Oh wow, thanks for that heads up!

Of my two cats, only one will eat fish product, Chloe. Buddy will not touch
the fishy stuff.

--Katy

On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 11:11 PM, <dlg...@windstream.net> wrote:

> i HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT FISH IN THEIR FOOD CAN BE A POSSIBLE CAUSE OF
> URINARY 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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