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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-15-2010, 05:31 AM
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Animals are motivated by high value foods, and every animal is different. My dog, for example, eats venison and sweet potato grain free dog food. She also steals leaves of turnip greens whenever I'm preparing them to eat them.

Stealing food is about the reward associated with an extra delicious food, not because their food isn't whole.

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post #32 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-15-2010, 07:44 AM
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what food do you feed jennicat i was thinking about changing mine

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I am sorry, after reading all of this, I've forgotten your name who wants the help.
The vet is the only one who can know for sure. They need to do blood work and possibly X-rays. It cost us between $200-$300. He was diagnosed with Diabetes. Sign of diabetes is always hungry but keeps losing weight, lethargy, excessive drinking and urinating. But throwing up wasn't part of his problem. He was diagnosed in August and we gave him 2 insulin shots a day. Sometimes he'd do okay, but he still lost weight and was still drinking lots of water and urinating huge amounts. This is very fresh for me to tell--but he passed away last night. We believe he had something else going on and the vet was so focused on the diabetes, she didn't think there would be other problems. The vet said his X-rays showed bones all through his intestines. I know he never had access to any, but she argued me to death that it was bones. After this happened, my husband and I think he had some sort of cancer that looked like bones on the X-ray. He was absolutely fine Thursday morning, and Thursday night he frantically kept drinking water and immediately throwing it up, and kept doing this over & over until we had to take the water away. We would just give him a few tablespoons at a time and he STILL threw it up. At first, I thought he was having a "low" so I treated him with corn syrup and it didn't help a bit. Finally, he just collapsed and layed, and layed until early this morning when I got up and found him dead. He was 14 years old and I knew at this point it was serious and progressed enough there was nothing the vet could do but put him to sleep. I wanted him to die at home. Anyway, that's my story and I'm as confused about the food as you are. I tried some all-natural high protein/no grain food, and none of them would eat it. But I wish you luck, and please just take your cat to the vet.

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post #34 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for the response!

I consulted with my brother and he does not think that the food we are feeding her is the problem. We feed her Science Diet catfood and it is of great quality!

She is also experiencing some hair loss, has increase thirst, increased urination, and is 'ravenous', but she does have a high energy level.

Any other opinions/suggestions are appreciated!
These, in addition to the increased appetite and weight loss are all signs of hyperthyroid disease, (though it could be other things, or a combination of things, such as kidney failure, and diabetes)

Please take your cat to the vet, and do not put it off any longer, her body is literally starving itself, she will die without medical intervention.

Science diet is not all that great of a food, but it's beside the point, your cat is in need of immediate veterinary attention.
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Hi Again,

Thanks to everyone who responded and provided recommendations, especially Flickering! Without her advice, I would not have known that Science Diet is not a good quality cat food. Now that I know, I am going to feed her a different food. Please do not leave the forum flickering, you have been very helpful.

And to everyone else, how much would you guess the vet bill is going to be? My brother seems to think it is either a kidney problem or hyperthyroidism. Do you all know how appx. how much it costs to treat a cat with these complications? About how much will it cost for an initial check-up? What about putting her to sleep, would this be considered serious enough to justify that?

Thanks again!
These are not curable diseases. They are maintainable for a time, sometimes a long time, with treatment. The diagnostics, meaning blood work usually runs between $100-$200 depending on where you live.

The cat, if she has diabetes, hyperthyroid, or kidney disease, or any combination of these or other diseases will need to be on medications and/or treatments for life, including regular vet visits and blood work as needed.

Please take her to the vet, she's probably already suffering.

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Our cat has kidney problems, and it was fairly reasonable to diagnose and work with. Initially he was given an exam and blood tests (it's been a while, but it was around $200), and then was put onto a prsecription food that was made for a kidneys. (It is also the dreaded Science Diet -- however, they do make excellent prescription foods). He also gets a supplement in his wet food each night that's aimed at boosting his kidneys.

Over the years, his bloodwork has slowly improved, and now he's got better kidney function. Sometimes it doesn't (the kidneys stay the same) but the food is designed not to stress them as much so that there is not more damage.
He was diagnosed roughly 9 years ago, and he's still fine now.

He was taken in because he started barfing a lot as well. Our vet told us that as the kidneys begin failing, it will make the cat slightly nauseous. There are lots of other things that can, as well (just like with people -- nausea is a pretty common symptom), but with Loki it turned out to be his kidneys.
Just to clarify, Hills is the manufacturer of both Science Diet, the grocery store food and Prescription Diet formulas.

There is a very big difference between the two. Science Diet is the grocery store formula.

The Prescription formulas are not called Science Diet, they are called Prescription Diet with coded initials after the words, indicating what disease they are targeting. (for instance Hills Prescription k/d is for cats with kidney disease, and Hills Prescription c/d is for cats with FLUTD)

They are made the way they are for a reason, to target specific diseases, and I agree with you Jennicat that they are excellent for what they are for.
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Hi VTHokies
I honestly don't know how much the vet bill will be. However, until your cat sees a vet you won't know what's wrong. If you are unable to afford taking care of your cat, please seek out someone who can. Also, many vet offices will work out payment plans for you so that you can afford the treatment your animals need. Please do not neglect the welfare of your pet because of lack of funds.
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How is your kitty?

I was wondering if you ever found out what was wrong with your kitty. My cat has the same symptoms and I know it is not from bad food.

Thanks for ANY help you can give.
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Before changing your pets food you must consult with a good vet. It is recommended to take your pet for regular checkups and treatments.


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Thanks for the response!

I consulted with my brother and he does not think that the food we are feeding her is the problem. We feed her Science Diet catfood and it is of great quality!

She is also experiencing some hair loss, has increase thirst, increased urination, and is 'ravenous', but she does have a high energy level.

Any other opinions/suggestions are appreciated!
I may be wrong, but your cats' symptoms sounds like diabetes. At the very least check to see if you can get a telephone consult with a vet. But these symptoms are cardinal signs of diabetes. Good luck.
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Always hungry and always puking - sounds like my 4-month-old daughter! Not normal behavior for an adult cat, though. I hope the kitty has seen a vet and is doing better.
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