About the Vegecat phi™ Diet
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, and Center for Veterinary Medicine approved for urine acidification), 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:
- Too much magnesium in the diet
- Urine that is too alkaline.
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. Digest is not something you want in your animal’s diet!
Vegecat phi™ Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Citrate, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Bitartrate, Lysine, Arginine, Organic Dried Kelp, Arachidonic Acid, Taurine, L-Methionine, Ferrous Fumarte, D-alpha tocopherol, Zinc Oxide, Copper AAC, Vitamin A Palmitate, Ergocalciferol, Riboflavin, Selenium Yeast, Vitamin B12
Supplement Facts (per 100 grams): Calcium 8500 mg, Potassium 4643 mg, Phosphorus 2300 mg, Choline 2851 mg, Lysine 4613 mg, Arginine 4000 mg, Iodine 3 mg, Arachidonic Acid 400 mg, Taurine 3656 mg, Methionine 2926 mg, Iron 58 mg, Vitamin E 86 IU, Zinc 50 mg, Copper 3.5 mg, Vitamin A 7000 IU, Vitamin D2 930 IU, Riboflavin 5.5 mg, Selenium 0.486 mg, Vitamin B12 0.066 mg
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.