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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD – formerly known as FUS).

This picture was from 2009. His name is Isaiah, it was 8 yrs ago. I am delighted to still have him ❤ He loves a pillow & doesn’t mind a blanket, we tuck him in all the time. When I was in the hospital from a car accident 5 years ago Isaiah was being cared for by a friend. I had my family drop food off to my friend daily and I didn’t know that my family brought different bags every time. I’ve had cats my entire life and never have they had health problems but I kept them on the same food always (was traditional commercial food) and I only had them vaccinated for rabies but not my indoor cats that I got years later, they have had no shots.
Turns out one day Isaiah was clearly in great pain (he and my other three are all indoor cats) and was brought to the emergency hospital for animals. He had to have emergency surgery because his urine crystallized and he was unable to pee. The doctor said if he wasn’t brought in, when he was brought in, he could have died a painful death from his bladder exploding, he was howling like never before sounds coming from him in pain.
I asked the doctors what would cause this and they had NO answers for me. They said that it was just something that happens sometimes and recommended their cat food.
I was livid that they COULDN’T even give me an IDEA ?????????????
So you know what I did…, lol. I did my own research. I found that the cause of struvite crystals in cats may be the cause of too much magnesium and dry commercial pet foods. Due to the lack of moisture in the diet, the urine becomes too concentrated and alkaline. A diet of ONLY traditional dry commercially bought food is dangerous and unhealthy for your pet but it’s all I EVER fed them so I took a closer look at the food. **Dry Pet Food was designed in the 1970s for owner convenience and NOT tailored for proper pet nutrition. My cats are and always have been on a dry diet and it wasn’t until their food was being changed weekly that Isaiah had problems. So there are a lot of factors to consider.
It has been a common practice for manufacturers to add ash and magnesium to commercial cat foods.

Ash

Ash in cat food is the inorganic mineral content left over when the organic portion of the food has been burned off. The mineral content can be any combination of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, silicon, sulfur and other trace minerals.

Ash is measured by heating a food to 550 to 600 degrees – the inorganic residue is the “ash content”.

Confusion about ash content in pet foods developed as veterinarians and cat guardians were looking for the cause of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD – formerly known as FUS). In the 70’s & 80’s veterinarians thought ash was a factor in causing crystals in the urine. There are, however, a variety of causes and ash is no longer considered a factor in causing FLUTD. Further research has shown that the main problem was the formulation of commercial pet foods: most pet foods were creating a more alkaline urine (higher pH) which lead to an increase in struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) crystals. Dry kibble diets are mainly formulated with a high vegetable and grain content which creates a more alkaline urine. An all meat diet such as a cat would eat in nature creates a more acidic urine.

“A high protein diet is the best way to maintain a low urinary pH naturally. Cats eating canned diets have fewer problems with FLUTD than those eating primarily dry kibble diets”

“Animal protein is hugely important to our pets throughout their entire lives. High quality protein from actual meat sources contains important amino acids that your pets need to thrive.”

When choosing a healthy, high protein diet for your pet, avoid any bags that feature corn or soy as a prominent ingredient (or better yet, avoid them all together). You want named meat meals (like chicken meal, venison, salmon, ocean fish or lamb meal) or quality meat as the primary protein source. This is a sure proof way to make sure your pets are eating the diet nature intended.

 Magnesium

Magnesium content in foods has also been implicated in contributing to FLUTD. Magnesium content, however, is most likely a minor contributor compared to the influence of urine pH. Studies have shown that supplementing the diet with magnesium chloride did not cause urinary crystals to form in the urine as long as an acidic urine was maintained. Further studies have shown that if the urine is at a higher pH of 7.5 or more, struvite crystals will occur even if the diet is low in magnesium.

Magnesium is an essential mineral in the diet of cats and dogs for a variety of functions including energy production, proper muscle function, heart health, bone growth and dental health among others. Rather than the specific magnesium content of a food guardians would be better served by looking for the proper ratio of Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium in the diet which should be approximately Ca-1.3:P-1:Mg-.06. A deficiency of any essential mineral in an animal’s diet will eventually lead to mineral imbalance and disease.

Pet food manufacturers developed low ash and/or low magnesium foods in response to the theories that ash or magnesium were the cause of struvite crystals. When it was apparent that urine pH, and not ash or magnesium was the problem, they began to add Ammonium Chloride to their cat foods to acidify the diet. This practice, however, does not necessarily solve the problem since continued use of Ammonium Chloride can lead to a condition called chronic acidosis, which leads to mobilization of Calcium from the cat’s bones. The combination of chemically induced acidosis, calcium loss from the bones leading to increased calcium in the blood & urine, along with a reduced level of magnesium in the diet leads to the formation of oxalate stones. Oxalate stones have now become an increasingly common side effect of treatment for struvite crystals.

