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It’s a well-known fact that good quality cat food is very important when it comes to keeping your favorite feline happy and healthy. As a concerned pet parent, you want to ensure your cat receives the proper amount of nutrition on a daily basis, aiding in keeping her strong and fit and less susceptible to nutritional deficiencies and disease.

 

Despite the plethora of choices for cat food on the market today, you may choose to cook your cat’s food due to a diet restriction, medical issue, or simply because you prefer to go the minimally processed route. Just as you can cook good quality, healthy and hearty meals for you and your family, so to can you cook great meals for your four-legged friend. Making home cooked meals for your cat will ensure she is getting a nutritionally sound, well blended meal that is certain to keep her purring for more.

 

Ingredients

 

Cats are fans of proteins like fish, turkey, lamb and liver (although liver should be fed in small amounts only as too much can cause Vitamin A toxicity), and prefer fresh flavors over those that are aged. Sure, cats are probably the pickiest eaters in comparison to other pets, as they will quickly turn up their cute pink noses to food that doesn’t meet their standards. For that reason, it might be best to avoid feeding them only their favorite foods, as you will soon learn it will lead them to refuse anything else.

 

When cooking for your cat, do not add salt, include some grains in the recipe (cooked oatmeal or whole wheat bread are good choices), and throw some vegetables into the mix (starchy veggies such as peas, potatoes and squash are preferred). You may even opt to include some fruit in your cat’s food recipe.

 

Just as important as what you add to your cat’s meal is what you exclude. Be sure to avoid adding the following foods, as they can be quite dangerous when consumed by cats:

 

  • In moderation it is fine, but too much tuna can lead to malnutrition and even mercury poisoning.
  • Onions, Garlic and Chives. Onion in all forms – raw, cooked, powdered or dehydrated – can break down a cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. And garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal upset.
  • Dairy Products. Many pet parents think it’s okay to give their kitty a dish of milk or cream, but most cats are actually lactose intolerant.
  • Grapes and Raisins. Both can cause kidney failure in cats.
  • Fat Trimmings and Bones. Fat, whether cooked or uncooked, can cause intestinal upset, vomiting and diarrhea. Bones can cause choking, and they can splinter, causing an obstruction or lacerations to your cat’s digestive system.
  • Raw Eggs. There are two major reasons why you shouldn’t include raw eggs in your cat’s meals. The first in the possibility of food poisoning; the second is that the protein in egg whites interferes with the absorption of the B vitamin Biotin, which can result in skin and coat problems.

 

A home cooked diet based on protein, grains, veggies and fruit can ensure your cat is getting the minerals, vitamins and probiotics she needs to maintain a nutritional balance. Remember to serve any meal you prepare at room temperature, not directly from the stove or refrigerator.

For cat food recipes, visit a pet recipe specific site like BalanceIt.com.

As always, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat’s diet.

 

 

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Feeding Cats, Think Outside the Bag for Your Cat’s Food

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Feeding Cats What They Need

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Does the food you provide your cat fulfill his nutritional needs? Not sure how to answer that very important question? Then, chances are, the answer is “no.” You see, cats require several different nutrients in their diet in order to maintain a healthy life. These nutrients include amino acids from protein, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. A better understanding of how your cat uses these nutrients and how much he needs is a good starting place for determining which food is best.

 

Cats are carnivores, which means they obtain most of their protein from meat, fish and other animal products. Consider this ~ in the wild, cats hunt and kill, thus meeting their needs for protein and water. But as a domesticated pet, unless he goes out on the prowl regularly trolling for mice, he relies on you to fulfill his nutritional demands. And a diet based solely on dry kibble simply won’t do the trick.

 

Dietary protein contains 10 essential amino acids that your cat cannot produce on his own. They are the building blocks for a healthy diet, and also assist in glucose production to provide him with energy. Amino acid deficiencies can result in serious health issues. For example, insufficient amounts of the amino acid Taurine in your kitty’s diet can cause retinal degeneration and blindness, deafness, heart disease and heart failure, a poor immune system, reproductive failure and birth defects in offspring. While it is found in abundance in animal-based proteins, Taurine is either entirely absent or present in only trace amounts in plants.

 

Dietary fats provide the most concentrated source of energy, containing twice as much energy as protein and carbohydrates per gram. These fats supply your cat with fatty acids that play a very important role in cell structure and function, and keep your feline’s skin and coat healthy. The fact that they also make your cat’s food more tasty and appealing is just the icing on the cake!

