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Laurie
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posted 05-29-2003 11:04 PM           Edit/Delete Message
My four year old, neutered, strictly indoor, male cat has mega-colon. On the advice of the vet I have been feeding him the Eukanuba low-residue adult cat food for about 6 months now. I have a number of concerns about the product. Firstly he doesn't like it and only eats it because we do not provide him with any other alterantive, but he now jumps on the counters and table at every opportunity to steal human food (esp butter) whenever he can (this is a new behavior for him). He also has extreme cravings for grass and will consume large amounts of grass at every opportunity, afterwhich he barfs it all back up undigested. He is an indoor cat so for the most part we can control this, however occassionally he has slipped out from between our feet in his desperation to get to the lawn. While I know that it is not uncommon for cats to eat grass from time to time, this is really quite a lot! I suspect that he does not find the Eukanuba low residue food adequate either to his taste or nutrional needs. He used to be on a dry food diet (Purina Cat Chow) and was doing quite well on that until I switched him to Iams adult food about a month before he became almost fataly constipated. Does anyone konw if the Eukanuba dry low residue food tastes the same as the moist canned variety? Will it worsen his constipation? Does anyone know of other manufacturers of low-residue food? Does anyone have any other suggestions? Apparently he will be on medication (propulsid + lactolose + toniclax) and special food for the rest of his life now. I would like to make that as pleasant as possible for him.

thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Laurie

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Greypaw
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posted 05-30-2003 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

Your poor boy! imagine having to eat something you don't like! I think I'd go mad after 6 months of feeding my cats something they hate.

I don't know if these products will be the right ones but Hills Science Diet and Prescription Diet serve just about every diet need you can find. Go to www.sciencediet.com
They have Sensitive Stomach Adult which might be ok, or the z/d prescription diet might be what you need. Have a read and ask questions to make sure this food is right for your cat. Hills have a money back if they (the cat) don't like it policy, so its good stuff.

They have some of their food in cans but its very expensive that way.

The other thing is why can't you return to his old food Purina Cat Chow? or has the damage been to extensive?

Another cat food provider that is quite good is Royal Canin. They make a sensitive stomach product as well called Royal Canin Special Formula for Cats www.royal-canin.com

His craving for butter shows a need for more fat or at least more energy. While the craving for grass is at my guess a desperate attempt to fix what he thinks is an illness. He is either trying to clean out his system, get some nutient, or trying to make you worried enough to force some action. There are other theories as to why they eat grass, but when they go crasy for it, it is a sign that something is not right.

Good luck, and I hope you find a solution soon.
Greypaw

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Isis
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posted 05-30-2003 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
That must be a nightmare for both you and your cat. Perhaps a visit to see your vet again and see if there is another solution to his feeding problems.
Maybe feeding him a raw diet with plenty of fibre would be more beneficial and tasty for your cat.

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