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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Six-toed, highly active, and taking supplements....


Dear George, 
I’m following (silently) your blog for a while. I must say I enjoy it very much. At times I found it quite amusing and at times I found it quite informative.
Lately I’ve seen that one of the reoccurring theme was food – what should cats eat.
I’ve learned that Gizmo is eating his broccoli, Chico has his food homemade, Jasper is eating a raw diet from the pet food store and the list goes on and on! But, I have one question: do we need to take supplements and/or vitamins?
I’m a very, very active polydactyl baby (see the picture attached) – I have lots of energy and I can run and play all day (of course having 6 toes helps), but I wonder if it’s the supplements my mummy gives me (she’s in the business - http://www.powerbod.com/2/arlenemetke/) or am I naturally active?
Honestly, what’s your take on this?
Yours in health
Baraboo 

Dear Baraboo,
My preferred diet would be mice, other small rodents, the odd bird and the occasional insect , a completely natural diet. But I don't lead a completely natural life as I live in a human home. Instead I get given very good quality complete cat food. No human food, except what I steal off the kitchen floor, the occasional bit off a plate that hasn't yet been put into the dishwasher, and the odd mouse. A little of what I fancy does me good.
I seem to be completely healthy. So I would say that if you are given a good quality complete diet (and there are now raw food diets available in envelopes here in the UK with no risk of salmonella), you shouldn't need anything else. Would a supplement be a good idea? Only if your human knows what she is doing. 
Humans sometimes think what is good for them is good for us. Wrong. Human medicines, like aspirin, can kill us. There are foods like onions, grapes and raisins, and chocolate, which are good for humans: bad for dogs and for cats. There's a list here.
So tell your human always to check with a vet before giving us human food, human supplements or medicines or veterinary supplements. Stay safe.
Yours 
George.

4 comments:

  1. Oh dear George I hope I haven't done anything silly but I just love cooked chicken so much that my owner gives me some everyday at lunch time. A chicken breast will last me 2 - 3 days depending on it's size and fortunately my sibling isn't too bothered about eating it and prefers some items from the supermarket!
    Love, Hannah x

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  2. Oh Hannah, you did nothing wrong if you ask me! But ask your mommy to lightly cook some chicken liver and hearts too - 1 part liver to 3 parts organs) and eat more of the dark meat (like chicken drums and thighs) I LOVE cooked chicken too but I found the breast quite bland :-)
    Minnie

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  3. Baraboo, you look like flying high :-) It must be the supplements you take!
    But you are so cute! I take some "super greens" powder and probiotics.
    Patches

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  4. Oh! I'm on some dry food which I'm supposed to like! It seems the kibbles have all vitamins & supplements I need! Phew!
    But I love my barbecued chicken when I get it :-)
    Blackie

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