Saturday 4 October 2008

Magnesium supplements for cats with HCM

Tests were carried out to see the effect of Magnesium supplements for cats with HCM. The tests were carried out by L M Freeman, D J Brown, F W Smith, and J E Rush at the Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachussetts 01536, USA. The report is dated 1997 it seems.

Low magnesium cat food was introduced by cat food manufacturers as a means to reduce the incidence of Urinary Tract Infections (URIs). See Low Magnesium Cat Food for more on this.

The authors say that a deficiency in magnesium has been linked to heart disease in some species. They imply that the introduction of low magnesium cat food referred to above may have had an impact in respect of the incidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The study was to correlate the magnesium status of cats with HCM and to see if magnesium supplements helped.

As I understand it the conclusion was that the study suggested that cats who suffered from HCM were likely to be fed low magnesium cat food but this did not alter the magnesium status of these cats in relation to healthy cats. Magnesium supplements for cats with HCM appeared to have no benefit.

This seems to be saying that feeding low magnesium cat food did not alter the amount of magnesium in the cat. If this reading is correct it would seem that feeding thi s food would have no effect on the prevalence of URIs or am I missing the point?

Magnesium supplements for cats with HCM to Bengal cats and HCM

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