Thursday, June 23, 2016

6/23/2016


Today is Oreo's Day

We have such Pawesome supporters here at BCR. Another great week with
tons of awesome gifts for all the kitties. We appreciate everything
you send whether its  a case of food or a can of food.
It can be cat litter, toys or gift cards, everything is
truly appreciated. Here is our Amazon Wish list link:
Also remember if you shop on Amazon as much as 
we do, please use Amazon Smile and choose
us are your charity.

Thank you so much McNulty-Pogorzelski, Miss Indy 500 and Offenhauser and mom for the wonderful cat nip mice!
Thank you Maksymowicz for the food, treats & litter liners!
Thank you Brie for the food!



Thank you Deborah for the cat litter!
Thank you Lisa Good for the litter!
Thank you Eric Shulze for the litters!
Thank you The Haak family for the litter!

Thank you Laura Shelley for the litter!
Thank you Dena Kirkland for the litters!
Thank you Karen Russo for the food!
Thank you Greg Vottero for the food!



Thank you Oscar Bernaus for the gift card!
Thank you Judith Hinton for the gift cards in Fred & Mini-Macks honor!
Thank you The Gehrke Famly for the food!

Thank you Nordstrom for the litter!
Thank you Linda C for all the food, litter and paper!!
Thnk you Theresa Forooshani for the foods!



Thank you Haak family for the foods!
Thank you Janet Franklin for the food!
Thank you Alyssa Thompson for the food!
Thank you Beverly Colini for the food

Thank you Kate Griffin for the food!
Thank you Barbara McCarthy for all the foods!
Thank you Janet Franklin for the foods!
Thank you Dave for the toys and foods!
 
Thank you Pauline Lewandowski for the litter!
Thank you Laura Shelley for the foods!
Thank you Helena Opolts and Kiki for all the foods!
Thank you Connie Mullins for the food!


Thank you Ann Czeponis and family for the foods and groom arch!
Thank you Leander Seah for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Cindy and Walt Cripps for the food!

Thank you Felt2Rescue
for your donations each time a person has
a customize piece made from you!
 Everyone should check them out!

Thank you Cindy & Walk Crips-Prawk and kitties for the foods!
Thank you Ashley Lorisa West for the litter!
Thank you Robin Jackson for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Diane Kieser for the Amazon Gift Card!

Thank you Debbie Wass for the crystal litters!
Thank you Susan, Arthur, Chester, Tommy & Emily Carleson  for all the food!
Thank you Dora Sumner for the foods!


Thank you again for all your wonderful support for the kitties.
Just a reminder to click every day
Shop for your cause
and also please vote in the contest we are in:
Vote for your cause

Also we have been hearing that many of you have gotten your
Snicker for President T-shirts.
If you have not gotten yours it should
be coming any day now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meet Mandy

Meet Mandy Cooper




I happened to come across BCR while looking for animal live cams. The first room that I saw was the FeLv room and I spotted a few tabbies in the room. I have a soft spot for tabbies and I wanted to keep watching. I quickly fell in love with all the babies. I saw Taffy on a live tour and wanted to find out more about her too. She is very much like me in that she gets very temperamental and she makes me laugh so much.

 I heard about sponsoring and people were very helpful in leading me in the right direction to find out about helping the babies. I began to sponsor Taffy and then I discovered Wifi and after hearing his story, I cried and my heart instantly went out to him. I knew in my heart that I was going to sponsor him too. Since watching from last year (I can't remember when), I have fallen in love with each and every one of the babies and they are so incredibly unique and special in their own way. 

I have to admit that when I first started watching, I was a lurker for quite a while because I was afraid to go in the chat room and talk as I was a bit shy and unsure. I decided to go in one day and chat and everyone was so welcoming and warm and I knew it was a place I would want to keep chatting in from that day forward. I love how the atmosphere is so warm, genuine and welcoming when you are a newbie to BCR. The first member of staff I met was Stephanie. I remember listening to her on the 1st tour I watched and I was just in awe of how patient, caring and loving she was with the babies.

I used to cry when I saw the blind babies and wonder how they lived their lives like that but I soon learnt that they are just like any other cat. They play, they love and they misbehave at times. I don't feel sorry for them anymore and I know they are quite capable of getting around and doing what they need to do. 

