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Stella doing better

Stella doing better

Stella finally seems to be doing better. After two courses of trying to give her Clavamox antibiotic twice per day (and her successfully avoiding it 25% of the time), the vet gave her an injectible antibiotic that lasts for two weeks. The dose is determined by the cat’s weight, so it has the potential to be expensive. At five pounds, Stella’s dose was cheaper than one run of Clavamox.

Every few weeks, Stella quits eating whatever food is offered to her. I’ve been through a lot of dry and wet cat foods trying to find something she likes and is okay for a cat with kidney problems.

She is currently eating two dry foods made by Fromm: Salmon a la Veg and Grain-free Surf and Turf. The Surf and Turf has a higher protein level (which isn’t great for Stella) however, because the dry food does not have grains, Ambush can also eat it. (Unfortunately Ambush prefers the Surf and Turf to his Indigo Moon grain-free dry food.)

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Finally some progress with Stella

Finally some progress with Stella

Stella hates the wet food from the vet (NF kidney prescription diet). Ambush (aka “the Vacuum”) won’t eat it. Stella still didn’t like the Merrick’s Turduken or Granny’s Pot Pie wet food, which both smell marvelous. Ambush and Kiesha were in love with these flavors. Stella couldn’t care less.

The good news? Stella likes one dry food I found: Blue Buffalo Spa Selects. It’s a Lite formula, which she doesn’t need, but the food is 28% protein and she eats it. I’m going to keep trying different wet foods, but at least there is something she is eating.

I’ve put Ambush back on Innova EVO and he seems quite happy with that. He doesn’t eat Stella’s dry food (miracles do happen!). Stella doesn’t appear to be eating the EVO either. Who would have thought they wouldn’t like each other’s food?

Stella. Again. Sigh.

Stella. Again. Sigh.

Last night, Stella did not look good. When we were going to bed, she tried to stand up to position her self next to me. Her rear end didn’t cooperate and she flopped over. She hadn’t eaten much that night and it was definitely showing. Poor kitten.

The vet said that ideally Stella should be on an all wet food diet. That might happen if I could find a wet food she would eat. Was it the wet food or because she had dry food out?

I did an experiment this morning. Stella had two choices of wet food: NF prescription diet for kidney disease and a half can of Merrick Turducken. I left good size portions in two differnet bowls and took up the dry food before going to work.

I got home tonight to discover the hadn’t touched the NF food at all. She had nibbled at the Turducken. When Stella likes a wet food, she eats all of it over the course of the day. (When the Felidae dry food was out, Stella would eat the Wellness canned food, but not always all of it.)

Stella usually stays with me when I’m on the computer or doing other things around the apartment. At my desk, she has this bad habit of insisting that she is in front of the monitor. I put a little of the Blue Buffalo dry food on a paper plate on my desk off to the side. Miss Stella ate three different times. Maybe 5-10 pieces of the food each time, but it was a start.

She felt much better tonight. She played, followed me around, insisted that I pet her no matter where I was. It was so nice to see that last night.

Wet-food Wonderland

Wet-food Wonderland

I love my kitty. I love my kitty. I love my kitty.

Cats are notorious for being finicky critters. I’ve been blessed with two cats who are not. Put almost anything in front of Ambush or Kiesha and they will eat it. They might even meow for seconds.

Stella, on the other hand, more than makes up for the others’ indiscretionary diet. Stella must have her wet food heated to body temperature. It must be a certain flavor and consistency. She can’t have the other kitties hovering while she eats or else she will just walk away from the food. If she doesn’t like it, she won’t eat it. She will go on a hunger strike to protest the food.

I love my kitty. I love my kitty. I love my kitty.

I have a cupboard with 10-15 types of canned food bought particularly for Stella. All lower protein and all-natural ingredients. No soy, corn, wheat, grains, nothing bad. I’ve tried all of the stuff the pet food store people said most cats like– and some stuff that looks nasty. (Like Spot’s Stew. Eeeew. It had stringy celery. Ambush ate it. Loved it. Stella looked at me like I had lost my mind.)

Tonight I went to the pet store (again!) to try to find yet another cat food she will eat. I’ve gone through I don’t know how many samples of dry food for her. She turns her nose up at all of them (except the one with protein levels too high for her kidney issues).

I bought some stuff called Blue Buffalo Spa Select. The Lite formula has 28% protein (lowest I could find) and has no corn or wheat. Not crazy about it being a Lite forumula, but if she will eat it, she’ll have something to snack on when she refuses to eat the wet food.

