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Food for cat with rodent ulcer/allergy

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi - new here. We have a kitty who has allergies to many things including plastic but also many foods, byproducts and grains. She is also on a medication that suppresses her immune response to contain the ulcers and that has worked well for several years in conjunction with the Blue Buffalo indoor salmon formula dry food and wellness grain free wet canned with some pumpkin mixed in (she had some blockages a few years back, this works for that). However, recently I have noticed the ulcer on her lip slowly creeping back and I feel it may be time to reevaluate the food...I have considered a raw diet this time to completely eliminate the carbs and other irritants she may be getting from the dry food. I realize this is controversial but I am also concerned about increasing the medications again AND with the raw food, exposing her to toxins from that with the lowered immune response. So, Rock and hard place with me in the middle.

Suggestions for other foods to try? I've hear TOTW a lot. This is my baby cat, my fur child, and I am totally willing to try a raw diet for her if that will help. Any suggestions are welcome.
post #2 of 7
I would suggest talking to your vet ... Bring the research you have done and discuss it ...

Taste is good but also has many of the ingrediants of the Blue thus why I think it is a time to discuss with the vet
post #3 of 7
I agree, definitely talk to your vet.

My adult male had rodent ulcers a few times, and he hasn't had any in a year, when I started using only porcelain bowls for food and water. It also only occurred in the fall, so it could have been a seasonal allergy. Last year was also when I started feeding Taste of the Wild dry to him. I'm not an expert on food, or am I proposing to switch; just giving you my experience.

Good luck!
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Thanks guys. Just left a message to talk to the vet, and I already have an appt, for both the cat and dog to go in on Jan 17th anyhow. Not sure what vet will think about raw diet, but they know how involved I am in the animal's care so it will be interesting discussion I'm sure.

Kittys - I do only feed her from porcelain bowls, that was one of the first switches we made when these things presented years ago. No plastic of any kind! well, except the things she seems find for herself like plastic milk rings...lord knows where she gets them! I take one away....she finds another...
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thoughts? Blue Buffalo

Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Whole Ground Barley, Fish Meal (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Dried Egg, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Fish Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Peas, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium .
post #6 of 7
Sometimes those rodent ulcers can be triggered by stress, too, so try to keep the stress in your home to a minimum and keep to a schedule as much as possible. If you're not already doing so, run at least one feliway diffuser 24/7. Do you give lysine to help the immune system? That might also help.
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Hi there! My cat came down with rodent ulcer that had spread rapidly. It became so bad, that at one point as much as a quarter of her upper lip was gone. I was advised by an on-line vet to add LYSINE supplement to her diet, as well as change both her wet and dry food to grain free. I bought the LYSINE in a capsule format (500mg/capsule) in a (human) health food store, and started adding half the capsule's content into her wet food twice a day. You can take the capsules apart and the powdered content can be easily divided. It is easily mixed, tasteless and odorless. I also changed her diet to PERFOMATRIN ULTRA GRAIN FREE (WELLNESS GRAIN FREE is also a really good quality brand)For about two weeks, I gave her 250mg (half a capsule) of LYSINE twice a day mixed in half a small can of wet food, then raised the dosage to 500mg (one whole capsule) twice a day for about a month. I saw improvement within about 6 weeks into the treatment. I continued with the 500mg dosage for 2 more months, then cut back to half a capsule twice a day for another 2 months. The ulcer is almost gone now, it just appears as a little pink hardened cluster with a tiny white area in the middle, as oppose to a huge open sore. You could try this method for a few months, and once desired healing is achieved, you could drop the LYSINE supplement to a 250mg once a day (half a capsule) as a maintenance therapy. I am NOT a vet, but from what I read online in veterinary forums and discussions, this method is safe for cats and LYSINE can be added to a cat's diet indefinitely without any side effects. Good luck! I hope this post could help. :)


ps: And yes, STRESS is a huge factor in developing and worsening of feline rodent ulcer, so keep kitty's environment stress free. Some cats are also allergic to the saliva of fleas (flea bites) and certain chemicals in the home, so make sure kitty is also flea free and only use natural cleaning products in your home that are vet approved. Cheers:)

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