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Service Cats: Pet Food Ingredients Pt. 5

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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  

Service Cats: Pet Food Ingredients Part 4

Meow-llo It’s time fur Service Cats Furiday. We’ll be wrapping up this mini-series on Pet Feed/Food over the next couple of weeks. So ifin ya’ have any specific questions or questions ‘bout somethin’ we did or didn’t cover, purrlease let us know. ‘Member, you can submit any feline related question or topic you’d like to read ‘bout here by usin’ the form on our Contact page or simply leaving a comment in the comments section below. You can also ketch up on any post you may have missed in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page.    

 

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 sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

Food vs. Feed:

 

     The point of this mini-series isn’t to tell you what you need to feed your pets, or to pass judgment on anyone. We’re merely trying to help educate pet owners to recognize ingredients and make the best choices for your pets. As long as pet owners continue to support big pet companies and remain silent about the quality of pet feed, those companies will continue to provide sub par feed that cause illnesses and kill thousands of pets every day. You may have noticed we refer to these pet foods as feed and not food. The following excerpts were taken directly from Truthaboutpetfood.com with permission. It’s a great article that you might want to read. 

 

 

 

Examples of the differences between feed and food…

FDA’s Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.100 Diversion of Contaminated Food for Animal Use” states “FDA does not object to the diversion to animal feed of human food adulterated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta.”

Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use” states “The Center will consider the requests for diversion of food considered adulterated for human use in all situations where the diverted food will be acceptable for its intended animal food use. Such situations may include:
a. Pesticide contamination in excess of the permitted tolerance or action level.
b. Pesticide contamination where the pesticide involved is unapproved for use on a food or feed commodity.
c. Contamination by industrial chemicals.
d. Contamination by natural toxicants.
e. Contamination by filth.
f. Microbiological contamination.
g. Over tolerance or unpermitted drug residues.

One more, Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 690.300 Canned Pet Food” states “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.”

 

     One commenter said that in the past many pets lived to be in their teens eating big pet feeds; have they changed that much?. The answer is YES, they have changed that much. The beginning of that change was in the late 1950’s when the AAFCO established a committee to oversee and establish regulations over pet food. Once upon a time, canned meat was the only pet food available. It was mostly horse meat, but it didn’t contain a list of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. A lot of those same pets were routinely fed table scraps as well. Mommy remembers her grandmother throwing out left overs to the barn cats and strays and even to the house poodle, who lived to be 19 years old. Her name was Pepper, and she never ate kibble.

 

Design and Intention of Teeth:

 

     If you look at your kitty’s teeth, you’ll notice almost all of them are pointed. They’ve been designed to rip and tear meat, skin, muscle, bone, tendons, etc., not chew. A cow on the other hand, has flat teeth like humans. Those teeth are meant to chew food before it gets digested. Often you’ll notice kitty’s regurgitated food looks much like it did in kitty’s plate. That’s because kitties basically swallow their food whole. They don’t have the ability to chew it up. Kitties were never intended to eat pellets or kibble.

 

 

Raena gets loving while laying in mommy A's lap with her mouth open in a yawn p selfieThese teethies are made fur ripping and tearing, not chewing.

 

 

 

Vit. K (Menadione) and Fish:

 

     We received a question with regard to Vitamin K and fish. The question: Vit. K (Menadione: the only approved source and is toxic to humans and animals) is required by the AAFCO to be added to any food containing 25% or more of fish even though it’s dangerous and can cause illness and/or death. Is that why we don’t/are against eat(ing) fish? The answer isn’t quite as simple as yes. Until recent years we weren’t aware of the dangers of Vitamin K, but still didn’t eat fish. Certainly now that we know, it plays a factor in our choice.

 

     However, mommy never liked to feed fish because she didn’t think it was truly part of a kitty’s proper diet, given that most cats have an aversion to water. The fish used in cat food is generally a cheap substitution for a better meat and brought on by it’s addictive nature by pet food companies trying to sway pet parents from feeding table scraps and human foods. And yes, even when she was feeding kibble or canned pet feed, she stayed away from fish. Long ago when she was a Vet tech, the Vet she worked for told her that fish was a horrible food for cats and caused illnesses because it lacked the proper nutrients. Mommy says most cats left to their own devices aren’t out fishing (there are some wildcats that do fish, but they also hunt land prey as the bulk of their diet). We should also take into account the pollutants and carcinogens found in wild fish and more so in farm raised fish when making decisions about feeding fish to our cats. Occasional fish might be okay, but it shouldn’t make up the bulk of any kitties diet. 

  

Dezi sits pretty profile full face

 

 

 

We’re gonna wrap fur today, but don’t furget to get your questions in. We’ve got a few more questions on this topic we’ll be discussing next week. Ifin you’ve missed any post in this mini-series or our Service Cat series you can check them out by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. As we do each week, we’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.

 

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

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Service Cats: Pica: Why Is My Cat Eating That

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cat Monday. Sorry ‘bout last week, seems winter has arrived and with it winter storms. Anyways, let me get the business outta the way and we’ll get on with today’s posty. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat Monday posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Feline Behavior. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease let us know in the comments section or send us an email. When asking behavioral questions, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links at the end of this post. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

So, the last topic we dealt with was inappropriate licking and Chewing. We’re going to take that a bit further today and meow about something called Pica. Pica is an actual defect that goes beyond the casual curiosity chewing of cords and other non food items. Did you know that some humans are affected by Pica too? Sure ‘nuff, but today we’re dealing with kitty/doggy Pica. First let’s explain what it is. A cat/dog with Pica will regularly eat or try to eat things like wool, socks, plastic (baggies), cotton, cords, boxes and other non food items. Pica is actual ingesting and not just chewing/suckling. Pica is not about your animal being hungry. Starvation is a whole other issue and not one a well cared for pet should be in danger of.