The special part for me about BCR is that this is their forever home. They are promised a home until they pass away and even then, they are buried in the memorial garden so they are always there. That is so special to me and it makes me feel so grateful that there is a place like BCR who is willing to go the extra mile for these cats and give them what others have failed to give them. I have never come across anything quite like it and I am proud to be part of this amazing sanctuary. 

There are cameras in 5 of the rooms and I like to watch the cat’s antics on the cameras when I can. They have a live stream 24 hours a day where you can watch the babies too. Every time I log on, there is always a kitty to watch and someone to chat to. I feel that they always go the extra mile for the babies and this sanctuary is dedicated to making the lives better for each and every one of the cats in their care. There is never a dull moment and I love watching them play and sometimes be naughty but who can get on with everyone all the time? 

I met Alana when I started becoming more involved and that lady is truly an inspiration to me. I can't thank her enough for everything she does. I get excited when I get to see her and learn more about BCR and the cats. I'm learning something new every day and I appreciate and welcome the information. 

The best part for me however, is the live tours. It's a very intimate way of getting to know the cats and their personalities and this is the best feeling. They also offer chat and boxes where generous donors send gifts for the cats and those gifts are opened on camera for us all to enjoy. There is also the news which I find highly valuable because being part of this great place, you get super attached to the babies and want to know about them and how they are. 

They are now broadcasting live on FB to attract even more people and get them to fall in love too. Not a bad thing is it? I would like to say thank you to everyone who works so hard for BCR and does such a great job and to all the people who have made my experiences memorable and keeps me wanting more. I'm very proud and honored to be part of such an incredible charity.

Thank you so much Mandy for taking the time to write what BCR means to you. We are truly thankful to everyone that supports us, watches us on Ustream or Facebook and helps us every day with clicking in our contests, liking us on Facebook and sharing our posts.  

6/15/2016



Once again another great week of gifts for the kitties. If you would like to send something to the kitties please go to our Amazon Smile Wish List here: http://ow.ly/4nbLGs.
 Below are the 
names of everyone that sent goodies.
 If we do not post your name
its because Amazon did not include a packing slip. 
I have also added pictures of the kitties and visitors from last
week. We had many visitors during the week as
well as on Open House this past Sat. 

Thank you Karen Baron for the catnip toys!
Thank you Jim & Holly Marston for all the gift cards!!
Thank you Amanda Rinebold for the Amazon Gift Cards!
Thank you Paula Murphy for the food!

Thank you Eric for the cat litter!
Thank you Caley Crook for the food & litter!
Thank you Kurt Mason for all the food, litter and litter deodorizer!
Thank you Sarah Baker for the litter!



Thank you Amanda Green for the food, toys & treats for the humans!
Thank you Kim Leegstra for the litter!
Thank you Bray Family for the food and Litter!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the banana bed!

Thank you Anita Wright for the food!
Thank you Donna Meadows for the gift card!
Thank you Ione Brown & Tinky for the gift card!
Thank you Kurt Mason for the food!


Thank you Sarah Baker for the food
Thank you Aditi for the food!
Thank you Paul Boyer for the food and thermometer covers
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the food!

Thank you Melissa Adamo for the cat litter!
Thank you Becky Magnuson for the food!
Thank you Patricia Stevens for the litters!
Thank you Paula Murphy for the litter!




Thank you Bray family for the food & toys!
Thank you Danny Cook for the food!
Thank you Linda P for the syringes and litter deodorizers!
Thank you Virginia Schafer for the foods and toys!

Thank you Gayle Blackham for the foods!
Thank you Anita Wright for the foods and toys!
Thank you Edward deNijs for all the food!



Thank you Sylvia Yasmer for the vaccines!

Thank you Laura Hicks for the litter and bleach!
Thank you Miss R. Cullinan for the vaccines and clavamox!

Thank you Anita Wright for the food!
Thank you Paul Boyer for the foods!
Thank you Linda C for all the treats for the humans, the litter and food!
Thank you Patricia for the foods!
Thank you Lone Brown for the food and toys!


Thank you Emily Darby for the litter!
Thank you Lynette Cole for the litter!
Thank you Leslie Harris for the litter!
Thank you Karen Russo for the litter!



Again thank you everyone for sending gifts to the kitties. 

Also thank you to everyone that came to visit during Open House and also during the week.
 The kitties just love people to come play with them. If you live near us and
would like to come volunteer, you can email our director at
blindcat@blindcatrescue.com

Also thank you everyone that ordered your Snicker for President shirt.
You should get yours in the mail in the next couple weeks as they will be
printed and sent out very soon.