Also,

High plant protein diets are hard on your pet’s organs; high animal protein diets aren’t only healthy for your aging pets, but essential. Poor quality, mass produced pet foods are packed with protein from soy and corn. Unfortunately, your dog and cat are unable to properly digest and assimilate these sources of protein. It lets the food manufacturer boost the protein content of the food without actually offering your pet any substantial protein they can actually use. High plant protein diets can put added strain on your pets because their bodies aren’t designed to process those ingredients. As they try to assimilate protein from these sources, their organs need to start working overtime.

And this is where disease sets in. Have you ever asked yourself why are the statistics of disease in animals the highest it’s ever been? THINK ABOUT IT! This may be hard for you to swallow and I considered not even mentioning this what I am about to say in this blog but I can’t just stay silent. THEY NOT ONLY PUT POISONS/CHEMICALS/& GMO’s IN HUMAN FOODS, THEY PUT POISONS/CHEMICALS/& GMO’s IN ANIMAL FOODS and they stripped the soil it grows in. Sickness is BIG BUSINESS! Then they push UNNECESSARY vaccines for animals too.  WHY DOES AN INDOOR CAT NEED A RABIES VACCINE?

(those vaccine links in blue above, I realize they talk about people, but it’s the same with our animals)

Rabies is most often transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. Less frequently, it can be passed on when the saliva of an infected animal enters another animal’s body through mucous membranes or an open, fresh wound. The risk for contracting rabies runs highest if your cat is exposed to wild animals. 

How can you force me to give my animal a rabies vaccine if my animal NEVER steps foot outside and I simple do not agree? NO, I DO NOT CONSENT!! These are my babies.

Now that I have educated you a little… let me tell you something else the doctor said, the doctor said “Now that Isaiah has had this happen to him, he will be prone now for the REST OF HIS LIVE to having it happen again the best advice I can give you is to have him on __blah, blah____.” (which was a cat food in their office for urinary tract infections but couldn’t really tell me why it was special expect that it was designed for urinary tract) and he said it still wouldn’t guarantee it won’t happen again.  So you know what I did?

After all my research I put my cat’s on a grain free diet high quality food, but not all grain free brands are good, and I moved their water away from their food bowl because I read that cat’s will drink more water if it is not right next to their food because in nature their food and water are not conveniently right next to each other, they have to look/hunt for it and I did notice that they were drinking more when I moved it.

So the point of this blog is I encourage you to do your own research and question everything. Doctors are needed for emergency purposes but NOT useful for LONG TERM care, whether its for you or your animals.  Trust your instincts, do your research and consult with holistic doctors or veterinarians and even a step up from a holistic doctor are what’s called functional doctors.

Do you love nutrition like me? Have you ever considered turning your love for nutrition into a career? Become a health coach with IIN the largest nutrition school in the world. Thanks to IIN, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I was able to have my last surgery, as a result of a car accident without pain meds. I followed my own holistic pain management. My last surgery was a year after the accident to reverse the colostomy bag.

After my grandmother died from negligence of the ER and her doctors, I knew then I had to learn more.  I needed to learn about food and how it works in the body. I started to study nutrition on my own and I started an interactive health blog on my business website that was doing very well and I had been looking at IIN for months already when the accident happened. So when I ended up in the hospital from the car accident, I knew I needed to sign up for IIN because I already loved every single email I got from them and I knew I couldn’t trust the doctors to make the best decisions for my health. I couldn’t trust my life in the hands of strangers with no vested interest in me.  I signed up to study with IIN while I lay bedridden in the hospital then my cat ended up in the ER a few months after.

I’ve had my cats about 10 years now, they are my babies, my family and if I hadn’t done my research I could have potentially lost Isaiah or been knee high in vet bills trying to keep him alive.  I wish I knew then, 10 years ago, what I know now, I would have had them on a raw diet. It’s not good to change their diet too much, it gives them diarrhea.

Personally, I use the green bag of Taste of the Wild brand, grain free with Roasted Venison and Smoked Salmon. One time though I forgot which bag by Taste of the Wild, the green or the brown which has more fish and even though they were the same brand my cats still had diarrhea from the change.  But since I made the mistake I just kept them on the brown bag because it’s such a big bag that they adjusted to it. Until one day in a rush grabbed once again the wrong bag and sure enough they had diarrhea again.

So now I will never forget we use the green bag. lol I prefer the green one too cuz it has the Venison in it (which is deer) and smoked salmon.

But before you sign off, I thought you may benefit or enjoy this info: Why You Should Feed Your Cat Raw Food and the history of cat commercials… enjoy~

 

By: Kathryn Mancarella, hover over pics to read captions. In the 7th pic read the caption for one last helpful tip.

