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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Raw for the diabetic cat

I think I've finally somewhat convinced the boyfriend to switch Bosco to a different food. He's been on W/D since he was diagnosed with diabetes 1.5 - 2 years ago now, he's still obese and his glucose levels are still constantly high. This food isn't helping (no surprise) but the boyfriend insisted the vet knows what he's talking about and that it will help plus he gets a discount and sometimes gets it for free. I have to mention he is the worlds biggest penny pincher so switching foods that he may possibly cost more worries him and he often won't hear me out simply because of the cost.

Anyways, working in a high end pet store, raw is one of the quality foods we sell. I know little about it so I've been trying to learn about it as it does interest me. Would raw be a good path to choose for a diabetic cat? I've been looking into other foods as well but raw in particular interests me.
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Re: Raw for the diabetic cat

With a diabetic cat, if you could find a vet to walk you through the transition, that might be a good thing. Raw, generally speaking, is better for any cat than a commercial product, but your kitty's help has been compromised, so you have to take that into consideration.

Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins has a website called Your Diabetic Cat that you might also find helpful.

I have no experience with a diabetic cat, but maybe someone else on this will have some tips for you.
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Re: Raw for the diabetic cat

Thanks for the link.

His vet is a firm believer in Hill's and boyfriend has no interest in changing vets. So I think the vet would be pretty useless, unless one will talk me through it without having Bosco as a patient.

I've found one raw diet that interests me but I'll have to check on it at work today as the website isn't very helpful. Its called Pawsitively Raw. Also found a wet food that has interested me.
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Re: Raw for the diabetic cat

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I've found one raw diet that interests me but I'll have to check on it at work today as the website isn't very helpful. Its called Pawsitively Raw. Also found a wet food that has interested me.
You don't need a commercial product. Just 80-85% meat, 5-10% bone, and 10% organ (half of which should be liver). Heart and gizzard count as meat, not organ.

A few great places to visit:

http://www.rawfedcats.org/

http://www.rawfed.com/myths/

http://www.catinfo.org/felinediabetes.htm

The 3rd link is the website of a vet, Lisa Pierson, who is a raw advocate. I don't agree w/ her on the grinding thing--she makes the whole thing WAAAAAY more complicated than it needs to be, and more complicated than most people will be able to stick with. But her info on diabetes, its link to commercial pet foods, and the importance of a raw (or at least grain-free canned) diet is invaluable. This site contains a WEALTH of info on feline diabetes.
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