MIA'S Story - THE YES FLY LIST

MIA'S Story - THE YES FLY LIST

By Mark Yarry





I was twenty four years old and having served four years as one of the few Americans fighting

in the French Foreign Legion.  ( How I got there is another story.) During my four years in the 

Algerian War, all I did was save my money.


It all started at the age of fourteen, living a couple of miles away from LaGuardia Airport in New

York City and I was IN LOVE.


No, not the pretty blonde high school cheerleader or my gorgeous math teacher..

AIRPLANES!  AIRPLANES! and AIRPLANES.


After school I worked at a little airport in Queens, selling soda, filling in pilot logs books, 

hand starting Piper Cubs ( A definite NO NO for a kid) and in exchange I got my

flying lessons from a part-time DJ who owned a small flight school.


When I returned home to the USA, my wallet full of four years savings, I knew I wanted to be a

pilot and immediately returned to training.


By the end of 1963 I was a REAL PILOT.  The problem was finding a job with so little experience

but as luck would have it, a small airline in Europe offered me a job based in Frankfurt Germany.

One slight problem:  I owned a cat. A lovely blue point Siamese named Mia.  There was no way

I would leave her behind but transporting a cat, baggage and all my personal possessions 

turned out to be a major production.


Determined, I boarded a Pan American flight to Frankfurt, cat in a carrier and checked into 

a small hotel that permitted animals.  Europe, unlike the USA treats domestic animals with a

lot more consideration.  I found a studio, four flights up with a landlord who was happy to have 

Mia as a tenant ALTHOUGH the butcher thoroughly disapproved of my buying sliced ham for a cat.

My trips were mostly to nearby European Cities and with very special permission from the Chief

Pilot, I was allowed to take Mia along with me.


She became a frequent site at Frankfurt Airport.  Every Customs and Immigration Officer knew.

( Not to say they didn’t think it very strange and maybe suspicious, but they tolerated it).


One morning I arrived at the airport at 0600 for a 0730 departure.  I presented myself to

Immigration and Customs and was told I was to have a “further detailed inspection”.  Most of

us who fly very frequently know you can be singled out at anytime, Pilot, Flight Attendant or 

Passenger.  It was my turn.


Fifteen minutes later, I returned to the screening area, picked up Mia and we proceeded to our

flight to Luxembourg City.  It was an uneventful trip and we returned to FRA at about 1330.

As I was clearing customs on arrival, a very stern looking Immigration Officer motioned me over

to his desk. He was intimidating and I thought I was in trouble. But, I hadn’t brought anything, no

whiskey or cigarettes or coffee ( very rationed at the time in Germany).


He reached into his pocket and presented me with a small booklet.  It was very official looking

and contained a polaroid photo of Mia and details of her eye color and weight.  It said 

SPECIAL PASSPORT ( ENGLISH) .  “ YOU WILL PRESENT THIS EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE

GERMANY AND ARRIVE HOME “.  A Huge grin on his face.  That Passport would be stamped

by every country I flew to.  Yes, the German bureaucrats have a sense of humor.  

Someone in that office was a true Feline lover and this was his way of expressing it.
Mi


When I started flying longer routes, a friend in New England took Mia who went on to produce 

two litters of kittens and lived until she was fifteen in great style and comfort.

There isn’t a moral to this story just when you are lucky enough to own a cat, you never know

what is in store for you.

Save your floor from your Pet by the Rug Seller


Save your floor from your pet infographic by The Rug Seller

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Save your floor from your pet infographic by The Rug Seller

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

6/7/2016

Today is Mack's Day!

 Again another great week of wonderful goodies for the kitties. We have the best supporters in the world and we thank you so much for everything you do for all the kitties here at BCR.
If you would like to send things to the kitties
you can go to our Amazon Smile wish list here:

Thank you Dawn Naska for all the blankets, litter deodorizer, dryer sheets, thermometer covers!
Thank you Adrienne Munoz for the food!
Thank you Mr & Mrs Blower and Silver Steve the cat for the Amazon gift card!

Thank you Ash for the cat litter!
Thank you Judith for the cat litter!
Thank you Caley Crook for the litter!
Thank you Melanie for the litter!
Thank you Lynn Tapella for the litter!



Thank you Lisa Osthues for the litter!
Thank you Melisa and Marley for the litter!
Thank you Allie Falls for the litter!
Thank you LIsa Mikula for the litter!

