Heart disease in cats used to be a rarity. However, it is now on the increase. When you consider what most domestic cats have been fed for generations, as well as their regular health care, it isn’t surprising. At least to those who understand and appreciate the ways of the immune system and natural health.
Understanding Cats And Their Needs
Cats are grossly misunderstood by the veterinary industry, the pet food industry and even most health therapists, including holistic therapists. They don’t appreciate that as carnivores, cats cannot tolerate plant based food, which is so plentiful in all the foods they sell or advocate.
Just check the list of ingredients and you’ll see a lot of plant based foods, including isolates. It doesn’t give you the amount, but any amount is too much for our carnivorous friends.
Sadly, it doesn’t stop there. The animal protein that, hopefully, most commercial cat food contains, will be of very low quality. The best quality goes to the more lucrative human market. The dregs go to the pet food industry.
Yet, cats need good quality protein. Certainly, they can and will eat the intestines and feet etc, that most commercial cat food animal protein consists of. But it will be in very small proportions to the good quality animal protein they consume from their whole prey.
Even the so called quality pet foods are problematic. The high temperatures and pressures needed to kill off the pathogens that result from keeping the base ingredients too long in inadequate conditions, also kill off the essential enzymes and alter the protein. And, judging by the numerous pet food recalls, these measures do nothing to address the pathogen problem in any case.
Another area that almost all commercial cat food manufacturers haven’t grasped yet, is that cats only eat the prey they kill. This means cats need very fresh food. Unlike dogs, who are perfectly happy to consume rotting carcasses and come to no harm.
These problems with commercial pet food are just the tip of the iceberg.
When you put the wrong fuel in your car, the results are immediate. Living beings try so hard to make the best of a bad lot, that consuming poor quality food does not normally have an immediate effect. Unless it is really bad. Which is not unheard of in commercial pet food. Susan Thixton does a wonderful job keeping a keen eye on this aspect.
The results of poor quality food, on anyone, but especially in our sensitive cats, results in organ failure, especially the kidneys, and a short life. Kidneys are cats weak link, so this is the organ that is affected most.
Over subsequent generations of feeding the wrong food for the species, more problems appear. Liver disease and heart disease in cats, which generally are not their weaknesses, appear. Autoimmune diseases appear.
What Can You Do Instead
Instead of relying on others to provide a so called ‘balanced’ diet for your cat, (which rarely is) it is much better to do it yourself. It is not difficult. Certainly you need to understand what to do and what not to do. But it doesn’t take long to learn if you are willing. It does, possibly, involve changing your mindset. And it may involve convincing a junkie cat. But these are easily overcome when you are determined.
Feeding a balanced, quality, fresh raw diet can reverse heart disease in cats. Quite quickly. It can also reverse all the other ‘incurable’ disease that vets are unable to effectively treat. That may be all you have to do when the problem is mild.
More advanced or serious conditions may also need the added support of good homeopathic treatment. But you should always start with the diet unless the condition is dire.