True or is it Clever Advertising?
A pet owner says she had no choice but to change her cat back to a ‘regular’ kibble – “aka a cheaper, mass-produced kibble”. Is this story true or is it a new form of pet food advertising?
The subtitle of Catster.com the article says “My cat’s diarrhea wouldn’t stop, so my vet suggested a “regular” kibble — and it worked.” The article goes on to say “As much as I didn’t want to switch, I was at my wit’s end with what to do with Toby’s diarrhea problem. The constant diarrhea meant dehydration, which led to repetitive UTIs. It was a nasty, vicious cycle. As you’ve already read, I’ve had quite a time with my vet trying to get Toby diagnosed and treated. They recently took a new veterinarian into the practice, and he showed a lot more interest in Toby’s health issues. After treating his UTI and doing an in depth urinalysis and fecal exam (aka growing things in petri dishes), he prescribed a broad-spectrum antibiotic and probed more into Toby’s history, including his diet prior to coming to live with us.”
More: “According to my vet, what a cat’s mother eats and what they eat as a kitten can have a significant impact on their digestive system and what they are capable of properly digesting as they grow into adulthood.” Her vet suggested Friskies or Meow Mix and when this pet owner showed concern, the vet asked “which would be better — your cat living 20 years with diarrhea or 16 eating kibble with grains?”
And this pet owner decided to feed her cat Meow Mix – and reports “Three weeks later, Toby’s diarrhea had completed cleared up.”
The article does not clearly state how long this cat suffered bouts of diarrhea, and it doesn’t state what other brands of pet food the pet owner tried (read the full post Here). But it does clearly tout Meow Mix (product of Big Heart Pet Brands formerly DelMonte Foods). And it pretty clearly states a veterinarian advised the cat owner to feed the ‘regular’ kibble. This is what got me questioning the validity of the article. I’ve never heard of a veterinarian advising to feed a pet ‘regular’ kibble. Prescription pet food yes – but not ‘regular’ kibble to address diarrhea.
Was this a true story of a pet that suffered with diarrhea and was miraculously cured by ‘regular’ kibble? Or is this a new type of pet food marketing?
Only the author/pet owner knows for certain. Regardless – there would be nothing (short of total starvation) – that would cause me to feed my own pets a pet food full of by-products, GM grains, dyes and chemical preservatives.
What would you do? If you had a pet that suffered from diarrhea for some time that seemed incurable – would you try a grocery store pet food as a cure?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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