 

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This behavior (Pica) can be extremely dangerous, even deadly. Eating any of these items can cause tummy upsets, choking, unknown health issues/diseases or obstructions that require expensive surgery. We often see kittens kneading and “suckling” those soft floofy blankets/throws and think it’s cute. We have some really cute videos of me doing just that. You just watched one of them. Mommy needs to replace our blanket and throws every year because of it. Thankfully, me doesn’t actually eat the blankets/throws, but some kitties/doggies do. And, it’s NOT cute, it’s very Dangerous.

 

 Dezi and Lexi lay on the bed together

You can sort of see the suckled parts of this throw. Sis Lexi

and me both luvved it.

 

 

 

What causes Pica you ask? There are several possible causes: Nutritional Deficiency, Boredom, Anxiety, Teething, Early Weaning, Compulsive Disorder, and some Diseases and Health Problems, such as Diabetes, Leukemia, Tumors, Anemia and more. So again we say, Pica is not cute. It’s an outer symptom of an inner problem. If your cat/dog is exhibiting signs of Pica, DO NOT jump to conclusions or think the worse!!! We are NOT Vets nor is this post a means of diagnosing an illness.

 

Dezi and Lexi laying on the bed

See that spot behind me that looks a mess? Well, me just couldn’t help

me’s-self. Every meownin’ and night when me would give mommy a

massage, me would suckle the blanky.

 

What should you do if you cat/dog is exhibiting signs of Pica? Make an appointment with your VET to rule out any medical causes/diseases/illnesses or Nutritional deficiencies. Once kitty/doggy has been given a clean bill of health, remove the tempting items from kitty/doggy’s reach. This is a cautionary step and one that is often hard to continue for the life of the pet. Altho’ your pet’s health should be just as important as your own. However, we suggest finding the cause of the behavior and Re-Training/Directing the animal to proper behavior.

 

 Dezi kneads and suckles the cat bed

Me just can’t help me’s-self. 

 

 

 

We believe in treating the underlying issue so that kitty/doggy can live a full and happy life. Put on your detective’s hat and watch kitty/doggy closely for signs of stress, anxiety and/or boredom. Try to determine the Triggers, the Duration of the Licking/Chewing, what type of Object is chosen (the item may be different for different triggers), and the time of day/month/year. Holidays may cause your pet to become more stressed and thus cause Pica to be more prevalent at those times. Do you have guests? Is there a new family member, furry or not? Are you away from the home more than before? A little detecting will lead you to discover the cause or behavioral Pica. 

  

 Dezi poses for the camera while playing with the Cat Dancer

Inneractive play helps keep kitty from getting bored.

 

 

Some quick fixes/things to try, can be to set up a Decompression Room. Or, just spending more time with kitty/doggy. If kitty/doggy is bored, implement more play time. Maybe Train kitty to wear a harness and take them for walks. Please be aware of dangerous things kitty/doggy might try to eat while outside and avoid them. Redirect kitty/doggy immediately to an appropriate toy to play with. Include interactive play. Remember, Do Not Punish kitty/doggy, instead Always use Positive Reinforcement when they respond to Redirection. NEVER Hit your kitty/doggy. This will accomplish Nothing and only serve to diminish your relationship. You may also try medications. These should only be used under the direction of a licensed VET, and as a last resort. (in our opinion)

 

 Raena lays in house on liberty cat tree

Who? Me? I’s only suckle mommy.

 

 

One last thing, Suckling and Eating are 2 separate things. However, a cat/dog that suckles may progress to eating, so keep an eye on your pet and make sure that doesn’t happen. There’s no way we can cover every possibility here, but we do hope we’ve helped you to begin to understand Pica and how to help your kitty/doggy.

 

 Animated cats asking for email

 

 

We’re gonna wrap it up today. Remember, ifin ya’ have any questions or topics you’d like us to address, leave them in the comments section, or send us an email. And, as always, you can ketch up on any post you may have missed by clickin’ the links below.

 

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

 

Service Cats

What to Look For      Training Foundations      Train Kitty To Massage

Smelling Disease      Do You Need One      Who Bears the Cost

Housing Laws & Exceptions      Accommodations & Common Sense

When the Handler Dies      Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

Easiest Task to Train      Getting Kitty Ready for an Outing

Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty      Internal Disputes

Calling Emergency Help      Just What Is Kitty Capable of

Shad: Original Service Cat      Harness, Vest, Leash or Stroller

Dezi, the Wheelchair & Chest      Round and Round We Go

Tumble & Fall Response      Raena Calls for Help

The Rest of the Story     Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4

When to Train      Explaining Rewards & Kitty’s Feelings

Stop Kitty’s Begging     Calling For Help Options Pt. 1

Medicating Kitty

Training the Pig Headed, Stallion Strong, Submissive Pup & Conniving Cat

Cats Love Training & Social Media Downfalls

Reintegrating the Scared or Bullied Cat      There’s No Bully Cat Breed

Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair     Calming the Tiger Pt.1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3

Surviving A Remodel      Taming A Feral Cat

Designer Cats & Scent      DNA Doesn’t Change      Fighting or Posturing

Clicker Training & Operant Conditioning      Wheelchair Training

Basic Training Continues      Managing Without A Wheelchair

Are Spray Bottles Effective      Hands Are Not Toys

Does My Cat Need A Friend      Helping Your Bullied Shy Cat

Why Cats Scratch      Halloween Safety     Stop Cord Chewing

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