Thank you Linda Carden for the thermometer covers!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Adrienne Muoz for the food!

Thank you Renee Snyder for the food!
Thank you Henry and Noel for all the foods and thermometer covers!
Thank you Adrienne Munoz for the foods!
Thank you Alexandra Brown for the food!
Thank you Lisa Osthues for the foods and thermometer covers!


Thank you Joe King and Margo for the gift card!
Thank you Lynne Allison for the gift card!
Thank you Marlene for the bed, and medical supplies!
Thank you Joy Foley for the litter!

Thank you Allie Falls for the food and thermometer covers!
Thank you Alexander & Marley Kleincatzen for the food, deodorizer and thermometer covers!
Thank you Judith Hinton for the food!

Thank you Emily Bonomini  for the food!
Thank you Ruiz Aranda for the food
Thank you Melissa Klein And Alexander for the thermometer covers!

Thank you Lisa Mikula for the food!
Thank you Melissa Mallen for the foods!
Thank you Liz Gibson for the foods!
Thank you Jeffrey Kamal for the litter!
Thank you unnamed for the foods!

Thank you Greg Thompson for the litters!
Thank you Bunny LaRue for the food!
Thank you Kurt Mason for the food!
Thank you Danny Cook  for litter!
Thank you Adrienne Munoz for the litter!
Thank you unnamed for the food!


You have only a few days left to get this great T-Shirt!
The one and only Snicker for President.


  Get your special edition Snicker Shirt and help the Spay Neuter Program at the same time!
Available in 6 colors, sizes small - 4XL; perfect for everyone!
 Don't miss out! Order now :) International shipping is available.
 Thank you for helping the cats and please share.
 (Note: This is not a political statement, please do not make it one. All political comments will be deleted.)

Hope you enjoy the pictures of the kitties and please share with your friends.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

6/1/2016




Wow thank you so much for all the great items you have sent to the kitties. We have the best supporters in the world. We really appreciate every box with every item in it. 
If you want to know how to send things to the kitties just click on this link:

Thank you  Carrie Worth for the cat litter!
Thank you Marlene Schmidt for the medical supplies!
Thank you Donal Scherzi for the scratchers!
Thank you Naomi Lasdon for the food!



Thank you Chelsea Wilson for the litter!
Thank you Scott Cirlin for the food!
Thank you Alexandra and Ruth for the food!
Thank you Anne L Hyatt for the food!

Thank you JM Morris for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Shanda Kramer for all the foods!
Thank you Samantha Resilavage for all the foods!
Thank you Jay for the Amazon Gift Cards!



Thank you Steven DiCastro for the Amazon Gift Cards
Thank you Mad Max for the foods!
Thank you Sandy Brown for the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the foods!
Thank you Linda for the crystal litter!

Thank you Joy Foley for the food!
Thank you Ruiz Aranda for the  foods and litter!
Thank you  Lynda and Ashley for the gift card!
Thank you Julie and Mike for the foods!
Thank you Samantha Resilavage for the litters!
Thank you Anne Hyatt for the litter!
Thank you Alexandra & Ruth for the litter!
Thank you Lynnette Loud for the litter!

Again thank you everyone that sent stuff to the kitties. If we did not have your name
its because Amazon does not always include the 
packing slips. Also remember you can watch us open 
the boxes on  Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights on Facebook at 
6:30 PM/EST. 


I have been asking people to write in and tell me how
 they found out about BCR , and what it means to them.
 Below is a letter i got from Cheryl. Cheryl is our BCR screenshot ninja.
She takes screenshots during tours and just off the cameras we have.
 I use her pictures in the blog pictures as well. 

Thanks to Homer Blind Wonder Cat, on Facebook,
 I found my way to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, more than two years ago.
 I 
 immediately fell in love with all of the Cats, but I have
 to admit, there are a handful that are special to me.
One in particular, was our girl Autumn; Autumn was a sweet,
 loving Cat, who had an expression and look in her eyes,
 which told me she knew 
how much she was loved; I miss her terribly.
 
My experience with watching the Cats on Ustream,
 has been very positive, not only do I get to see the
 Cats each day, I've also made friends with
 incredible people who are like family.
We all share one thing in common, where Blind Cat Rescue is concerned;
 we care very deeply not only for the Cats,
 but Alana and the Staff as well.
Everything they do for the cat's and also the  wonderful Supporters,
 who are incredibly thoughtful and generous with assisting
 the Lifetime Sanctuary, by whatever means possible.
 Whether it be volunteering, sending gifts, money, sustaining,
 moderating, clicking, sharing, etc.

