Monthly Archives: February 2019

Service Cats: Pet Food Ingredients Pt. 5

Our Recommendations

 

MeOW-llo Welcome to Service Cat Furiday fur another episode of Training Tips and Everything Feline. You can find al the posts in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like to see purrlease let us know in the comment section below or send us an email via our Contact page. We will be wrapping up our mini-series on Pet Food Ingredients today. However, this is a huge topic that we will revisit from time to time. Please stay with us. Pet Food Nutrition doesn’t have to be as daunting, confusing or expensive as one might think. We had to present you with the disturbing facts surrounding pet feed before getting to the good parts. You know, bad new furst? MOL 

 

 

Dezi lays on tree with harness and Service Cat logo

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

 

Raena in tiger kitty holster

 

 

 

     We’ve been asked numerous times what we suggest kitties be fed, our recommendations regarding wet cat food, what brands are the best and how to transition kitty from one food/feed to another. Today, we’ll address these questions as best we can. Ideally, cats being obligate carnivores, should eat Raw, or at least as close as possible. No bag of kibble or can of who knows exactly what is actually a “Species Appropriate” diet. One of mommy’s biggest pet peeves is the Royal Canin peeps who overcharge and claim Persian cats need a different food than Siamese. People, all cats innards are exactly the same and digest nutrients the exact same way. Targeted advertising should be totally ignored when making food choices fur your pets. Just stick to the facts and not the pretty pictures on the packaging or some advertising blurb. 

 

 

Our Recommendations:

 

     What brand do we recommend? Which wet food is best? Our answers to these questions are only our opinions based on what we believe is “Species Appropriate”. As we stated earlier, cats or Obligate Carnivores and must eat meat. Their bodies are designed to get all their nutrients from their prey and not supplements, vegetables, grains, grasses or additives. We do not recommend feeding kibble to cats ever!!! As for wet food, we recommend feeding raw or slightly cooked. You can purchase pre-made ready to serve meals online and in many local stores depending on the area you live in. Altho’ these pre-mades can be costly, they are a good option for those who don’t want to prepare your own or to introduce your pet to raw. A few brands/sites we have tried/use: Big Bear, Feline Natural/K9 Natural, Primal, Vital Essentials, Northwest Naturals, Hounds & Gatos, Raw Paws Pet Food, and Stella and Chewy’s.

 

Raena sniffs the Primal Freeze dried Rabbit food while Dezi looks on, sent by Vonda

 

 

 

Truth About Pet Food.com compiles a list each year of cat and dog foods that meet stringent requirements. The list is made available for basically a donation. You can see what the requirements for the list are and it can be purchased here

 

 

Dezi and Raena sniff Stella & Chewy's freeze dried turkey food

 

 

 

Dezi’s Health Scare and Transition:

 

     As some of you know, me, Dezi, was a kibble eater for years. Me would literally starve me’s self before eating anything but Blue Buffalo kibble. *If you are feeding Blue Buffalo, especially the grain free option, please STOP immediately. After speaking with many Veterinarians across the country, we know that it is the predominant feed many cats presenting with UTI’s are eating.* That’s exactly what happened to me. So, being the good mommy she is, mommy strapped up for the fight to switch me’s food to get and keep me healthy. Me’s urine Ph was off the charts alkaline. This is terribly dangerous for a kitty. Naturally, we refused the prescription diet offered by our Vet. These expensive options aren’t any better than traditional pet feeds. 

 

Dezi eats Raena's left overs

 

 

 

     Mommy knew raw was best, but convincing me of that was going to take time and a lot of determination and sticking to her guns from mommy. And no, me doesn’t mean real guns. Mommy would never shoot me or even point a gun in me’s direction. Me wouldn’t eat anything from a can, pouch or cup. Me was so picky, that even me’s kibble had to have a particular shape and size. Mommy ordered up some Wysong freeze dried rabbit and chicken. Note: We must add this disclaimer: Freeze Dried food should have added water/broth and not be served dry. So, me wouldn’t eat it wet so mommy served it to me dry. After missing 3 meals, me began to nibble a bit. Hmmmmm, Me thought. This stuff wasn’t half bad. That began me’s journey to raw and good health. Over the course of a few months, mommy began to add more and more water/chicken broth. Guess what? Me’s a gravy lover. Yep, once a kibble only kitty now loves gravy. Switching didn’t happen easily or over night, but it is possible to switch any animal. We will cover Transitioning Techniques next week. Yes, feeding Raena and me freeze dried raw is expensive and that’s why mommy is moving us toward totally raw. She says it’s worth it because we’re happy and healthy, but her pocket book would appreciate a break. We also switched from Wysong to Primal and/or Stella & Chewy’s for cost effectiveness.

