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Saved my kitten's life!
August 1, 2016
I finally decided to give this cat food a try after months of digestive problems and hundreds of dollars in vet bills with my 6 month old Bengal kitten. My kitten was infected with roundworms when I picked him up from the breeder and brought him home, so he was already very picky about his food to begin with. I had him on Orijen Cat & Kitten dry food, and he was getting Wellness Chicken and Rice formula wet food. Once treated for the roundworms, the diarrhea started.
The diarrhea became so severe that he was not even making it to his litterbox in time and became extremely dehydrated. He had to be hospitalized overnight at the vet's office for observation, and after stool samples and X-rays the vet determined he had a food sensitivity or irritable bowel syndrome. He was prescribed probiotics and Metronidazole for 2 months, and I put him on a strictly hydrolyzed diet recommended by the vet, feeding him only Purina HA. Still, the runny diarrhea continued, and his appetite was minimal. At this point I was so frustrated I was willing to try anything to help my kitty get better. His temperament suffered as well from his illness, he wouldn't play, he was timid, and shied away from affection.
I did a lot of research about raw diets and diets that are very close to raw, and found that many Bengal owners were having the same dietary issues with their cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, of course, so I wanted to meet the cat's needs nutritionally in the best way possible. I found Nature's Variety Instinct and ordered a 2 pound bag. I slowly transitioned my Bengal from the hydrolyzed food to Nature's Variety, and a miracle happened.
The diarrhea stopped, and my little kitty suddenly had a voracious appetite that I've never seen him have before. He now eats half a can of wet food at dinner time and cleans the plate, and empties his bowl of Nature's Variety at breakfast time. His personality even changed, he's a much happier, playful, more affectionate and energetic kitten. Or maybe this was his personality all along, just not truly seen until he started feeling better. :) I'm very satisfied with this product and plan to continue feeding it to my growing kitten. Just ordered the 12 pound bag!