Alternative Pet Care (Part 1 Diet)
It’s no surprise that we love our pets. By reading my earlier post you know I love mine. What you know is I have 5-5 week old kittens that I’m totally in love with, however what you may not know is I already have 2 cats (Fabio 12 years old and Beeker 5 years old) and 2 dogs (Boudreaux 13 years old and Fender 5 years old). Yes! That’s a grand total of 8 cats and 2 dogs, at the moment. We never intended to have 10 pets in the house, but I am soft hearted and when mamma cat, Carmel, came up to our back deck, pregnant and hungry I could not turn her away. I tried to find a no kill shelter to take her to, but here in North Carolina there is not such a place. My veterinarian’s office informed me that the shelters here would either put her down or spay her while still pregnant. That was an alternative I could not bear and if you’ve seen the pictures of our beautiful kittens, could you?? We are not, nor can we keep everybody. This is sad for me, however I must be reasonable and 10 pets is not doable!
So today I wanted to talk to you about natural ways to care for your pets. It is important to remember that just like people, pets thrive on healthy food. A diet high quality meat, greens, and good fresh water, preferably distilled or filtered is best. Cats need more meat because they are unable to synthesize taurine and do better with fresh meat. If you have inside cats, like I do, it is important to offer then uncooked meat to make up for their inability to catch mice or birds. Believe it or not, our pets need fresh vegetables in their diet daily, we’ve all seen our pets eating grass. Try mixing some fresh greens with tuna, fish, liver, or chicken; you can also use low-ash canned or dry food. We are fortunate today that there are significant good high quality pet foods on the market, try to choose a verity of foods so your pet gets all the nutrients from their diet. I feed our pets a mix of canned and dry food mixed with some fresh vegetables. Most animals like salad greens, cucumbers, grated carrots, pumpkin, green peppers, sweet potatoes, celery, parsley, and vegetable juice. I plant a small garden yearly which the pets and I really enjoy! Both cats and dogs usually enjoy oatmeal as well.
My 5 Five week old Kittens
Cleo and Cyan Jinx George Kami
Unlike dogs, cats need raw meat and organ meats like liver, bone meal, brown rice, sea vegetables, whole grains, and vegetables to provide sustained energy. They need a good ratio of proteins and carbohydrates. Try adding some wheat bran, oatmeal, or corn germ, borage oil or fish oil, and leafy greens to your cats diet three times a week. The amino acid taurine, in meat and fish is critical for cats to be healthy. If cats don’t get taurine in their diet they can develope heart problems or possibly go blind. Too much Vitamin A in a cats diet is not good for them. Also, excess liver in your cats diet (more than 10%) can lead to distorted bones, stiff joints, or gingivitis. Also, to help your cat repel fleas and mosquitoes, don’t feed them too much raw fish or egg whites because they contain an enzyme, thiaminase which inactivates Vitamin B1, which they need to repel the ticks and fleas.
What Type of Coconut Oil Should You Buy?
Choose Virgin or Extra Virgin coconut oil, preferably organic and sold in a glass jar. Coconut oil that is refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) is best to avoid. The heating and filtering cause a loose in the nutrients. Coconut oil is usually solid and white when refrigerated, however at room temperature may be liquified and clear. I use Organic Coconut Oil that is unrefined and expresser pressed.
Coconut oil Benifites for Dogs and Cats:
Coconut oil is a great oil to offer dogs and cats. It has so many nutritional values to help them with various ailments. Unlike some other oils which can become toxic when heated, coconut oil is heat stable, even at high cooking temperatures. Due to its stability, it’s slow to oxidize or turn rancid, and has a storage life of about two years. Dosage: 1 tsp per 10 pounds or 1 Tbsp per 30 pounds.
Few of the Many Condition Coconut Oil Treats
1. Clears up skin conditions; like eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health. Makes coats sleek and glossy
2. Gets rid of odor, Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
3. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
4. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing; Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings, protects against fleas, ticks and mites, soothes and heals dry cracked pads and elbow calluses
5. Digestive System; Improves digestion and nutrient absorption, Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis, Expels or kills parasites, eliminates hair balls in cats
3. Immune System Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease, May reduce risk of cancer
4. Endocrine/Metabolic System, Regulates and balances insulin and can help prevent or control diabetes, Promotes normal thyroid function, Increases energy and helps reduce weight
5. Musculoskeletal System, Helps build strong bones, Eases inflammation and can help with arthritis discomfort
6. Brain, Eyes, Ears and Mouth, Promotes good nerve and brain function and prevents dementia, Helps clear up ear and eye infections (let it melt and then use as eye drops, and use topically in the ears), Improves oral health and can be used to clean teeth
Next week my post will be about Natural Health Treatments for your Pets.
Disclaimer: If your pet has a health condition, it’s best to check with your veterinarian before drastically changing your pets diet, adding any new supplements, or including coconut oil in your pets diet.