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Our newest member to the family. She came home 6/18/17 Sunday, Father’s day. I haven’t settled on a name yet.

 

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Meningococcal Disease & The Vaccine, What You Need To Know

I’m writing this blog today because my daughter recently turned 18 and her doctor tried to use scare tactics to get her to consent to the vaccine. Thank God I educated my daughter about vaccine dangers and she said no.BUT, not without confrontation from her doctor. I told my daughter I had a business call to make and that I would be waiting in the lobby, she was there for her annual check up.  Moments later I get a phone call from my daughter saying “Mom, they are about to give me a meningitis shot” I said ” WHAT!!! NO, NO, NO, DO NOT LET THEM DO THAT!!!” She said “I know mom, come, hurry up.” I sprinted through those hallways SO FAST, almost running lol to find the room my daughter was in. When I got there, the doctor had left to get her assistant to give the shot. I told my daughter that she needed to tell them HERSELF that she did not want the shot. When the lady came back into the room, my daughter told her that she did not want the shot, she thought the doctor was only telling her about the shot, she never said she wanted the shot. That was no problem, the lady said ok and left but then we heard her tell the doctor and the doctor came in and asked why. We told her that vaccine risks are far too high and that the likeliness of her getting the disease were very low and not worth the risk involved. She asked, “What are your reliable sources, the CDC blah blah blah….? I said the CDC, that is a joke, I don’t care what they say about it, they do not have the best interest of the people, I don’t have to give you a reason why, we said no and that’s it!! She said “Well then she will have to sign a refusal form and she may have a hard time getting into college.” Prior to that, before my daughter called me into the room, my daughter said the doctor told her that her arm could turn black and fall off. Which this can be a symptom of the disease but the likeliness of this happening is so low.
Today, pediatricians give American babies as many as 33 doses of 13 different vaccines by 12 months of age.1, 2 Now, federal public health officials are considering recommending that doctors give four more doses of a new vaccine – meningococcal vaccine – to babies between two and 12 months old3,4 in addition to the two doses children already get at 11 and 16 years old.5
 
There are big questions about the necessity, effectiveness, safety and cost of this new proposed change to the child vaccination schedule.
Meningococcal Disease Rare in the U.S.
 
Invasive Neisseria meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that involves inflammation of the meninges of the brain and can lead to a serious blood infection. It is very rare in the United States. In our population of 308 million, there are between 1400 and 3000 cases every year that fluctuate with natural cycles.6 Between 10 and 15% of the cases are fatal with another 10 to 20% ending with brain damage or loss of limbs.
Children Under Age Two Less Likely To Die
 
It is estimated that, annually, there are between 150 and 300 meningococcal deaths in the U.S.,7 with an average of 16 babies under age 12 months dying from the disease8 Children under age two are less likely to die from meningococcal infection compared to older age groups.9
 
Incidence in U.S. Has Decreased to Historic Lows
 
The good news is that the incidence of the disease has decreased more than 60 percent between 1998 and 2007 to less than 1 case in 100,000 people, which is an historic low in the U.S.10 To put this death rate into context, there are three times as many Americans, who die from heat stroke11 or drown in boating accidents12 every year than die from invasive meningococcal disease.
Maternal Antibodies, Natural Immunity Protects Majority
 
That is because mothers, who have innate immunity, transfer maternal antibodies to their newborns to protect them in the first few months of life until babies can make their own antibodies.13 At any given time up 20 to 40 percent of us are asymptomatically colonizing meningococcal organisms in our nasal passages and throats, which throughout life boosts our innate immunity to invasive bacterial infection.14, 15 By the time American children enter adolescence, the vast majority have asymptomatically developed immunity that protects them, which is how our population maintains naturally acquired herd immunity and why cases of invasive disease are so rare in all age groups.
Genetically Vulnerable At High Risk for Disease
 
However, a tiny minority of individuals have genetic variations and other unknown biological factors that prevent them from naturally developing protective circulating antibodies.16 These are the individuals, tragically, who are up to 7,000 times more likely to get severe invasive meningococcal disease at some point in their lives.17 Clearly, there must be greater attention paid to developing screening techniques to identify those high-risk individuals and help them avoid a potentially fatal or crippling meningococcal infection.
Environmental High Risk Factors
 
In addition to genetic factors that place some people at higher risk, there are other biological and environmental factors that make people more susceptible. These include smoking or living in a home where people smoke; a recent respiratory infection; crowded living conditions, such as in military and prisons settings; alcohol use; and an underlying chronic illness, especially immune deficiencies such as lupus or HIV/AIDS.18, 19
 
Constant, Close Personal Contact Required
 
It is not easy to develop invasive meningococcal disease.20 You have to be susceptible and have regular close personal contact, such as sharing a toothbrush with or kissing person, who is colonizing meningococcal organisms.
Know Symptoms, Get Immediate Medical Care
 
