Thursday, May 17, 2018

Eating in Comfort and Style

Mom Paula always tries to feed us a high quality food that is high in protein and low in grains. As many of you know, Truffle recently had two Struvite Stones removed from her bladder. Because of the type of stones that were identified, she needs to be on a special diet to keep her urine at the appropriate ph level. We're going to post a series on bladder stones in the near future to help you understand.


Truffle trying out some new cat food in her Dr. Catsby's Bowl for Whisker Relief

It's been a challenge finding a prescription food that Truffle will eat. There are times Mom Paula wants to give in and give Truffle her normal food so she'll eat it, but the consequences could be additional bladder stones which may cause surgery again.


The first couple of weeks after Truffle's surgery and then her infection were rough with eating the appropriate diet. There were several days that Mom Paula gave up giving her any of the prescription diet food and gave her our regular food so she would eat! She would mix in the regular food with the prescription food and Truffle would eat around the prescription food. We've finally found some of the prescription diets that Truffle will eat, but not always. Sometimes, Mom Paula will crumble some of our freeze-dried chicken treats on top of the food to encourage her to eat the wet food.



Brulee eating from her Dr. Catsby's Bowl for Whisker Relief

Another challenge in providing the appropriate diet for Truffle is making sure Brulee will eat. If Mom Paula gives Brulee the regular food, Truffle smells it and walks over to Brulee's dish and pushes her away in order to eat the "good stuff." It's been a slow process getting Brulee to eat the prescription food, but one way we've found to encourage her to eat is to make sure she is eating from a bowl that doesn't cause her whisker stress.

We've reviewed the Dr. Catsby's Bowl for Whisker Relief in the past and shared our success with this bowl. You can read our previous review here and here. Brulee has a flatter face than Truffle and doesn't like to eat from a bowl where her whiskers are going to touch the insides of the bowl. Truffle is also getting a little finicky about the dishes she will eat from. Our favorite bowl to eat from is still the Dr. Catsby's Bowl for Whisker Relief. You can tell from the first photo how much we've eaten from the flatter stainless steel bowl because it's not as shiny as a new bowl because of our hard water. We love this bowl! It's easy to clean and we will eat from it. 


Brulee prefers the Dr. Catsby's Bowl for Whisker Fatigue


Mom Paula was able to reconnect with the representatives from Dr. Catsby's at Global Pet Expo this year. She shared her successes with getting Brulee to eat from this bowl and told them she'd love to continue sharing this wonderful bowl with our readers. We're sharing a short video from Dr. Catsby's below so you can hear from them about the research and design of this wonderful bowl. We've already reviewed the bowl two times in the past and the fact we are still using it on a regular basis should say something about how effective it is.


Dr. Catsby's Feline Remedies Bowl for Whisker Relief from Dr. Catsby on Vimeo.


We're happy to announce that both girls are beginning to eat the prescription food (along with some regular food) on a daily basis. We do have some new food we are testing out that we are going to talk to a nutritionist about to see if it's okay to feed to Truffle. We think the Dr. Catsby's bowl is helping to encourage the girls to eat. 


Giveaway

The wonderful people from Dr. Catsby's has kindly agreed to let us host a giveaway for three (3) of our readers to win one Dr. Catsby's Bowl for Whisker Relief. The giveaway will end March 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only who are 18+ years old. In order to qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left. Once a comment is left, additional entries are available. The winners will be contacted by email to confirm shipping address. Winners will have 48 hours to respond before alternate winners are chosen.

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27 comments:

  1. Glad ya have found a bowl that works for you!

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  2. I don't know why prescription food has to be not as tasty as regular food! I think the human nutritional scientists need to keep working on that.

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  3. What fun those bowls are. Ours don't like overly deep bowls but don't mind anything else. Our harvey also wants to know what the heck is it with perscription food being feline cardboard.

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    1. We did find one that has gravy and chunks in it and we're eating it a little better!

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  4. That sounds like a darn good solution for feeding time!

