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Hills Diet Formula Treats Stress in Cats

posted by Dr. Deb on September 19th, 2014 in Cats, New Technology, prescription food

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   Cats are often afflicted by stress.  As both predator and prey animals in nature, their nervous systems are “geared up” for “Flight or Fight” at a moment’s notice!  Cats living in multi-cat households are more likely to be stressed due to inter-pet conflicts.

Cats who are stressed are more susceptible to chronic inflammatory conditions and weakening of the immune system.  Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC) is a common, painful inflammatory condition of the urinary bladder that causes cats to urinate outside of their litterboxes, vocalize when they urinate or have blood in their urine.  Stressed cats are more likely to have relapses of upper respiratory symptoms.  They are irritable, reclusive, antisocial.

 

This new food formula is a spin off of the long trusted c/d formula used to treat Feline urinary syndrome (FUS) for decades.  This new formula not only helps stress- induced FIC by controlling the chemistry of the urine, but has the added benefits of  tryptophan and alpha-casozepine to also reduce the stress levels that CAUSE the FIC in the first place!

Everyone knows the old wives’ tail about the tryptophan in your turkey dinner making you sedate.  C/d Multicare Stress is super-dosed with L- tryptophan– way more than your Thanksgivnig dinner!  Tryptophan is the amino acid precursor to serotonin, one of the brain’s key relaxation hormones!  More tyrptophan mean more opportunity for more serotonin!

Alpha-casozepine is a product of the digestion of casein, a milk protein that is implicated in several hormone mechanisms in the brain.  It seems to stimulate GABA receptors in the brain, which blunt anxiety responses.  It also may have an role in increasing Dopamine, a reward signal hormone for the brain.

  • This prescription fromula is not only the diet of choice of many veterinarians for cats with FIC, but will serve as an adjunctive treatment for any cat that is experiencing stress symptoms such as irritability, “jumpiness”, hiding from or fighting with other pets in the house,  even without urinary signs!

A fabulously promising new way to treat kitty anxiety!  Just feed your cat!  No pills, medications, etc!

Ask your kitty’s veterinarian if this formula might be a good option to try with your stressed/ anxious kitty cats!

Read the scientific publication about the key ingredients in Hills c/d Multicare Urinary Stress formula HERE

 

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