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  1. Alright the information was useful…he seems to like the wilderness blue not as much as his old food….I did not try weenie him off as it is a high protein and grain less food and Iwas told when switching to a grain less for it is better to give them all of the food instead of a mixture.I will just leave him on this for now I donot want to upset his stomach with too many different foods…I think I will try to implement some wet food into his diet….I talked to a few people and people seem to be against the wet cat food along with a lot of pet stores but I haven’t gotten a straight answer as to why..do you have any o ideas on why people seem so against the wet food?

    • John, I’m very surprised to hear that some of the people that you talked to were against wet cat food. I’m not surprised that a lot of the pet stores are against it because it is easier for a pet store to store dry cat food. I honestly believe that the people who are against wet cat food are incorrect and I say that from many years of thinking and working on the subject. Here are is a post about dry cat food which may help but in any case I wish you the best of luck. A book called “Your Cat” by Elisabeth Hodgkins is interesting and is about the health affects of dry kibble.

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/cat-food-recipe.html

      This is a link to many articles.

      • I am really leaning towards wet cat food now and becoming increasingly worried about my cat…he’s an f7 savannah and I know he needs a high protein diet..so as you know I switched him to wilderness blue and he’s has since become constipated he’s defaced once or twice since last weekend his stomach feels quite bloated and I have also learned of lots of people’s pets be comming quite sick and surpassing toxicity limits…I have thrown out the food and just about everything is closed today idk what to do I thought I was on the right path with him now I am lost on what to feed my savannah and I’m becoming scared and worried for him

      • On another note reading about savannah is that they need a higher protein and calorie counot where as wet food has 80% water…a raw diet seems to be ideal but the risks scare me away from that…would I be better to switch him to another grain free dry food and just leave him a bowl for him to nibble at as usual and just give him a couple spoones of canned food during the day maybe a couple of crickets or something? Also Ive heard that fish foods contain IEBD or something like that from pollution in the water that is thought to be linked with hyperthyroidism In whales and vats. There is also a chemical I heard that is used to seal canned wet food thats used to seal the can that is thought to do the same (more evidence supports the fish theory) upon finding this information again I find myself very confused and in the unknown abit what is best for my cat, and at that after hearing about the blue recalls and sick pets I’m unsure which companis to turn to

  2. Hey I’ve searched this site for everything in the last 6 hours it’s time I make a post I have a cat his name is Simba he’s a savannah…he is almost 2 years old now and acts relatively normal I mean to his standard….he’s an interesting cat to say the least. Anyways I should get to the point he seems to bleed after his poop not too much a good dab tor two though and it is quite mucusy this has been going on since I got hI’m at 3 months old *(and yes I’ve taken him to the vet for this) he does not be El top often that I’ve noticed but still he usually has to squeeze out brown mucas after his poop..I l have heard it could be his diet being friskies. as he was around other animals and refused to take his food. I have just recently switched him well as of today to wilderness blue indoor..really I’d like to know if I’m looking in the right direction I’m worried about him

    • Hi John, please read the whole comment before clicking on links. I have a page on blood in a cat’s stools:

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/blood-in-cat-stool.html

      You say he seems to bleed after pooping. It is not clear that there is blood in the stool. I wouldn’t mind knowing what the vet said.

      I don’t think this problem is related to the Savannah cat. It could happen to any cat. You don’t say whether he was on Friskies dry cat food but I presume he was because wilderness blue indoor is dry food.

      I’d take him off dry cat food altogether and put him on top quality wet. I have a page on the best wet cat foods in the USA:

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/best-canned-cat-food.html

      I feel fairly confident this is a dietary problem but I am not a vet. I presume too that he is well in himself and shows no other signs of being unwell. Good luck and I am sorry you could not find the answer after 6 hours searching 😉 .

      • thanks…when I took him to the vet he basically told me nothing was wrong with him and that other than the stool he was cry healthy..yes he was on the friskies hard food…I’ve heard a lot of on and off contravention about the dry/wet food battleI had him on hard because when I got him I heard a lot of negativety towards the wet food but I mean I’m hearing just the same about dry…I just just got him the wilderness blue. could that be the solution? Should I continue switching him to the wilderness or do you think I should just go for wet food right away?

        • I would switch but use dry for night-time grazing and high quality wet for the mainstream diet. Make sure it is good quality. The general feeling these days is that dry cat food contains too much carbohydrate and too little protein. It is not natural enough and being dry there is not enough water in it and the cat does not drink enough water to compensate.cats can become dehydrated slightly and possibly hypoglycaemic sometimes. You can’t notice these things but they may be occurring.

          The general feeling today is that a high-quality wet food and even well-prepared raw cat food is the best diet for a domestic cat with perhaps a few treats and some dry cat food also perhaps when required.

          The key to what is a good diet is to ask ourselves what a mouse is made up of. The mouse is made up of about 70% water, about 25% protein and the rest is plant material in the mouse’s stomach.

