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Some cats require a more acid forming food than that supplied by regular foods.
Formation of struvite crystals in the lower urinary tract is a common cause of lower urinary tract diseases. In some cases complete obstruction occurs. Urine acidification can dissolve existing crystals and prevent the formation of new crystals.
Sodium bisulfate significantly lowers feline urine pH. This safe substance (GRAS, Generally Recognized As Safe for use in human foods), is added to regular Vegecat™ which then becomes Vegecat phi™.
Studies from 1971-82 indicated that 90-97% of all uroliths are struvite, a calculus composed of magnesium and ammonium phosphate bonded with water. By 1986 this figure had dropped to 82%, primarily because of more acidic diets containing less magnesium.
The most common culprits leading to feline urinary blockages are:
A range of pH 6.0 to 6.5 is desirable. In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or the alkalinity of an aqueous solution. Pure water is neutral at a pH of 7 and solutions less than 7 are acidic.
Struvite (ammonium magnesium phosphate) urinary stones can also readily form due to an infection of ammonia-producing organisms. Even in the absence of infection about 10% of all cats are genetically predisposed to developing struvite crystals that cause difficulty urinating and may produce blood in the urine. In the past, surgery was required to remove struvite uroliths in cats, but an acidifying low magnesium diet can dissolve sterile struvite stones.
Vegecat phi™ was developed for just that purpose. It contains sodium bisulfate, the most successful acidifier available for the prevention of uroliths. Studies show that sodium bisulfate significantly lowers feline urine pH. Meals made with Vegecat phi™ supplement contain the ideal concentration of .9% sodium bisulfate.
Meals prepared with Vegecat phi™ supplement exhibit increased palatability because of the sour taste associated with acidification. In clinical trials a diet containing sodium bisulfate was preferred over a diet acidified with phosphoric acid by a ratio of over two to one and almost 50% more food was consumed by cats eating the sodium bisulfate diet. This is exciting news for those converting their cats to a vegetarian diet, since palatability can be a problem with some cats who are addicted to commercial foods containing digest.
What is digest? Controlled enzymatic degradation of chicken viscera creates digest. Starting materials other than viscera, such as fish, liver, and cow lungs, require adding a proteolytic enzyme. Degradation of the tissues occurs by adjusting the pH, which inhibits putrefying bacteria while encouraging autolysis (self-digestion). Creating a pH unfavorable for further activity by adding a strong acid (usually phosphoric) stops the process.
Do you dare imagine what this huge vat of warm, blended entrails looks and smells like after three weeks?
Dry pet foods receive pasteurized dried digest surface applied at 1–3 percent concentration for dog and 1–7 percent for cat. Different digests justify different flavor designations for essentially the same pet food. With billions of pet food dollars at stake in the US, thousands of cats in pet food corporate catteries taste the latest developments in proprietary digests. Enzymes and the substrate mixtures used are closely guarded trade secrets.
Ingredients: Dried Kelp (source of arachidonate), Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Bisulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Dl-alphatocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A-palmitate, Copper Sulfate, Ergocalciferol, Selenium, Vitamin B12
Supplement Facts (per 100 grams): Calcium 9061mg, Phosphorus 1127mg, Methionine 3345mg, Taurine 3226mg, Choline 1705mg, Arachidonate 360mg, Vitamin E 204 IU, Zinc 59mg, Iron 79mg, Vitamin A 8067 IU, Copper 3.2mg, Vitamin D2 806.7 IU, Selenium .121mg, Vitamin B12 .033mg
Use the kibble recipe (in the Vegecat phi™ instructions) to make a delicious kibble. Cut kibble pieces larger or smaller according to the size of your cats.