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Slob on my cat
slob on my cat
I am about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. My cat has always been in good health. Ive always been very interested in cats but I never owned one before. I will be adopting a cat from the SPCA for my first cat and Im really excited about it.
But, Ive been warned by some vets that it might not be a good idea to adopt a kitten for the first time.
It might be a bit of a problem for my cats health (he can be an extremely picky eater).
My cat is going to be 3 months old in about 3 weeks and we are going to be adopting a kitten that is 3 months to a year old. The kitten will be going to a home with 2 other cats (I believe he is a house cat) and one of the other cats has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.
The SPCA has told me that the kitten will have to be treated with medicine for about a month or so before he comes to live with us (this includes medication and a low-protein diet).
My questions are these:
1. Is my cat too old to get the medication (he is a neutered male, black, and is 3 years old)?
2. What will be the best way to go about starting a low-protein diet? (He is very finicky, so I am not sure he will go for it, especially since he is about to be neutered).
3. Does he need to be put on a low-protein diet before he goes to his new home?
I have had the same problem with cats being allergic to diets, that's why I am going to have it checked first, but my cat is only about 3.
I would be worried about any change in the diet. I don't see how you can start a new diet at 3 months of age. If your cat is going to have surgery then I would suggest you start it at least a month or so before and gradually bring up the protein content of the diet until you reach the amount that the vet prescribes. If your cat is not due to have surgery, then you should start on the low protein diet at around 10-12 weeks old.
Thanks for the replies. Im glad that everyone seems to be on the same page about starting a new diet.
At the moment, he is on a diet of Royal Canin Kitten which is a wet food. Im not quite sure about the exact protein content, but its usually around 5%. It seems like he is really enjoying it. I will ask the vet tomorrow what the recommended level of protein should be for a cat his age.
I think that he hasnt had any problems with the food so far.
I have a vet appt tomorrow, and am going to ask him what the protein should be for a cat his age (I have been told that he should be eating 6-7%) and if I can start him off with a high-protein diet.
I would like to know if I should start him off with a high protein diet, or if the vet has prescribed low protein for him.
I guess its something like the 'you shouldnt go to school unless you can recite the alphabet'.
The fact that you haven't had any problems shows that the food has done him a great service. It's not going to hurt him and if it does then you will have the evidence to sue the food manufacturers.
I would not start him on a high protein diet just in case he has allergies to protein. There are too many things you dont know about your kitten and a high protein diet could be a problem for him and it could be very expensive if he needs expensive treatment later.
If you start him on low protein you will know the best diet for him.
I would try a high protein diet for the first week, then gradually decrease it. I would stop it if he starts vomiting, his eyes start watering and his coat is starting to come off. If he does not get to his target weight before he gets neutered, then you need to start him on a different diet for a few days before he goes to the vet.
Also, you cannot start him off on any high protein diet until after he has had a test for salmonella as it can hide in the intestines for many weeks after it has passed. So, even though he has been eating a wet food for the last two weeks, it might be best to keep him on the same wet food until he has been tested for salmonella, which is only around 3 weeks.
He will have to go to a vet and the vet will have to test him for salmonella. There is nothing you can do about it.
I would think that a high protein diet will do him no harm, but, it is best not to force a kitten on to a high protein diet. If he is not going to grow properly, then this could make him sick, or he might just end up sicker than he already is.
I don't know why you would put him on a high protein diet, but if you are going to do it you need to do it gradually.
It also sounds like you are going to be starting him off on a low protein diet. The only thing that this might affect is that, if he is put on a high protein diet right before he has had his neutering, then he will be given the correct protein level in his first 2 weeks on that diet.
I don't know what the protein level should be. The vet will know the best way to do this.
You really don't need to start him on a high protein diet if you are going to have him neutered as there is no need to do this. I would start him on a low protein diet then gradually up it until he gets to his target weight.
That's not to say that there are no advantages to a high protein diet, it's just not needed for most kittens.
I agree with the advice, start him on