Cats can thrive in their life on a natural diet!! Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they must obtain their protein from MEAT sources and do not need grains in their diet to survive. Cats originate from the desert, and are not natural thirsters. Therefore, they rely on the moisture from the prey they would catch while hunting. Cats need around 70-80% moisture in their daily diet. It is important to know that most dry food containing many grains only provides around 12-15% moisture, and it is better for any cat to be on a moisture rich diet whether you feed more or all canned, raw or even by adding a little Willard’s Water to their food. Without the right amount of hydration in their diets cats can be susceptible to certain illnesses such as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Once these conditions are present they tend to be chronic, but you can boost a cat’s health with a few of these natural tips:
- A daily probiotic added to their diet helps with digestion by keeping the “good” bacteria in their bodies. Mitomax is a premium probiotic capsule containing dairy (enter coupon code it08077 for a discount) or Probios, which is in powder form and can be found at many feed stores, such as Wabash on Washington. If your pet cannot tolerate dairy go with Probios as it does not contain dairy.
- Offering reiki to a cat in person or by distance is very beneficial because cats are very sensitive to energy and will benefit even if they are across the room.
- Use Color therapy to help raise the vibrational energy of any food by placing a green mat or piece of paper under their food and water bowls or by removing the color red from their environment if the cat has an infection, IBS, inflammation or a tumor because “red” is an irritant, (think about the bullfighter’s – they use red capes to aggravate the bulls) and can make things worse. Blue is very soothing and calms the spirit. Color can work on many emotional issues as well as physical symptoms.
- Homeopathy can work well for acute conditions like urinary tract infections. UTI-Free has proven to be very effective for cats with urinary or bladder issues. Herbal remedies such as chamomile, lavender and hydrangea teas work to dissolve crystals and/or stones.
Prevention is the key, and should begin with the diet. Make sure your cat is getting enough moisture in their diet, try to minimize grains, and consider holistic and natural remedies when possible. Make holistic animal care a way of life, not a last resort!
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Last May 2010, after returnig from Europe I found a Cat and her 2 small appr.3 week old Kittens under my AC in my Garden. I did not want the Cats (Mother Cat was pretty vicious) I also have 2 Dogs and they dont like Cats.
I phoned everyone that I could think of, but all they said was that they could not take any more cats because they where over run with them and they did not have the space.
I left them in my garden for a while with food and then I trapped them, took them to the vet and had them all spayed after that they all slept in the Garage at night and I let them out during the day , after I got the Dogs back in to the house after they had a little morning run in the garden. Midday we took the Dogs for a walk and then waited for the cats to return in the evening. At the beginning it worked well, like different shifts but then the Cats decided not to cooperate, so the dogs had to stay in the house which was’nt really fair. So we took our Cars out of the garage (we had a carport build to shield the cars from the weather) put cats toys and cilimbers and scratch pads, and carpets a fan and recently Airconditioning in to the garage , which has a sink , window ,and cabinets. Two of the cats are very tame and friendly now , the other one is a little aloof , but all of them seem very contend, as I am because I know that they are safe and well looked after and my dogs are happy too. The only thing that I cannot do is give them any medicine should they need it (I can just give 2 of them flea medicice, only just.)
I have a lady to look after them when we”re out of town (feed them and clean them) and we just love having the cats.
They have been permantly in the garage now for about 8 weeks and for us and the cats it seems to work out ever so well, but some people I know dont think that it is right to keep cats indoors permantly, that they need to be free and roam, it makes me feel guilty for keeping the cats indoors, even though they try not to escape when we open the door. What do you think, I would really like your honest opinion.