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.
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?
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?
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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?