Saturday, April 09, 2011
Several of my friends have asked about my cat and her new diet. She is the tuxedo in the picture on my page. She will be 10 in June. Both cats had their comprehensive checkups at Banfield yesterday, along with teeth cleaning. Usually I get that "they need to lose a little weight" (Ananya, the tuxedo, is 14 pounds and Max is 13). Neither looks overweight, but I feed them weight control diet anyway. Now Max, in the past, has had issues with crystals in his urine and had to go on a special (expensive) food for a while; but, that was years ago and has not had any problem since. So naturally, when I picked up the cats yesterday and was told the doctor wanted to talk to me, I thought it was the crystals showing up again.
Well, no, that isn't the problem. Ananya had slightly high blood sugar and sugar showing in her urine. So the vet wants her to lose 2 pounds and has put her on a special diet for weight and diabetes in felines. Then we will retest on the 30th to see what is going on. Hopefully, the new food will help and she won't have diabetes.
She has always eaten Iams since she started eating solid food. We raised her from 3 weeks old and had to bottle feed for 3 weeks. So I am talking it slow to change over to the new food. Today I put 3 parts old with 1 part new. I will do the same tonight. Tomorrow I will try half and half. If that works, I will keep it there for a couple of days then increase the new to the old ratio until she is on the new food completely. We will see what happens. I hope the new food does the trick or that it was just stress. Stress is another possibility as well.