>
> I have been vegetarian a few years, but I often buy and cook chichen for
> the cats.  I boil it, then shred it, and almost always have a bowl of it in
> my fridge and/or freezer for them.  My friends think I am whacko because of
> that. I don't ever eat it, but I know cats have different needs, and they
> need meat. I , naturally have the option, being omnivorous, but they don't
> have the same choice in their diet, as you all well know.   About once a
> month, I am a chicken cooking fool, on a fairly large scale.  (I always
> apologize to the birds.  haha)
> I've also heard that cats cannot taste "sweet", Kathryn... I am baffled by
> this.  I know that they love the taste of Karo syrup, and even concentrated
> SUGAR WATER is often used on the gums of kits to stimulate a little
> appetite, especially the wee ones who need to take a bottle.  Also, though
> I have never tasted it, I heard anti-freeze is "sweet", and that is why so
> many cats are poisoned by it.  This sounds like such a contradiction to me,
> and I wonder, if it's not the "sweet" they taste  in the syrup, what is
> it?  And in sugar water, there is only sugar...and water.  What else could
> it be?
>

   Kat

>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com>
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Cc:
> Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:55:28 -0800
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FELV+, Struvite Crystals, and Nutrition
> I've been vegan for almost 20 years (vegetarian for some some before
> that), so it's always funny when people see me buying so much meat for the
> cats.
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com>
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Cc:
> Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 03:38:11 -0800
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FELV+, Struvite Crystals, and Nutrition
> Some of my cats adore veggies.   Cats can't taste sweet, did you know?  No
> receptors for it.
>
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:11 AM, Beth <create_me_...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> They might just like veggies, plus corn is sweet. My cats are obsessed
>> with lettuce.
>>
>> Beth
>>
>> Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org <http://www.furkids.org/>
>>
>>
>>    ------------------------------
>> *From:* Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com>
>> *To:* "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
>> *Sent:* Friday, August 31, 2012 6:46 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 <khargrea...@gmail.com>
>> *To:* felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
>> *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, <dlg...@windstream.net> 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 <weazy...@yahoo.com> 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
>> 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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