the best diet for your cat is one that replicates what it would
eat in the wild - that is, a moisture-rich meat-filled diet with
all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed to maintain
its health. Foods lacking necessary nutrients, void of water, or
filled with unnecessary fillers such as grains, can cause serious
The optimum treatment of a diabetic cat consists of three main components:
Diet (low in carbohydrates, preferably not dry); Home testing (testing
of blood sugar levels using a glucometer); and Insulin injections
(using a long-lasting insulin).
Obesity The optimum
treatment of a obese cat consists of two main components: diet (high
protein, low carbohydrate canned or raw diet) - possibly limited
portions; and exercise (interactive toys, etc.).
Gastro-intestinal Disorders (such
as IBD) Proper nutrition is important for all cats. Most
gastro-intestinal problems develop from an unsuitable diet. To alleviate
symptoms: eliminate all common intolerances from the diet: grains
(corn, rice, wheat and their derivatives); and eliminate common
allergens (fish, beef, etc.) - stick with poultry and/or rabbit.
Kidney Disease (Chronic Renal
Failure) Hydration is imperative for maintaining kidney
function. Feeding an all-wet diet can do a lot for keeping kidneys
healthy and cats with renal insufficiency comfortable. In cases,
where an all-wet diet isn't enough to maintain hydration, sub-cutaneous
(sub-q) fluids can be beneficial, and typically can be administered
at home. There are also medications that may be useful.
There are currently three alternatives to treating hyperthyroidism:
Radioactive iodine (I131) therapy, medication (pills or transdermal
ear gel), or surgery.
Cystitis, FLUTD, crystals, etc.
Moisture is imperative to urinary tract health. Cats with histories
of urinary tract stones, cystitis, urinary tract infections, and
other urinary tract disorders should be fed all wet food, canned
Pancreatitis and Pancreatic
Insufficiency The most common ailments of the pancreas include
pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), and pancreatic insufficiency
(also known as malabsorption).
Stomatitis and Dental Disease
Unfortunately, little is known about the causes of stomatitis (mouth
inflammation). Treatment focuses on ruling out potential causes,
and managing symptoms.
Asthma Care of an asthmatic
cat may consist of two primary components: Reduce potential allergens,
both dietary and environmental; and Use medication to reduce inflammation
of the lung tissue and/or open the airways during an acute attack.
Medications should be selected which maximize benefits while minimizing
side effects. Left untreated, asthma can be life-threatening.
Heart Disease Ralph
had a heart murmur, most likely induced by anemia, that isn't audible
anymore. Afer has a heart murmur. Rumpelmintz has a "bundle branch
blockage of the heart" and a deviated axis.
treats ringworm without drugs! In her experience, drugs just eliminate
the problem temporarily - the environment still contains ringworm
has severe arthritis.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
(FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
Keeping Cats Indoors
Spay and Neuter
Quality of Life Determination
Introductions of New
Cats to Other Household Members
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