Thunder Katt: Alternatives in Dining

Greetings from a hungry kitty! Recently, my human mom was diagnosed with something called “Celiac Disease”. From what I can tell, this means her body doesn’t like her when she eats gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye) and it causes her to be in a lot of pain (which makes her really, really grumpy), and it causes her to be super nauseous and tired.

I thought we were going to have to trade her in at the shelter for a newer model, but she informed me that all she had to do was make some dietary modifications, and she would feel better! (Sadly, there is no cure or medicine for this. The only treatment is dietary changes). So, I decided to tell everyone about different diets that you and your human can try together (please note that I was forced to include some of these by my typist- I would never be able to go meat free or dairy free, but major kudos to those who can)! 

Gluten Free

This is what my household has started following recently. We have cut out all wheat, barley and rye. Our diets now commonly consist of rice, rice flour baked goods (such as bread, desserts, and pizza crust), vegetable pastas, corn tortillas, cheese, meat, and produce. The two tastiest things (aside from the meat and cheese) are the tortillas and pizza crust. This option is good for anyone with gluten allergies or sensitivities, and many people with autoimmune disorders have benefited from this as well. 

Vegetarian

This diet is scary- you completely cut out all meat! Thankfully, you can still have animal products, so dairy and eggs are okay, along with soy-based meat substitutes (found in the frozen section of your local grocery store). Other staples of this diet include nuts, beans and other legumes, pasta, bread, fruits, and vegetables. Although I would never commit to this diet, some Thunder-approved foods include lettuce, grapes, and strawberries. Note to kitties: due to being obligate carnivores, I would not take this diet as your primary- I would use this as a snacking aid or meal side. 

Dairy Free

According to science, all cats should be following this because we can’t break down dairy enzymes. Clearly, Mr Science is wrong, because Angel and I often enjoy cheese and cream cheese without issue. This diet cuts out cow’s milk and cow’s milk products, which includes most types of cheese, creams, sour cream, cream cheese, and butter. There are alternatives out there, such as soy, almond, rice, and oat milk, and you can enjoy juices and broths, along with meats, most treats, produce, and wheat products. This diet is something you can consider trying if your human is lactose intolerant (can’t process dairy enzymes) or vegan (see author’s note at the end). 

Diabetic Diet

This diet focuses on healthy eating habits to help your body regulate it’s insulin production and sugar levels. It cuts out a lot of carbs and sugars, and focuses on proteins and fresh foods. Both cats and humans can suffer from diabetes, so if you are in an affected household, you probably are already familiar with this diet. Some cat-approved foods include grilled or baked poultry, lean red meats, low-fat cheeses and cottage cheese, and select fruits and vegetables (humans can enjoy foods such as onion and garlic, which are harmful to cats). Try to stick to the water-based vegetables, such as lettuce and cucumbers, and the low-sugar fruits, such as bananas, if you and your human choose this diet. 

Soy Free

Soy is a legume that originated in Asia. It is also a common source of food allergy. Soy is commonly used to replace dairy and meats, and can be found in soy milk, vegetarian meat replacements, infant formulas, frozen vegetable mixes, tofu, and many pre-packaged or processed foods. To avoid soy, select fresh meats, dried pasta, beans, and rice, and fresh produce. Watch out for cross contamination (the process by which microscopic amounts of a food are unintentionally transferred to another food), as many plants  and restaurants process soy in the same area they process other products. 

Nut Free

Nuts are one of the most common allergens around. Peanuts are the biggest offender, although tree nut allergies are becoming more common. Cross contamination is really common with nuts, so the best way to avoid nuts is to buy fresh meats and fish, whole wheat breads and flours, and fresh produce, and to create everything at home. Almost all processed foods have the risk of having come in contact with nuts. Thankfully, most cats don’t care about nuts one way or another, so if your human is avoiding nuts, this shouldn’t affect you too much.

