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Is Your Cat Food Killing Your Cat?

By Circkles.com.

Canned food or dry food? This is a question every cat owner asks themselves, so lets address cat foods based on this dilemma alone first. Cats are very prone to urinary blockages, especially male cats, and most veterinarians believe this is caused a great deal of the time by feeding dry cat food. As desert dwellers originally, cats are designed to get their water/moisture from their foods. Dry food, although convenient for the cat owner provides too many carbohydrates and no moisture for cats, which has led many vets to recommend to cat owners that they only feed canned cat foods. However, there is a big problem with canned foods as well, which we will get into further down the line.

cat eating ratSymptoms that may indicate gastrointestinal distress include:

While canned cat foods do indeed provide the needed moisture to prevent most cats from getting painful urinary blockages, cans these days are lined with a spray-on plastic coating to prevent them from rusting and thus giving them a long shelf life. As we all know by now, plastics leech into the foods they contain causing gastrointestinal problems and even cancer over time. So what is worse? Giving your cat a painful and life-threatening urinary blockage or giving them stomach problems and cancer from plastic-lined canned foods? The answer is, neither.

The best food for any animal is that which is closest to what they would eat in their natural environment: the wild. Domesticating animals was the worst thing we could have ever done to them. Subjecting them to our lifestyle and foods instead of their's is proving to be shortening their lives considerably and giving them all sorts of health complications. Processed foods are no better for them than they are for us. GMOs, leeching plastic food containers, chemical pesticides and fertilizers, insecticides, all these things are found in their foods as well as ours, and they have even less of a tolerance to them than we do, so it's no wonder our pets are living half as long as they used to just 30 years ago and are plagued with cancers and diabetes and immune disorders just as we are.

They best food for anybody, and that includes your pet, is a diet conducive to health and well-being; one that mimics what they would eat in a natural environment. A raw meat diet is the best for any carnivorous animal, that includes cats. In the wild, a cat would be eating mice, lizards and other small rodents; bones and all. The best raw meat diet for cats and that is recommended by most holistic veterinarians is a raw chicken or turkey diet. This is so easy for you to provide for your cat, especially if you have a butcher you can go to and get raw, ground chicken or turkey. You will find that because the quality of the food is so much higher in nutritional value with raw food diets, you don't have to feed your cat as much food as you would dry or canned because their bodies can utilize almost all of it and not much ends up as feces waste - so there's just one perk right there.

kitten eating raw meatRabbit meat is a very good diet for cats, probably the best, but also very expensive due to it being considered an "exotic" meat. If you can get the frozen rabbit meal, which is a mix of raw rabbit meat and ground bone meal, this is the absolute best food you could ever give your cat, just be prepared to spend, on average, about $14 a pound for it.

Raw bones keep pet teeth clean and strong. The recommended raw bones for cats are chicken necks, wings and lamb thigh bones. RAW is the key here. Never feed any animal cooked bones because cooking them makes them brittle and they splinter easily. If these splinters end up in an animals digestive tract, they can cause internal bleeding and punctures. Raw bones are not brittle, and so do not splinter. Chicken and turkey neck bones are very pliable, almost like cartilage more than bone. Lamb bones tend to be softer than say beef bones.

Another factor to consider when thinking of switching your cat to a raw meat diet is food allergies, which are increasingly on the rise with pets due to commercial pet foods. If you cat is scratching more than what would seem normal, bites at themselves, has more hair loss and dander than usual, these are all indications that could be caused by food allergies.

 

 


Preparing Pets to Fly.

By Circkles.com.

We don't think much of boarding a plane and flying across the country because we understand the basic concept of it, but imagine what a pet thinks of it. Animals have no idea what a plane is, what it's purpose is, whether it is okay or not; all they know is that they are suddenly thrown into a scary, unfamiliar environment with a bunch of strangers moving them all over the place, then they are placed in a cold, compartment with lots of strange noises and no way to get away or hide. Scary right?

