Hydrating The Body Pt. 2
Me is so excited about this series on hydration. And just so there won’t be any confusion, today’s post will be in human speak. Me told you all about water and fountains yesterday and the importance of keeping your anipals hydrated. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, 80% to be exact for us kitties. We also talked about how kitties don’t typically drink enough water. Fountains are a great way to get your kitty to drink more water, but that’s not the only way to help your kitty get the hydration he/she needs. Is it mommy?
No Dezi dear it’s not. Another good way to ensure the proper hydration is…
Wet Food right mommy? Canned food has a much higher water content than kibble and so it helps keep us kitties hydrated. Whereas dry kibble can help to dehydrate us.
You’re very right Dezi.
That’s why when sissy was diagnosed with CKD and wouldn’t eat, you bought every kind of canned food you could find. huh? And she still wasn’t eating all that well. Right before we left for BlogPaws she was only eating about a tablespoon of food every couple of days. We were so worried about her weren’t we mommy?
Yes honey we were. I know her well enough to know that if she could hold on till we could leave she would be much better because she loves to travel so much. And thankfully she was. Although she still didn’t want to eat anything I put in front of her.
Till we came across the Weruva table at Blogpaws and they gave us sum pouches of their wet food to try. Me was so happy when she ate the whole pouch and asked for more
Oh yes Dezi, I was happy too. And before I could even think, I gave Lexi another pouch, and she ate it all up too. Not eating is a common problem in CKD kitties for a variety of reasons. And there is a great debate among CKD cat owners about the diet of a CKD kitty. The prescription diets are low in phosphorous AND protein. These prescription diets are based on a study by one of the largest prescription diet manufacturers and what worked for dogs. And as any cat person will tell you, Cats Are Not Dogs. What works for dogs doesn’t always work for cats. The other side of this coin is the people who believe that cats are obligate carnivores and need protein to survive. This school of thought has several studies as well just not by anyone as prominent as the other study. But this study says that CKD kitties should eat foods that are made of high quality Proteins and low in phosphorous. So after your sister ate 2 more pouches of the Weruva food the next morning I made it a point to see what the dry matter analysis of this food was. At the end of the day it’s more important that your CKD kitty eat than serve the perfect food and have them go hungry; but I was hoping that Weruva would not only be something that Lexi would eat, but that it would also be “good” for her. So off to their website I went.
I had my fingers crossed because often companies don’t include the dry matter analysis at all on their websites and sometimes even those who do, don’t include the phosphorous levels. To my surprise and delight, Weruva lists several analysis tables and includes the phosphorous content prominently. An ideal phosphorous level to feed a CKD kitty is 0.50 or below, but a phosphorous binder can be added to foods above that to make them more appropriate for the CKD kitty. I was thrilled to find that the TruLuxe line was almost completely under 1% and the Steak Frites which is one of the foods that Lexi had tried and loved, was within the limits of what is good for her without any additions. Meaning I could open the can and give it to her and know she was getting the proper nutrition and not worsening her condition. Her other favorites included the Peking Ducken, Quick and Quirky, On the Cat WOk, Chicken Frick A’Zee, and Funk in the Trunk from their original line. And all of these had good levels of phosphorous so no/minimal phosphorous binders were needed to make them suitable for her to eat. And the other big bonus was that picky little you loved them too. So with one purchase I could feed you both and know that you both were getting a good healthy meal suitable to your needs. And I really liked that the food was recognizable as being chicken or beef or duck or whatever. And that the first ingredients on each can after water or broth was the meat (protein) contained within the can or pouch. And it was really nice to see that beef was beef and chicken was chicken and so on. So many companies have “beef, duck, chicken, etc.”, and when you get to the ingredient list there’s no beef or duck in the can at all.
Oh mommy yous so wight. Me sure does like that Chicken Frick A’Zee and so many of the others too. And they even have a pumpkin pouch that me really likes. But me is happiest that sis Lexi has put on some weight eating the Weruva and she’s much happier too. And Weruva gives some of their proceeds to help healthy and treatable animals in shelters. And their foods are made in a human food facility according to the International human food standards. Me and sissy are eating foods that are prepared in the same kind of facility that makes human foods. That’s a great thing because it means the standards are really high.
And the peeps over at Weruva are so nice and told me that we could offer one lucky friend and reader a whole case of the 3 oz Tru Luxe cans of their choice. Is that not the most pawsum thing ever? Wanna know what makes it even better? It’s open to all our friends in the U.S.A. and Canada. Yep you read that right Canucks you can enter too. So, here’s how you enter:
Furst: Follow meez blog via email and share this post on Twitter or Facebook. (If you don’t have one of those accounts let me know).
Second: Leave me a comment on this post telling me which food you want to try.. (click on the words TruLuxe to see your choices).
This give away is open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada. This Give away will close on Monday 7/13/15 at 11:59 p.m. Names will be entered into Random Picker and one winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: As always we received no green papers for this review and Weruva is not responsible for the content of this post or our opinions. And it is our policy to only bring you things we have tried or use and think would benefit you.
Don’t forget before you leave to enter for your chance to win the PetSafe Dwinkwell Pagoda Fountain of your choice here.
Till the next time……………………Be Blest!!!