Mother Nature Knows What a Cat Should Eat
Duke Got Sick. Duke Got Well.
In 1994, when my beautiful young cat, Duke, was just a wee kitten fresh from the animal shelter, he started showing signs of serious digestive illness. Runny stools. Later, diarrhea. Over the next several years, his condition dramatically worsened, until he was suffering from full-blown all-diarrhea-all-the-time. Lots of tests, a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease and then on to the usual gamut of scores of special prescription diets and various other approaches. None of which made a whiff of difference for him.
He was weary of suffering and I was heartbroken over what he was going through.
To make the story short, Duke got completely well again, quite literally overnight, because I finally came to understand that if I paid attention to what I fed him, many seemingly intractable and allegedly "incurable" problems could disappear. It was a hard lesson to learn, although I'm happy to report that Duke not only survived it all, but went on to thrive.
The impact that a proper diet can have on a cat is probably most conspicuous and immediate for a cat suffering from digestive problems, but I've learned along the way that all kinds of serious health disorders can be reversed or dramatically improved if we feed these magnificent creatures properly. What is involved, quite simply, is sticking as close to Mother Nature as you can manage. Good common sense.
My experience with Duke opened my eyes in a big way to how many well-meaning, overworked, and overwhelmed vets are often overlooking the most obvious answer when it comes to dealing with feline illness, especially - but certainly not exclusively - digestive problems. By design or default, many busy vets are permitting the pet food industry to act as their proxy when it comes to nutritional decision-making for their clients.
The results, sadly, are disastrous for cats. Buoyed by Duke's miraculous turnaround, in early 2003, with the assistance and endorsement of Lisa Pierson, DVM,
I assembled an open letter to veterinary professionals that laid out what I had learned and snail-mailed it out all US veterinary schools. I included a list of recommended reading and resources. Throwing all humility overboard, I even put together a sample client handout that vets might consider using. Finally, I included more detailed discussion of my personal experience helping Duke to help distraught caregivers whose cats suffered from the same problem but could be easily helped using a home-prepared diet.
This site is my way of getting the word out to a broader audience. I'm hopeful that some of my lay insights into treating one terrible malady and the many lessons I've learned along the way about feline nutrition might be instructive to the veterinary community and to lay people like me who were desperate for answers.
If you're a vet, I respectfully ask that you take a few minutes to read my open letter and consider it. If you're a lay person, please feel free to pass this letter along to your own vet.
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