I enjoy taking Snap Shots of the Cats from Tours, Ustream, Chat and Me Share,
 then posting them on Facebook.
 It was recently suggestion by one of my BCR friends,
 that I might considered sharing them where a much larger group
 that being Friends of Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary
 also on Facebook. What a great idea that was, because many
 more people are liking, and posting thoughtful comments.

I look forward to one day visiting Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. Which would
give me the opportunity  to thank  Alana and Staff.
 Then I would spend as much time, loving and cuddling with all the sweet cats
 as well as those who were put to rest, in the Memorial Garden.

Thank you so much Cheryl. I know many of us feel the same way about BCR. 



Shirts for sale!! https://www.booster.com/snicker Snicker for President!
 Get our special edition Snicker Shirt and help the
 Spay Neuter Program at the same time!
 Available in 6 colors, sizes small - 4XL; perfect for everyone!
 International shipping is available.
 Thank you for helping the cats
 (Note: This is not a political statement, please do not make it one.
 All political comments will be deleted.)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

You May Know My Name ....

You May Know My Name . . . .

By  Bob Seifried

      I stretched out lazily on my soft beige carpet. Paws reaching skyward, basking in the warmth of the climbing sun.

My senses on full alert, heightened by the smell of fresh food wafting through the morning air. “Breakfast is here” said

my grumbling stomach. Outside birds chirped cheerfully, preoccupied with their own daily routine, but little did I know

. . . . . there would be nothing routine about this sunrise.

Unbeknownst to me my family had made a fateful decision, an outcome that would forever turn my world upside

down “They didn’t want me anymore” No reason given, just got tired of a cat in the house. After years of thinking I

was an essential part of a warm family, I soon found out otherwise. Hastily I was lifted out of bed. A bed I would never

feel again, and unceremoniously put into a cardboard box. The lid shut, followed quickly by the closing of a car door.

Before long I was transported to a shelter and shuttled inside a steel cage. Everything I had known and felt suddenly

ceased to exist. You may know my name, for hanging from this cage the paperwork read flatly . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . “owner surrender”

No longer filled with a once youthful bloom, my body now shook uncontrollably. Feelings ricocheted from

heartbreak to fear then back again to heartbreak. Nothing around me smelled or felt familiar. I heard the cries from

neighboring cats, but couldn’t sense how many . . . for I was blind. As the nights & days merged into one, my breathing

became more labored, vital signs slowed. Not because of any impending illness . . . “No” life had changed . . . .

. . . . . and nothing seemed to matter anymore.

* * * * * * * *

And then one day, while people bustled in and out of the shelter, I heard the sound of creaking. My cage door

gradually began to open. Followed slowly by a hand reaching in and lightly petting me. Soon after, for the first time in

what seemed like a lifetime I was picked up and held. Long lost feelings once thought faded, quietly began to resurface.

In a flash a decision had been made . . . . . “I was wanted again”

Takin’ from my solitary world with the hopes of never returning. I was driven to a brand new place, that held the

promise of a brand new dream. Once there, I began to feel the love that I had thought lost. Gifts presented to me from

new friends two-legged & four. In my new home they say we’re old, sick or blind and maybe we are, but together we

form a very special group. For we are the cats of “Blind Cat Rescue” For it is we who once lost so much and then had it

all come back. To feel once again the joy of a morning breakfast, the comfort of a warm bed, the fragrance of budding

flowers. But most of all . . . . . to feel the presence of that one visitor who comes just to see me.

So remember as you walk through life and maybe one day come across that abandoned kitty hidden from view.

Without a home, and no name to speak of . . . . alone in this world. Know that she feels what I once had. Know that she

hurts for what she has not, and let you heart guide your actions, and alter the course of destiny for one so innocent.

