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Old 07-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #311
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Taxy, I would love a kitten and Violet loves cats (though the feeling isn't always mutual). However, both TB and I are highly allergic to cats and also we decided we weren't going to get any more pets.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #312
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Taxy, I would love a kitten and Violet loves cats (though the feeling isn't always mutual). However, both TB and I are highly allergic to cats and also we decided we weren't going to get any more pets.
Allergies is a pretty good excuse.

The vet phoned. Shreddy has a hyperactive thyroid. No wonder he is so hungry and isn't gaining weight and may actually have lost some. They have placed an order for the special cat food with no iodine. The vet will talk to the nutritionist about homemade, food with no iodine. All his other levels were great except very, slightly elevated liver enzymes, which is probably because of the thyroid.

The thyroid diet usually works in 1-3 months. I will bring him in again when he has been eating it for a month and they will check his levels. Then we will talk about teeth again.

We are going to have "the talk" about how much are we willing to spend on the health of a 16 yo cat. We will think about it first. Stirling says he isn't sure, but somewhere between $1,000 and $10,000. And we want to figure out over how many years does that amount count for.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #313
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I just bought a case of 24x154g (5.5oz) cans of the special diet food for Shreddy. $62.16 + sales taxes = $71.45.

And he is supposed to get 1.5 cans / day. $140 / month to feed the cat! Oh, for certain I want the recipe and start feeding him homemade diet cat food.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:53 PM   #314
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I just bought a case of 24x154g (5.5oz) cans of the special diet food for Shreddy. $62.16 + sales taxes = $71.45.

And he is supposed to get 1.5 cans / day. $140 / month to feed the cat! Oh, for certain I want the recipe and start feeding him homemade diet cat food.
TL, I found some good info here: animalendocrine.blogspot.com
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #315
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Awww, Shreddy. Hope you feel better soon. Tell your mommy you are worth it( she already knows)
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TL, I found some good info here: animalendocrine.blogspot.com
Thanks PF.

That just reinforces my notions about the dry food. This same company makes a dry cat food that is also for "thyroid health". I checked the website. The first ingredient is corn meal.

From their website, I see that carbs are ~30% of the dry matter. They are actually slightly lower in the dry food.

I really want to talk to the vet's nutritionist and get some recipes/guide lines for homemade food. I just figured out that this stuff costs over $19/kg (~$8.50/lb)!
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Awww, Shreddy. Hope you feel better soon. Tell your mommy you are worth it( she already knows)
Yes, he is worth it, but I feel like this food is a ripoff.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:18 AM   #318
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I've been searching my bookmarks, found this one for cat food, Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition :: healthy cat diet, making cat food, litter box, cat food, cat nutrition, cat urinary tract health
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Thanks for the link. That was very interesting. That vet really doesn't like Hill's and Hills Prescription Y/D. At least the canned one doesn't have soy, like the dry one. I'm going to ask the vet about the radioactive iodine treatment.

I betcha the cans have BPA in the lining. Looks like some of the stuff I have to avoid is stuff that Shreddy shouldn't have either.
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I was more interested in the recipes for cat food, as I was determined my cats were going to have homemade food. I quickly grew out of that, but they do get a good quality food.
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