Friday, October 24, 2014

08-24-2014

Cat nutrition

                                                           Olivia and Molly eating dinner.


Cat food has come a long way, baby. The choices used to be limited to kibble or canned. Now cat owners can find foods that are labeled “natural,” “organic” or “human-grade.” They can feed commercial raw diets that have undergone AAFCO feeding trials and find recipes for homemade foods that are complete and balanced for cats. What’s best for your cat, and what should you look for in a food?

Obligate carnivores

The first thing to know is that cats are obligate carnivores. That means they must have meat in their diet to survive and thrive. Read the label on the bag or can of food. If at least the first two ingredients aren’t a named meat — say, chicken or beef, as opposed to the generic “meat” — keep looking. The words “meat by-products,” “by-product meal” and “meat and bone meal” indicate cheap meat substitutes that tend to be poorer quality protein sources for your cat.
Watch for labeling hype and marketing tricks. Take a label that says “Fresh beef is our number-one ingredient.” That turns out not to mean much if you know that fresh beef is 60 percent water. Take the water out and that knocks the beef down to the number five or number six ingredient on the label. If the first ingredient is beef or chicken followed by several by-products, you can bet that by-products make up the majority of the food.

Natural vs. organic vs. human grade

What about the natural, organic or human-grade foods? Those terms don’t necessarily mean what you think. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration does not have an official definition for “natural.” Typically, all it means is that a food does not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
The FDA also doesn’t have any rules about the use of the word “organic” on pet food labels. That means cat foods that are labeled organic may or may not actually contain ingredients that were organically grown or raised.
“Human grade” or “human quality” ingredients? Same deal. Those terms are not defined in either pet food or human food regulations. Technically, only foods that are produced in USDA-inspected plants for human foods qualify as “human grade” and only a few pet food companies can honestly make that claim.
When in doubt, call the company and ask what it means by those terms. Every pet food label must have contact information for the manufacturer. One who is truly proud of its food and ingredients will be happy to answer your questions.

AAFCO feeding trials

Beyond the ingredient list, check to make sure a food’s nutritional adequacy has been validated by feeding trials. Look for a statement that says something like “This diet is complete and balanced for adult cats based on AAFCO feeding trials.” This means the food was actually fed to cats for at least six months and that the majority of cats that ate it did well on it.
Canned or dry? A little of each is a good compromise. Canned food increases the amount of water your cat takes in and contains lots of the protein he needs in his diet. Dry food is convenient and less expensive, and putting it in a food puzzle is a great way to feed and exercise your cat at the same time.
The best test of a food is how your cat looks and acts. If he’s happy and healthy with a shiny coat, bright eyes and good breath, then the diet you’re feeding is doing its job.


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    Sock relaxing in the scratch and rest!


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Thank you Victor Sosa for the fortiflora!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10-22-2014

Is my cat normal?

That’s a good question. What exactly is “normal?” Chasing air? Hunting plastic bags? Hiding? Fetching? In many ways, “normal” is in the eye of the beholder, and the spectrum of cat behaviors is wide. So how do you know what’s normal and when to be concerned?
Getting to know your cat and paying attention to his behavior is the best way to tell when something’s not “normal.” For instance, take sleeping. Cats sleep a lot. But if your cat is sleeping more than usual for him, hiding in strange places to sleep, looks uncomfortable, or growls when you pick him up, he may not be feeling well. Never assume that your cat is sleeping all day just because he can. Illness or injury can strike suddenly, so be sure to check up on your cat several times a day.

Hairballs

What cat owner hasn’t stepped on a wet hairball? Hairballs once in a while are pretty normal for a cat. Some produce more than others, and they can be worse in the spring and fall. Regular brushing can help, or an over the counter hairball remedy (if your cat will eat it!).
Pay attention to what’s being thrown up, however. Food, plants, foamy or yellow liquid coming up three or more times in one day — or for longer than two days — indicates a trip to the vet is in order.

New environments

New environments can be challenging for cats. They may hide for a while until they feel safe and comfortable. Normal behaviors like playing or eating may decrease. But if your cat hides and does not want to interact with you, hisses, or freaks out if you try to pick him up, he may be feeling overwhelmed. Give him some time, or set him up in a small space until he feels safe.
Cats bond and interact with humans differently. It’s pretty much up to the cat. If you’ve got a new cat, and you’re not sure where you stand, pay attention to behaviors like rubbing on furniture (redirected affection), being in the same room with you (although not in your lap), eating in your presence, and seeming generally happy and relaxed. Beware of having too many expectations about what the relationship “should” look like. Be patient, relax, and enjoy the bond between you, however it appears.

Feline perspective

If you do need help, the more information you can give a vet or behaviorist, the better they’ll be able to help. Put yourself into your cat’s “paws” from time to time. Something that seems bizarre at first may make perfect sense when seeing it from their perspective.
And remember that every non-threatening incident of bizarre behavior makes a great story for your next dinner party. Oh, excuse me, I have to go now — Sophie has just captured another plastic bag in the kitchen…

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Thank you Yvette Straka for the cat litter!
                                           Garfield having fun with all the toys!
Thank you David Caskey for the cat litter!
Thank you Marcia Ewing-Current for the fel-o-vax!
Thank you Buddies and celie carpenter for the Amazon gift card!
                                       Paul playing with new catnip banana toy!