Egg Free

Eggs are a bit odd in my opinion. They look like toys, but when you bat one off of the table, it just plops and breaks. And the inside is slimy and weird. But if you cook an egg, it’s hard, and actually really delicious. However, if you’re hung up on how weird they are (or if you’re allergic), there are ways to avoid eggs. Unfortunately, this eliminates almost all prepared sweets, pastas, snacks, breads, and sauces; however, meats and fresh foods, along with some dairy is okay. And if you’re willing to put in the time of making your own foods at home, there are substitutes you can use for eggs, such as applesauce, mashed bananas, buttermilk, and arrowroot powder. 

Whole Food

This diet is becoming more and more popular. It is a way of eating that emphasizes plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. It is one of the healthier meal plans out there. Depending on how you do it, this can maintain or lower your body weight, but you and your human are still getting yummy, cat-approved foods! Foods commonly found on this diet are whole grains, fruits and vegetables, chicken and fish, milk, yogurt, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This probably is not a good choice for those with food allergies, who should instead stick to a dietary restriction diet to make sure they avoid their allergens. 

Paleo

This diet sounds like it was created by a wild cat. The point of this diet is to eat what you can get by gathering and hunting – fish and meats, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds. Like the whole food diet, this plan cuts out processed foods, but it also cuts out most wheat, as wheat is typically cooked down and processed before serving. This diet also focuses on all meats, such as venison, poultry, and red meats, as opposed to mainly the leaner options. This diet sounds pretty purrfect to me. 

Pescatarian 

This diet is similar to vegetarianism, but their main source of protein includes fish and seafood and it sounds much better to me! The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are great for your fur and eyes, so definitely mention this diet if your human is looking to cut out most meat but wants to include you. 

Who knew that humans could be so picky? I was shocked when I saw all of these different diets! I have my paws crossed that you found something that works for your household, but at the end of the day, remember this: make sure you get your meat intake, and also make sure that you get your special treats. One human’s intolerance should not ruin everything for you! May you eat well and be merry! 

Purrs and furs,

Thunder K. Katt

Author’s note- according to Mr Google, veganism is a popular diet. I chose not to include this because it has proven to be highly unsafe for cats, who are obligate carnivores and can not safely live off of plant proteins alone. 

23 thoughts on “Thunder Katt: Alternatives in Dining

  1. I steer clear of wheat, too, although I’m not coeliac. Wheat makes me feel very bloated and lethargic. Our household is mainly keto-paleo, and Louis Catorze is pesca-Orijen with a smattering of jambon de Bayonne.

    • I hadn’t heard of Paleo or pescatarian before now, but I now plan to push these options hardcore on my humans! Definitely enjoy your wheat free diet- it seems to be making everyone feel better!
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

    • Thank you! Sadly, there is not! Although that won’t stop me from suggesting this to my humans, as that is an excellent idea!
      Purrs and furs,
      Thunder K. Katt

  2. Thank you Thunder for a very informative and helpful post! We’re sorry your human got diagnosed with celiac disease- but hearing her symptoms makes us wonder if that may be what’s happening with our Can Opener’s sister. She’s had an undiagnosed tummy problem for a while, and when we read how this makes your human feel, it sounded exactly like what she’s going through!

    By the way, we agree with you – we cats are carnivores- not vegetarians or vegans!
    But We also love whipped cream (not that icky “Cool Whip”- Redi Whip! And a small bite of cheese sometimes. We also never have a problem with it.

    Hope your Can Opener gets better soon!