 

Of course, cats need energy to sustain their daily activities. While protein and fat contribute greatly, so do carbohydrates. Just like a runner who splurges on a pre-race carbo-loaded meal, your cat’s energy soars when he has carbohydrates in his diet. Major sources of carbohydrates in commercial feline fare include legumes and cereals. However, while beneficial, there is a thin line between too little and too much. It is best to select a food that has less than 10% carbohydrate calories. Diets high in carbs negatively impact the blood sugar levels of cats.

 

As for vitamins and minerals, they take part in a large range of metabolic activity, and deficiencies can cause a myriad of health problems. The following are vitamins and minerals that should be present in your cat’s meals:

 

Vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, D, E and K                   

Folic Acid                             

Niacin

Pantothenic Acid                                                    

Riboflavin                             

Calcium

Chlorine                                                                   

Cooper                                  

Iodine

Iron                                                                            

Magnesium                          

Manganese

Phosphorus                                                             

Potassium                            

Selenium

Sodium                                                                     

Zinc                                       

 

So what should you feed your favorite feline? The answer is simple ~ wet food. Dry kibble may be cheaper and easier, but most commercial brands lack what your cat needs, mainly because:

A) they are water-depleted, which inhibits urinary tract health, increasing your cat’s risk for urethral obstructions;

B) they are high in carbohydrates, which negatively impact your cat’s blood sugar levels and can result in a serious hypoglycemic state;

C) the bulk of protein included is from plants, whereas your cat needs animal protein; and

D) they are highly processed, resulting in the destruction of nutrients. On the other hand, most wet foods provide a high water content, low carbohydrates, animal-based protein and are more easily digested and utilized by your cat’s body. Besides these health benefits, the variety wet foods provide keep your cat from getting bored by eating the same dry kibble meal after meal.

 

Need help determining which wet food is best for your furry friend? Read the label on the can ~ the first ingredient should be meat. Don’t be concerned if there are no grain ingredients, and steer clear of foods with fillers like corn and rice. Remember, if cats were in charge of the commercial pet food industry, they would package meals with instructions reading “remove mouse or rabbit from freezer, thaw and serve.” Give Fluffy what he wants and needs ~ a diet of yummy, nutritious wet food.

 

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Gus Bennett talks about feeding cats for Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Are you feeding your cats the right food? 

Authors, Gus Bennett and Dorinne Whynott,

Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Hi, I am Gus Bennett.

I am back to talk about feeding cats  what they need (but if you want to know more about me, Click Gus Bennett)!!! Oh btw, click on some of the highlighted words for more information.

Did you know that cats are considered obligate carnivores!!  That means we need to eat meat!  It is a biological necessity, our bodies are just not made to eat grains.

Also, did you know that we started out as desert animals?  We are used to going long periods without drinking.  Even today, we are almost always in a state of dehydration.  But you say, you see your cat drinking……yes, but we really never drink enough.

Water is important

Did you know that simply by moving our water dishes away from our food dishes to an area that we frequently walk by, will induce us to drink more water!! Studies have been done, If our water dishes are next to our food, we will associate drinking water only when we eat.  If we are constantly walking by our water dish, we may stop and drink more each time we go by.  Also, many cats find water fountains more enticing as well.  If you do choose a water fountain, choose one that is not plastic.  After a while the plastic really becomes hard to clean and can harbor bacteria.  A nice ceramic fountain that can be disassembled and placed in your dishwasher is recommended.  My Mom has one like this (click to see) pet fountain.  A few things to keep in mind with water fountains, if you will be away for any length of time, for safety,  unplug and leave a few water dishes.  Power outages, chewed plugs or playing with cords, all can be a problem.

Here is a great article by Weruva Cat food.  I have not tried Weruva but they explain it wonderfully.

Here is an Excerpt from the Weruva article –

(1) High Moisture – Cats need lots of moisture in their food to help dilute toxins. Cats initially came from the desert where there was not much water to drink. Despite a lack of water, cats still need water first and foremost, just like our human bodies do, but instead of getting water out of a stream or lake, cats got water from the food they ate. In the wild, cats eat other beings…the prey of cats are very moist…in the 75%ish range. Therefore, in the wild, a cat will be getting about 75% water in each bite. This is critical because cats do not have a strong thirst drive to drink water…they must “eat” water. Dry food, on the other hand, has at most 10% water. Therefore, a cat will be getting over 8 times less water bite per bite when eating dry food. Cats are not built to catch up in the bowl which often leaves them dehydrated…the results being kidney and urinary tract issues. The urinary tract and kidneys need to be flushed with water to dilute harmful toxins.

