Interview with Arloa at Cat Chat TV about Dangers of Dry Food for Cats

| August 4, 2013 | 9 Comments

Thank you to Arloa for this interview.  To read more about dry food dangers to cats, please read catinfo.org I am very passionate about no dry food for kitties.

Boomer and Monet

Boomer and Monet

After her cat, Boomer, passed away in April of 2012, Arloa discovered simple things she could have done that almost certainly would have extended his life, but the discoveries came too late.  She is now committed to making sure that her current kitties, Monet and Tabitha, live long, full and happy lives. As she searches through the information available on the internet and talks with veterinarians, holistic practitioners and other experts, she’s sharing discoveries via Cat Chat episodes on CatChat.TV with cat owners all over the world in the hopes that many more cats will be saved from dealing with preventable health issues.

What made you want to stop feeding dry food to your kitty?

I had a cat who I absolutely adored who was diagnosed with kidney failure and cancer.  After his diagnosis, I started researching everything I could to find the best ways to help him,  The more I researched, the more evident it became just how harmful dry cat food is for cats.  I believe that if Boomer had been on a wet food diet instead of a dry food diet, that he never would have gotten kidney disease, and I beat myself up over the fact that I essentially harmed my “child” unknowingly because of the food I gave him.  I swore to never put another one of my cats through that again.

What improvements have you seen in your kitty since the transition?

Tabitha

Tabitha

I have two new kitties who were rescues.  One (Monet) was found behind our garbage cans before Boomer’s diagnosis, so she started on dry food.  The other (Tabitha) came from a cat rescue where she had been fed dry food.  While on dry food, Monet had severe asthma and Tabitha had bowel issues and recurrent upper respiratory infections (and lots of hairballs).  Tabitha had been returned from a foster home due to her continual bouts of diarrhea.  I first transitioned them to a high quality canned food, then ultimately to homemade raw food.  Monet has been asthma free since the transition and Tabitha has never again had a single bout of diarrhea or a single hairball (which is shocking as she is a long haired cat).  Her eye still runs a tiny bit, but it’s not very often and she has not had another full blown upper respiratory infection.  They are both in phenomenal health.

Have other people told you that they transitioned their cat?  What improvements have they seen?

Monet

Monet

Yes, other people have shared stories of their own transitions.  The most frequent one I hear about is the marked litter box improvements.  I’ve also heard about softer, shinier coats.  Unless a cat was showing signs of illness before the transition, it’s difficult to pinpoint improvements as most of the improvements are internal and can’t really be seen!

What inspired you to do a YouTube video about it?

It pains me to think of any other cats going through what Boomer went through. If the video saves one cat from kidney disease, cancer or any of the other diseases that dry food can contribute to (diabetes, obesity, etc.)

I’m on a campaign, “Just Say No to Dry Food” – would you agree with that?

Absolutely 1000%!

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. This is great and informative. Do you think just a few kibbles (less than 10) mixed in with the wet food is still a bad idea maybe just at one meal or just completely eliminate dry altogether?

  2. Teresa says:

    For me, I have seen a great improvement with my older cat, Mariposa, after changing her completely over to wet food several years ago when my first baby Ragdoll came. As I had so many cats who also died of renal failure, am going to do everything possible this time to avoid that.
    Have already seen these improvements that are great:
    1. Not much smell in the litter box – (I do scoop 2-3 times/day), but even when I scoop, the output (both urine and feces) has a lot less smell
    2. I add about 1/4 cup of water to each kitty’s meal and really believe that has cut down the urine smell as well because their urine is more dilute.
    3. For my older kitty, Pumpkin, who is about 14, he has been on a low ash content diet and wet food only because he had kidney stones when I first adopted him about 12 years ago and went through an awful time suffering. However, after changing him to a low ash wet food only, he has not had one single bout of kidney stones or UTI for years and years.
    4. None of my long-hair girls have had any problems with hairballs as I started them on the wet food as soon as they came to me. Think that maybe the wet food and the water combined has allowed the hair to not be stuck inside them.

    Like Janet, I do let them have a small amount of kibble (blue buffalo wilderness, grain free) just for a treat and they haven’t had any bad side effects.

    Am really glad you are having this discussion and hope that it will bring more awareness to others just like it did to me to help my babies have a better quality of life, and a longer quality life. ♥

  3. Kerry Gooch says:

    I really am trying to switch my 7 year old cat Roxy to wet food but she doesn’t like it. I’ve tried several different brands and so far she seems to to like the more textured type but she still will it eat about half a can/pouch. She is already tiny and I don’t want her to not eat anything so I leave about 1/4 cup of her old dry food out. What should I do? Have her quit cold turkey and know she’ll v eat eventually? Ideas?

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I think I heard in one of your videos something along the lines of ‘my cats get all the water they need from wet food, so there is no need for a water bowl in my house’… I always leave water out for my kitties, but I have NEVER seen them drink out of it 🙁 Do you think a 100% wet food diet (with some water added to their food) takes care of their hydration issues? I’m kind of unsure whether I should be worried about the water intake, or whether they are fine the way they are right now.
    Thanks!

    (BTW, all 3 veterinarians I have seen so far have tried to make me change my kitties’ diet to DRY Hill’s prescription diet! When I looked up the ingredients, I was disgusted to find that the first ingredient was meat by-products… ugh. What’s wrong with these vets?)

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, I do think they get all the moisture they need from that. I always have water glasses lying around and they never drink from those either, so I know I am not causing them harm by not putting out water.

      I have heard rumors that Science Diet helps pay for vets to go to school if they support their products afterwards and also give them spiffs for selling it. So it could be a financial motivation issue or it could just be an ignorance issue. Dry food has been out since the 1950s – lots of years of brainwashing left to undo!

      Glad you have it figured out as your kitties will be healthier and happier!

  5. Dementia Boy says:

    I think Royal Canin is the manufacturer to keep a wary eye upon. UC Davis’ pages are filled with pictures of RC’s stuff. A Chicago newspaper blogger interviewed a RC nutritionist yesterday who said that different breeds of cats need different shapes of kibble–veddy interesting, considering that RC makes about 20 different shapes of kibble targeted at different breeds, undisclosed in the interview.

    I wrote a comment about both wet food and raw food. The blogger ignored the wet food portion of my comment, but sort of suggested that raw food proponents were similar to religious cult members. Bowing my head at the Shrine of Evil Kitty and Saint Iz…

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