According to our authentic diet being desert hunters, my great-great kitty ancestors rarely drank water as we got most of our moisture from our prey – small rodents, mice and more. Today we are still hardwired to get our water from our food, except the commercial diets that many of us exist on today involve dry food which only contains about 6–10% moisture.
It’s been awhile since we have talked about food and nutrition, so mom thought it was time for an update. Since the traditional pet food industry is undergoing a huge shift to more “natural foods”, every major brand is introducing a new collection of cat and dog food that is “all natural, limited ingredients, grain free”, plus other “buzz words”, so what is a pet owner to think?
Mom has been reading Dr. Karen Becker’s daily newsletter ever since another passionate pet parent turned her on to it. Dr. Becker is both a traditional and holistic veterinarian based in Chicago, Illinois. She talks continuously about the benefits of the ancestral diet for both cats and dogs…i.e. the BARF diet – Biologically Appropriate Raw Food…as well as every issue dealing with the health and safety of your pets. She is considered one of the leading experts in the field, and mom says she has learned so much from Dr.
It all starts with our diet – we are what we eat – and Mom says these words are truer than ever these days. Lately in casual conversations with other pet parents, she frequently hears about how their cat or dog throws up regularly, or has recurring diarrhea, or is overweight and has developed diabetes…or worse, it has cancer.
During my visit to Holistic Pet Care a few weeks ago, Dr. Buchoff said I was dehydrated and needed much more water in my daily diet. How he discovered this I do not know since we had just met, except he mentioned it as he was taking my temperature “you know where” – and had a hard time getting the thermometer up there – meow-ouch!
Mom just came back from the Pet Connections Expo in Philadelphia and was all excited by what she found at the show. While it was a regional show with approximately 50 companies, she said the exciting news was how many companies were focused on all things green, holistic and authentic…from the food ingredients to cat litter to how things were made in sustainable ways to offering preventatives and supplements so pet parents can be proactive instead of being reactive when an issue arises.
Mom says when she took me for my first vet visit after adoption, Dr. John Hatch at Secaucus Animal Hospital told her to add a ¼ cup of water to my wet food every meal. He said keeping your cat well-hydrated will hopefully prevent a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
When mom switched us to BARF - “biologically appropriate raw food” diet, we had to go all the way and throw out the old pre-BARF treats too…to tell you the truth, I never really liked those temptations that everyone says us kitties love!
After being diagnosed with a yeast infection which signaled an allergy all over my body and in my ears, mom went down the “research rabbit hole” of allergies in cats, and in addition to the benefits of the raw meat protein diet (frozen or freeze-dried), she also kept reading about natural supplements…specifically coconut oil, salmon oil and probiotics and their effects on allergies.
Mom says there has been some confusion about how to handle the freeze-dried raw food for cats and dogs. She says freeze-dried (FD) raw food is the easiest way to serve your pet raw food. Freeze-dried versions of the frozen raw food diet are same, exact original ingredients as the frozen version – except it has had all the water extracted out of it.
Recently, on KittenToob.com mom saw an article written by Nat Berman titled, "The 20 Worst Consumer Rated Cat Foods".Mom was in shock to see the list as it included many of the classic, famous pet food brands that are in all of the grocery stores, large pet shops and big box stores. According to the post, Berman simply read the ingredients on the packaging and rated the nutritional value accordingly.
Mom was doing her research for this post last week and came across an article from Primal Pet Foods. In the article they broke down the differences between “raw and processed” into the “haves and have-nots”….what raw pet foods have, versus what processed pet foods do not have.Essentially raw food offers 3 important nutritional advantages over processed foods all of which lead to improved health and well-being for your cat or dog.
Mom is always on the lookout for new, organic, treats for us since we are such good little kitties (well, most of the time!)! Last week she came home with Awesome Anchovy treats by BooBoo’s Best – yum yum I purrrred….the bag is full of freeze-dried individual little anchovies that are so delicious
As you might know from reading about my journey from eating regular pet food to a 100% organic, raw diet, I was suffering from a lot of skin ailments, over-grooming and lost fur. I was itchy all over my body and ears. But, ever since my mom started buying me raw cat food, my ailments started to subside! Read more about how my diet change...well changed my life for the better!
I am about to share with you a special cat treat that is affectionally known as “kitty krack”…One day Mom came home with a new treat that she picked up at the holistic pet store…Whole Life Pure White Meat Chicken – freeze-dried DOG treats…
Recently mom was introduced to a new brand – Rad Cat – all organic grass-fed beef, free-roaming chicken and turkey meat. It comes in a tub and after it defrosts, it looks like chunky, bloody hamburger meat. She says it turned us into ravenous, starving kitties just from the smell of the raw meat and we lost our manners!
fter doing her research, mom decided to add Coconut Oil to our breakfast and Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil to our dinner. She read that coconut oil was just as good for cats (& dogs) as it is for humans - and for all the same reasons.