetic cats nutritional needs are, but I can tell you which foods helped my Tessy. She also couldn’t each much in one sitting and usually ate around 30-35 grams maximum, so she had many tiny meals and feeding her through the night too helped enormously as well.

    The best food by far (and I tried many and I don’t recommend keep trying new foods), were Animonda Vom Feinsten pure turkey for neutered cats £6.49 ish for 12 tubs weighing 100 grams, from Zooplus. You could buy a pack of 6 first to try. Next thing was roast chicken or roast turkey (be sure your cat isn’t intolerant to either of these meats by keeping a food diary). You can buy a turkey drumstick/leg for £2 odd from most supermarkets and if you roast it in about two inches of water with foil over the top, it is much nicer, more moist and you can try serving some of the juice too (serve separately incase your cat doesn't like the juice). You can cook the chicken the same way). Add felini complete if your cat will accept it, but there’s a chance it could put him off eating full stop, so I would recommend 1 oz of meat a day. Tessy also did well on Animonda Vom Feinsten chicken livers flavour and one or two of their other flavours.

    Make lots of water available to your cat; my cat preferred mineral water and especially rain water, so I would recommend collecting rain water. Tessy didn’t take to her water fountain, but your cat may. Try different types of bowls to find the type your cat prefers to drink out of, to persuade it to drink lots. My cats usually liked water from glass dessert bowls.

    Tessy did well on B12 injections, or Cobalaplex tablets if B12 injections were not available, but B12 injections worked better IMO and were easier & again I must stress that I don’t know if this is ok for a diabetic cat. (My Sammy was diabetic, but no Triaditis & I took both these cats on after they were very ill). Tessy did well on a very low dose of steroids but no doubt your cat being diabetic won’t be able to have them.

    Does your cat suffer with both sickness and diarrhoea? I’m guessing so. How often is your cat sick? Any blood in his faeces? Once I finally found a diet to suit her it wasn’t actually until two or three months before she passed away that I got a whole vomit-free month.

    I can’t stress highly enough how keeping a food/medicine/ medical/everything diary helped. I even marked her “deposits” out of 100 to help work out where we were with it all and to see what was working and what wasn’t. Lots of litter trays made available too please!!

    Keep us updated please and best wishes to you both.
     
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    Wow, a cat that eats anything, isn’t fussy?! That’s very lucky. If you mention EPI to the vet, call it Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, as there is another medical condition in cats which I’ve also heard described as EPI! I hope he gets on well and I’m pleased the fish helps and the Hills ID. Sorry to hear the insurers have let you down too... rotten devils. If he likes the expensive food and does well on it, think of it as an investment, as I it can save on vet trips and vet bills in the future.
     
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