Airlines will not allow pets to fly on planes during the coldest months of the year due to the fact that the cargo compartments in planes where animals are kept for transportation are not heated and they can freeze to death. Only fly a pet if you have absolutely no other choice because the stress to them alone is not good for them.

airline attendant with dogBut, if you have no other choice, there are a few things you can do to try and make the ordeal a little less stressful for your furry traveling companion. First of all, put an article of your clothing that you have already worn and that smells like you in the pet crate or pet taxi with your pet. A familiar smell does a great deal to make them feel like they have not been abandoned.

Secondly, you can give them a couple herbal treatments for anxiety, such as Bach Flower Remedies, or reishi mushroom, which have a tranquilizing and calming effect just to take the edge off of their anxiety and stress. Many vets also can give you a mild pet tranquilizer in pill form.

Make sure if your pet has any special needs that you inform the airline before even purchasing your tickets to see if they will accommodate those needs. At that time, they will inform you of the arrangements and precautions you will have to make to ensure your pet's flight is a safe one.

Do not feed your pet for at least 2 hours before flying and make sure they relieve themselves before getting to the airport. They will be upset and very likely to pee or poop from all the excitement as well as vomit from being upset. This adds to their stress as they do not like to soil the close quarters of their sleeping area or cage. This is equivalent to them soiling themselves, which is upsetting to most animals. Not to mention, it won't be very pleasant for the airline staff.
If it's going to be a long flight, say over 5-6 hours, make sure they have a water bottle so they do not get sick from being dehydrated.

Prepare for the worst and that way you will be prepared for anything. Such things as making absolutely sure the door is completely secure on any pet crate. Your pet will be scared and try anything possible to get away from their scary situation. Including chewing through anything they can, biting at latches and cage doors etc.

And finally, once you can get your pet to a safe location after their scary ordeal, make sure to give them lots of praise and lovin' for being so good during the trip so they don't associate flying as punishment or as something bad. You will likely have trouble, or meet resistance for a while, if you ever try to put them in a crate or pet taxi again, so you may have to put them in one under calm conditions at home a couple of times first and let them come and go from the crate as they please by leaving the door open, that way they won't associate the crate with being trapped in a scary situation every time they see one or are put in one.

 

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Natural Pet Remedies: Loss of a friend.

It's true, there is such a thing as depression among animals. Dogs are pack animals and when a key member of their pack is missing, some dogs can stress out about it, and they do actually form bonds to certain members of their group more than others just as people do. Ferrets are very social animals and also form strong bonds among their close-knit clan. They always sleep all curled up together. When one is missing, they all notice.

If you notice your pet seems to be moping around, may not be energetic, seems to keep looking for something and may even lose their appetite after another member in the household, even a pet, is suddenly gone, the best thing to do is give them a little extra attention and lovin' until it passes.

Spend extra time with them. Play more with them. Replacing an animal in the household with another will probably not do the trick. Just as you cannot just replace someone you were close to.

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Featured DOG BREED: Cane Corso.

As life changed in the southern Italian rural farms in the 20th century, the Corso began to become rare. A group of enthusiasts began recovery activities designed to bring the dog back from near extinction in the late 1970s. By 1994, the breed was fully accepted by the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) as the 14th Italian breed of dog.
Closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff, in name and form the Cane Corso predates its cousin the Neapolitan Mastiff. This smaller version of a mastiff is muscular and powerful.

They tend to have the common mastiff trait of being stubborn or willful, so persistent early training is required.

The Cane Corso is not recommended for novice dog owners. As a puppy, it requires strong leadership and consistent training and it is highly encouraged to begin socialization as soon as possible. Ideally the Cane Corso should be indifferent when approached and should only react in a protective manner when a real threat is present. They will very rarely fight unless provoked and are typically very docile and sweet

The average life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.

Size: Males are up to 100 pounds with females ranging from 80-90 pounds. They stand about 25 inches high at the withers.

Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia, affecting 24.5% of individuals, elbow dysplasia, affecting 13.8% of individuals. E entropion, hypothyroidism affecting 2.8% of individuals.
Lymphoma, progressive retinal atrophy, arthritis, bloat.

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