« on: Apr 18, 2015, 17:15 »
Sadly there is no comparable site like this for cat food so I'm asking a favour of anyone who has any advice about cat food...
My cat is 12 years old and about 18 months ago he lost a lot of weight very fast (2.5kg in 2 months - from 6.5kg to 4kg), he then continued to lose weight but a lot more gradually and levelled off at 3.5kg (he is a big cat so 4-4.5kg is really the weight he should be). He was vomiting every other day and his stools were very loose.
Obviously I took him to the vet and after extensive testing including x-rays and multiple blood tests which caused my cat (and my bank account) great distress the vet told us that he could find nothing systemic to indicate the problem.
Anyway the vomiting slowed and eventually stopped - his stools were still loose but he was holding his weight. After his annual trip to the vet a couple of months later where he had his boosters as usual - the problem started again. We have tentatively concluded that he had a reaction to the boosters as when we enquired about this, though the vet was sceptical, he informed us that 2 years ago the booster formulation they use had been changed.
So currently we have a cat who weighs 3.2kg, has intermittent vomiting (a bout of 2 or 3 times every couple of weeks) and frequent loose stools (I know this because Coco my dog thinks it's a delicacy).
We have tried to only feed him wet food so as not to put any extra strain on his kidneys but as I have several cats he does eat the biscuits I put out which I've changed to meowing heads because they were previously on science diet (which is as crap as the dog food as I understand it). He has also had a variety of cooked chicken, tuna, and the new attempt to get him to put on weight is to have some raw chicken mince from natures menu which he loves.
Anyway I was looking for something which is gentle on the digestive system and I came across Burns adult/senior cat biscuits (chicken and brown rice), the ingredients are:
Brown Rice (46%), Chicken Meal (37%), Maize, Chicken Fat, Chicken Livers, Seaweed, Vitamins & Minerals.
As I understand it cats are obligate carnivores so need meat in their diet so I was a bit worried about the rice but then apparently it's good for the digestive system even for cats. Does anyone know anything about this because I'm totally lost.
Any advice would be really appreciated!