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This summer I discussed on the blog that we had finally been able to transition my cat to a totally raw diet after working with him for a couple of years. He had been on a human-grade canned food for three years. When we got him at the age of 8, he was eating commercial dry food. We slowly moved him from dry to canned, then worked his stubborn little feline self onto the raw food, a little at a time.
I’m afraid it was too late to avoid problems. This past week, Percy was diagnosed with a very large tumor that is attached to either his liver or his spleen. Large, as in displacing all of his abdominal organs. Large, as in, he needs surgery. Large, as in, my heart is broken. Those X-rays really looked scary to me. I knew he had a tumor as soon as I saw the X-rays, she didn’t have to tell me. My intuition had already told me it was there and the X-rays made it unavoidably obvious. All of his organs have been pushed to one side of his body.
We have no way to know if it is benign or cancerous until the surgery is done. We do know that his lymph nodes are clear, it has not wrapped around any organs, his digestive tract is clear and it hasn’t moved anywhere else such as his chest cavity. Those are all good signs. His breed is prone to benign tumors, apparently. We are praying that it is benign and that after the surgery, it will not recur.
So I have placed my entire site on sale in order to fund his surgery. Everything is up to 30% off. This is the deepest discount I offer, so if you’ve been eyeing a product or wanting to take part in the Holiday Cooking School, now is the time to snap it up. The sale will only last until the surgery is funded. Click here to go shopping.
The crazy thing is that since we changed his diet, he’s gotten so much healthier. His coat is finally smooth and gorgeous. He plays with toys. He clearly loves his food. He is very much alive. He deserves a chance to fight this.
In order to transition him, we purchased a commercially available raw cat food that was in small patties. We chose Nature’s Instinct by Nature’s Variety. Since we began the transition, they have now come out with kibble-sized bites instead of the small patties, which would be even more convenient to use for the transition.
We began by thoroughly mixing about 1/4 of a patty (or a few pieces of kibble) into his wet cat food, twice a day. We were sure to also give him a treat twice a day that contained both digestive enzymes and probiotics to help his system adjust without discomfort. I knew if he had any discomfort from the change, he would reject the food and we’d be back to square one.
From there, we slowly increased the amounts. When we reached about half, he suddenly went nuts anytime anyone was in the kitchen cutting up raw meat. He’d beg for the raw meat. We began giving him our raw meat scraps, then quickly completed the transition with ease.
Once he was on all raw, he began gorging himself. He immediately put on weight. He would beg for food. BEG. The volume of food he was eating went way up. We fed him until he was full at each meal. For a while, he really pigged out. He’d practically turn backflips when I’d pull out the food and he ate just as much as he could possibly hold. More than one meal, it was all he could do to drag himself up from his plate and over to the rug to take a food-induced nap.
After a few weeks of being a pig, he turned back into a cat and his intake dropped off to a normal level for his age and size. But he still very much enjoys his food and we no longer have half-eaten meals to deal with. He’s always thrilled at meal times.
Percy had earned the nickname ‘fuzz’ in our household because he was a truly fuzzy cat. His coat was terribly dry. Within a week, we noticed major changes in his coat. He’s now a smooth, soft kitty. His stool greatly improved and is now normal. The tearing he has as a Persian we were told was ‘normal’ has greatly reduced. For the first time in years, he’s playing with toys and running around the house. It’s been an awesome transition to watch.
So now that his diet is top-notch, we want to give Percy a chance to truly thrive. Hopefully this surgery will show that the tumor is benign and he can go on to beat this problem and live a long, healthy life as a testament to what raw food can do for a cat.
I’ve shed many tears this past week. I am hopeful that he will only improve. I know we are on the right track with his diet. Thank you for your purchases so Percy can have the surgery he needs.