Since you mentioned my name in your post
recently I thought it’s time for an update!
Well, I’m pleased to report that I totally
adopted the couple who rescued me; they make good pets. They are very
responsive to my needs and are very well trained. I have quite a clear, simple
schedule – wake-up at 6 am for a round of play, eat breakfast by 7 am and then
play some more and sleep until evening when I get my dinner! Some more play and
cuddling and sleep again! I live a blessed, simple life! But, I have a dilemma
when it comes to food. When I was living on the streets I was eating from
garbage bins unless people would give me some dry food in their backyard.
no expert in food or nutrition but I see my human mummy spending a lot of time
to carefully prepare my meals. I’m on a raw meat diet (80% meat and 20% organs)
mixed with a Healthy Powder (it contains Lecithin, nutritional yeast, kelp,
bone meal, eggshell powder, Vit. C and other vitamins and minerals) and raw
yolks. Each serving in mixed with a teaspoon of organic gluten free oats
(cooked) and 1/2 teaspoon cooked butternut squash. Three times a week I get
fish oil/omega 3 and an extra taurine supplement to make up for whatever is
lost through freezing the meat. Go figure! She follows the recipes from Dr.
Richard Pitcairn’s book and sometimes from Dr. Karen Baker’s book.
her watching videos on www.catnutrition.org
too. George, one thing I’ve learned while eating from garbage bins was that
humans are completely immersed in toxic food culture.
They are fundamentally wired to prefer junk
food as we are fundamentally wired to prefer treats over healthy food. I heard
a lot about “dry food is no good”, “canned food it is better” but lately I
heard canned food is no good either because the can lining is toxic,
carcinogenic, etc. And yet I’ve learned about cats who lived to be 18 or 20 or even
22 years old on either canned or dry food. So, what’s the truth about food?
There is no way around that! Or is it?
Purring in content
It's inspiring to read your survival story.
Most humans are just not clever enough to feed their cats a proper home-made diet. So good quality cat food, whether dry or in an envelope, will be the right choice for a cat. Avoid anything which is 'giblet flavoured' or anything labelled 'complementary.' Here in the UK that last label means the food isn't a complete diet. Avoid anything made in China. We cats have strict diet requirements, unlike dogs, and most good quality ready-made food will at least be adequate.
You can read about the dangers of a badly-made home diet here. The other danger is too much liver. We adore it and we would eat any amount of it. But that leads to an overdose of Vitamin A and severe health problems. So my advice to cats is, unless you have a truly well trained human and most are not, stick to good quality envelopes or dried food. Canned food may be OK for most cats, but there is a suggestion that the can lining might be involved in the development of hyperthyroidism. It's a bit of a minefield!
PS. I've just found a new product called Cat Soup. This might be useful for cats on a dry diet or cats that have a history of cystitis.