I realized this morning that I have not yet posted the baseline weight and other vitals on our cats. Here are today's numbers:
Duke: 8.6 lbs.
Merry Jayne: 14.6 lbs.
Einstein: 8.4 lbs.
Gandalf: 13.8 lbs.
I'm pleased with the initial weight gain of both Duke and Einstein. They are both up approximately 4 ounces each. Merry Jayne is about the same, and due to Gandalf's hospitalization, he is down less than half a pound. That is not necessarily a bad thing! He could stand to lose another 8 ounces. Gandalf is slightly overweight, but not by much. He is just a very large framed cat!
Today marks day 3 with the raw food diet. Einstein has embraced it wholeheartedly, and would gladly eat his chicken by the pound if I would allow it. However, he's not happy that he can no longer free feed from dry kibble. We have caught him urinating outside the litter box. I am sure that it's behavioral, and nothing else. The only bright side to the inappropriate urination is that having the extra moisture in the diet, the urine is less concentrated, so is not as nauseatingly strong. I have found that the best cleaner to tackle cat urine is: Woolite Pet Stain Remover. Talking to a few friends that have had similar problems with their cats have recommended SCOE 10X but I have yet to test it personally.
So, in conclusion, Einstein, Duke and Merry Jayne and Gandalf are all receiving 3 oz. of raw food diet daily. I am still mixing in canned tuna fish and extra water to all except Einstein's dish. In addition to the raw food diet, all 4 cats are being fed Hill's Prescription Diet W/D. It is a low pH prescription cat food available from your veterinarian, or at pet food stores with a prescription from the vet only.
Well it's off to pick up more kibble for me! Dr. King at The Cat Hospital of Sarasota , Dr. King has additional information for me about feeding the Raw Food Diet specifically for cats with Struvite Crystals. Dr. King is not only a great Veterinarian whom I consider a "Cat Whisperer" but really cares about all of the felines that he sees! Last Friday, he overstayed his normal work schedule by many hours to perform surgery on Gandalf to remove the broken catheter, and flush and clean out Gandalf's bladder. We are very grateful to Dr. King and his entire staff at The Cat Hospital.