Update from the original letter writer
Dear Dr. Fox: I took your reply to my letter of concern about this poor dog to her owner, and he was not offended — he just felt helpless, I guess. He took Daisy to the vet, and she was euthanized. Her suffering was immense and her condition was considered too advanced for surgery to be successful. Thank you.
Dear Dr. Fox: I have two indoor cats. Neither is any specific breed, they’re just farm cats that became indoor cats.
One cat, Spot, has bladder problems. He has to eat Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d so he doesn’t develop bladder stones. Our other cat, China Doll, has some sort of bacteria in her intestines that causes severe diarrhea. She is on Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d. Because of these two diets, I have to feed the cats three times a day and hover over them to make sure they eat the right food.
Is there any food I can buy or make that would be safe for both of them? I would rather let food be available for them all day instead of making them scarf food down at specific times.
Thanks for all of your help!
— J.W.R., Sarasota, Fla.
Dear J.W.R.: As you have discovered, it is difficult supervising two cats who must both be on special prescribed diets.
The cat with the bowel problems can be given good-quality, human-grade probiotics mixed in with her food. You can feed both of them my home-prepared diet, which you can find on my website, drfoxvet.com.
Encourage both to drink plenty of water by seasoning it with a little low- or no-salt chicken or beef bullion. Check feline-nutrition.org for more insights on the correct feeding of cats and how one good nutritional formula can help cats with a range of health problems associated with manufactured cat foods, including special prescription diets.