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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    10-21-2014

                                  

    Cat vocalizations: What's on their mind?

                                   this article courtesy of petinsurance-101.com

    Cats have a very impressive vocal range that includes purrs, hisses, meows, even chirps. According to French researchers, cat sounds cover more than 60 notes and over the millennia of domestication, many of these sounds have evolved to reach out to the pet parents. We need to know what our beloved feline is trying to tell us.
    Because cats are highly evolved independent hunters, their need for communication in the wild can be limited. When required, a mother cat will purr or meow to her kittens,growl at predators, or attract mates with chirps. Domesticated cats possess a highly developed communication skill set and cat sounds play an important role here. Another neat piece of information for cat owners is that certain cat breeds are known to be more vocal than others. For example, Siamese cats are more "chatty" compared to the Persians. By the way, did you know that the cry of a cat in heat is called a caterwaul?
    When we think of cat sounds, we instinctively consider the most famous association — meow. A cat meow with its different pitches and lengths is the definitive cat sound, closely followed by the purr. Both sounds are a part of our vocabulary in the form of analogies and expressions.
    To read more here is the link: http://cattime.com/cat-vocalizations-pet-insurance-101.html



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    Thank you April Lundberg for the catnip, cat toys, magic erasers and pet odor eliminator!
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    Thank you Carey Rich for the cat toys and cat food!
    Thank you Dean Brown for the rainbow cat toy!
    Thank you Elizabeth Smith for the cat food!
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    Thank you Karen and Sneezr for the Amazon gift card!
    Thank you Kelly Torske for the litter, dry cat food, revolution, clavamox and fel-o-vax!
    Thank you Kristy Kallander for the Amazon gift card!
    Thank you Jerome Lewis for the cat food!


    Thank you Jessica Langevin for the cat food and fortiflora!
    Thank you Joanne Stoudt for the scratch and rest!
    Thank you Joe for the cat food and activated carbon!
    Thank you Laura for the cat food!
    Thank you Linda Carden for the chocolate bar!
    Thank you Michelle DeWitt for the drinkwell filter and fountain!
    Thank you Rachael for the pet piller!
    Thank you Shaun Skelton for the car food!
    Thank you Tom Palmer for the fortiflora!
    Thank you Unknown for the post-it note pads, 5x8 note pads, fortiflora and activated carbon!



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    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    10-18-2014




    10 Litter Box Tips, Part 1

    10 Litter Box Tips, Part 1
    Jackson took the time to write about the issues that cats and people have with litter boxes.  He has a lot of valuable stuff to share! His 10 Tips on Litter Boxes will be split into two separate blog posts.  Here’s Part 1.
    In my experience of visiting the homes of frustrated, had-it-up-to-here cat guardians over the past 15 years, I can tell you that there are there are actually two ends to the problem, so to speak; your cat’s problem, and your problem.

    Your Cat’s Problem

    Your cat can be experiencing physical dis-ease which makes the litter box a decidedly unfriendly place. He or she could also be reacting to environmental stress/anxiety, which can include problems with other cats or dogs, children, feral cats outside threatening their territorial security, etc. Of course I’m painting the problem with a large brush, but you get the idea.

    Your Problem

    Then there’s your problem. You hate pee and poop around the house, naturally; but you also hate litter boxes. You can’t stand the idea of multiple boxes, don’t want to look at them in your main living space, resent the constant scooping and, perhaps, you just don’t want to be reminded that your animal companions are actually praised for relieving themselves in the most sanctified of places, your home.

    Ten Litter Box Tips

    With this in mind, the following tips are just that – tips. There is a deeper commitment to actually sharing space, that must happen before problems are solved. Remember, if your cat’s litter box habits aren’t exactly stellar, he is raising a red flag, trying to tell you that all is definitely not right in his world. And it’s your job, as the human who loves him, to make things right.

    Put on your cat detective hat and let’s think outside the box (and wish for inside)!
    Please read further on this link:

    http://jacksongalaxy.com/2014/09/27/10-litter-box-tips-part-1/?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=fb&utm_term=20141018&utm_campaign=10-litter-box-tips-part-1









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    Thank you Andrew Beggs for the drinkwell fountain and activated carbon!
    Thank you Erin Morris for the cat toy!
    Thank you Gayle Blackham cat food and miracle cleaner!
    Thank Jennifer Bertetto for the fan!
    Thank you Jessica Merchant for the Fortiflora!
    Thank you Linda Carden for the candy!
    Thank you Lindsay Anton for the toys and treats!



    Thank you Robert Fandozzi for the litter!
    Thank you Shannon Briscoe for the pet piller!
    Thank you Shelly Taylor for the cat toys, cat food and miracle cleaner!
    Thank you Unknown for the cat food!
    Thank you Unknown for the cat food!
    Thank you Victor Sosa for the pet piller!
    Thank you Zach Gaul for the cat food!







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    their auctions!  You may find them at  http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/blind-cat-rescue-sanctuary-inc/17471/




    Tumbling Kittens w/ Pumpkins Figurine Set of 3 

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