 

 

Dezi eats freeze dried raw foodCan ya’ see all that gravy? Yummmmmmm

 

 

 

Wrap Up:

 

     We have great things in store for us and all of you as we continue this journey, so we do hope you’ll stay tuned. Next week we plan to discuss more about Raw Feeding, Purchasing, Preparing and Switching techniques. We received several questions about Transitioning kitty to a different/better food, so we’ll be answering those. Don’t get overwhelmed by percentages or talk of needed supplements for raw diets. We promise to show you the easiest, most effective way to keep your little carnivore eating the way nature intended on a budget.  

 

Raena lays atop the liberty cat tree with arm outstretchedI’s never had kibble, and I’s a healthy happy kitty girl.

 

 

 

Me can’t even ‘member me’s kibble days and me can’t imagine eating a pellet and thinking it’s good much less food. Trust us, Raw isn’t as scary as you might think, nor is it as expensive. Whether you’re feeding one kitty or 20, raw feeding can be done economically. Ifin mommy can do it, anyone can. As we do each week, we’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.  Don’t furget you can ketch up on any post in this mini-series or our Service Cat series in general by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Felne page. And we’d love to hear what questions you’d like answered or topics you’d like us to cover. Just tell us in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page in the menu above. 

 

Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle  

Chatting Cats: A Love Letter To Our Friends

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle, live from the Three Belles Ranch. Mommy’s purromissed to help us try to visit our furiends some time this week. We can’t wait. And meowin’ of furiends, we wanted to do somethin’ special fur all of you fur Valentine’s Day. The day of luuuuuuuvs. 

 

Raena sits pretty profile in love ya natural heart frame

 

 

 

          Raena, quit bein’ silly, we don’t have time fur it. Ya’ know, our sweet furiend Valentine, holds a luv letter contest each year on his special day. And as usual, mommy got sidetracked and didn’t help us write a letter to submit. But, as you meowed, we still wanted to do somethin’ special to celebrate. So, we put our heads together and decided we would write a luv letter to all our furiends. 

 

Dezi lays in heart frame love ya

 

 

 

Sure ‘nuff sissy. So, let’s get to it. 

 

Dear Friends, 

You mean so very much to us. Seeing your beautiful faces makes us smile. We enjoy hearing about your days and adventures; it makes us feel close to you. We always rejoice when good things come your way. We purray each day that God will Bless and keep each of you in His loving embrace and meet your every need.   

 

          But, True friendship shines during times of trials when things aren’t going well. We hurt when you hurt, we grieve when you grieve. We purray twice as hard when you’re in need. You’ve been there fur us and we want to be there fur you. Our lives are so much richer with all of you in them.   

 

We can’t even imagine a life without you. Mommy says once upon a time we were alone and our skies were always gray. But with each of you sharing your lives with ours, we see only blue skies every day.    

 

          Valentine’s day has become a day fur lovers, but we think all love should be celebrated and we want you all to know that you are loved and adored. You are never alone. Tho’ we may be miles apart, you are always in our hearts. We are grateful fur each of you and are always here fur you. We’re just an email or phone call away. Thank you fur sharing, caring, and being one of the best parts of our lives.    

 

Yes, thanky thank all of you. We will always love you. 

 

Dezi and Raena in abstract heart frame

 

 

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!  

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses  

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Tell All Tuesday: Potty Boxes and Litter

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s comin’ to ya’ live from the Three Belles Ranch. Ya’ know, ya’ll just keep provin’ over and over again what amazin’ furiends we have. We are so touched by your luvs and suppurrt. Fanky fank you from all of us. Now, let me tell ya’, we’ve been workin’ overtime here. Mommy’s been havin’ some major panic attacks and they’re affectin’ just ‘bout everythin’…includin’ orderin’ our supplies. Ya’ know, fanky fankfully our noms are on auto delivery so they ship out on a regular schedule. Since we started usin’ the Litter Robot, and some kitty uses the occasional piddle pad, (cough) sissy, then we don’t need litter every month anymore. That bein’ meowed, we needed it this month; but our auto delivery shipped 4 days early and mommy didn’t get to add our litter to it. Mommy was a little stressed.   

