Still, I don't think a little addition like some gravy will make a big difference - it's not his entire diet. Sort of like tossing the crust of your sandwich to the dog. Sure, dogs aren't supposed to be fed people food. But a crust isn't going to kill them.
I've been wrapping my dog's pills in leftover ham and salami for the last two weeks.
Yes, but the "gravy" products are treats or flavor enhancers with little to no nutritional value so feeding dog gravy to a cat would probably be ok. If the cat does have health problems you may want to check the ingredients for sodium etc.
And there's a BIG difference between throwing your sandwich crust to your dog (or even pilling a dog with cold cuts - I do the same thing) & giving daily doses of commercial "dog gravy" to an elderly cat with renal problems.
Hell, I dont have a cat (hubby is allergic) but I do have a 13 year old lab with chronic hepatitis. He is going through one of his phases (again) where nothing seems to make him want to eat. So whatever he WILL eat is what I give him. Whatever he wants. Been turning up his nose at his food again, and he doesnt get cheap dog food.
Yesterday he had oatmeal, a fried egg and sausage. Today he had bacon and eggs and cheesy hashbrowns. He goes to the specialist every three months, I told her what was going on when she asked me what he was eating, and she was like fine, feed him whatever he will eat.
Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, although I do agree that with cats you have to be a little more careful. It has something to do with a mineral or something in dog food that can cause bad crystals and really mess up a cats urinary tract, kidneys etc. But I dont think a little gravy will kill it, if you cant' just make your own.
"Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin
Wysong makes “Au Jus” that is fine for supplemental feeding but not complete. I haven’t used it myself but know many people who do as a topper. It’s basically just one source of meat and the juice, and they offer several varieties.
Making your own broth is easy and healthier for a cat than most things you’ll find at the grocery store. Just crockpot some meat with bones (for the marrow), liver/kidney/whatever meat and add a little bit of water. I get chicken backs and chicken liver when my grocery store has them, make a big batch and freeze in portions. Sometimes I pick off the tiny bit of meat left on the bones but I usually just toss them and use the immersion blender to pulverize the liver and other chunks.
My cats eat mostly raw or canned when I’m lazy and out of options, but they like this. One is in early stage renal failure and needs every drop of fluid I can get in him. He is fussy about eating the same flavor meal after meal so I sometimes just use a bowl of this for his lunch to avoid repeating breakfast and dinner.
From Fancy Feast, the same people who brought you breakfast cat food.
I've actually bought that, but it is in fact food bits/small chunks with "extra gravy." Now trying to figure out what type (they come in different consistencies!)/flavor your cat likes is like trying to teach a pig to sing, but I THINK I've discovered that my cat likes the Fancy Feast "classic" (Chopped Grill).
He has had a tendency in the past to simply lick the gravy out of something like Gravy Lovers food, and I want him to actually ingest some FOOD when he eats. But the problem, again, is when he eats only half of the pate-style food, the other half seems unappetizing and yucky without some gravy to "freshen it up" and make it seem like a newly opened can. So then the food gets wasted.
So rather than serving food with extra liquid where the actual solids are left behind, I want the option of adding liquid to leftover pate-style food (that way he can't ONLY lick the gravy up) so it seems like a fresh can.