My kitty FINALLY has a happy tummy!
I have three cats, one of whom has had litter box issues off and on for several years, and we could never figure out the cause of it - and my finances prevented me from being able to have the vet do much in the way of testing in order to come up with a definite diagnosis. I felt horrible - I was at my wits' end, because I love this little fluffball, I've had her since she was small enough to fit in my palm, but I couldn't afford any major medical care - and I knew that the likelihood of finding another suitable home for a sick cat was slim, at best. The idea of having her put down because of a digestive issue seemed ridiculous and extreme - but I didn't want her to suffer or be unhealthy or unhappy, either.
Finally, earlier this year, our vet determined that the most likely cause of her constant, persistent diarrhea was either irritable bowel syndrome, or a food allergy. She put my kitty, Rysie, on a prescription cat food, and it really seemed to help! The bad news was, the food cost.
My cats have always had a communal food dish available, they always ate the same thing, when ever they were hungry. None of them had a tendency to overeat, so it was never a problem. But with a price tag like that, I certainly couldn't feed all three the prescription stuff - which meant having to establish a feeding schedule, and monitoring them closely to make sure the right cats were eating the right food. Even with that - which none of us were particularly happy about - food was prohibitively expensive, and I knew it wasn't going to be a good long-term solution.
I talked with the staff at the vet's office, and they pointed me to a store in the area which carries some limited ingredient foods which they said might be a viable alternative to try. I stopped by the store, a farm supply store called Theisen's, and after much time carefully perusing the options available to me, I settled on a small bag of Natural Balance LID Green Pea & Salmon formula and a small bag of Natural Balance LID Green Pea & Duck formula to try out.
We started with the Green Pea & Duck, because I thought that might be a bit less of a shock to my cats' systems since they were used food with chicken flavor. They all seemed to like it, but Rysie's tummy wasn't -quite- happy about it. Not as unhappy as it had been before we started her on special food, but not as happy as it was on the prescription stuff. I let Tribble and Chloe finish off that bag while I tried feeding Rysie the Green Pea & Salmon flavor. It was an almost instant hit. Rysie loves it, and so does her tummy - we haven't had a single issue since I switched her over. I gradually switched all three over to the Green Pea & Salmon formula, and I am delighted to say that I now have three happy, healthy, well-fed kitties.
I really don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this cat food literally saved my beloved fluff-butt's life. Her prospects were grim without it.Wendy W