(2) High Quality Meat – Eating high quality meat helps promote healthy urinary pH levels. As obligate carnivores, cats must eat meat. Therefore, eating a diet that Mother Nature intended for cats helps cats maintain healthy urinary pH levels. The proper urinary pH for cats is one with slightly acidic levels.

Here is the link to read the whole Article – My cat has urinary tract issues/crystals, can I feed Weruva?

Dry food not so good

To add to cat dehydration, the food of choice for pet owners because of convenience, is dry food.  Since we do not drink enough as it is and then we eat dry food, we are even in more of a state of dehydration.  To make it worse, this dry food is usually filled with grains that our body really doesn’t digest well.  Even dry foods that state grain free, still have grains in them, look for flax, that is a grain. If the flax is whole, it does more harm than good in both humans and animals.  Anyway, grain free or not, dry food is not the best choice for cats, no matter how expensive or good it is. 

Here is a great article, “10 Reasons Dry Food is bad for our pets“.

Teeth

Most people still have the idea that dry food is best to keep cat’s teeth white and healthy.  Dry foods do not clean cat’s teeth.  Generally, speaking, tooth decay and problems are genetically predisposed.  In other words, if the cat’s mom and dad had great teeth, they will too and vice versa.  Feeding Dry, canned or raw food, a cat will need some help keeping teeth clean.  You can get them used to brushing (using special toothbrushes, finger brushes and special toothpaste-do not use human toothepaste), use water additives to prevent plaque build up and use special dental treats that break up the plaque, along with scheduled veterinary dentistry to keep you cat’s teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. 

Great Book

My Mom has had to do lots of reading and research on the subject of feline nutrition, since my brother, Ricky, is allergic to sooo many things.  Mom found out he is especially allergic to beef and pork, which are in most cat foods.

In her search, She found a book called, Your Cat, by Dr, Elizabeth Hodgekins.  My Mom was really happy about this book and got half way through and stopped giving us dry food all together.  That is where she learned about how our body digests food and how food can help many other medical problems.  Dr. Elizabeth does talk about feeding raw food as the best source.  My Mom started Ricky on a raw diet and most of his allergy symptoms cleared up.  Of course, he is still allergic to trees and grass, food won’t help that. 

My sister, Lulu had IBD and constant diarrhea due to a food allergy like her brother, Ricky.  Within 48 hours of switching her to raw, she had completely formed stools.  Something she had not had in years!!

This book, also talks about feeding canned food rather than dry food for many important reasons.  If you are a cat owner, my Mom believes you should have this book in your home for reference.  Here is another great article, ” Why cats need canned food“.

Here is an excerpt of an article my Mom found VERY interesting, from the article “Do cats need fiber in their diet” on the PetMD website

“Plant Fiber in Commercial Cat Food

Oddly, cats share nearly the same spot on the mammal food chain as rabbits. Lacking the stamina to outrun their predators, wild cats have relatively short life spans and high infant mortality. That is why they are induced ovulators (if they have sex they get pregnant) like rabbits and easily become pregnant even while nursing.
As prey, cats have developed biological and behavioral traits to minimize the attention of predators. The feces or “scat” of wild cats is very small and not highly odiferous (smelly). Like their urine, they bury it to further hide any scent. Contrast that with the stool of cats on commercial dry food. Stool in cats fed those diets have huge stool “logs” that can be smelled two rooms away. Granted, this is not important for inside cats but such stool in outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats could draw the attention of dogs and coyotes. Without study, we have no way of knowing whether the substitution of plant fiber for animal fiber has the same beneficial effect in the colon that the cheetah study found. Are we creating larger amounts of stool without knowing its benefit or lack of benefit?
The grooming behavior of cats results in the ingestion of large amount of fur or animal fiber. Current owner preoccupation with preventing or blaming all digestive upsets and coughing on “hairballs” may actually be contrary to the digestive health needs of the cat.
In 29 years of veterinary practice, some feline exclusive, I have yet to remove a hairball from the intestine or esophagus of a cat. Sure it happens, but not to the extent to warrant the present level of concern. Why? Cats fed dry diets generally vomit much more than cats fed canned or meat diets. In addition to food, vomiting also brings up stomach fur. These cat parents assume the hairball is causing the vomiting. Hence all of the vomited Vaseline treated cat kibble to ward off hairballs. In light of the cheetah study the observation should be turned around. The dry food is causing the vomiting and preventing the hair to reach the intestines as intended. Owners who decrease or eliminate dry food from their cat’s diet almost always experience less vomiting and fewer hairballs in their pets, despite the same degree of grooming and hair consumption. Going back to the study, maybe plant fiber is not a good substitute for animal fiber and has unintended consequences in strict carnivores.”

