- Current Subjects
- FOOD TIPS
- REMEDIES SPECIFIC TO CATS
- ESSENTIAL OILS, FLOWER ESSENCES
- Work in Progress, Under Construction
WHAT ARE CAT’S SUPPOSED TO EAT?
Cats are carnivores and their bodies are specifically geared for processing a raw, prey-based diet. This is as true for a tiger as it is for the cat on your lap. They require about 80% protein in each meal. Their systems are uniquely set up to metabolize this diet which is high in moisture, high in protein and very low in carbohydrates. Cats have short, acidic, naturally pathogen resistant digestive systems, which are highly efficient at metabolizing a raw diet of meat, organs and bone. Cooking degrades the nutrients in meat, making them less available to your cat and renders bone indigestible and dangerous. With that in mind, what available nutrients does a processed kibble have for cats?
Felines have lost the ability to process carbohydrates very well. Excess carbohydrates in the diet, especially grains, can lead to obesity, diabetes and serious digestive problems. Cats get most of their energy requirements from glucose their livers process from protein, not carbohydrates. Cats evolved as desert creatures, so they naturally have a low thirst drive. Cats that are fed a dry, kibble diet risk being chronically dehydrated, increasing the risk of urinary and kidney problems, not by being predisposed to them. The food your vets sells you sets them up for these health issues. Dry foods are about 10% moisture and even with the water they drink, cats on a dry diet only get about half the liquid of a cat on a canned or raw diet that has a 60-70% moisture content.
Feed your cat a biologically appropriate, natural diet. A diet that fits her true nutritional requirements. The benefits to your cat are enormous. And it isn’t hard at all. Raw diets can be readily purchased frozen at enlightened retail stores, purchased online and delivered right to your door or if you are a do-it-yourselfer, be made at home.
SUMMARY: Give your cats filtered water to help eliminate toxins, chemicals and pesticides from their diet. Feed them at “Prey Temperature”, the temperature of freshly killed prey. The most common cause of health issues and death in cats (especially kidney and urinary diseases) can be avoided by feeding proper food. You will also save money on cat litter and embarrassment of a house smelling like a litter box – because they won’t be eliminating toxins which is the real cause of messy, stinky urine and poohs! Also be assured it’s the toxins in the food and water that burn the grass, not the urine and feces themselves. I have an acre of beautiful green grass year round, not one burn spot ever. See my page on Nutrition as it applies to all carnivores and exposes the commercial pet food industry for what is really behind all the fancy words, slick advertising and fancy packaging: Heal My Pet « NUTRITION «. Lastly, be aware of lifestages and activity levels and consult with your holistic vet on the specific needs of your pets as they age.
A great raw pre-preared food with a fantastic introductory price. Comes frozen and delivered to your door via FedEx. Healthy, Natural Raw Meat Cat Foods – Chicken or Turkey – from Darwin’s | Darwins Natural Pet
OTHER FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS updated July 2014: Source Pet Food Advisor
Best canned cat foods: Wellness Chicken, Natural Balance (indoor), Newman’s Own Organics Chicken and Brown Rice, Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken.
Best dry cat foods: Orijen 6 Fish, Wellness CORE Fish and Fowl, Natural Balance Ultra Premium, Merrick Before Grain Salmon, Nature’s Variety Instinct.
PET FOOD RECALLS Link: 2014 Pet Food Recall List | Pets Adviser
If you are needing to look up whether your brand has any recalls, you might ask yourself why are are bothering to use a suspect brand.
A healthy diet is your cat’s best defense for a long life that is free of disease. A cat’s nutritional requirements are relatively simple. Read the labels, These basic ingredients should be listed at the top:
- Protein from an identified meat, fish or poultry source (look for “beef,” “lamb,” “turkey,” ”chicken,” “tuna” — not just “meat” or “meat product”)
- Taurine, an essential amino acid
- Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids
- Ingredients to avoid:
- “Byproducts,” “meat and/or bone meal” and “animal digest”
- Added sugars
- Potentially dangerous chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin and propyl gallate
- Corn meal
- Excessive carbohydrate fillers (dry cat food may contain as much as 50 percent grain)
- Kittens need a diet that is high in protein and fat to develop strong bones, teeth and muscles. Kittens are more active than older cats and convert calories quickly into energy.
- Adult cats should have a lower-calorie diet with considerations of weight control. Being overweight, just as with humans, can lead to diseases such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes as cat ages. Unless an adult cat is pregnant or nursing, it will not require the calorie content and higher protein/fat diet consumed by a kitten.
- Senior cats are typically more sedentary and need a low-fat diet with highly digestible proteins to ease the processing burden on their kidneys.
REMEDIES SPECIFIC TO CATS
KIDNEY REJUVENATOR: Amber Technology’s Kidney Rejuvenator is designed to help your pet’s overall urinary tract system function better allowing the kidneys to filter out theharmful toxins that may be causing your pet to develop diseases or show signs of age at early onset. Kidney Rejuvenator may help your pet feel better and look healthy. Contains a natural antibiotic in case of infection and can help dissolve kidney stones. Their Gold Detox kit contains this and “Life Cell Support”. For prevention, I would suggest doing the detox and rebuild every six months.
FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) virus. PERITAN FP (formerly FIP) – organic herbal supplement to ease symptoms caused by FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) virus. Peritan FP is an anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, antiviral, detoxifier used to help your pet with viral infections, liver disorders, respiratory, pain and arthritis issues.
MORE FROM AMBER TECHNOLOGY
Kitty Distempaid helps battle Feline Distemper but can also help with symptoms of normal nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and gas.
Vibactra Plus Vibactra Plus helps build your pet’s immune system as well as fight off viral, bacterial and microscopic parasitical infections such as Coccidia and Giardia. $30
Vaccination & Wormer Detox and Kidney Rejuvenator The Vaccination & Wormer Detox and Kidney Rejuvenator will detox your pets system and keep the lymphatic system, blood and liver cleansed from toxins. A detox is recommended on a regular basis (at least once a year, optimally twice a year). Not only is the Vaccination & Wormer Detox great for detoxing twice yearly but it is also an illuminator while ridding the body of any viral, bacterial or micro-parasitical infections. It is also great to have on hand for those times when your pet may have an allergic reaction to vaccines (which we don’t like at Healmypet.net! See vaccine page).
Kidney Rejuvenator and Urinary Tract Relief Kidney Rejuvenator and Urinary Tract Relief are handy for keeping the urinary tract system healthy. Combining Vibactra Plus and Pet’s Cough & Cold Formula are Amber Technology’s answer to helping your pet battle Kennel Cough or the Canine Flu.
Adizone Adizone is an anti-inflammatory. It also helps with pain associated with inflammation of the joints and also inflammation in the intestinal tract as a result of Parvo. See the Adizone product section for more information.
There is a great deal of evidence implicating vaccination as the cause of many serious chronic health problems. “Routine vaccination”, as practiced today, is not always effective (especially in the case of the feline leukemia vaccine), frequently has adverse side effects, either short term and/or long term. With the use of multivalent (combination: 3-in-1, 6-in-1, etc.) vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side effects in our pets has increased dramatically.
Cat hairballs form when excessive amounts of hair accumulate in the stomach, later causing it to cough or vomits it up. Cats that have motility or digestive problems tend to have a more difficult time with hairballs. Feeding your cat a grain-free, high moisture diet will improve digestion and should improve the hairballs. Food allergies can be a trigger for digestive problems in cats. Grains and poultry, in particular, can cause digestive problems and increase the hairball problem It is important to learn all you can about food allergies and use a few supplements to improve your cat’s digestion, thereby reducing hairballs. Also, regular brushing can help reduce the amount of hair your cat swallows. Adding a purified fish oil such as Amazing Omegas will reduce shedding and improve coat quality. Power Probiotic is an excellent product for reducing hairballs and improving digestion. It sprinkles easily on food and improves motility. Soothing Digestive Relief helps relieve digestive discomfort and helps cats form normal stool. My Hawaii resources say adding coconut oil to the daily diet can also help tremendously. The enzymatic action of papaya or pineapple will help with digestion and break down stomach contents. Add a bit size piece or two to a meal. A little juice will work too but has to be pure, no added sugars, coloring, etc. You could freeze in small cubes and use as needed so it doesn’t go bad and you have a steady supply.
American Vet Medical Association (AVMA) Task Force Policy Re: CATS: “Carry on vaccinating until we find out why vaccines are killing cats, and which cats are most likely to die.” In America, in an attempt to mitigate the problem, they’re vaccinating cats in the tail or leg so they can amputate when cancer appears. Great advice if it’s not your cat amongst thousands on the “oops” list. DO YOU REALLY TRUST THESE GUYS?
“I strongly recommend against vaccination for Feline Leukemia in cats, because (a) it is not very effective, and (b) I have found that vaccinated cats that subsequently contract the virus are much more likely to die from it.” Dr. Jeffrey Levy DVM PCH :: Classical Veterinary Homeopathy : Vaccinations
WHAT DO VACCINES GIVE OUR PETS?
Cats often hang out around closed bottles of essential oil because they are energetically finely tuned. A collection of essential oils gives off powerful radiation to which they are naturally attracted, especially if they (or you) need some healing. So be aware of their proximity to your oils. Allow your cat to guide you, never think you know better than a cat!
Cats lack an important detoxification mechanism (glucuronidation), present in most mammals. So to avoid possible fatal toxic shock, liver failure or at the least, a build up of toxic metabolites in the body, be cautious when using essential oils with cats and completely avoid anything containing phenols (ex. wintergreen, clove, tea tree).
