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LeiLana80

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I have 6 cats. My black cat Shadow is about 7 now. This year in January he suddenly started having mega itchy skin, huge thick scales flaking off his skin, and major hair loss. And so much scratching and licking he'll bleed. He wound up almost dying from sudden acute Pancreatitis at the end of January, and that's when we noticed his very first itchy spot. And it's just been getting worse and worse ever since. All this out of the blue.
We have had him on Prednisone (which helps quite a bit) while I try to figure out what the heck is going on. I though it was the litter- we had *just* changed cat litters, so I though maybe that was it. Well, it doesn't seem to be, we switched to an unscented and it hasn't helped. So we started grain free food only (we were doing grain free and a sensitive stomach formula, so I just dropped the latter).
We are nearing the end of this round of Prednisone and it's only been two days and he's already itching more again. So it's not the grain free thing.
Nothing has else changed.
So I think either the food changed quality and/or suddenly he has developed a chicken allergy (apparently a common thing), OR he has something like Hypothyroidism (which my vet said "cats don't get that" :hmmm:), but he literally has all the symptoms. We already checked him for diabetes and it was negative, however he did show two markers for kidney disease. :(

With ALL that said...
Talk to me about raw diets. Specifically venison. We have a freezer full of deer meat.
Could that be a viable option for his diet? Is there a recipe? I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm barely a cook for my own human children.

I have 3 kids I personally school plus 6 cats and I absolutely cannot afford expensive food... I have to figure something out.
Thanks for any input! I am so worried for his future.
 

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Are you going to stay with the unscented litter? It's a better option in any case, especially if it isn't dusty.

Back to the food, it can feel like there's a lot to plough through. Things to consider might include commercial raw foods, dehydrated food or commercial additives such as EZComplete where all you do is add the meat.

Food Fur Life - EZ Homemade raw food for pets!

The Honest Kitchen Human Grade Pet Food I don't know the prices here

Homemade & Raw Food For Cats – A Collection of Guides – TheCatSite Articles

This website may also have additional information - if you scroll way (way) down on the page you'll get to the information you're probably looking for as opposed to the rest of the text, and also on the right hand side of the page there are links that could be useful;
Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition – Common Sense. Healthy Cats.
 

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Venison is fine to feed to cats. The easiest way to turn the meat into a complete diet for cats is to use a pre-mix such as EZComplete or Alnutrin. There are other brands of pre-mixes available. I think most are listed here: Raw Feeding Resources The Better In the Raw link is broken but here is the link to the new product: Buy Homemade Cat Food

Pre-mixes are super easy to use. Cut / chop the meat into cat-sized pieces or grind if you have a grinder. Add the pre-mix. Add water. Mix to combine. Portion the batch into serving sizes, either individual meal portions or a daily portion. Freeze. Take out and let thaw in the fridge overnight as needed.

Not all cats will take to raw meat right away. Some pre-mixes can be used with plain cooked meat which may be more appealing to cats.

Cats can get HYPOthyroidisim but it's not as common as HYPERthroidism. Here's some info: Disorders of the Thyroid Gland in Cats - Cat Owners - Merck Veterinary Manual If you don't feel that the vet is fully addressing your cat's issues or your questions and concerns, seek out another vet for a second opinion.
 
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Thank you all for the information! I am going to read through and figure something out.
Yes, I am switching vets. I was waiting to see how this food/litter switch went, but now I see this is progressively getting worse, so a new vet is in order.
 
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