My Mom found not only the article above very interesting but also found similar results in our house when she stopped feeding dry food.

Most cats on dry food are:

  • Dehydrated
  • Obese
  • Have highly concentrated urine (can you smell the litterbox a mile away)

These problems above lead to a variety of medical problems, such as kidney issues, heart problems, and much more.  The dehydration and concentrated urine alone make the kidneys and heart work harder.  It also brings on a slew of bladder and urine issues, such as infections and crystals ( more on crystals and diet).

My three housemates had terrible crystals.  Ricky, Desilu and Felice.  Ricky had such bad crystals that when he first came home with Mom at 5 weeks of age, he was peeing blood….Oh my gosh, that must have been painful.  Anyway, in most cases cats are placed on a prescription diet of dry!!!! This diet does help in many cases but what is needed is more WATER!!! 

Anyway, my Mom decided to put us all on canned food (except Ricky and Lulu, who are on raw food for their allergies).  We receive half of a 5 ounce can in the morning and half at night.  She adds 2 tablespoons of water in at each feeding and mixes just a little to give the water flavor.

Guess what!! All are crystal free for the past 6 years (none were placed on medications or a prescription diet).  Plus, everyone’s urine is nice and clear, practically no odor.  That is a pretty nice thing, when you have 9 cats using litterboxes.  My nose is happy!!

Switching Cats from dry to canned

Keep in mind that dry food is basted in very attractive tastes to attract cats to eat it.  Some cats becomed addicted.  It is like feeding them treats all day long.

Most cats love canned food and will eat it readily, but every now and then a cat will only eat dry food.  Cats are not like most dogs, meaning if they get hungry enough they will eat.  That may be true for some cats but for most, they turn anorexic and just go without.  This is very serious in cats.  To prevent this, you may need to try to change over gradually.  My brother, Raji really loved his dry food.  Mom had to give him mostly dry with a little canned and then over a few weeks slowly put less dry and more canned.  That worked for a while then he just stopped eating the canned.  Even mixing it with dry was not good enough.  So, Mom gave him a full serving of dry every other day to keep him hungry so he would eat the canned.  Eventually, she gave him dry every third day, then every 4th until again he was on all canned.  After that, Raji seemed to be okay eating canned only.

Know your cats normal eating habits.  If your cat normally eats every single morsel and licks the bowl clean and then one day he is eating only half, Keep an eye on him.  Something may be brewing.  That is why it is so important to keep tract of how much they are eating at each feeding.

Crating Cats

Another thing my Mom does, she feeds us all in crates!! Yup, she has trained us all to get in our own crates at feeding and we do.  She does not allow us to go in any one else’s crate.  It took about two weeks for all of us to understand what my Mom wanted us to do but once we did, it was easy.  We all jump into our own crate and wait for dinner (or breakfast)!!

Why does she do this?  Well, the idea started when she was getting her certification for Disaster Animal Response.  She was thinking that if we need to evacuate for any reason, how was she going to round up 9 cats in a few minutes….food.  So, she started feeding us in crates.  What my Mom found was a whole bunch of other reasons to feed us in crates.

  • Easy round up of all cats (this was the main reason)
  • Cats happy and used to crates (My housemate, Danny hated crates, he would bloody his nose pushing to get out every time we went to the vet)
  • We eat slower
  • No vomiting of food
  • Vomiting of hairballs down significantly to maybe 1-2 total per month for all 9 cats (not 1-2 per cat, 1-2 for all cats together!!)
  • Shy cats or Cats that do not like to be handled much get handled (Mom placed Spanky on top, so he had to be picked up twice per day to eat)
  • Each cat can be fed a different food if needed
  • Easy to monitor how much food each cat is eating (keep in mind that if your cat is coming down with a health problem, how much or how little they are eating may be the first symptom and the faster you notice a problem the better-important info for your vet)
Feeding Time at our house!! Top Row - Linus, Spanky, Felice Middle Row - Ricky, Gus Bennett, Sazar, Lulu Bottom Row - Danny, Desilu By Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Feeding Time at our house!!
Top Row – Felice, Spanky, Linus
Middle Row – Lulu, Sazar, Gus Bennett, Ricky
Bottom Row – Desilu, Danny
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This type of feeding is good if you have

