Feeding the Finicky Feline

 

 

 When denied the chance to take down their own prey – cats become finicky eaters.

They are superior predators and indoor only cats can be the hardest to feed.

Kibble is a completely unnatural food.

No Mammal eats dry food only.

When a cat eats prey – it consumes a lot of fluid and juicy bits plus the odd bone.

Kibble only satisfies the crunchy need and not the moistness needed for proper digestion.

It’s best as a snack food but if your cat won’t eat anything else introduce fluid to dry kibble a little at a time until your kitty is used to it.

Cats are obligate carnivores.

They need protein daily.

Meat & Fish are the best foods for cats as they contain Taurine which is essential for healthy eyes and heart.

Most cats love Tuna, but it is a very polluted fat fish.

Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel, White Fish are all tolerated by cats but have issues that should concern pet owners, like tape worm & high mercury/heavy metal content.

If you feed your cats fish, stay away from farmed fish esp. Tilapia.

Drain canned product and rinse to remove salt & other additives.

Mix in 1/4 tsp of powdered Sunflower Lecithin to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of fish.

Lecithin carries heavy metals from the body.

Organic Apple Pectin can be used for this purpose.

1/8 tsp per serving.

Mix with a little water or Red Clover Tea to make a broth.

Other powdered supplements can be added without detection.

Chlorophyll (1 to 2 drops) and Spirulina (1/8 tsp) for cats who have no access to forage greens.

Most cats also like chicken, turkey (ground or finely shredded).

There are frozen raw sources of rabbit & duck that can be used raw or gently boiled in water.

My Boy, Indigo, likes his wet food soupy with a little kibble on the side.

He was an abandoned kitty who spent several years living off the land.

He hunted crickets & rodents and survived that way.

It took me a while to make him happy once he had to come indoors.

But I stook at it.

With a little patience, you can make your cat Real Food they will look forward to eating.

Thanks!

aza

 

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My Tribe: Urban Ungulates, part 1

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Ungulates (pronounced /ˈʌŋɡjəlts/) are any members of a diverse group of primarily large mammals that includes odd-toed ungulates such as horses and rhinoceroses, and even-toed ungulates such as cattle, pigs, giraffes, camels, deer, and hippopotamuses. Most terrestrial ungulates use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, to sustain their whole body weight while moving. The term means, roughly, “being hoofed” or “hoofed animal”. A Ungulates are typically herbivorous (though some species are omnivorous, such as pigs), and many employ specialized gut bacteria to allow them to digest cellulose, as in the case of ruminants. They inhabit a wide range of habitats, from jungles, plains and rivers. (from Wikipedia)

I have a great rapport with ungulates.

They like me. I am sought out and invited into their eyes.

This is Atticus. He was an adorable medium size Pot Belly, but he grew very fast into a large, pushy piggy.

Pet Pigs are very intelligent and benefit from instruction from an early age.

They are strongly food motivated and enjoy comfort, warmth and companionship.

Pigs can eat many of the foods you do & sharing is a bonding, social behavior.

Never feed a pig people ‘junk’ food.

They have a tendancy to nutritional alopecia, which manifests in circular hairless patches.

Fruit, vegetables, whole grains; no meat, dairy or fish. Supplement with vitamin/minerals appropriate to their needs.

Here’s a link to the Best Friends website that gives more information.

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They are many kinds of Goats.

Goats are social creatures, enjoy company and are curious.

Some like to leap on your car,  standing up top gazing outward as if they were in  the Alps.

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Others will strip your favorite Maple and Cherry Trees of leaves and branches.

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Goats like to perch, gambol, and fling their legs about.

Larger Goats are something of a handful to manage.

They are fun loving by Nature and can be led anywhere by food.

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Wild Deer are common on the Oregon Coast.

With human encroachment on their grazing territories, these gentle Beings often need help, especially in the Winter.

Feeding Deer correctly and to their benefit takes some thought.

This link is to a site called Seed Land, which gives some excellent advice on feeds ingredients, including planting food plots.

They need drinking water, so if you have a feeder for the birds – it may attract Deer too.

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More on Deer, plus Horse and Elk in Part 2…..

Thanks,

aza

2017

Sprouts and Fodder for Critters

What is Sprouting & Fodder? Sprouting is the process of taking seeds through the germination process by first soaking the seed in water for about 8-12 hours, then draining water from the seed into trays, the seeds are then rinsed morning and evening for 5 days. Fodder continues to grow for 4 more days, a […]

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Pacific Wild Caught Salmon may be infected with Japanese Tapeworm

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Pacific Wild Salmon  Photo Credit: Raincoast.org

CNN reports Pacific Coast Wild Caught Salmon may be infected with Japanese tapeworm.

