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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Urinary tract infections in cats are, sadly, common in domestic cats. And for one very good reason which veterinarians are never taught at college. Wild cats will never be prone to this problem, which indicates that humans and our misplaced ideas are the cause of the problem.

urinary tract infections in catsYour cat’s urine pH is critical in their ability to prevent UTIs. A far cry from healthy human urine pH, a healthy cat’s should be acidic, between 6 and 6.5.

Acidic urine accompanies general acidity in the system. This can only come from a diet high in animal protein.

Likewise, alkaline urine accompanies general alkalinity in the system. This can only come about from a diet high in plant food.

Acidic urine is unsuitable for bacteria to live in. So infections can’t survive. No UTI.

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must have animal protein in their diet if they are to remain healthy. It should make up nearly the whole diet.

Virtually all commercial cat food contains very high levels of plant based food, whether it is cereal or other plant based food. The reason for this is that meat is expensive and plant food is cheap. Commercial pet food corporations are only interested in one thing, and it’s not the health of your cat. Plant based food is much cheaper than meat. You join the dots…

Cats lack the ability to metabolise plant based food. They have adapted over millenia to be highly successful hunters. This means they have a light body structure and weight, allowing them to pounce and creep noiselessly, allowing them to sprint very fast for short periods.

To this end, cats have sacrificed some of the abilities that dogs have, for example, such as the ability to metabolise plant based food. Dogs are generally pack hunters, whereas cats are lone hunters. They and they alone are responsible for whether or not they eat. They can’t rely on the skills of other cats.

The other reason that urinary tract infections in cats is not common in wild cats, is that they naturally don’t drink much. Most cats originally come from desert or arid regions of the world. Although prey animals migrate to follow food and water, predators tend to remain in their territory. This means they must adapt to the prevailing conditions.

Cats have developed a system that doesn’t need much water to drink. Instead, they get their liquid needs from their prey. A domestic cat fed dry food will rarely drink enough to make up the shortfall of liquid intake, leading to chronic dehydration. A dehydrated cat will not urinate much, preventing the elimination of crystals and toxins. And so they build up.

The combination of a diet high in plant food, a dry diet, an unbalanced diet (inevitable when one ingredient is out) leads to irritability in the renal system, encouraging the growth of bacteria, crystals, toxins and blood which may end up as a blockage and so a veterinary emergency.

Prevent such blockages occurring. Prevent urinary tract infections occurring by feeding your cat as nature intended. And it won’t just be the renal system that benefits. Such a diet can prevent serious chronic disease, because it automatically improves your cat’s immunity.

You can easily test your cat’s urine pH value with pH paper strips available from chemists or online. If it is 7 or higher, your cat is heading for trouble.

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What Is The Best Cat Food?

What is the best cat food? This is a common question from people who are searching for solutions to ill health, who want the best for a new addition to the family, or who are on a health quest themselves.

what is the best cat foodDiet is the cornerstone of health. No-one will ever fare well on a species-inappropriate diet. This is a fact that is universal. It will never change. It is eternal.

That today is riddled with corporations convincing you of untruths simply to turn a profit will not overturn this fact. You may believe them, but your health, or that of your cat, will prove otherwise.

Many people are convinced their cat is doing just fine on dried or canned food. What they really mean is that their cat has not yet succumbed to a serious illness.

The reason for this is because everyone’s body will do everything in its power to remain healthy even when their diet is wrong or deficient in nutrients. This means, ill health takes time to appear. Chronic diseases ‘brew’ for a long time before they are evident. And cats are very good at hiding their illnesses in the early stages.

Everyone was fine before their tumour appeared or their kidney failed or their liver gave out or they had a stroke.

So what is so wrong with commercial cat food?

  1. Dried cat food is (obviously) low in water content. Much too low for cats.
  2. Commercial cat food is too high in carbohydrates.
  3. Commercial cat food is not high enough in quality animal based protein.

So let’s look at each of these aspects in turn.

1 Cats’ prey have all the liquid content a cat needs to stay healthy. This means cats don’t drink much, naturally. Even cats who drink more with a dried food diet will rarely drink enough,perhaps half what they need. This means they are far more susceptible to kidney and bladder problems. Since cats are more prone to renal problems than any other, this alone shows you how unhealthy dried food is.

For inside cats, you can use the litter box as a guide. A properly hydrated cat will urinate more than a dehydrated cat. They are flushing their system out regularly.

2 Cats are carnivores. True carnivores. They are not omnivores or herbivores. They have evolved to consume meat, not carbohydrates. They may consume small amounts of carbohydrates, from the prey’s stomach. But this will make up perhaps 1% of the diet. Not the 50 – 70% so common with commercial cat food.

Cats cannot assimilate such large amounts of carbohydrates that are found in commercial cat food. Their systems have not evolved to do so. A diet high in carbohydrates is one of the leading causes of diabetes in cats.

What is the best cat food for cats with diabetes? Can prescription diets help?

Bearing in mind the commercial cat food caused the disease, how likely is it that another similar diet will help them? The food will still contain a high carbohydrate content. It may still be dried. It is unlikely to contain quality animal protein, as that all goes to the more lucrative human market.

3 The meat that is contained in commercial cat food is either of poor quality (by-products such as hooves, intestines, heads or fat), or is out of natural balance. Muscle meat should make up a much higher proportion to organ meat, but as muscle meat commands a higher price in the human market, this doesn’t happen.

Problems cats face when fed diets high in carbohydrates and low in animal protein (in terms of quality or balance) are problems in the renal, bowel, liver and respiratory systems as well as obesity, cancer, leukemia, etc.

So what is the best cat food for cats who now suffer with chronic disease? It’s the same one that will prevent such diseases. It’s the one they evolved on. Naturally healthy cats, fed a species-specific diet, are far more resistant to chronic disease than those who are fed commercial cat food. They are also able to return to good health, to recover from a serious chronic disease.

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Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats Is A Dangerous Condition

Hepatic lipidosis in cats is a grand name for a fatty liver. So what’s a fatty liver? It is when excess fat deposits in the liver. In people, it is often common to find it in those who drink excess alcohol, those who are overweight, those with diabetes or other metabolic syndromes.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Inflammatory bowel disease in cats is as big a problem as it is in humans. When any part of the digestive tract is out of natural balance, the whole body feels unwell. Ask anyone who suffers with it! Your energy is affected and there is a general feeling of malaise. You have to be very careful what you eat.

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Food Intolerances in Cats

Food intolerances in cats is quite common. Veterinarians will go to great lengths to tell you what the causes might be and what you should do about it. Often these sound complicated. Too complicated for some to understand enough to do anything, but accept the recommended (often expensive) replacement food. For me, the cause (and the solution) is much simpler.

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Cat Health Advice – Who Should You Believe?

People seeking cat health advice are often confused. Understandably! It comes from various sources and is usually conflicting. Most people rely on the advice given by their veterinarian and dismiss that coming from holistic practitioners.

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Cat Dental Care – The Easy Way or The Hard Way

Cat dental care can be done the easy way or the hard way. When you listen to many veterinarians or specialised pet therapists, they will try to persuade you to clean your pets teeth either with a product they sell or with a toothbrush.

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My Cat Is Always Hungry – Why Is This?

If your cat is always hungry, there are a couple of important reasons for this. One you have no control over. One you have total control over. So, although you most definitely can do a great deal to reduce this, it is unlikely you will ever be able to eliminate it completely.

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