Here are some answers to some to frequently asked questions about Dr. Elsey and Dr. Elsey’s Products. If you don’t find an answer here feel free to ask Dr. Elsey directly!


clean protein

Many competitive foods use plant-based proteins such as grains, vegetables, and fruits. Plant-based proteins are high in oxalate and lead to rapid metabolization, which actually increases your cat’s hunger. However, feeding them high quality protein can help to curb your cat’s appetite so that he or she maintains a healthy weight at every age.

The right diet can go a long way for your cat. Dr. Elsey’s clean protein ™ is 100% grain-free and gluten-free, and over 90% of the protein is animal-based. With no fillers or preservatives added.

Chicken Recipe Kibble
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 4,030 kcal/kg, 544 kcal/cup.

With Salmon Kibble
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 4,030 kcal/kg, 544 kcal/cup.

Beef Recipe Paté
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 1,156 kcal/kg, 180 kcal/5.5oz.

Chicken Recipe Paté
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 1,265 kcal/kg, 197 kcal/5.5oz.

Ocean Whitefish Recipe Paté
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 1,215 kcal/kg, 190 kcal/5.5oz.

Salmon Recipe Paté
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 1,289 kcal/kg, 201 kcal/5.5oz.

Turkey Recipe Paté
Caloric Content (calculated) – Metabolizable Energy: 1,294 kcal/kg, 202 kcal/5.5oz.

Chicken Recipe and With Salmon Kibble:

Please use the information below as an initial recommendation only and adjust as needed based on age, size, and activity level.

2-5 lbs.
¼ – ⅓ cup or 33-45 gm

6-11 lbs.
⅓ – ½ cup or 45-67 gm

12 lbs. & up
½ – ⅔ cup or 67-90 gm

Offer up to four times recommended daily feeding during gestation/lactation.
Offer up to two times recommended daily feeding for kittens.

Beef, Chicken, Ocean Whitefish, Salmon, and Turkey Recipe Paté:

Adjust the amount of food you serve based on the age, size and activity level of your cat. Food should be fed at room temperature. Promptly refrigerate the unused portion. Fresh water should be available at all times.

For adult cats, feed 1 can per 6-8 lbs. of body weight per day. Kittens require up to two and a half times this amount. For pregnant and lactating females, feed up to three times the normal adult amount per day.

Currently these products are only available on drelseys.com.

cleanprotein™ kibble .25 a quarter inch.

Our ingredients are carefully sourced and chosen based on quality. All proteins are sourced in the US. We try to source as many ingredients from the United States, but many vitamins and minerals included in pet food aren’t manufactured in the US. While nearly 90% of our ingredients are from the US, we source others from Switzerland, Germany, France, China, Scotland and Canada. We are extremely careful with our selection of each vendor to ensure they stick to equal or greater manufacturing standards that we have here in the US.

cleanprotein™ would be a good diet for these cats as the high animal based protein provides a natural urine PH of between 6 and 6.4 in cats.  That is the ideal PH range to prevent crystal formation. If a cat has Calcium Oxalate stones it is wise to increase water intake by feeding can food.

We suggest that you consult with your veterinarian before making any changes in your cat’s diet.

Studies show that the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease, the leading cause of death in felines, could be shown by the increase of oxalate found in cat’s urine.  Oxalic acid is an organic acid produced in animals and plants when sugars, other carbohydrates, and carbon sources (protein) are metabolized.  This is important because plant material is high in oxalate, and it has been estimated that 10% to 50% of urinary oxalate is derived from dietary oxalate.  The Instinctual diet of a cat should be derived from animal based proteins – not plants and filler ingredients high in oxalate.  —

“Is there an etiologic link between kidney disease and calcium oxalate uroliths? Is kidney disease a cause or consequence of urolith formation? Hyperoxaluria may be the common link between these two processes. One group of investigators reported that excessive oxalic acid damages kidney tubules. It is also probable that high concentrations of urine oxalate would be a significant risk factor for the formation of calcium oxalate uroliths in cats. If these assumptions are correct, what is the source of oxalic acid? The answer to these questions likely can be found in the evaluations of various diets.” 

Osborne CA, Lulich JP, et al.  Analysis of 451, 891 Canine Uroliths, Feline Uroliths, and Feline Urethral Plugs from 1981 to 2007: Perspectives from the Minnesota Urolith Center 

cleanprotein™ kibbles and wet foods are manufactured in the USA.

Agar Agar is a plant-based alternative to gelatin. Agar has no calories, no carbs, no sugar, no fat and is loaded with fiber. It’s free from starch, soy, corn, gluten, yeast, wheat, milk, egg and preservatives.

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are the prebiotics that feed the probiotics in your intestines, encouraging growth of good bacteria in gut, improving digestion.

Yes.  Low glycemic ingredients may reduce or eliminate the need for insulin in diabetic cats. Diabetic cats with the highest remission rates (greater than 80%) have been reported to have feeding diets with approximately 6% of energy from carbohydrates. Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein™ delivers only 5% energy from carbohydrates as compared to leading Dietetic Management foods with levels as high as 13%.

An informative study:  http://www.endocrinevet.info/2014/01/how-to-feed-cats-with-diabetes.html )

 

All meats are sourced in the USA and must meet USDA requirements. Antibiotic free is not guaranteed unless it is an Organic product or specifically stated antibiotic free on the label.

Canned:

Turkey-1.46%

Whitefish-1.50%

Beef-1.17%

Chicken-1.25%

Salmon-1.58%

Dry kibble:

Chicken-1.08%

Salmon-1.20%

 

Canned:

Turkey-0.59%

Whitefish-1.15%

Beef-0.36%

Chicken-0.49%

Salmon-0.59%

Dry kibble:

Chicken-4.69%

Salmon-9.06%


Precious Cat Litter

Yes, they works fine in Littermaid boxes.

All clumping litters are made from sodium bentonite, a form of clay. Premium scoopables, like ours use 100% sodium bentonite to maximize clumping ability. Some clumping litters blend cheaper clays with bentonite and will break apart in the litter box.

Our litter is extremely absorbent, immediately absorbing urine and dehydrating feces upon contact. Dr. Elsey’s Litters absorb the moisture quickly, effectively killing the odor.

Yes. Concerns that bentonite clays will “set-up” in a cat’s stomach are un-founded. Over half of the litters sold today include bentonite clay and have proven safe for cats since their introduction over fifteen years ago. In fact, the convenience of clumping clays have contributed greatly to the growth of cats as pets. In Dr. Elsey’s 25 plus years as a feline only veterinarian, he has never had a case where clumping litters have caused a problem with a cat.

While other litters use bentonite clays, Dr Elsey’s particle size and texture make the difference. Fine grain litters form thin clumps which easily break down in the litter box, and very large particles are difficult for cats to dig in. Our scoopables have the right texture and particle size to create an ideal paw feel for your cat. We call it “dig-a-bility.”

Cat Attract™ is the answer for problem cats that will not use their litter boxes. It contains a unique herb mixed in with a premium scoopable litter to attract cats to the litter box. Once they are there, the litter’s ideal texture and particle size encourages digging and use. Every bag of Cat Attract™ contains a Dr. Elsey Litterbox Solutions booklet to help your cat come back to its litterbox.

No! DO NOT FLUSH our litters. These litters are designed to form hard clumps. A “flushable” clumping litter is a contradiction. If it dissolves or breaks apart in a toilet, it will break apart in a litter box. A true clumping litter is more convenient for you and better for your cat.