 

Raena stands on cat tree profile

 

 

 

          Ain’t that the truth Raena. Not only was she gonna have to pay shippin’, now that Chewy be owned by Petsmart, we have to pay tax. Mommy’s always complainin’ ‘bout how high our taxes are here, 10%. She says it’s ridiculous. 

 

Yeah sissy, so while she was stressin’ out tryin’ to figger out how and where she was gonna get our litter, we got an email that made her yahoo fur joy. Y, Youd’ve thought she got a 10 carat chocolate diamond or somethin’. 

 

          What in the world Raena? A 10 carat chocolate diamond? Where did you get that?

 

Dezi rolls on nip toys

 

 

 

Well sissy, everypawdy knows women luvs diamonds, and it’s Valentine’s month. Everypawdy’s talkin’ ‘bout how you should give your Valentine a box of chocolates; and mommy likes chocolate. So, the bestest of both world’s is a chocolate diamond.  

 

          (Dezi shakes her head)  Oh Raena, guess sometimes ya’ can’t argue with your logic. But, mommy didn’t get no chocolate diamond, did she? 

 

Nope sissy, no chocolate diamonds, not even a little one. N’stead, she was x’cited that we were bein’ offured the chance to review our favorite litter, sWheatScoop.  

 

Raena walks by sWheatScoop cat litter

 

 

 

          Me thinks mommy may need to get out more Raena. Nopawdy should get that x’cited over kitty litter. MOL  

 

Ya’ might be right sissy. But, fur now, we’re gonna tell everypawdy why we like SwheatScoop so much. Furst let’s see what Chewy says: 

 

 

Description

New, improved sWheat Scoop Multi-Cat litter not only eliminates odors better, but clumps faster and firmer than ever. It’s great for high-traffic litter boxes that are frequently in use! Unlike many clumping litters, sWheat Scoop contains no silica dust, sodium bentonite or chemicals of any kind. That’s why it’s even recommended by veterinarians for kittens and post-surgical cats. Since sWheat Scoop litter absorbs moisture faster than ordinary clumping litter brands, the rest of the litter stays clean and fresh. Which means it can last longer between litter box changes, saving you significant time and money.

Key Benefits

  • Breakthrough kitty litter is made from 100% wheat for multi-cat homes.

  • Powerful, long-lasting odor control works to effectively neutralize odors.

  • Wheat starches clump fast and firmly for easy scooping.

  • Recommended by veterinarians with no added dyes or perfumes.

  • Eco-friendly, all-natural litter is made from wheat and is 100% biodegradable.

          We received the 12 pound bag of sWheatScoop Multi Cat. sWheatScoop comes in 3 formulas with 3 sizes in each. It costs t’ween $10.99 – $37.04. Mommy says she can’t tell the difference t’ween the original and the multi cat. She says they look the same, smell the same, and work the same way. The bag contains nuffin’ but wheat. There’s not purrfumes or dyes. We kitties don’t really care fur a purrfumey pawtty box, so ‘purreciate the naturalness of sWheatScoop. Mommy says it clumps well and definitely eliminates pawtty box odors. Mommy says the only time she really smells anythin’ is when a fresh deposit is made. Warm urine hits the wheat and smells a bit like a loaf of bread.  

 

sWheatScoop in the Litter Robot Open Air

 

 

 

As fur trackin’, mommy says it’s purretty much like every other litter on the market. C’mon peeps, ya’ have a cat, litter boxes and tracked litter is just one of the things that come along with us. As fur us kitties with extra floof in the bloomer area, let me tell ya’, more offen than not, some of those litter pawrticals are gonna stick to our furs. You know, we have to drip dry after all.  

 

SwheatScoop liquid clump on sccop

Nice little clump, easy for scooping

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle Maycee, me can’t believe you meowed that. 

 

What? It’s the truth ain’t it sissy?    

 

          Well, yeah, but you’re not s’posed to meow it out loud.  

