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I may have caused my former cat's demise by feeding Meow Mix dry (sm)

Posted By: Miss my kitty! :( on 2007-03-21
In Reply to: Fortunate ours are picky in this case....sm - MsMT

It is higher in certain minerals that can make it easier for cats (esp. males) to develop urinary crystals. I had a perfectly healthy 4-year-old male Persian who had only recently gotten Meow Mix just as a hand-fed treat, and he developed crystals, complete urinary tract blockage, and eventually complete renal failure, resulting in euthanasia. His total bill came to over $5,000 - which I am STILL paying off 6 months later. I learned 2 important lessons:
1) NEVER feed Meow Mix, and
2) Buy pet health insurance!

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Where was the earthquake that caused it? - nm
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since for years I didn't know to be careful about B vitamis and such.

I haven't been to the doctor in several years and rarely did before that, so who knows? I have issues here and there like most people, but it's always hard to pinpoint what causes what.

I think I'm good with vitamins and pretty good with iron now, but sometimes might not get quite enough protein. I try to buy protein powder for that but kind of go in spurts.

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A time of 5 years should not have caused kidney failure.
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What are you feeding him/her?
It can make a difference, but I suspect age may be playing a role here.

Also are you drying the dog after the bath? If not a wet dog is goign to stink since it will pick up more dirt/etc. while drying
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Breast feeding.....
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Feeding two dogs
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I didn't take my shirt off and expose my breasts to the world. I was feeding a baby - grow up!
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Does he do this at his regular feeding times?

Have you cut back not only on the amount of food but the amount of times you feed him? If so, that may be why he is reacting this way.

My dog is overweight, too, and since he has problems with his legs, the vet wants us to try to help him lose weight. She said to feed him small meals more often so that he will feel satisfied but to make sure we cut down on the total amount of food given per day.

So maybe that would work with your cat - smaller meals, more often. Worth a try, right?

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please stop feeding the troll; she evidently is full of

white collar workers only *ROFL* - what a small minded troll she is too....oh well, seems like  personal problem to me but then y'all have to stop feeding the troll (her).    she is also enthralled with herself *HAHAHAHA*......

Well, seems to some of us (me-me-me) that  she probably, in that neighborhood of only white collar workers) is low gal on the pole - she IS her own trash.....

NOTE: I have removed the breast feeding thread because it flamed. The

original poster, who posted in a quite ugly manner has been banned from this site.  When posting, please do so in a respectful manner.

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