I remember, when I was a child, that our cats lived long and healthy lives. Twenty was common and thirty not unusual.
I also remember that trips to the veterinarian were rare.
And that our cats were often fed table scraps and raw meat and bones.
Cat health problems didn't seem to be an issue.
Nowadays, it seems that cats barely live beyond ten.
And vet clinics are kept very busy by worried pet people.
Could there be a connection? A connection between frequent visits to the vet and cats dying young?
In my opinion, there is.
Let me explain, before you get hot under the collar about how good your vet is. (And yes, I do concede that there are good vets about, but they are few and far between and usually holistic.)
Veterinary schools are now partially financed by the top (and wealthy) commercial pet food industry corporations. They 'educate' the students how wonderful and nutritious their food is. You only have to look at the reception area of most vets, to know what I'm talking about. Packs and tins are piled high to the ceiling.
But, if the students did a bit of digging, they'd find that almost all commercial pet food is very far from healthy. So unhealthy, in fact, that it is killing your cat.
Some students do go digging and so reject the commercial pet food. Others comply with the industry and advocate its use widely. After all, look at the profit they make. It's a double scoop.
Once for the purchase of the food.
And again for the consultations and drugs when your cat inevitably falls sick.
So what can you do about cat health problems?
Diet is crucial to a healthy life. The daily intake of low quality food (if you can call it that), poisonous preservatives (too toxic to comply with human food laws) and artificial nutrients (which aren't easily absorbed) create havoc to your cat's health.
The pretty labelling and fashionable words (natural, science, etc) have no substance. There are few, if any, laws in most countries, for the pet food industry. And what there are, are easily manipulated or side stepped.
Cat health problems has reached an all time high, because you're not being told the truth. Like many other areas in your life, you're being manipulated for profit. You only have to listen to the good (almost always holistic) vets to know that this is true.
Almost as a body they are claiming that serious feline diseases can be cured by a switch to a natural meat and bones diet. Diseases like hypertension, the so-called inevitable age related diseases, cystitis, dead mothers and babies, heart disease, tumours and cancer, hip dysplasia, skin and hair problems, renal problems, spinal myelopathy, feline leukaemia, this list goes on.
I do believe that there are other contributory factors to cat health problems, apart from diet. But as diet is daily consumed, I feel it is the major contributor by far.
Cat health problems can be resolved, not just prevented, by a switch to a diet more in keeping with how cats evolved.
Once the diet is addressed to one more in keeping with how a cat evolved (you can't beat nature, even though we keep trying), the cat's immune system comes up and they are much better equipped to deal with other damaging causes.