Many of our cats also love vegetarian food.but I do cook meat for them often
rather than using Science Diet, when I absolutely must.



[] On Behalf Of Lee Evans
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 2:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FELV+, Struvite Crystals, and Nutrition


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 too!



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


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 wet. 

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

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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