This poses a health threat to all who feed their pets fresh, or frozen Salmon.

Wash your hands often after handling raw fish. Clean preparation area with 91% Alcohol after using.

Be aware of the symptoms of tapeworm.

There may be none but if your animal is infected, indications might possibly be bowel obstruction, or weight loss.

This from WebMd –

“A tapeworm can grow from 4 to 28 inches long.

Chances are you won’t see the adult worm.

As it grows, though, some of its segments fall off and pass through your dog’s poop.

You may see these tiny parts crawling near your dog’s backside or on his bedding.

You may also see them moving around in his poop.

Sometimes, these segments die and dry out. Then they’re hard, yellow specks that can stick to the fur around your dog’s bottom.

Because they’re irritating, some dogs will scoot, dragging their bottoms across the floor, or lick their behinds a lot.

If those tapeworm segments make their way inside your dog’s stomach, they can make your dog throw up.

Then you may actually see a worm (maybe 5 to 8 inches long) in your dog’s vomit.

If your dog has a heavy tapeworm infection, he may lose weight, even though he is eating normally.”

Your Vet will dispense a chemical vermicide.

These kill the worms – but are very hard on the system – especially for pups, and older dogs with existing conditions.

There are many natural worm remedies – some stun to expel, others kill and expel.

 Always check to make sure none of them are in conflict with any meds your pet is taking.

Use them as needed but with care.

Here’s a list:

Black Walnut Hulls Juglans nigra vermicide, antiseptic, antiparasitic

Butternut Bark Juglans cineraria alterative, laxative, anthelmintic

Garlic Allium sativum antibiotic, alterative, antiseptic, vermifuge, anthelmintic

Neem Azadirachta indica alterative, anthelmintic (not for cats)

Pumpkin Seed Cucurbita pepo vermifuge, anthelmintic, taeniafuge

Thyme Thymus vulgaris carminative, antiseptic

White Oak Bark Quercus alba antiseptic, anthelmintic

Using a probiotic after worming helps healing and re-innoculating the bowel with good intestinal flora.

Pick up poops and dispose of them away from children or other animals

– esp. at dog parks – if you suspect or have confirmation of infestation of worms of any kind.

Keep your dogs and cats safe by being aware.

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Bella by codifyer

Thanks,

aza

 

Bless Their Hearts Treats for Dogs and Cats

Bless Their Hearts Treats

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 Chicken Hearts

Boil in water to cover for about 5 mins.

Drain and save broth for simmering vegetables for your pet then use it on their wet or dry food.

Put Hearts in a jar with room.

Add Supplement Powder/s * –  1/4 teasp. of powder per 12 hearts to start

Put the lid on and shake.

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These treats can be given 2 or 3 times a day depending on size and health of your pet.

Whole for medium to large dogs. Cut up fine for cats, small and elderly dogs or those with poor teeth.

Supplement Powders & Their Uses:

(Always start with small amounts when introducing food or supplement to pets.

That way you can monitor reactions and get them gradually used to the flavors.

Increase as needed and pull back if any supplement to bowel tolerance – that means  stools are normal)

Turmeric with a little Black Pepper – for inflammation, joint pain

Valerian – to calm, for sleep, for colic or gas in cats

Kelp – to remove heavy metals, add sodium & minerals

Golden Seal or Echinacea  – for infections, as antibacterial & anti-viral

 Hawthorn – heart problems, anti-oxidant, good for older dogs

Slippery Elm – upset stomach, diarrhea, cough

Both Dogs and Cats will benefit from these supplements.

Always take in account your animals state of health and research contraindications of any drugs they are taking.

WebMD is a good source for interactions.

Hearts are a better source of animal protein than some other organ meats.

They are also cheaper than other cuts.

It is often easy to find Beef, Lamb and Chicken Hearts in grocery stores.

Larger Hearts can be chopped, sliced, grilled or boiled and used as above.

Chicken Hearts can be used as pill pockets.

Many pet owners have difficulty using Real Meat for their dogs and cats.

Especially those of us who are Vegan for ethical reasons.

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 Dogs and Cats require meat.

It is very difficult and dangerous to their health to change their Nature.

While some dogs can become accustomed to satisfying vegetarian diets –

cats are obligate carnivores.

They must have animal or fish protein daily – grains are not good for them even when tolerated initially.

No matter what form processed pet foods take – it’s meat or animal by products.

The more control you have over what you feed them the better. #imo

At the very least get the best grade grain free kibble you can find.

Supplement with Real Food that you eat already

Add herbs and other nutritional supports.

Happy Holidays!

aza

2016