TRACT PROBLEMS.  My Homey was having problems and was not esponding to 
treatment.  I got a Chinese herb thing from All Natural online and it did the 
trick.  At the same time I read online about fish being a possible contributor 
to the problem and pulled the treats which were loaded with fish.  So far, no 
more problems.
---- Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote: 
> I have always wondered why cats like fish.it's not a natural food for them,
> they don't fish...
> Tuna:
> Mindy Bough, veterinary technician for the ASPCA Pet Nutrition and Science
> Advisory Service, dishes out the facts on this savory feline fave:
> "An occasional tuna treat for your cat is generally harmless," says Bough.
> "However, if a large part of the cat's diet consists of tuna--or if the cat
> is fed tuna exclusively--some problems are likely to arise."
> Tuna does not contain significant amounts of vitamin E, for example, so too
> much of the fish can lead to vitamin E deficiency, resulting in yellow fat
> disease, or steatitis. Symptoms include loss of appetite, fever and
> hypersensitivity to touch, due to inflammation and necrosis of fat under the
> skin. Felines who are fed too much tuna can develop other nutrient
> deficiencies, too, because most de-boned fish are lacking in calcium,
> sodium, iron, copper and several other vitamins.
> Mercury, frequently present in tuna, also presents a potential danger. "At
> low levels, this may not be a concern," explains Bough, "but if tuna is fed
> nearly exclusively, it could pose significant problems."
> The bottom line? "I recommend premium commercial food for domestic cats,"
> Bough says. "These foods are formulated to meet all of a cat's dietary
> needs. 
> http://www.provet.co.uk/petfacts/healthtips/rawfish.htm 
> Many owners consider fish to be the staple diet of cats - and they believe
> that it is beneficial to feed them an exclusively fish ration. 
> Fish is a good raw ingredient to incorporate into cat foods, but it has
> certain draw backs. Firstly it does not contain all the nutrients that a cat
> requires and, like meat, it is deficient in calcium with an inverse
> calcium:phosphorus ratio. Coley (or Saithe) a popular fish with cat owners
> in the UK and the fillet cut contains 15-20 mg calcium per 100g but over 200
> mg phosphorus per 100g, a Ca:P ratio of 1:10. Cod and other white fish are
> similar. 
> If owners are feeding fish bones should be removed to avoid complications.
> Fish should be cooked to avoid the possibility of disease transmission.  
> "Salmon poisoning" has been recorded in cats which contracted the disease
> caused by Neorickettsiae spp from eating raw salmon or trout. This disease
> occurs within 2 weeks of the ingestion of infected food and causes the
> following signs : 
> *     Depression 
> *     Fever 
> *     Lymphadenopathy - swelling of the lymph nodes 
> *     Oculonasal discharge 
> *     Haematemesis - vomiting blood 
> *     Diarrhoea 
> *     Death - 90% in untreated cases. 
> Diagnosis is confirmed by finding trematode eggs in faeces samples, or
> rickettsiae in lymph node samples.
> Clinical cases of thiamine deficiency are periodically seen by veterinarians
> due to cats being fed  fish - as commercially prepared canned food, or as
> raw fish. Thiamin (vitamin B1) is an essential dietary nutrient for cats.
> Processing can destroy thiamine in a food, and so reduce the initial
> concentrations present at canning, and some fish (including herring and
> carp) contain the thiaminase which will destroy thiamine. 
> Clinical signs of thiamine deficiency include : 
> *     Anorexia 
> *     Ataxia - 2-3 days later 
> *     Vomiting 
> *     Convulsions - short  
> *     Dilation of the pupils 
> *     Ventroflexion of the neck (Chastek's paralysis) 
> Affected patients will die unless treatment is administered (100-250 mg
> thiamine IV or SC twice daily). In most cases a complete recovery can be
> expected in treated cases unless severe central nervous system has occurred.
> Confirmation of diagnosis is not readily available : 
> *     Increased plasma pyruvate 
> *     Increased plasma lactate 
> *     Reduced erythrocyte trans-ketolase activity (a thiamine-dependant
> enzyme) 
> Some fish are particularly high in oil content, and pansteatitis or "yellow
> fat disease" is caused by the intake of too much fat in the absence of
> adequate antioxidant. Red-meat tuna has been reported to be particularly
> involved as a cause of this in cats. The cause of the disease is
> accumulation of peroxides - the end product of rancidification of fat - in
> the cats adipose tissue causing yellow-brown discolouration.
> Clinical signs of pansteatitis include :
> *     Abdominal Pain 
> *     Anorexia 
> *     Fever 
> *     Lethargy 
> *     Hardening of subcutaneous and intra-abdominal fat depots 
> *     Occasionally ascites (low in protein content;  compare with FIP -
> high in protein content) 
> The condition is treated with dietary management (a complete and balanced
> diet), Vitamin E supplementation (30mg alpha-tocopherol/day ) , and some
> authors recommend the use of corticosteroids. 
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