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. > > > > > > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Felvtalk mailing list > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org