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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Is there a recipe I can make cat - she has been diagnosed

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Is there a recipe for food I can make for my cat - she has been diagnosed with chronic constipation - obstipation. I sprinkle miralax on her food but would like to try making food at home for her.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your cat. High fiber diets aren't recommended for older cats as they decrease the energy density of the diet and decrease digestibility. Increasing the nondigestible fiber content of a senior diet by adding Miralax is smart as it should increase colonic motility and intestinal transit rate without altering the energy density or decreasing digestibility of the basic diet. Here's a chicken-based diet for the senior cat:

chicken, breast, without skin, cooked, 4 ounces

rice, white, long-grain, cooked, 1/2 cup

canola oil, 1 tbsp

salt substitute (potassium chloride), 1/4 tsp

bone meal powder, 2/3 tsp

salt, iodized (sodium chloride), 1/8 tsp

multivitamin & mineral tablet, kids complete, 1/2 each

taurine powder, 1000mg per 1/4 tsp, 1/4 tsp

Total kcal as prepared = 416 kcal which is the daily requirement of a 21 lb senior cat. You can refrigerate uneaten food for 3 days or freeze indefinitely while checking for spoilage.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay, thank you. I'll try this.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.