Symptoms of meningococcal disease include fever; severe headache; painful, stiff neck; nausea and vomiting; inability to look at bright lights; mental confusion and irritability; extreme fatigue/sleepiness; convulsions and unconsciousness.
In babies, signs of “irritability” can include persistent crying or high pitched screaming with arching of the back, which are symptoms of encephalitis or brain inflammation that can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection or a vaccine reaction.21 These are danger signs and it is very important to seek immediate medical attention and treatment to help prevent permanent injury or death.
Vaccine Has Only 4 Strains
 
In 2000, the CDC recommended that all college freshmen get a dose of meningococcal vaccine containing four strains (A, C, W-35, Y)22 and, in 2005, that policy was expanded to include all 11 year olds.23 There is one problem: the vaccine does not contain strain B, which is the strain associated with more than 50 percent of meningococcal cases and deaths,24 especially in children under five years old.25
 
Vaccine Effectiveness Does Not Last, Need Booster
 
There is another problem: The vaccine has been found to be, at best, only about 58 percent effective within two to five years after adolescents have gotten the shot.26, 27 So, in 2011, when public health officials realized that one dose of meningococcal vaccine did not last, they said that all 16 year olds should get a booster dose.
Vaccine Costs $90 Or More Per Dose
 
There is another problem: one dose of meningococcal vaccine costs about $9028 or more.
The health care price tag to give four doses of meningococcal vaccine to all four million babies born every year in the U.S. costs a whopping $1.4 billion dollars per year. Plus two more doses for all 11 and 16 year olds adds on another nearly $1 billion dollars.
Vaccine Reactions Add to Vaccine Cost
 
There is another problem. The health care cost to the American taxpayer does not end with the outlay of cash to pay for 6 doses of the vaccine for every child. What about the unacknowledged health care costs to treat the children, who suffer a vaccine reaction that leads to a trip to the ER or hospitalization or permanent brain and immune system problems?
Vaccine Reaction Injuries & Deaths Reported
 
The manufacturer product inserts for meningococcal vaccine list the following adverse events reported during clinical trials or post licensure: irritability, abnormal crying, fever, drowsiness, fatigue, injection site pain and swelling, sudden loss of consciousness (syncope), diarrhea, headache, joint pain, Guillain Barre Syndrome, brain inflammation, convulsions, and facial palsy.29, 30, 31
 
The federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which includes only a small fraction of the health problems that occur after vaccination in the U.S.,32, 33 has recorded more than 2,000 serious health problems, hospitalizations and injuries following meningococcal shots, including 33 deaths with half of the deaths occurring in children under age six.34
 
Limited or No Data on Giving Vaccine With Other Vaccines
 
There is very limited or no data on the safety and effectiveness of giving meningococcal vaccines with other vaccines at the same time.35 In 2007, the National Vaccine Information Center reported an increase in serious adverse event reports to VAERS when meningococcal vaccine was given simultaneously with HPV vaccine to young girls.36, 37
 
States & Colleges Already Mandated Vaccine to Attend School
 
Ten states have already made meningococcal shots mandatory to attend junior high school and 32 states require the shot for college freshman.38, 39 If the CDC recommends all babies and children get an additional four meningococcal shots, drug companies and medical organizations financially connected to the pharmaceutical industry40 will certainly lobby state legislatures to legally require the vaccine for all children attending day care centers and schools.
Are Vaccine Companies Pressuring Government?
 
Question: Why is the government bowing to pressure from drug companies to recommend and mandate that all American babies get four doses of a very expensive meningococcal vaccine that has big problems with effectiveness, especially when naturally acquired herd immunity is already doing such a good job of controlling the disease in the U.S.?
Trading Natural Herd Immunity for Temporary Vaccine Immunity
 
By mandating that every American use meningococcal vaccine from infancy, we will be trading the natural herd immunity our population has achieved for inferior vaccine acquired immunity that does not last. That will make our population vaccine dependent, which is great news for drug company stockholders, but will it be bad news for our health and the environment?
Creating a Nightmare Scenario?
 
Like with excessive antibiotic use,41, 42 we just might be creating a nightmare scenario for meningococcal organisms to mutate into more lethal vaccine resistant bugs43, 44, 45 that will have all of us highly susceptible to invasive meningococcal infection and wishing we had taken the precautionary principle46 much more seriously.
Bottom line: Meningococcal vaccine is available and can be used by anyone who wants to use it, but there is no reason for government to recommend and schools to mandate the shots for everyone.
 
Learn More About Disease & Vaccine
 
Learn more about meningococcal disease and the vaccine atwww.NVIC.org and find out what you can do to protect your right to make informed, voluntary vaccine choices in America.

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