By the way . . . . . . . . You may know my name

                                         My name is Abbey

                                               My name is Annie

                                                      My name is Bunny

                                                             My name is Gina

                                                                    My name is Holly

                                                                           My name is Keller

  My name may just be the cat you rescue

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cat Nutrition and Understanding Food Labels

Cat Nutrition and Understanding Food Labels

By Fiona Dudley

It’s very important to know that if a cat gets much less food than they need or stops eating
completely, this is a serious problem. Cats can go into liver failure within 24 hours of fasting.
This is a condition called Hepatic Lipidosis that if not treated, can result in permanent liver
failure. The “cure” for it is – food - now! Even if your cat is overweight, take weight loss very
slowly! Always consult your vet about how to diet a cat. If your cat suddenly stops eating on
their own, consult a vet immediately.


As cat lovers, we all know that cats are “different” and that’s why we love them. Cats are very
different from most other animals when it comes to their nutrition too. Here are a few important
things to know, plus some help on how to decipher the ingredients on your kitty’s food labels.
Please note that this information is not intended to be advice, medically or otherwise. Every
individual animal is different! If you have further questions, or any concerns about your cat’s
nutrition and health, it’s always best to talk to a veterinarian. The information I’m providing
assumes your cat is in general good health.

The Basics

Most cat lovers know this, but it bears repeating. Cats are directly descended from wild desert
cats who live on rodents, lizards, birds, and maybe the occasional bug. Cats have unique
nutritional needs that are based on this diet of animal protein, fat, and the water in the prey they
eat.

There are also many essential nutrients cats cannot live without, and can only get from animal
sources. For example, taurine and most of the vitamins they need.

The basics to consider are actually pretty simple then – good meat, animal fat, and water!

Wet Food vs. Dry

Cat kidneys are desert-adapted and are very very good at extracting the water they need from
their food, and conserving water by concentrating their urine. That’s why a wet food that is about
80% water is considered better than dry food. Your average mouse is 70% - 80% water. Even so,
make sure you always have at least one (if not several) sources of clean fresh water for your cat
at all times. This is doubly important if your cat is fussy and just plain likes dry food better.

The “Zone”

This is the percentage of nutrients and calories that should come from the three basic food
sources: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. For you, me, and the dog, the zone is about 30% protein,
30% fat (animal or plant) and 40% carbohydrate (plants).

For cats, the ideal zone is 50% protein, 45% fat, and 5% or less of carbohydrates. That’s quite a
difference, isn’t it!

Choosing Cat Foods

There are only four ingredients that are required to be listed on pet foods:

Minimum Protein, Minimum Fat, Maximum Moisture (water), and Maximum Fiber.

However, this doesn’t really tell us much, does it?

When it comes to preparing commercial pet foods, the manufacturers can juggle three things: the
protein (expensive), the fat (cheaper) and plant-based carbs (a LOT cheaper).

So – we have to take a look at the actual ingredients in the food. Look at the first five or six
ingredients. You want the first one to three to be meat and to be defined as what kind of meat! If
the label says “meat” without saying what animal it came from, then it is mystery meat – it could
be anything, literally. There is some debate about whether to avoid “meat by-products” and
“meat meal”. They are not necessarily bad – for example, hearts and other organs could be part
of the by-products and heart muscle is actually an excellent source of protein for cats. The
problem is, by-products and meals are poorly defined. It’s almost impossible to know what’s in
them and their nutritional value. But if you are on a budget and can’t afford the $2.50 a can types
of foods, by-products and meals are better than the “mystery meat”. Just be sure it says
something like “chicken meal” or “beef by-products”.

So – what about the next few ingredients? Since cats do not digest plant proteins or carbs, all the
corn, grains, rice, flaxseed, potatoes, peas, carrots, and similar ingredients are basically bulk.

There are two points to consider with these ingredients:
1) Do they make up far more of the volume of the food than the animal-based nutrients your cat
needs? Just do the best you can and realize even some of the premium foods out there might be
grain-free but still have potatoes, carrots, or peas.

2) Is there a possibility your cat develops a digestive problem by eating corn, grains, and other
plant ingredients? Some cats have no problems at all, and other cats do develop food “allergies”
and digestive problems. Please consult your vet if you have any concerns. Especially watch out
for refusing to eat, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, but that’s by no means a complete list.

Never Ever Starve A Cat.

It’s very important to know that if a cat gets much less food than they need or stops eating
completely, this is a serious problem. Cats can go into liver failure within 24 hours of fasting.
This is a condition called Hepatic Lipidosis that if not treated, can result in permanent liver
failure. The “cure” for it is – food - now! Even if your cat is overweight, take weight loss very
slowly! Always consult your vet about how to diet a cat. If your cat suddenly stops eating on
their own, consult a vet immediately.