- They are unable to urinate or are only urinating a small amount
- Their urine is bloody
- Their urine is dribbling out sporadically
- They visit the litter box more often
- They cry when they urinate
- They squat longer in the litter box
- They avoid the litter box
- They are constantly licking their urinary opening
- They drink more water
- Their abdomen is hard and distended
As a feline veterinarian in West Los Angeles, I work with a lot of image-conscious cat owners who frequently ask me about feline nutrition. It can be one of the most important decisions one makes with regard to the health and well being of their pet. They are obligate carnivores, which means that they thrive on a diet that consists of the flesh of other creatures. They are uniquely adapted to consume rodents and other small creatures and have evolved to eat them raw.
Cats do not have any carbohydrate requirements and are able to get most of their fluid intake from what they eat. Dry kibble provides them with excessive carbohydrates and not enough water. The best thing to feed a cat is raw meat. You can make the food yourself or buy pre-made mixes which are available frozen or dehydrated.
The following are some great options of available frozen complete diets that I recommend:
Rad Cat Raw Diet
To save money, you can mix pre-ground meat/bone/organ mixes with pre-mixed supplements. The following are some I recommend:
Whole Foods 4 Pets
The following companies provide supplement mixes to add to the meat for a complete diet: Alnutrin
I recommend using a combination of different methods when feeding cats raw meat diets. An easy way to supplement their diet is by feeding them whole parts such as chicken wings, necks and gizzards which also provide chewing exercise (it helps keep their teeth, gums and jaws healthy). If you feed your cat a raw meat diet, you will see improvements in your their energy, coat and digestion.
Dr. Elyse Kent DVM is the primary veterinarian and founder of Elite Cat Care in West Los Angeles.
My name is Denise and I recently moved from New York to Santa Monica, California to pursue a new job opportunity. I’m a writer and am currently working with Paramount Television on an upcoming series for HBO. My cat, Milo, and I have been together for over 8 years and I know him and his behavior quite well by this point, which is why it was so apparent to me when something was up.
As most cats do, he spent the first few days exploring the house and figuring out all his favorite spots. He climbed all over the counters, hid under the couches and bed, and sprawled out on the carpet waiting to have his stomach scratched. But it wasn’t before long that his eye for adventure became quickly smothered by a hesitance to occupy certain areas of my home, especially the area rugs and plush furniture. “What is this all about?” I thought.
He started licking himself obsessively, to the point that certain areas almost went bald! And then when he jumped from the cabinets to the sink, where it was wet, I noticed a small amount of blood left behind in his footsteps. “Enough is enough,” I thought. “I have to get to the bottom of this.” So I called one of my best cat-owner friends back in New York, Cindy, to see what she made of the situation.
Cindy told me was that when she was in California, the most frequent issue with her cat was fleas. She couldn’t tell me why, so I hopped on Google and discovered that frost in colder regions kills fleas. Aha! That explains the licking. But then why was he so shy of the carpet and furniture? “That’s where fleas live” said Google. OK, then, so how do I solve this problem?
My research showed me that the massive amount of flea products on the market are so overwhelming for the average consumer that it takes a licensed professional to make a recommendation. I typically work from home and have been so busy with this project I found it difficult to make it to the veterinarian. Being that I don’t have a vet in Santa Monica, I was dependent upon Yelp recommendations to find a new one to help Milo. Thankfully, Dr. Elyse Kent had stellar Yelp reviews for serving Santa Monica and the Greater Los Angeles area, so I called her up right away and scheduled the soonest available appointment.
She was able to explain the blood I found in the sink, which are flea excretions, and the licking which results from an allergy to flea saliva. She provided a custom cream medication to apply to the hairless inside part of Milo’s ear flap to counteract the allergic response in his body. I was so happy that I wouldn’t have to give him pills because the medicine would be absorbed through his skin. Dr. Kent explained that using an effective flea medication every month all year would make it unlikely that Milo would have have medication in the future.I was ecstatic that Milo would no longer have to suffer flea trauma and that Dr. Kent would be my new vet who would always be just one house-call away.