Thank you for explaining about the polysaccharide chains in slippery elm. I'll definitely have to look into that. I think I already read the articles you have referenced while I was researching, but I'll reread them and see if there was anything I missed. Would you recommend marshmallow over slippery elm for a diabetic, or since both contain polysaccharides would they be about the same?
Frobisher was on Wellness Salmon dry with pumpkin added for fiber and moisture. Unfortunately the pumpkin added a lot of bulk which filled his intestines and exacerbated the problem, which is why I'm interested in slippery elm since it won't add bulk. I'm transitioning him over to Wellness Core mixed with their Healthy Indulgence wet pouches and thinking of adding moistened slippery elm to that, since it will probably blend with the gravy of the pouches. I have to be extra careful what I feed him because my other cat has allergy issues and although I feed her separately, she tends to sneak a bite of his food from time to time -- the little brat.
I'm aware of the whole dry = evil, wet = good argument and I've read up on it, but frankly I haven't really seen convincing evidence that wet food is measurably superior to equivalent quality dry, especially when moisture is added to dry food. Most of what I've read seem to be opinion pieces with a few facts scattered here and there without reference to actual documented studies.
There's quite a lot of fads now in pet food marketing (wet vs. dry, organic vs. raw, high-carb vs. low-carb, etc), and most of it is to entice consumers away from one brand and switch them over to another on the basis that its better for their pet's health, when really it's all about capturing consumer dollars. I lost faith in a lot of supposedly "premium" pet foods when several of them were involved in the recalls. Fortunately Wellness wasn't one of them, but Eukanuba was, as was Evo and quite a few others that were supposedly superior and health-conscious brands (wet OR dry), including veterinary-only formulas. Now I look at ingredient lists carefully and I look at nutrition information, online reviews from reputable sources, recall lists and reviews of the company manufacturing the product. I also talk to my vet about my pets' diets since they're both older cats with specific health issues.
I'm not saying that all brands of pet food are created equal, as clearly they are not, but IMO judging the nutrition and health benefits of one pet food versus another is far more complex than reducing the argument down to wet vs. dry sound bites.
And that's my rant for today... we now return you to your regularly scheduled thread.
Originally Posted by DrJean
Yes, slippery elm is very useful for soothing the GI tract. However, the mucilaginous part is composed of polysaccharides (complex sugars), so because your cat is diabetic (he is on wet food only, yes?) you might want to double-check with your vet about that. Marshmallow (not the campfire toasting-kind but the herb) has similar effects, but also similar content of polysaccharides. It is also very safe.
Here are some more ideas for dealing with constipation, and an article on Slippery Elm:http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...onstipatedcatshttp://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...onstipatedcats