Sunday, July 29, 2012

Locust for Dinner

This is a picture of a very bad furbaby.
Sophie, the love of my life, has been diagnosed with kidney failure. 
She has been taken off regular dog food and is supposed to eat k/d dog food. It doesn't contain protein, requires a vet prescription and is expensive.
Isn't it awful when you can't explain...
She won't eat it. We've tried treats, everything, to try to get her to eat her food. When asked if she ate her supper, she hunkers down like we're about to beat her.
So what makes her bad??? 
She is now hunting for locusts. She'd rather eat them then her special food.
Crunch...crunch...Crunch...
ewww and ommmm

16 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sorry to hear this news! My cat, Her Royal Highness, was also diagnosed with "kidney deficiency" 2 or 3 years ago. Apparently it's extremely common in older cats. Perhaps in dogs too? It causes a slow decline rather than being a catastrophic illness.

HRH will eat the special prescription dry kibble but absolutely refuses to eat the prescription wet food. So I just give her the regular moist food that she loves so much, along with a dish of the prescription kibble which she snacks on at various times.

Did you try mixing the prescription kibble with regular kibble and gradually reducing the regular stuff until it's pure prescription kibble? Sometimes that works.

Manzanita said...

Hey There.....I'm back to reading a few blogs but not ready to post yet. But.... soon.

Too bad when puppies get sick. I don't know what k/d means.(Of course, I live in my mushroom cave, as you know).

I make all my animal food from scratch. Yeah, it takes time but I've never had a sick animal.

The barn on the ranch had been neglected for years and the pac rats moved in.... (what a mess) After the guys got it cleaned up, I needed barn cats. I got 2 scruffy looking 8 yr old cats from the shelter.... pathetic looking little things. I researched cat nutrition and am making their food. WHAT a transformation. They have become what looks like the pictures of show-cats. They are now so friendly and love people. They followed me all over and want to get in the house. "No no, you are barn cats. Who will keep the mice away?" I'll post on them when I can get back to blogging.


Perhaps locust has some nutrition that is beneficial. I've made Cody's food since she was a pup. She's 7 and people think she's still a pup.

I wish you great luck. These little fur babies are so precious. Sending you love and peace. Manzi

One Fly said...

That's too bad. Sorry TMoon.

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so sorry that precious baby is sick and is being fed food she doesn't care for. They don't understand do they.Such a look she is giving you.
I can only imagine food with out protein is not very tasty.
Maybe Manzanita has an idea to prepare it yourself.
I'd check with your vet for maybe an easy recipe.

turquoisemoon said...

Debra, Oooh I didn't know about HRH. I'll check into some dry food. Might be a good idea to "flavor" dry with her moist food. Thanks for the idea!

Manzi, OMG!!! There you are! Sounds like you've been very busy. Think I'll google dog food and see what comes up. The problem is that she can't have any meat. I'll give it a look and see...Thanks!!!

Fly, Other than eating locusts, she seems to be doing pretty good on her meds. Trust me...I pamper this little one.

Patti, They sure don't understand things like this... Yes, I get the "look" at supper time. Think I'll try a few of the ideas that Debra and Manzi have suggested. Both seem like they might work.

Jane said...

So sorry to learn of Sophie's condition. It sure is frustrating that we can't communicate to our babies.I like the suggestions Debra made - it might just help to introduce her new food gradually. Did the vet give you any idea why this happened? Sometimes I worry that we feed Emma too much protein - her treats are dried chicken bites.

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh yes...and they don't understand. my friends dog has to wear a cone so he don't chew off his paw until his medicine works...it so heartbreaking!!!
good luck.
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

turquoisemoon said...

Jane, I'm heading out to get some dry food to try mixing with her prescription food. I hope it works! If that doesn't, then I'm going to try Manzi's tip. Don't we just love our babies???!!!

Annmarie Pipa, Thanks for stopping by and I will, for sure, check out your blog. I just wish I could explain things to her...she acts hurt every time I feed her. :(

Introverted Art said...

I am so so so sorry. I know how hard it is when your pet is sick. My dog is on medication for severe arthritis and has a heart condition that takes him to the cardiologist once a year... His arthritis is what hurts me the most. He is sluggish to get up, he walks kind of crooked and his back legs shake/tremble all the time due to muscle degeneration... I hope your sweetie starts enjoying her new food soon :(

turquoisemoon said...

Oooh Ana, I'm so sorry your furbaby has medical problems too...doesn't it just break your heart?! Sophie doesn't hurt...can't imagine arthritis. Don't you wish you could explain things too them? Maybe just giving them love is best...

Randy said...

So sorry about your news. She is adorable.

turquoisemoon said...

Randy, Thank you...and, I think she's adorable too.

Sulky Kitten said...

She is so adorable! I know only too well the difficulty in getting a pet to eat a prescribed dietary food because I have this problem with my cat. I hope she comes round to it soon.

turquoisemoon said...

Sulky Kitten, Thank you so much for dropping by. Sophie is my precious baby and we will work this out. I can't imagine having to work with a cat??!!! They don't mind at all! Good luck to you and your kitty too!

Teresa Evangeline said...

Locusts are very rich in protein, so maybe that's why she's gravitating towards them. I hope she's on the mend and able to eat what she loves again. I've always felt that animals know instinctively, if not intuitively, what's best for them...

turquoisemoon said...

Teresa, Ooh me too! She's on the food and medicine for at least 6 months. Then we go back and have blood work done again. fingers will be xxx'd.