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  5. We love the phrase "Whisker Relief" and you did a great job of explaining it. We certainly can empathize with cats having different diets with one yearning after the dish of another. I have to sit in the room with Peaches & Paprika when they dine till they finish and use special toppings, etc. - Carol the human

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  6. Thanks for the share. We are happy that they are starting to eat regularly from their bowls. Hopefully, the video and your experience with using these bowls will help with others when their little one is not eating right. Have a great weekend.
    World of Animals

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  7. Maybe tuna water added to the purr-scription diet might make it more tasty for the silver dolls? I was on a purr-scription diet for my teeth for little while; the kibbles were really big so I didn't chew them well. Mom saw one of those We kitties sure don't care to have a bowl interfere with our whiskers, so I think I'd really like one of those Catsby bowls. Kisses. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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  8. I have one of these but I won't eat out of it. I don't like stainless steel for some reason. Maybe if you mix Brulee's new food with her old for awhile, she'll eat it.

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  9. I'd never heard of whisker fatigue until I joined the blogging world. After learning about it, I did change up my cats' feeding dishes. I use low sided dishes that are actually for humans. I'd love to give this bowl a try!

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  10. We love the Dr. Catsby bowl. Our only wish is that they made a raised one. We eat out of raised dishes. Raising the dish helps with digestion.

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    1. They are working on some new designs and we hope to receive some of them soon to share with our readers. I was told that one would be an elevated dish!

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  11. she eats from a bowl, small one. i like these bowls, very nice, they dont slide either.

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  12. My cat eats out of a small ceramic bowl in the kitchen.

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  13. Our kitty eats from a shallow food dish

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  14. I was surprised when I learned about whisker stress, but it's a real thing. It must be hard for poor Truffle not getting the good stuff. Are there any additives she could have? With my dogs I've added the juice of boiled chicken, pumpkin or yogurt. Maybe there's something like that Truffle is allowed to have?
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  15. We have ceramic dishes that are a bit wider, so their whiskers don't touch the sides. However, these dishes look like they'd work better for Jayce and Keala (my cats).

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  16. This is the first of heard of whisker stress. Luna has a pointy face, so I'm not sure she has it....she likes to drink from a tall water glass, so I give Luna her own every day. It sits on the left side night table and it's part of her going-to-bed ritual -- while I'm doing my own--sometimes she drinks quite far down, so that her whole head is inside the glass and her whiskers are likewise pushed back against her face. She also has a regular stainless steel water bowl and cat food bowl, as well as a ceramic dish I wash after every use for her canned food. But I'd be curious to try this wide, flatter bowl out for treats like shrimp and cheese and small things that she seems to have equal difficulty eating from a completely flat surface like a dish or in a bowl. Thanks for the chance at the give-away, Paula!

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  17. That bowl looks purrfect! When I first heard about whisker fatigue I thought it was a joke. After doing more research on it for an article, it made a lot of sense. I don't know if it's a problem for my cats or not but I feed on wide bowls or a plate. Have looked at getting this nice bowl though.

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  18. My cat eats from a stainless steel bowl. It isn't as shallow or narrow as this one :( I think she would enjoy this one much better!

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  19. We have one of these, and it is great! Our angel Zoe used to love eating out of it. Since we have one, we will not enter, so someone else can win. Good luck to all!

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  20. I've had a couple of cats with that issue so having those types of bowls has been a lifesaver.

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  21. These bowls look wonderful - thanks for getting them on my radar! :D My kitty currently eats her kibble from a small plate AM & PM, and drinks her water from a very large water fountain dish. The fountain used to work, but no longer! I’d love to have her drinking from a smaller dish so I can change the water daily, but had worried about a smaller one bothering her whiskers. This looks perfect!

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  22. Our cats are now eating out of regular pet bowls. I'd love to try Dr. Catsby’s Bowl. I bet my furbabies would love it.

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  23. We have just had 4 kittens lol So far I am not sure how many we are keeping but they are being weened. so we need separate bowls.

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