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

 

Photo Credit: Home by thecodifyer.com

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Is Fish Safe for Our Pets?

 
If you feed Cats & Dogs fish – Salmon,Tuna or Mackerel or Sardines – Be Aware – wild sources are contaminated with drugs and other pollutants.
There are ways to mitigate some of the effects. Use up to a teasp. of Sunflower Lecithin in every fish meal to help remove damaging chemicals from the body. Icelandic Kelp, Organic Apple Pectin and Bentonite Clay is also helpful.
Remember, most processed products use ‘meal’ from many sources of fish & fowl.
Consumers have no control over how this meal is formulated or verified for safety.
By feeding your animals Real Food, you can monitor their reactions better and judge what effects each type of food is having on your pet.
Never used Farmed Fish like Tilapia.
“Research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future revealed the gory details of disease-ridden fish farms in Asia, where pig and chicken feces serve as a cheaper alternative to standard fish food. While the FDA vehemently denied any of these goings-on, the Johns Hopkins investigation revealed only 2 percent of imported seafood to the United States is actually tested for contamination. Experts worry that the large amounts of antibiotics given to the fish to ward off infections may give rise to antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella.” via Eat This Not That Newsletter
This is a very worrisome result of our civilzation with no solution in sight.

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall

Blue Buffalo has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult #Dogs due to possible elevated levels of beef thyroid hormones.
Not only is this an issue for our dogs and cats, but what about us – consuming meat that is so tainted?
Poor Farm animals have the most terrible life – how can we think that eating misery is healthy in any way?
Learn to make Real Food for your pets – it’s safer.
Sharing is Caring.

Grains and Preservatives in Pet Foods

Kibble

does this look like food to you?

Wheat, as sold in pet products is almost all GMO.

Whatever you feel about the technology, GMO Wheat has been altered to with-stand massive amounts of pesticides. It is a dense hybrid w 3 heads, that when processed into flour is so high in gluten content, it can overwhelm the system, causing most often severe, systemic fungal infections. Wheat Gluten from China sickened and killed many USA dogs a few yrs. ago. Corn, Barley and Rye flours are also likely to cause reaction in dogs and should never be given to cats. Both dogs and cats need living green and grains as grasses can be grown indoors from Barley, Oats, Wheatgrass – which is not the bread grain. )

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass

Most of the domestic pets I work with have some skin and itch problem. I believe pesticides, chemical pollution & plastic are causal.

Food Colors are unnecessary for dogs and cats who do not see the same color range as humans do. Food colors are for you! so you’ll think the product is pretty. Why add anymore artificial chemicals to the food? 90% of USA Beets are GMO. Turmeric is an excellent ingredient for inflammation, but the cheaper brands use chemical coloring, which can cause allergic reactions in some animals. General Considered Safe is a nebulous term which has been proved wrong before. Better to reduce the amount of chemical interactions in pet foods, rather than increase them.

Many common preservatives are known carcinogenic in lab animals – bless them for their sacrifice.

Preservatives are over used in the food industry to increase shelf life.
Tip: Don’t buy huge bags if you have 1 small dog. Always keep bags closed or put in air tight container. Look for products that use non synthetic Vit E as a preservative.

You can feed Real Food to your pets. Reduce the need for processed petfood. If you eat meat, fish, dairy, veg, fruit or whole grain – you can easily share with both dogs and cats. That’s what family does. And what families did for tens of thousands of years before the pet food industry took over in the 1950’s.

Salmon Dish by codifyer

Thanks!

aza the pet companion

2017

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.

bella-by-codifyer

Bella by codifyer

Thanks,

aza