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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