“The prevalence of cancer and autoimmune related diseases in our pets is directly correlated to the processed foods we are feeding them. We are literally starving them to death of nutrients while stuffing them to the point of obesity with garbage.” Dr. Denise Miller, DVM and author of What’s Wrong With our Pets?
The British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. This research, initially conducted by Dr. Tom Lonsdale, was researched further by the Australian Veterinary Association and proven to be correct.” From the British Journal of Small Animal Practice.
In my opinion the biggest danger facing our cats, nowadays, is renal failure. In the past, cats lived to a ripe old age and died of a heart failure at 15 – 18 years. Now, cats are lucky if they make it until 10 years old. Bladder disorders are also very common in dogs.
Cats are obligate carnivores and they retain and metabolise their liquid intake from their nutrition. Dry kibble food has the exact opposite affect and rather than hydrating our dear furry friends, actually dehydrates them. Have you ever noticed what happens to kibble when dropped into water? The kibble absorbs all the water and puffs up double its size. That is what is happening to the insides of our cats (and dogs).
Cats and dogs have been observed, drinking water from the shower and toilet and certainly spend more time at their water bowl than they should. The strange thing is, that if fed a wholesome real food diet, cats will seldom be seen drinking. The high moisture levels in real food, meat and veggies is sufficient to sustain their desired liquid intake.
Those looking for a more scientific explanation as to renal failure in cats and dogs, with respect to feeding kibble diets, can refer to this:
Acidification of the diet can destroy acid-sensitive micronutrients like vitamin K, biotin and B-12. Acidification has been done for several years by pet food manufacturers to help control struvite crystal formation in the urine that becomes too alkaline when dogs and cats are fed high cereal diets. This can lead to the development of calculi/stones in the urinary tract that cause painful and even fatal urinary blockage. Such artificial alteration of the acidity/alkalinity of the animals’ food can cause metabolic acidosis and kidney failure. These are common emergencies, along with urinary retention, in veterinary practice. Acidification of pet foods also resulted in an increased incidence of calcium oxalate uroliths/stones.
“The results of a clinical trial suggest that 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be eliminated without medical intervention over a period of one year with proper diet modifications and an understanding of the healing process as exhibited through healing episodes. Approaching disease from the perspective of health is the most powerful means of eliminating disease. Poor fuel makes for little momentum in life. The commercial food we are feeding’ is the disease we are treating – so treat on and on, curing one disease after another, again and again.”Dr. William Pollak, DVM.
Therefore, as per the medical explanation and mine, we need to look at diets that are less acidic. That means that processed kibble food should be eliminated from the diet and rather feed wholesome home-prepared diets that consist of lots of green veggies with a reasonable amount of meat.
One should refrain from administering all flea poisons as this certainly is acidic and poisonous and will aggravate the organs and tissue.
Supplement with omega 3 fish oils and probiotics. Apple cider vinegar is great inclusion and will assist with digestion and balance the pH.