Cat’s livers do not have the necessary enzymes to break down and excrete certain chemical compounds in essential oils. The chemical compounds, therefore, accumulate in a cat’s body and are sometimes toxic to the point of death. Cats are very sensitive to beta-carotene, morphine, certain sulfanomides, salicylic acid (Aspirin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), allyl propyl disulfide (onions) and compounds with the bezene ring (benzyl alcohol preservative). Wintergreen and birch oils contain methyl salicylate the same chemical compound in aspirin. It is best to avoid any oil containing phenols: oregano, thyme, cinnamon (cassia), clove, savory, birch, and melaleuca (Tea Tree oil) or ketones: sage. A third group to avoid are the monoterpene hydrocarbons pinene and limonene most commonly found in the citrus and pine oils: lemon, orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, pine, spruce, and any fir oil. Many household cleaners and even pet products have these latter substances in them to make them smell nice to the owners. Symptoms of a toxic buildup include being despondent, clumsy, uncoordinated, partially paralyzed, vomiting, drooling or in a daze. The diagnosis for toxic poisoning is a blood test that shows elevated liver enzymes. It is best to seek a veterinarian’s care if toxic poisoning is suspected.
Hydrosols (by-products of essential oil distillation) are safer to use on cats. This is because the monoterpene alcohols have an affinity for water and are safe for cats. Phenols and ketones do not appear in hydrosols. There are no known case histories of hydrosols or monoterpene alcohols causing toxicity in cats. Hydrosols of chamomile and a combination of rose, lavender, geranium and neroli are known to have a claming effect on cats. Wounds can be cleaned with diluted lavender, rose, geranium, and chamomile oil or their hydrosols. Itching can be alleviated using witch hazel, rose, lavender or German chamomile.
Does this mean we need to stop using essential oils if we have cats? Since there is no scientific evidence that essential oils and hydrosols are totally safe for cats, the safest rule is not to use them on or around cats until they are proven safe. Just because they are natural, doesn’t mean essential oils are totally safe for cats. If one must use essential oils, here are some suggested rules I follow. Each animal guardian must make their own decision.
1. If I choose to use any of the oils in the charts above on cats, I would always use a highly diluted formula (at least 10:1 with carrier oil or less). If I use any of the oils in the charts above on myself or around the house, I keep the cats away for at least one hour. I never diffuse any of the oils in the charts below or blends containing these oils around cats.
2. I never keep cats in an enclosed area when diffusing oils in the air. I always keep a window open or put the cat in a different part of the house. A safer method is to put the diluted essential oil mixture on cotton balls and leave them in the same room as the animal or on their bed.
3. If I want to use essential oils on cats, I always use a highly diluted formula with essential oils. When in doubt I use hydrosols instead of essential oils on animals. Hydrosols are water-based, gentler and much easier to tolerate.
4. When using cleaning products with the above essential oils, especially citrus or pine, I keep the animals away and off the floor until it dries. I make sure you rinse and dry the surface as thoroughly as possible.
5. Rather than assume a certain protocol or suggested oil is good for an animal I always test the essential oil first before using it. I introduce the essential oil to the animal by letting them sniff it and watch for signs of acceptance as mentioned above. I also use kinesiology with a human surrogate tester for the animal. One can also use a dowsing pendulum or one of the many electronic radionic devices for testing an oil.
HYDROSOLS: a water or oil solution with highly diluted oil/s). The best option for cats.
DOES YOUR CAT WANT OR NEED A HYDROSOL? Hold closed bottle in your hand 6+ inches from cat’s nose. Allow the cat to come towards the bottle if it wants to. If the cat likes the oil (below), dilute 1 drop in 10 mls (approx. 1 tablespoon) of cold-pressed coconut or other organic vegetable cat-safe oil. Interest includes smelling intently, licking the lips, trying to lick the bottle, following you around with the aroma, rolling on its back, rubbing against you. Offer diluted oil once or twice a day. Moderate interest would be: a few sniffs then looks away, a small sniff but returns to the bottle, tongue licks quickly, easily distracted from the aromas. In this case, offer diluted oil once a day. If the cat turns away from the aroma and/or leaves the room, do not apply.
Cats are very sensitive to the oils so just a few sniffs is all that is needed to trigger the healing process. Cats are also quite subtle in their response to the oils, sometimes secretive, so if the cat stays in the room with you when the bottle is open, count it as a positive response even if they are acting indifferent. Usually a few sniffs is enough to effect a profound change, even in the case of wounds. Another way to use hydrosals is to put a drop in a saucer of water near the cat’s usual eating place and allow it to self-medicate by either licking or inhaling. The saucer should be changed daily and fresh drinking water must also be available.
NOTE: Cats can become overwhelmed by the smell of essential oils, sniffing, licking or attacking their owner manically if the person smells of oils. Cats can also behave as they do with catnip (after all it is the essential oil in catnip they are responding to) jumping around and having a mad moment or five. This can lead people to believe that their cat really loves essential oil when it is literally driving them crazy.
The Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy, sells a line of essences specifically for cats: Spirit Essences – Holistic Flower Essence Remedies for Animals
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