My beloved cat also had kidney problems throughout his whole life. And the cat of my brother died from a tumour. This happened many years ago but I honestly believe that both of those cats would have lived longer & been healthy had they had a more “natural” species appropriate diet. I say species appropriate diet because most of the major cat food companies add preservatives and fillers such as corn, barley, soy and wheat which is not an adequate diet for a feline. Dry food is also a big no (unless moderated with small occasional quantities) because of the lack of moisture content which causes havoc on a cats kidneys.
Raw food is a cats most natural diet - cat’s digestive system is almost identical to their relatives (95.6% of DNA with tiger.) Raw cat food is kinda controversial with some folks so I would just recommend researching it as much as possible and determining what is best for you (because a raw food cat diet can be consuming & requires proper handling to prevent illness) and what you think will be best for your cat.
When the time comes for me to have cat companions again I hope to give them the best diet possible because, as I said, diet is EVERYTHING. In the same way I rarely feed myself junk food (essentially what most cat food companies make) because I know there would be severe health consequences for me in the long run, the same goes for any other animal. Many humans also control or eliminate their own allergies through change of diet and find that elements of their diet exacerbates flare ups. Lastly, the synthetic vitamins added to cat food aren’t bio-available!
Unfortunately I can’t comment on litter (our cats did their business outside and had no allergies) but as you said... those big changes with the diet and use of wood pellets changed your cats life before. Perhaps if you implement those things from the very beginning, your cats may not develop allergies this time?
I hope you do go through with adopting a cat or two and that they enjoy long, healthy and love filled lives!
Hey! Female solo traveller here... I’ve travelled through Central Asia, canada (hitchhiking) and Central America solo. Totally understand that safety is your concern and I can only speak of my personal experience but I’ve had 0 bad experiences as a female solo traveller. However, I am vigilant and cautious. I wouldn’t just walk out and about in any place at certain hours of the day. I am in quite in touch with my intuition or “6th sense” which some may scoff at but I seriously think that it is, in part, what has helped me steer clear of certain people or scenarios.
Some of my most transformative and most liberating memories of my life came from those solo travels. There’s nothing like it!