 

Raena sniffs bag of sWheatScoop cat litter

 

 

 

Whatever. I’s just meowin’ it like it is. Mommy says that’s another reason she really likes sWheatScoop. It clumps in the box, but not in our intestines. And, it breaks down quickly when flushed in the human pawtty box. Maybe the most ‘purrtant reason mommy likes sWheatScoop, is that you’ll actually use the pawtty box ‘stead of the floor. It also works well in our Litter Robot, We can’t meow ‘bout other automated pawtty boxes, but we suspect it would work cuz it clumps well. Anyways, we give it 3 paws up each and a thumb up from mommy.   

 

Dezi bathes laying on nip toys

 

 

 

          Chewy has lots of great purroducts fur all the pets in your life. They offur furee speedy shippin’ on all orders of $49.00 and up. With Valentine’s day just ‘round the corner, ya’ might wanna take a look. Ya’ know, just in case you furgot to buy that special furry somethin’ to celebrate.

 

 

Disclaimer: We received the SwheatScoop cat litter in exchange for our honest opinion. As always, we tell it like we see it and only bring products we believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends. All opinions are our own unless stated otherwise.

 

Raena sits pretty on the cat tree

 

 

 

We’re s’posed to get gifts too sissy? Hmmmmm Ya’ reckon mommy got us somethin’?  Besides litter I’s mean. We better sign off now, there’s still so much fur mommy to do.

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!  

 

Raena: Navy Blue  

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses  

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs

I'm Dalton, a Rat terrier mix and I came here in Sept, 2017, I was rescued from Hurricane Harvey. My birthday is 8-20-2016. My Gotcha Day is 8-27-2017. And I'm Pipo, I'm a Siamese, my birthday is 12-26-2004; my Gotcha Day is 2-14-2005. We also have Angel MrJackFreckles, (2-5-2018); and also we have Angel Minko, (6-18-2017). There are also Angels Groucho, Simba, Suki, & Toki. We meezers used to be known as WeBeesSiameezers. We'e all from Michigan, Dalton came here from Texas.

Gold Country Cowgirl

Hitting the trail to explore the USA

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

marvelousismarvelous.wordpress.com/

Tails of a Persian Tabby

Adventures in Cheeseland

Possibly the Only WordPress Blog Hosted by Mice

Suburban Hobo

Samson, Bo and me in Savannah

catablissblog

Letting your cats experience the world one bag at a time.

It's A Wonderpurr Life

Presented by Kimberley Koz

Lukecats

About cats and man

Adventures in Cat Fostering

or what is too many cats?

Lorna's Blog

When Wine Goes In Wisdom Comes Out!

Pawcific Purrsea

The trick to being a cat and boating

LIFE OF A CAT

Morrisson

erinthecatprincess

Princess on a mission

THE MEANDERINGS OF NUMPS

Life as a wandering black cat

Toby In Charge

3 Crazy Cats, 1 Goofy Dog, and their slightly off-the-beam human mother!

Dash Kitten's Mewsings

The Kiwi Kitten with a lot to say.....

daisychainvet

Small vet. Big world

Adventures of a Suburban Kitty

The life, adventures, and musings of a cat in Colorado.

Savvy Pet Care

There's no place like home!

Tails from the Street

Saving the world one cat at a time!

Bad Cat Chris

The Baddest Cat You'll Ever Love

Plucking Of My Heartstrings

Blogging on a variety of things that pluck at the hearts' emotions & more

mikehartleysr

The happenings in our multi cat house hold

Meow Lifestyle

Home + Cats: Health, Happiness and Style

Cat Lady Confidential

Cat culture and lifestyle blog

Cole & Marmalade

Welcome Cat People!

Orange Marmalade Press

I love all kinds of art and hope you do, too!

The Adventures of Noodle

The Life of a Rescued Stray

martythemanx2

Musings of a Manx

Create With Joy

Infuse Creativity In All You Do

zooeyandgandalf

cats pictures, cat drawings, and more cat related stuff

The Gypsy Mau

A faceless feline with immortal tales to tell as she continues to be a vagabond…

Welcome to the Deck!

4 happy cats blog about life!

creekviewcarol

life in the not-so-fast lane

Feral Cat Love

Feral cats are beautiful!

Musings of a Senior Kitty

random thoughts from my 15 year old cat

The Kitten Kaboodle

Life as a sometime kitten foster mom

Deziz World

The Life of Service Cats

Foxyslife

Learn about me as I learn about you

%d bloggers like this: