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TB being diagnosed in UK Raw fed cats

Gisele

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Hi guys,

I'm a veterinary nurse in the uk, recently the veterinary industry have been concerned that a number of raw fed house cats in the UK have been diagnosed with TB (tuberculosis). The number has climbed to 6 reported cases so far, however there could be many more non reported cases.
The cats that have been affected have been fed well known, recommended, DEFRA approved, commercial raw food diets.

I am just here to ask any UK Sphynx parents to keep an eye out and please be careful when feeding raw.

The symptoms of TB in cats are as follows:
'intestinal infection usually results with inflammatory granulomas in the intestine leading to diarrhoea, vomiting, inappetence and weight loss'
'The lymph node swelling may be marked, and sometimes this is the only (or most obvious) sign. As the disease progresses, infection may spread elsewhere, including to the cat's lungs, and so may cause progressive coughing or difficulty breathing. Disease usually progresses slowly, and cats often develop lethargy and weight loss with disseminated infections' - icatcare.org

I'm aware these Symptoms can be present in a non TB infected Sphynx (especially diarrhoea), so please don't panic and just get your little one checked.

This is the relevant news article:
Vets warn cat owners over raw diets after TB strikes
 

Lunasphynx1995

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@Gisele Hi Gisele,

Do you know what companies are involved?
As I use natural instinct which is a raw food supplier in the UK.
Although I have not seen any signs with Luna , it is a concern none the less.
Luna will only eat the raw chicken and even then we cook it slightly as she doesn't like it completely raw, She wouldn't touch any of the beef ones. Is the TB contracted only through the beef? or can it be through any of the meats?

Thanks
 
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Gisele

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@Gisele Hi Gisele,

Do you know what companies are involved?
As I use natural instinct which is a raw food supplier in the UK.
Although I have not seen any signs with Luna , it is a concern none the less.
Luna will only eat the raw chicken and even then we cook it slightly as she doesn't like it completely raw, She wouldn't touch any of the beef ones. Is the TB contracted only through the beef? or can it be through any of the meats?

Thanks
I'm not sure what i'm legally allowed to say in regards to what company it is, as it isn't 'Official' yet. I can say that It's mostly been found in the venison and beef varieties of the raw food, so don't panic.
However for the safety of your little one, I would strongly recommend that you change your raw food diet, and monitor for signs of gastrointestinal upset, (Diarrhoea, etc). If she does have any symptoms then take her to your vets and explain this news information, (a lot of vets aren't aware).
 
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Lunasphynx1995

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Hi Gisele,

That's fine, she has shown no signs of any illness, she will occasionally eat the beef and chicken mix, but she is a chicken girl at heart. I have tried her on other forms of cat food like dry and wet cat food but this really upsets her tummy and causes her serious farting and diahorrea, her stomach and health have been the best on raw food, hence why I am reluctant to take her off it, especially as she has had no signs of issues on it. She did also recently go to the vets and have bloods and a fecal test, which came back all fine, I was worried that she had a parasite, but as soon as I changed her food to raw everything improved dramatically. It is however, important that people are made aware of the risks of giving their cats a Raw food diet and can know the signs if problems do occur. I willl see if I can source/ make my own raw food for her instead of purchasing from suppliers, this may be a long term solution to maintaining her health.
Thank you so much for your reply :) xxx
 

Gisele

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Hi Gisele,

That's fine, she has shown no signs of any illness, she will occasionally eat the beef and chicken mix, but she is a chicken girl at heart. I have tried her on other forms of cat food like dry and wet cat food but this really upsets her tummy and causes her serious farting and diahorrea, her stomach and health have been the best on raw food, hence why I am reluctant to take her off it, especially as she has had no signs of issues on it. She did also recently go to the vets and have bloods and a fecal test, which came back all fine, I was worried that she had a parasite, but as soon as I changed her food to raw everything improved dramatically. It is however, important that people are made aware of the risks of giving their cats a Raw food diet and can know the signs if problems do occur. I willl see if I can source/ make my own raw food for her instead of purchasing from suppliers, this may be a long term solution to maintaining her health.
Thank you so much for your reply :) xxx
That's fine, our Sasha really struggled with diarrhoea for a couple of months initially, we found that the royal canine gastrointestinal moderate calorie diet worked wonders for us.
However If raw food works for your little lady and you're aware of the risks then thats fine. I will say that I wasn't advising you stop raw feeding, I was just advising that you change to another supplier, to be safe.

As for TB, the only way to test for it is with specific TB testing. It isn't something that we would pick up in normal blood and faecal tests. It's a 'special' request, if that makes any sense. So just keep an eye on her and if similar symptoms crop up it may be worth requesting tb testing. Based on the fact that the diarrhoea has improved and she's thriving on raw it's likely that she is ok.
 
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