I’m tempted to pull up the dry food for a day and see if she will eat the wet food instead.

Right now she seems to prefer Ambush’s dry food which has 50% protein. Not good for her, but great for him. I feel like I’m juggling cat food.

I can has wet food?

I can has wet food?

Stella, bless her heart, is not eating most of the food I leave out for her. She prefers dry food over wet food. With her kidney issues, wet food is much better for her. So far, I’ve tried cans and flavors from four or five differnet brands. Stella ate the Wellness wet food pertty well for three days. Until I found a dry food she would eat… and then she quite eating the wet food. The dry food had to go away because the protein was too high. Then she refused to eat either… So we’re back to the beginning. (I’m tempted to just get another bag of the dry food that she will eat just so she will eat *something*. The protein is about 10% higher than what she should have, though.)

I’ve about given up trying to find a dry food she and Ambush could have to munch on. The vet said that a wet food diet would be ideal. I picked up a few cans of the prescription kidney (Purina NF?) for Stella. Now we get to see if she will eat it.

Luckily, Ambush will eat anything Stella won’t. He won’t be getting her prescription food, but at least the other flavors of wet food she refused to eat won’t go to waste.

Cat Food Chronicles

Cat Food Chronicles

I spent most of Friday evening and Saturday morning researching cat food. I have two cats who have two different (almost contradictory needs). Stella, with her kidney issues, needs lower protein (25-30%) and medium amounts of carbohydrates. A diabetic cat like Ambush needs high protein and low carbohydrates (ideally below 20%).

California Naturals, the kitty food they have been on, has a carbohydrate level of about 34% and a protein level of 36%. Stella also quit eating it about a week ago. She doesn’t like it now, even after she has been eating it for months.

After a lot of searching through statistics and local availability, I found a food called Felidae, which has a protein level of 31% and carbohydrates of 23%.

I have samples and a small bag. They liked the dry food sample well enough. I’m hoping that they will like it.

Vet Visit Results

Vet Visit Results

Ambush does not like his cat carrier: the second he hears it rattling around he hides. He knows what’s coming next. He no longer gives me a lot of trouble getting into it, luckily. He whines. Poor kitty.

Ambush lost over a pound since his last visit. The once 18-pound marshmellow is now an almost 12 pound kitty. Since he has been diagnosed with diabetes, he has lost a full third of his body weight. He used to weigh three times what Stella weighs; now he is only twice her weight.

His blood glucose levels were taken again — they were over 400. The urinalysis showed no ketones (sp?) in his urine, which is a Good Thing. The weight loss is not, though.

His does has been upped to three units twice per day instead of two. I will also be monitoring his progress in my day planner. It’s pretty easy to tell when he is on a good dose: a 14-pound jug of litter lasts three weeks. The vet gave me some packets to use in the litter box after a week. The packet contents will show if the urine has high sugar levels. I’ll report back what I find to the vet.

We also reviewed the cat food that the kitties have been on: California Naturals. It’s excellent cat food. While the bag label doesn’t say it, the web site for the brand says that the carbohydrate level is about 30+%. Diabetic cats are supposed to be on low carb food… so I have to resume searching for a new food. It’s just as well any way — Stella has decided that she doesn’t like the dry food any more any way.

So the search begins again for a different cat food that meets two opposing criteria: low protein and low carbohydrate content. The resources I used last time are:

The vet suggested starting the kitties on a mostly canned diet as well. The kitties have always liked the Wellness brand wet food. The vet gave me a sample can of the Purina diabetic prescription wet food. I have never sen the cats go so crazy over wet food! Normally Stella prefers that her wet food be warm (she turns her nose up if the canned food isn’t fresh). She ate as much of this stuff as I gave her and then asked for more. (A very Good Thing since she has been losing weight and not eating the dry food.)

After reading through the sites listed above, I may try Precise Plus Feline Hairball formula. Hairball remedy can’t hurt. The carbs are at 22% and the protein is at 30%. I’ll just have to see if anyone around here carries it.

Another option is Felidae cat food. According to Janet and Binky’s list, Felidae has 23% carbs and 31% protein.

The vet also recommended going to a local pet store, Phydeaux, and seeing what they carry. My other good friend has also recommended visiting the store too. I might call her and see if she would like to do a road trip this weekend.