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Low fat fish based food

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by lauralu, Jul 26, 2020.


  1. lauralu

    lauralu PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, our 4 year old FIV+ cat has put on a lot of weight since we got him at the beginning of the year despite us having him on a diet. The vet has recommended a low metabolic food. However he had a lot of digestive issues (diarrhoea) when we got him and it took us a long time to find a food that agreed with him since he doesn’t seem to do well with poultry. We ended up with purina gocat with herring, tuna and with vegetables (we found he does a lot better with dry foods than wet food) I am trying to find a fish based low metabolic food for him and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hello @lauralu and welcome :)

    I imagine a low metabolic food is very low in carbs, fairly low in fats and high in protein, as this will slow down the movement of the food through the digestive system so he is hungry less often and it may help him loose weight.

    That kind of diet rules out dry foods as they are all too high in calories (too many carbs, too many fats) Gocat being one of the worst in this respect.

    There is no reason why a wet food diet should cause diarrhoea, if the right food is fed. A dry food diet stops diarrhoea by un-naturally depriving the cat's body of the water it needs to function healthily. So the body prioritises the water the cat drinks for the organs such as the kidneys, lungs and heart for water, taking it away from the bowel, which from the body's POV is low priority. But the bowel does need water too.

    My advice would be to feed low calorie wet food and avoid foods that contain high levels of fat, as well as avoiding grains. I have a cat with a slow metabolism, and she does best with very little fat in her diet, say only 3%. Her diet is high in protein and is comprised entirely of wet food.

    There is a pinned thread on these boards, kindly put together by one of our members, giving details of all the good wet foods from an online company called Zooplus. This is where many of us buy our cat foods. I'd go for foods that contain less than 10% carbs and less than around 5% fats.

    It is best to feed him a good quality food that contains a proportion of meat (as well as the fish he prefers) as it will give him a more nutritionally balanced diet. (especially important for a FIV+ cat)

    Examples:

    Animonda for Neutered Cats - Turkey & Salmon, Turkey & Trout

    Granatapet Delicatessen - Salmon & Turkey

    Wild Freedom - Cold River - Salmon & Chicken

    Catz Fine Foods - Chicken & Tuna

    Feringa Classic - trout & chicken

    Miamor Mild Meals - poultry & salmon


    Choose 3 or 4 foods and rotate them. Introduce each new food slowly, starting with a teaspoonful on a separate dish to his Gocat. Wait 24 hours to see if his bowel reacts badly. If Ok increase the amount of the new food to one dessertpoonful and wait to see results. If all is Ok then increase to a heaped tablespoonful. Reduce the amount of dry accordingly. Gradually increase the amount of wet to a full size portion taking about 3 to 4 days to reach the target amount.

    Do not introduce new foods to him any more frequently than one every 3 weeks, and use the same method ^^^ every time.

    If he gets a loose stool, take him off cat food for a couple of days and instead feed him home cooked chicken thighs without bones. Poached white fish + cooking juices is a suitable alternative and is very soothing to the bowel. Once he passes a normal, formed stool, transfer him back to a cat food diet, bit by bit.
     
    #2 chillminx, Jul 27, 2020
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    lauralu PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much @chillminx that is really helpful! :)
     
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