Thanks for the advice!

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On Apr 16, 2011, at 2:35 AM, <dlg...@windstream.net> wrote:

> Katy, I found out that some of my cats were allergc to corn, wheat or soy 
> that is in all commercial foods.  As soon as I started them on Blue Bufalo, 
> the vomittng topped and the diahrrea almost dissappeared.  I will stay with 
> Blue Buffalo, better for them and cheaper than running to the vet trying to 
> treat something caused by the food I feed.
> ---- Katy Doyle <athenapities...@gmail.com> wrote: 
>> 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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