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Best Foods for Hyperthyroid Cats

Friday, 10. June 2011 14:47

As a cat lover, a woman who has cared for four cats the last fourteen years, and an animal professional, I have learned a great deal about caring for cats.  In the last two years, namely, I have learned about hyperthyroidism in cats, because two of my cat companions became hyperthyroid–a common condition in cats as they age.

Besides making a homemade diet, cooked or raw, it has been difficult to find a quality canned cat food that does not have the ingredient kelp in it.

By quality, I am referring to foods that are grain free or well balanced, that support superb feline health, bring shine and luster to their coat, and keep fecal odor to a minimum!  This last factor is definitely important when living space is in close quarters (fyi–high quality grain free and raw foods lessen odor).

Kelp is one type of seaweed, and is generally good for us and our pets, as it stimulates thyroid activity.  This is good for cats that are overweight.  But this is not good for a hyperthyroid cat, in fact it makes the condition much worse.  Due to being overwhelmed with two of my cats passing this year and moving to a new home with my remaining two, finding brands ideal for hyperthyroid cats came to me slowly.

Frustrated that I could no longer give Gem, my cat with borderline hyperthyroidism and FUS, frozen prepared raw food anymore because of the kelp and bone in it (bone or calcium fuels crystals/stones to form in cats with FUS), I was desperate to find canned food that would nourish him without activating either condition, and meet all of my above mentioned criteria.  I spoke of my frustration to Pennye, an owner of The Big Bad Woof.  She directed me to Annamaet’s new cat food, Chicken & Fish-antibiotic, hormone and gluten free food made specifically without kelp with cranberries and DL-Methonine for bladder health.  I don’t feed my cats dry food for many reasons, but I was happy to know about this food and decided to take some samples home and try it out anyway.

I have been feeding Gem and Rosie small amounts of Annamaet every day and they love it, and Gem is doing well with no urinary issues. For canned foods, I used to feed Nature’s Variety, but Weruva is now at the top of my list.  Their food is ‘above and beyond human grade’ and my cats love it too!!!

Hyperthyroidism is one of the top five reasons cats visit the vet.  I thought cat food manufacturers would make food without kelp, but the majority of them don’t, especially the healthier ones.  Thanks so much to these conscious pet food companies who do, and many thanks to all those that operate with the animals best health in mind.

May your cats be thoroughly fulfilled and nourished, a major task for a cat guardian if the cat has thyroid challenges.

Wendy Groomes
Shared from our Nourishing Kitty Blog

After writing this I decided to do some research to see exactly which cat foods in our store (BBW) are kelp free.  There are many foods that are kelp free (listed below), but not many that meet all of my standards listed above (i.e., healthy coat, minimal odor).

Freeze Dried: Honest Kitchen Prowl

Grain Free Canned:
Weruva, Addiction, By Nature, Blue Wilderness, Go, Evo, Verus, Wellness Healthy Indulgence, Nature’s Variety Homestyle

Grain Free Dry:
Evo, Go, Taste of the Wild, Legacy

Regular Canned:
California Natural, Blue Spa Select, Evolve, Innova,

Regular Dry:
Fromm, Health Wise, California Natural, Blue Spa Select, Sammy Snacks

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In Praise of Apple Cider Vinegar

Tuesday, 27. April 2010 20:21

So there are a lot of elders out there who LOVE apple cider vinegar and feel it is the tell-tale cure for a number of maladies. Well I have to say I too am a convert……. Let’s talk indigestion that hits you without warning. I cannot stand taking OTC drugs and will not subject myself to the little purple pill, but let me have a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water and the symptoms subside, as if by magic. When my partner started to suffer with this her naturopath suggested this wonderful inexpensive cure and it works! So that started me thinking about what other things it is used for……….

Vim & Vigor

We know that many herbalists use this as a base for herbals and tonics, and one of my favorites is carried by the Mennonites in Maryland, called Vim & Vigor. One shot of this a day and I think you could take on Godzilla……..we love stopping in Flintstone to pick up this wonderful elixer.

“Our Indiana based product combines extracts of wild mountain-grown Gingseng Root, Goldenseal Root( also known as yeller root), Black Cohosh Root, Black Walnut Leaves, Star Anise Pods, Echinacea, Chamomile Berries, Licorice Root, Chickweed, Cinnamon,Fenugreek Seeds, Cloves, Ginger Root, and Valerian with aged apple cider vinegar and then flavored with concentrates of apple and grape juices, resulting in a unique elixir which, according to our customers, has produced some interesting results.”

Even WebMD has scientific evidence to back up some of the claims made about the health benefits of this simple fermented apple juice.

I started thinking about all of this while at dinner, listening to a young man at the table next to me talk about how bad his acid reflux was, and what he could not eat (including some great foods) because of it. Boy did I wish I had some Apple Cider Vinegar to hand to him So go on, grab a teaspoon and perhaps you will find this a good habit to form!

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Health and Diet

Wednesday, 10. February 2010 8:37

Increasingly animal companions are being diagnosed with the same illnesses that their human owners are struggling with. This is not without reason. The environmental stresses as well as the commercial foods many pets eat, even the tap water affects their health as seriously as the prepackaged foods people buy for themselves affect them. As a result allergies, diabetes, kidney problems, arthritis, lethargy, heart and liver problems, cancer, anxiety, fearfulness and other illnesses occur at an increasing rate. These are health problems that were not seen at the same rate 20 to 30 years ago. If you use as an example type 2 or adult onset diabetes, excess weight and heart disease in humans, diet and lifestyle issues are tightly connected to it. These illnesses once diagnosed often necessitate the use of medications. This is true with humans as well as pets.

In a human population, if one again takes diabetes as an example; when meaningful changes are made with regards to smoking, weightloss, use of foods low on the Glycemic scale, increase in fiber and good fats decrease in bad fats and an increased level of physical activity there is a significant decrease in occurrence of diabetes in that population. Diet and physical activity is a therefore a critical component in treatment which in many cases can be effective on its own.

In the case of our companion animals, veterinarians also recommend meaningful dietary changes, appropriate organic foods for dogs and cats. Similarly animals need regular daily physical activity as well as activities to relieve boredom and stress to stay healthy. I would add to this, give your pet fresh filtered or spring water instead of tap water. Our pets have one advantage over the human animal when trying to maintain weight; somebody else controls the refrigerator and cupboard doors.

While I was studying Chinese Herbal Medicine my teachers, Michael Tierra L.Ac. and Leslie Tierra L.Ac., had a favorite saying; “one can pay up front or pay later”, meaning of course that one can either pay up front for healthy, appropriate organic and pastured foods, clean water, increased physical exercise and stress relieving practices or pay for illnesses later. While no one can guarantee health, and medication may indeed become necessary at some point, healthy foods and lifestyle practices go a long way to maintaining physical and mental health for all animals, two or four footed.

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