I’ve always maintained that you can make any post into a gardening post, no matter what the subject is. So I will preface my pleas for help by adding a bit of interesting info I discovered about catmint, which I plan to grow in a container this summer. James, in Blackpitts, should love this. :)
Did you know that… Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites. Research suggests that in a test tube, distilled nepetalactone, the active ingredient in catnip, repels mosquitoes ten times more effectively than DEET, the active ingredient in most insect repellents, but that it is not as effective a repellent when used on the skin.
Now, onto my questions. :-)
My beautiful boy, Toby, has had a bladder infection. Fortunately, I noted his symptoms early enough to get him to the vet right away, and started on a course of antibiotics. He’s been fantastic about it all — even displaying nice manners to the vet. Naturally, we came home with a $30 bag of catfood in tow, designed, so it states, to regulate the Ph of his urine. After his antibiotics are gone, we are supposed to convince him to eat a canned food diet only, with just a few kibbles to nibble on in between. Hah!
Toby has eaten kibbles or dry food since…forever. He won’t even take a sniff of canned food, nor is there any human food he’ll eat except the occasion pinch of tuna, and then only if it’s a certain kind. Yesterday, we bought about six different kinds of canned food and tried small portions of them all. Worse still is that he doesn’t like the $30 food from the vet that he is supposed to be eating…he’s eaten small amounts, but not nearly what he should be eating.
Our thinking was that if you simply put the new food — dry or wet — down in place of the old, he’ll eat it eventually if he gets hungry enough. Not so, says the vet. A dog, yes — eventually they’ll eat what they’re given. A cat, so they said, will simply just not eat. Period. Which can lead to another condition called— cats MUST eat.
I’ve tried mixing his new food with his old, and he merely picks his favorite out and leaves the rest. I’ve tried mixing small amounts of his dry food in with the canned, without success. So, I’m at the end of my rope and, knowing there are many cat lovers among us, wondered if any of you have any suggestions for getting a persnickety kitty to eat a new food OR know of a dry/kibbles type food that is formulated for urinary tract health. I’ve read labels until I’m cross-eyed, looking for lowest ash levels, low magnesium levels, etc.
I’m hoping this infection was just a fluke thing — Toby responded well to the antibiotics and things seem pretty much back to normal. But I’d like to avoid another episode if I can. The $30/bag kibbles food is not an option, by the way. :-)
Thanks in advance for any ideas you might have!