Originally Posted by vintage40s
This has been going on so long that I can't remember what we have tried. But it includes several types of prescriptions and prescription foods. He cannot and will not tolerate pills, in ANY form. Question - how does this raw diet affect their teeth? I feed my pets no canned food for that very reason. I read ingreds carefully and try to get the "best" for sensitive stomachs, but it all seems like glorified cereal/meal no matter how big a brand name it is. I have to do something soon, as we are leaving on a two week trip and I can't subject my teenaged pet sitter to Tommy's repugnant litter box and Prednisone dosing chase. Thanks to all advisors!!!!
The theory that dry food keeps their teeth clean seems to be on it's way out. Most of the recent research I have come across states that dry food doesn't help teeth. I tend to agree...but I'll wait for others to weigh in on that too.
I don't have any cats that have been diagnosed with IBS but I do have a formerly chronic barfer with occasional diarrhea that is doing 100% better on a 90% canned diet. Stools are nice now and the vomiting is very very minimal. I would try raw on him, but he's old and stubborn so I will work on him later
Sharky has some excellent advice about diet. We recently sampled some premade raw and I would have to say the biggest question is how easily will the cat accept the food? That is the first factor to consider, and there's only one way to find out. On my first try, 6/8 at least tried it, and now I have 3 that will consistenly and enthusiastically eat it without any "tampering" or bribe food mixed in. There are tricks for stubborn cats, though...and I'm still working on that.
Have you tried Pill Pockets for Tommy's prednisone? Beandip took his Prednisone in pill pockets every day without fail for about 5 months. They've worked well for my other kitties too.