One of the issues that cat owners don't want to grapple with is associated with feline urinary tract infections (Feline UTIs). These infections bring on a change in the normally fastidious behaviour of their beloved pets that start having 'accidents' around the house, leaving little puddles of urine in unexpected places. Veterinary science has found that cats with UTI tend to avoid the litter box in an effort to escape from the pain of urination, because in their logic the litter box is the cause of the problem.
Once identified, UTIs must be treated promptly, and owners have to take care that the problem doesn't recur as it sometimes can. Feline UTI's are easily treated with antibiotics. However, preventing any further outbreaks will mean that the owners may need to pay more attention to their pets' diet. One of the root causes of urinary problems in household pets is the commercially prepared pet food that they are given, which despite the fact that it is safe for them to eat and hygienically prepared, is really not ideal for the health of their internal organs.
Felines in the wild eat only raw meat. Cats, for instance, regularly hunt and eat small animals such as mice and rats. Carbohydrates are almost never consumed, and fibre in the form of grass and plant matter is once again eaten raw when they need to get rid of that irritating hairball. Most ready to serve foods available for cats contain carbohydrates, and although they claim to contain protein as well, it should be noted that this only in cooked form. Animal experts believe that carbohydrates and cooked food are the root cause of feline UTIs. Owners should note, however, that there are commercially prepared cat foods of the best quality that help prevent UTIs.
One dietary option that owners can use is the raw food diet for their cats. The use of raw food will mean that there will be certain attached conditions in the matter of health and hygiene. Raw food goes off or spoils much faster than packaged pet food. Whatever is given to your cat must be eaten soon and in one session. Also, the raw meat must be as fresh as possible when it is bought. Pet owners can scout around their neighbourhood for meat shops that supply high quality pet food. Rabbit, chicken, turkey and duck for instance can be available in prepared form for pets. You can then freeze this in the appropriate quantity that your pet could eat in one session, so that only one packet at a time needs to be thawed out.
One aspect of introducing a healthy raw food diet is that an owner can rarely predict if their fussy pet will accept it. It is after all, new to them. A vet can provide the advice and information that you need while changing your pet over to a raw food diet. Always be prepared, though, for your best intentions to come to naught, for in the end it is your pet that will take the final decision for you!
Janet Markowitz has been a German Shepherd Breeder for over 20 years. She has always been interested in using natural and holistic remedies for her Shepherds whenever possible. She has found that by using natural Remedies in conjunction with conventional medicine, she has achieved great success in the health and longevity in her dogs.