          Good luck. The change in diet should be done fairly steadily and gently and you may have to try different wet foods. Your cat may take time to adjust and all cats have preferences as to what sort of wet food they prefer. This means you have to try different types to find one he likes.

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  5. My cats has recently be found with cancer of the stomach and he had it removed but some of the cancer remains inside him so he isn’t going to make it but we have found that his skin has be turning black? It started on the paw and now it’s bblack and now its starting to start on his tummy? What does this mean?

    • Hi David. Obviously your vet will clarify. As an unqualified person with some knowledge of cat health, it may be that what you are seeing are melanomas – a malignant neoplasm – a brown or black pigmented cancer of the skin. I am not sure. When skin goes black it is either dead or cancerous; that is my crude assessment. Please see a vet and be prepared for possible bad news. Good luck to you both.

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  10. My cat is 11 1/2 years old. I have been to the vet many times and they seem to not know what is wrong with my cat! He had an infection, first, so they treated that…once they started to treat that he started to go downhill! Infection was never gone and they decided to do surgery to get rid of his bad teeth, thinking that was the cause of the infection. Once he came home from the vet, after surgery, he wasn’t eating/drinking. I called them and he stayed overnight. My poor Siamese cat! They never even helped him out! I brought him home the next day and started to syringe him with food/water to help him eat. He began to eat on his own and started to drink water within a couple of days. I got a second opinion after that. The next vet didn’t know what to think. Started another round of antibiotics, but that didn’t help he is still loosing weight. Went from 9 pounds and is now currently to 4.8 pounds. I need help! Got another opinion and this vet thinks he has cancer, no blood test or anything to prove this. I need to have him gain weight and feel things will turn around once he does. I am not sure on how to have him gain weight though. I give him soft fancy feast canned food. Can anyone help me??

    • Hi Jammie. So sorry to hear about your Siamese cat’s health. I am going to presume that you are American and that you have an American, modern Siamese cat. Please tell me if I am wrong. I am not a vet or anything. If I am correct, I have read about health issues with purebred American Siamese of about the age of your cat. The problems are indeterminate. They are probably immune system related. The immune system is malfunctioning due to inbreeding.

      That is a pretty wild assertion and I don’t know if I am anywhere near the mark but all I know is I have heard about this sort of thing before. You might try a super high quality wet cat food that is highly palatable which may get your cat eating and putting on weight. I am using Hills a/d and Hills wet cat food in pouches in the UK for a very sick cat and she eats well. You can probably get the same thing in the USA if you are in the USA.

      If 2 vets are scratching their heads the cause of the general illness cannot be clear. This points to immune system failure for me but I must stress that I am a layperson not a veterinarian. You should know that of all the cat breeds the Siamese has the highest number of genetic diseases of all the purebred cats. This is due to poor breeding. See Siamese cat health problems.

    • Hi Jammie I read your post “My cat is 11 1/2 years old. I have been to the vet many times and they seem to not know what is wrong with my cat! He had an infection, first, so they treated that…once they started to treat that he started to go downhill! Infection was never gone and they decided to do surgery to get rid of his bad teeth, thinking that was the cause of the infection. Once he came home from the vet, after surgery, he wasn’t eating/drinking. I called them and he stayed overnight. My poor Siamese cat! They never even helped him out! I brought him home the next day and started to syringe him with food/water to help him eat. He began to eat on his own and started to drink water within a couple of days. I got a second opinion after that. The next vet didn’t know what to think. Started another round of antibiotics, but that didn’t help he is still loosing weight. Went from 9 pounds and is now currently to 4.8 pounds. I need help! Got another opinion and this vet thinks he has cancer, no blood test or anything to prove this. I need to have him gain weight and feel things will turn around once he does. I am not sure on how to have him gain weight though. I give him soft fancy feast canned food. Can anyone help me??”

      Are you still struggling with this issue? If so, I can reply to you here or faster via email if you still need help, at answers@immuneiq(com) – Cynthia”

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    • Hi, sorry your comment was lost. A WordPress widget may have assessed it as spam when it clearly was not. I get tons of spam comments all of which are automatically listed for deletion. I can’t check them all so I may have missed yours – sorry. That is one aspect of blogging that you will have to deal with! I would choose WordPress which is more complicated to set up than Google Blogspot. But Google Blogger is very good. Both are good. A non-blog platform that is good and free is Google Sites. It is good because Google favours it so it the pages get ranked more highly. It is free as well. Non-blog websites are very similar to blog websites so either is as good as the other in my opinion.

      The key to successful website building is to work hard! You have to compete with all the others. That means writing a lot, making it good and useful and keep on going through the good and bad times. It is not easy and I would not recommend it unless you have stamina and commitment.

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  18. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you are interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!

    • Hi

      Thanks for contacting me in a comment on the cat health page. I am busy right now repairing the site after moving it! Hard process. But I am happy for you to put a couple on links in an article to promote your site. You can drop the article in the form on this page:

      or email it to me.

      I don’t do link exchange any more. I tried emailing you without success.

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