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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:00 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
I would love to know why these pet manufacturers think cats want to eat peas, carrots, cranberries, etc.


Bah, don't get me started on this (well, too late, lol). It's part of the myth that "grain free" is some big deal for dry foods. It's really a marketing gimmick that manufacturer's use to differentiate themselves, often unfortunately without doing what would actually differentiate themselves, and that is by adding more or higher quality meat. One thing I like about wet food is that you can use your eyes and nose to get a real good read on the quality of the food. You know whether it looks appetizing enough for it to be something *you* might eat, which goes a long way imo. Not so for dry food. Everything is just a mashed up "gruel". So then you get manufacturers lying about their ingredients and/or their nutritional information, playing stupid games like the "grain free" thing, and nobody is the wiser.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:22 pm 
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I have a Petsmart near me and will have to try their policy as I experiment with other brands.

Oberon will not eat the Natural grain free brands with peas. He keeps digging a hole to China (so I can send the food to the starving cats in China...). It sounds good to me as a human but he has picky tastes.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:13 pm 
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I just checked the Hills Science Diet Adult Urinary Hair ball food and it does have green peas in it. So does the regular hair ball (non urinary) food. I'm not sure if the peas is causing the issue, but for both of them to have this issue seems like it might not be an allergy.

I'm going to take them to the vet this week and mention TF and ask if we can test for parasites. I'll see if shes willing to treat them for parasites even if the test is negative.

Side note... For wet food, do you have to transition that or can you just put it down and let them have it?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:25 pm 
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I do hope your vet will NOT treat for something that is not there. If there is no TF or any other parasite, then do not give your cat anything to treat them. Antibiotics are useless if something isn't there to treat and you are wasting your money. If everything is negative, then you really need to go with trying out different foods. If absolutely nothing works (and it will take you months to get through this), then I'd look at having an ultrasound done. They are expensive ($300 to $400 at my vet), but it will show the digestive system and whether things are okay down there. The fact is you have TWO cats with this issue, thus, I do not think it would be genetic in nature unless they are siblings.

I will say it IS very easy to look at wet food -- and see whether it is appetizing enough. The dry food is the issue and keep changing what I want to order next through Chewy. Raiden rarely touches the dry food, so it is more for the other cat who has no digestive issues. But still, I am not all that happy with the ingredients I'm seeing, period. The Wellness Core dry is not going over too well with either cat.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:43 pm 
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JPIT wrote:
I just checked the Hills Science Diet Adult Urinary Hair ball food and it does have green peas in it. So does the regular hair ball (non urinary) food. I'm not sure if the peas is causing the issue, but for both of them to have this issue seems like it might not be an allergy.

I'm going to take them to the vet this week and mention TF and ask if we can test for parasites. I'll see if shes willing to treat them for parasites even if the test is negative.

I currently feed them both Iams Hairball dry food because it seems to be the only thing that allows their stool to be normal. I have tried high protein foods before such as Origin and Instinct but both give them blood in their stools. I have taken them to the vet and everything checks out so I'm sure its the food.


Missed that it has Peas as well, it was quite a way down the list. The issue only presents itself in both cats when you attempt to change foods and going back to their old food resolves the issue. I mean, test for TF, but if it's negative then your first instinct of it being the food was likely correct.

Looking at the foods you tried, the only ingredients I see in Orijen and Instinct LD Turkey that are not in Iams are Turkey, Pumpkin ( seeds ) and Peas assuming you went with Orijen Cat & Kitten, otherwise that would remove Turkey from that list ( their other flavours do not have Turkey ). If I were trying to resolve this, I would remove Turkey ( any of the other Orijen flavours ), if it still presents then keep them on Iams.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:41 pm 
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I have a cat that begs for salad greens!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:03 pm 
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Seriously -- lettuce? Maybe your baby is half rabbit! LOL


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