  •  more than one cat
  • a cat that hates to be handled
  • a cat that is shy or skittish
  • a cat that is on a special food and you do not want the other cat to eat it
  • a cat that is on medication placed in their food so other cats do not get the medication
  • to monitor the amount of food for health reasons
  • a cat that eats too fast 
  • a cat who eats theirs and then everyone else’s
  • an obese cat that needs to lose weight
  • a cat that hates the crate

 

 Feline nutrition still needs more research but with all the research my Mom has done for all of us, she really believes that feeding us a diet of dry food causes many health problems.  Just in our house alone, with past and present kitties, when we were on dry food, she has seen kidney issues, obesity, crystals, bladder issues, dehydration, food allergies, lots of vomiting, IBD and more.  My Mom used to feed free choice (big bowl of dry food to eat whenever).  Wish I was around then!!! Boy, I would have tried to eat the entire thing.  Yes, I am a food hound.  Once she did switch over to feeding all of us canned food, she was amazed at all the positive changes, and even more positive changes feeding everyone in crates.

During feeding, My Mom lets us hang out in our crates for about an hour.  This is because many of us have slowed down our eating so much, that we eat a little, fall asleep, then eat some more.  Some of us, like me, just eat everything, then fall asleep.

Hmmmm, that reminds me, it’s nap time.  I guess, I will talk to you next time. 

Signing off, Gus Bennett

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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My Lulu (NH Pet Sitting)

My Lulu (NH Pet Sitting)

Many people feed canned food to their pets.  Whether it is dog food or cat food.  These are usually made with some kind of meat product.  It could be Chicken, beef, lamb.  It may say Chicken by product, or chicken meal, etc.  Whatever you decide or choose to feed, it will probably have meat in the canned food choice.

As a NH Pet Sitting Company that has been in business for many years, we are asked about many things in pet care.  How long can canned food be safely left out, un-refrigerated?

 

I decide to find out the answer to this question because one day we were asked by a client to fill an automatic feeder with canned food for her cat.  We were to fill each compartment with a half can of food.  The feeder would open each compartment every 6 hours.  We were to fill this feeder every 48 hours.  This particular feeder was not refrigerated nor did it have an ice compartment (of course the ice would be melted in a few hours).  This scenario did not sit well with me.  The cat was an older cat at 15 years old.  I was worried about the canned food having too much time to form bacteria.

I called at least 6 veterinary hospitals in our area.  No one really knew a definitive answer.  Most stated no more than 4 hours.  So I called a few Manufacturers.  Friskies and Purina were the only two that returned my phone call.  Both stated what my gut was telling me.  “due to the meat products in the food, it is recommended to not leave canned food out un-refrigerated for more then 2 hours”.

This information is generally what we would follow, if it were our own food.  Un-refrigerated meat products, start forming bacteria that are harmful to our stomach.  These bacteria can cause vomiting and diarrhea in people as well as our pets.  Young healthy pets, probably will not be as affected as much as an older pet or a pet who may have health problems.

I did call this person back and explained what I had found.  I asked if her cat ever had any vomiting or diarrhea in the past.  I was told that yes, her cat did have vomiting and diarrhea in the past when they have gone away and left canned food in the feeder, but it was NOT from contaminated food, it was because the cat missed her so much, she worked herself up into being sick.  After a few days of being home, she stated the cat was fine.

Unfortunately, I could not convince this person that leaving canned food out for that long was not a good idea.  She thought I just wanted to book more visits with her, so she never did use our company.  I told her we would be happy to use the feeder with dry food but she did not want to feed the cat dry food.  She stated the cat did not like dry food.

Not sure what ever happened, but I do hope her kitty was okay.

After this, I changed how I fed my own cats and dogs.  I do feed canned food.  They are fed twice a day and whatever they do not eat within a half hour is picked up, discarded or refrigerated until the next feeding.  I don’t want my babies to ever feel bad because of something I did or didn’t do.

Do you feed canned food?  Did you know that it should not be left out all day?

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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