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« on: January 17, 2012, 02:07:24 PM »

Hello, I have a four year old female cat who has boughts of cystits dur to stress and weather change.  I know that wet food is much better for her but because of her many food allergies it is extremely hard to find a canned food with no chicken or guar gum in it also I do not want to give her one that is soley fish based because I haerd fish can cause inflamation, she also can not handle rich meats like duck.  Right now she eats Wellness salmon complete health dry food which helps with her allergies but it doesn't give her extra water she needs.  I did find a canned food by natural balance which is a turkey flavor...
Turkey, Turkey Broth, Chicken Liver, Poultry Giblets, Carrots, Ground Brown Rice, Salmon Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Dried Cranberries, Carrageenan, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement
My question is in her dry food now there is chicken fat which she does ok with but in this canned food there is chicken liver and poultry giblets, do you think that would be a problem for her allergies?  Also since the dry food she is eating now is mostly fish based do you think if I added a treat that has turkey in it it would help reduce with inflammtion, here is one I found by wellness...
Turkey & Salmon: Turkey, Salmon, Dried Chicory Root, Cultured Whey, Salt, Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative).
Also if there is any of tips anyone has on helping cysitits due to stress and weather please help. 
I have heard conflicing repoerts on things like cosequn.  Thanks so much for your help!

« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 06:05:43 PM »

I think with allergies, they may not react to fat, but will to protein, so you may have problems with the liver and giblets. 

Everything I read says to try to give wet foods for cystitis.  I have a cat with that, but she is also in renal failure.  Since getting fluids at home, she as not had episodes.  Before, I found Tinkle Tonic would help her when she was having episodes.  I also had good results with a glandular (called Best for your Pet) that had adrenal gland in it. 

Changing foods usually brought on problems with cystitis, unfortunately.

I would think the omega 3 in the fish foods would help inflammation - maybe others can give their opinions.

Glycosaminoglycan (GAG) supplements - like Cosequin might help protect the bladder wall, they may also have some pain-killing and anti-inflammatory effects.  Also slippery elm bark, or Trixsyn, for this reason.

Play time and environmental enrichment are also recommended.

Good luck with your kitty!

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 06:11:23 PM »

My Bella was allergic to chicken for a couple years, so I mostly fed beef or lamb.  But I didn't have a similar problem with gaur gum, to my knowledge, so I don't know which foods to recommend.

Have you tried Stella & Chewies freeze dried, reconstituted with warm water?  My boys like it, but my girls don't.  It's close enough to canned, you may have luck with it.

Oddly, with her episode in October, she seems over her allergy to chicken.   Huh  She's been eating it for a couple months with no problem now.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 07:14:08 PM »

I definitely agree with wet food for cystitis-prone cats. Dry food (even with quality ingredients) can make for some degree of dehydration which makes the urine more concentrated hence aggravating cystitis.
If it is also stress related, can kitty's environment be made less stressful? Or give her calming pet-herbal supplements?

 I also have seen good results with Tinkle Tonic, the herbs are soothing to an irritated bladder,no matter the cause. Also Trixsyn.

I hope your kitty feels better soon, good luck finding non-allergenic food that she likes.
PS What about an alternate protein like rabbit?
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 09:56:07 AM »

Thank you all so much for those wonderful tips.  I do use feliway but I have not tried any of the herbs so I will look into that.  I was worried to give her the cat cosequin because they are chicken flavor but I found cosequin Regular Strength capsules for cats that are not flavored, has anyone ever used this product before?  We have tried feeding her duck and green pea food in the past but that caused her to have a block and she ended up at the ER vets so I'm worried to try another novel meat.  The weather here has been changing so much, one day it will be 45 degrees the next 20 and she really hates the wind.  Because she has been urinating more I was adding a small amount of water to her food but I noticed today she's been having soft stools and is now having bowl movement everyday instead of every other day so I'm going to stop doing that.  You all have been so helpful if anyone has any more tips on stress related cystitis please let me know.  Thanks so much again for your help I really appreciate it.

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