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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Free feed for reduced FLUTD problems??

We got in some new brochures today at work and I was reading a few of them... needless to say, I didn't agree at all! (no surprise there!)

One of which was about FLUTD. It has a list of some of the things you can do to prevent them from happening. It mentioned nothing at all about canned food... and said you should feed frequent small dry meals, or the best option was to free feed dry.

This contradicts almost everything I've read about FLUTD!! Any opinions??

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 08:09 PM
 
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Do these brochures come from a cat food manufacturer?
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The only positive thing (regarding FLUTD) you can achieve by free feeding the cat is that the pH is kept on an even level.

The fact that free feeding is a good way to make a cat obese and that dry fed cats develop more concentrated urine that wet fed cats doesn't seem to bother the one who wrote that brochure.
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Its actually not by a pet food company, I'm not sure exactly who its from... but they put out a lot of different ones that they sent us.

Things like FLUTD, FIV, FeLV, Vaccine risks vs benefits, Irritable Bowel... all sorts of stuff. Another one mentioned that free feeding dry was best, but I forgot what it said about it.

I just all around didn't like them.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2005, 09:36 PM
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I remember a thread about crystals vs. feeding style some time ago and what came out of that is that free feeding was better at preventing one type of crystal and scheduled feeding was better at preventing the other type. But I don't remember which was which, and I'd have to sort through a whole lot of irrelevant clutter to find it. I think it was sometime last winter. Honestly, I think this is one of those things that you can find data to support both sides of the argument.
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