  3. Thank you for your kind words- my can opener appreciates them much! She seems to be doing better, although she does miss her flour tortillas and kit Kats! Regarding your can opener’s sister- tell her to make an appointment with her primary care doctor, and request the blood panel for Celiac. They test for 5 reactors, and if one (or more) come back positive, she can then go to a gastroenterologist to confirm the diagnosis (my can opener is waiting to get that appointment set up, but she feels so much better since cutting gluten, she’s not worried about it). Good luck! And I’m sending healing paws to your can opener’s sister 😸 Lastly (and most important- after all, cats DO rule the world)- enjoy your cheese and whipped cream! And you definitely are making the right choice avoiding “cool whip”- that stuff is gross!
    Furs and purrs,
    Thunder K. Katt

    • That sounds wonderful! Let me know if Frodo succeeds, I’ll use his secrets!
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

    • Thank you, I will let her know! I was a little concerned at first, because the last time she announced “new diet”, it meant less food! Luckily, this one only means different types of food- and more meat!
      Purrs and furs,
      Thunder K. Katt

  4. I hope your mom does well on her new diet. I think a proper diet can reverse or prevent all sorts of ailments. I try to imagine what humans ate before civilization. If we didn’t eat it 10,000 years ago, we probably shouldn’t eat it now. Of course, that is difficult when you are in the store and pass the ice cream aisle.

    • Thank you for your kind thoughts. I do think that you have a point on the following the diets of our ancient ancestors- they did seem quite a bit healthier- although I too would be pressed to give up some modern foods- such as catnip mousie!. Maybe moderation is the key?
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

  5. Mee-yow Doctur Thunder K. Katt!!! What a furabuluss post you did!
    Thanx fore sharin so much innfo…….
    BellaSita Mum an mee are “obligin carnyvoress”….
    Well shee DOES love veggiess all tho they have to bee cooked fore her to dye-gest. An shee lovess fresh fruit.
    Anywho, thanx fore cleerin up alot of questshunss wee had!
    **nose rubss** BellaDharma an ((hugss)) BellaSita Mum

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I do admit that I prefer my veggies raw, but I’ll definitely have to give cooked another try!
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

      • Mee likess mee soft carrot peecess inn mee Natural Balance foodabullss!
        Mee rate rate Grate rate Aunty Simpson loved mushy peass inn with her meat foodabullss.. Wee are sorta weerd inn a guud away Thunder!

  6. So sorry that your can-opener has Celiac, but we hope she reacts good on her diet, Thunder Katt🙏You did a great job on your bloggie to helped find out so many different diets *Appaws Appaws*. Pawkisses for a Happy 4th of July and thank you for your support on my bloggie. It’s great to have so many caring blogfurriends around🐾😽💞

    • Thank you! Wishing you a safe and happy 4th as well, and I definitely do love my blogger buddies- everyone is so sweet!
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

  7. Hard to think about food with WordPress pushing the toenail fungus ads at the bottom of everyone’s post! Cat diets drive me crazy and finicky cats like mine don’t help. The buffet idea is the best I think.

    • WordPress does have some pretty odd ad choices- it must be run by the yaks overseas who don’t transport goods 🙂 I would definitely have to agree with your assessment of buffets being the top choice for fineky kitties- at least buffet style, they have a good selection to turn their noses up at 😺
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

  8. thunder, we iz sorree yur purrson haz thiz disease N we hope her can find
    de rite kinda diet ta help out….may bee even a bit oh this one N a bit oh that
    one…..de food gurl iza veggie tarrian N all oh all de things her mizzez most…
    itz bologna ❤️❤️‼️‼️

    • My human dad loves baloney, so I can definitely feel for her on that! Hopefully everything else tastes wonderful to make up for it!
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

  9. Oh Meowza, The Human has some food issues too and we understand the “grumpy” part when she doesn’t feel well. She loves cauliflower and makes what she calls a cauliflower mash-sounds horrible to us but she likes it. By the way, you make a great meowdel with the food photos!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    The Feline Opines Tribe

    • Thank you so much! I find food is easy to pose with, as it doesn’t move 😸 I agree with the cauliflower thing, too! It sounds yucky, but my human really likes cauliflower, so maybe I’ll lick it every once and a while!
      Furs and purrs,
      Thunder K. Katt

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