There's so much corn in cat food that when I opened a can of corn for myself 
recently, one of my cats ran over and began gobbling it.  Sheesh!  Since I'm a 
vegetarian, they don't get leftovers like hamburger and chicken.  So they eat 
my corn and tofu.  Weird world.

Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty neighbors 

 From: Kathryn Hargreaves <>
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 1:11 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FELV+, Struvite Crystals, and Nutrition

Not only are corn, wheat, and soy not cat food (they can't digest veggies very 
well, much less grains, which can give them diabetes and IBD), but unless the 
corn and soy are organic, they are most likely GMO, and soy can give cats 
Hyperthyroidism (I learned this the hard way on a 7-month-old who died).   

Yes, fish dries the system (ours, too), and is a mercury risk.

I've already said what I think about dry food.

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM, <> wrote:

My Homey has had several bouts of crystals.  She liked the Hill's SD canned 
food, but not the dry.  I had taken my guys off Hills because they ahve corn, 
wheat and soy and they are allergic to those ingredients.  I now feed Blue 
buffalo dry DUCK.  We love that and also the duck canned food.  We hate chicken 
and fish which is okay because the vet said fish can be part of the problem.  I 
have tried to get them off the dry, but not too much luck.  Right now, Homey is 
okay.  I got water fountains and everyone loves them.  It recirculates the 
water thre a filter.  The plastic ones are okay, but need to be cleaned out 
more often.  I got one on line that is stainless steel.  Much better, lower 
profile so I can open cabinet doors without hitting it and it does not need to 
be cleaned as often.  With the fountains, the water is always moving, makes 
noise and they do drink more water.  You might try them.
>---- Emma Beauchamp <> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>My cat Gertrude Penelope Pennyapple is a one year old baby and she has had 
>FELV probably since she was born. She has always been very healthy despite the 
>FELV and a chronic upper respiratory infection, but recently (Sunday night) 
>she contracted a UTI.  She had a urinalysis at the vet and 130 dollars later 
>she was diagnosed with an UTI, and Struvite Crystals were present in her 
>bladder.  I was given an Antibiotic called Orbax and given Hill's Science 
>Prescription diet S/D.  I bought a bag of Dry Food and a couple of cans of 
>My picky/anorexic cat hates both of them! She ate 1/3 of a can of the wet food 
>yesterday, but hasn't touched it today, and she just kind of giggled at the 
>dry food and turned away. 
>After reading a few articles online, I'm kind of mad they sold me the dry food 
>in the first place, since a big part of the struvite crystals is water intake!
>I was wondering if anybody has dealt with this issue before, and if so what 
>kind of food/diet did you switch to?
>Before the prescription food I was feeding Gertie Whiskas brand meaty 
>selections dry food, and occasionally their wet food as well.  I used to feed 
>her exclusively Blue Buffalo Wet Food, but this summer funds were tight so I 
>switched to the Whiskas, and she seemed to like it more anyway!
>So any suggestions/experiences would be welcome and helpful!!
>Emma Beauchamp
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