|FOOD ALERTS: Brown rice may contain toxic arsenic levels!
Reported in Juice, Now in Rice; Arsenic is Everywhere
Arsenic and Rice. Yes, again
White rice has less toxic levels than brown rice due to the hulls being removed
Please also be aware that spinach does not belong in pet food! Spinach has one of the highest calcium
oxalate levels of any food. Cooking does NOT diminish the oxalates much at all, very minimally. The oxalates in
spinach are very sturdy, binding and are around 600-750 content milligrams per 100 gram serving. You’d have to
boil or blanch it to reduce it even 5-15% and then you’ve lost all the nutrients in it. Because spinach is now being
added in a lot of pet food brands, you may want to make sure to feed other foods and rotate that food so it's not
fed everyday. Or if your cat suffers from kidney, gallbladder or thyroid issues, you should forgo feeding it to them
altogether! They should not be eating any foods with those levels as it can do severe damage. I recommend
writing to the pet food companies that do include spinach and request that they remove it completely from their
products. NEVER feed raw spinach to your pet, whether they are ill or healthy!
Feeding a cat with IBD is extremely difficult given the enormous challenges of changing their foods, finding the
right protein source, trying not to irritate their GI tract or stomach, etc. The following is a list of foods, food
companies and their websites to give you a good head start. The company’s website usually provides you with
ingredients, calories, etc. for each product. It's a good idea to check these to make sure you're not giving your
cat something they aren't supposed to have or they're getting enough calories, etc. You can also go to their sites
and plug in your area to see where you can buy their products. Ask your veterinarian what your cat's dietary
requirements and daily intake should be for your cat's illness.
These lists will be updated periodically so check back often. When a product is no longer available, has been
recalled or pulled from the shelves, has a new flavor or protein source coming out, we will try and add or change
it as soon as possible. But please email us with any news of these changes if you can, to keep us ahead of the
game. Or if you have a food that works for your IBD kitty that isn't on this list please share the information with us
and we'll be happy to post it to share with others. We're including canned, dry and raw foods in these lists as
well as some products that have a few ingredients we don't particularly care for. But as long as they are tolerated
by some IBD cats, we need to give them as many options as possible because they MUST eat. Be aware that
certain ingredients that are natural, can also be irritating to the GI tract and if you notice your cat doesn't tolerate
that particular food well, stop feeding it to them.
Learn to read food labels and recognize these as possible irritants: ginger, rosemary, clove, kelp & guar gum.
Ingredients to completely avoid if at all possible: whey, soy, corn, corn gluten, wheat, wheat gluten, barley,
millet, dried brewer's yeast, yeast, sugars & all sweeteners, salt (sodium), vegetable oil, syrup of any
kind, carrageenan. These will not affect every cat but it's better to know that these can be causes of GI distress
in an already compromised system. The goal is to switch from dry to wet foods but some cats absolutely won't
have it. So we need to offer as many choices to stay grain free and still provide something your cat will want to
eat. Venison, lamb, rabbit and duck are all considered novel proteins since they are ingredients not usually found
in supermarket or large pet store varieties.
Other foods listed are to help all pet owners feed their cats a better quality pet food, even if they don't have IBD
or GI problems. Certain varieties of the products listed are purposely left out because of their ingredients. Be
sure to check our recalls page periodically for any pet food warnings or recalls.
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