Hi All Pet Family,
I am back to blogging! Hopefully I don’t fall off the cart (pun intended) this time. This months blog focuses on something we have been working on for the past year. Some of you already know about this and some of you don’t. Sit back have a read and some of you prepare to be surprised. Cats of All Pet, I apologize in advance. We will try and work on something cool for you! Click on the link below to see a video and read the story of how All Pet and Home Care is working with The Rollaway Dog Café!
December 2016-Why do cats throw up? <!–more–>Happy December everyone! Our blog this month is cat focused and discusses reasons why cats throw up. My good friend Rae is the manager of the Holistic Houndry in Zelienople. She volunteered to write this month’s blog because cat vomit is a big deal. She wanted to share this information because we have had a lot of people coming into the Holistic Houndry www.theholistichoundry.com seeking help with this issue in the last few months. Enjoy…
This article is about something all cat owners have experienced at least once. You wake up to find your kitty has left you a pile of vomit to start your day. I wanted to find out the reasons this occurs and share it with other cat caretakers.
Growing up with cats, I noticed they seemed to vomit a lot. When I adopted my first tortoise shell kitten I asked my vet why she seemed to throw up often. I was told “cats just do that.” This never felt normal to me. Sadly, I did not learn about cat nutrition until many years after losing Miss Kitty to kidney disease. Now that I am more educated on species appropriate diets, my cats are happy and rarely vomit. I would like to share what I’ve learned so your cats may experience long, healthy lives with less trips to the vet. And you may experience fewer unpleasant “gifts” left for you on your rugs and furniture!
Egyptians first found and employed cats for rodent control in grain stores. This led to the myth that cats eat grain. Cats eat mice and mice eat grain. Cats quickly became worshipped in Egypt.
However, during the Middle Ages in Europe, cats were believed to be associated with witchcraft. They were also believed to cause the Plague. So, by order of a king, cats were exterminated. Ironically, the mass killing of cats caused a spread of diseased rodents. Those rodents carried fleas that transmitted the Plague bacterium from the rats to the humans. This ultimately killed half of Europe’s human population.
Once people realized the benefits cats could provide, they started to live harmoniously with humans. Especially prized as mousers on ships, cats traveled with people around the globe, which is why cats can be found all over the world.
Cats continued their service as mousers throughout history, even serving as official employees of the United States Postal Service as late as 19th and early 20th century America.
Towards the end of the 19th century, more Americans began to keep cats for their company as well as their utility. The first cat show was held at Madison Square Garden in 1895. By the end of World War I, cats were commonly accepted as house pets in the U.S.
Throughout all this time, cats could come and go freely from human households—even President Calvin Coolidge’s cat had free rein to wander to and from the White House during the 1920s.
Keeping cats indoors all the time was not possible—nor was it even a goal—until several important 20th century innovations: refrigeration, kitty litter, and the prevalence of spaying and neutering.
Even though these changes to our modern lifestyle make keeping cats inside possible, biologically, cats are the same as they were thousands of years ago. Their role in our society has evolved and broadened over the last hundred years, but their basic behaviors and needs haven’t changed. And, just as the Industrial Age changed our eating habits, cats were forced into food changes as well. And that leads us to all the health problems we are seeing in cats presently.
Reasons Cats Vomit:
Grains – Cats do not have the ability to digest grains or other carbohydrates. These are often a large portion of low-quality foods and can easily irritate the wall of the GI tract.
Low quality food or treats – treats containing things such as propylene glycol or meat by-products are commonly a cause of GI inflammation
Cow’s milk- Cats do not have the proper enzymes to break down cow’s milk. (*However, they can tolerate and digest raw goat’s milk. It has lactase and 30 other enzymes to prevent lactose intolerance, making it easy for cats to digest!)
Remedy: Switch to human-grade canned food then slowly transition to freeze-dried or frozen raw food. Alternate proteins every 3 months. Add raw goat milk to the diet.
Cats simply gorge themselves sometimes. When there is too much food in the stomach, it can cause the body to expel it.
Remedy: For single cat households – give small portions over an hour. For multiple cats – separate cats for 20 mins during feeding.
Cats have an internal clock. They know when feeding time is approaching. Their bodies will begin producing digestive enzymes in preparation of eating. If they do not get fed at the normal time, they may vomit a foamy greenish substance.
Remedy: You may avoid this by feeding on a regimented schedule. Change the schedule daily.
This is a common diagnosis in felines, however pancreatitis is often misdiagnosed. Most of the time, the problem is leaky gut syndrome.
Remedy: Adding digestive enzymes to the food, such as raw goat milk or fermented fish stock, will help digestion occur more effectively and can heal the GI tract.
By nature of the self-grooming process, cats end up ingesting their own hair. Sometimes, a lot of it. It clogs up the stomach and interrupts digestion. It is difficult to breakdown and is not digested.
Remedy: Brush the cat frequently, add coconut oil and raw goats milk to diet. Hairballs will occur less or be eliminated altogether.
Cat often ingest plants, chemicals (cleaning or anti-freeze), and salt from the sidewalk or road.
Remedy: Keep plants out of reach of cats. Provide some fresh catnip or cat grass that they may eat. Use non-toxic cleaning products, such as white vinegar, baking soda, or purchase from companies such as Meyer’s or Method. Keep chemicals in the garage safely closed. Use a pet-safe ice melter on outside areas that pets access. Take shoes off at the door.
General Feline Nutrition Information:
Cats are not wired by nature to be grazers, or grain eaters. They are designed to catch and kill prey 2 – 3 times daily and fast in between. But they MUST eat up to 3 times a day. Cats cannot handle long term fasting. They can get hepatic lipidosis and die. Hepatic lipidosis is fatty liver disease. Normally, when a body is undernourished or starved, the body automatically moves fat from its reserves to the liver to be converted into lipoproteins for energy. Cat’s bodies are not designed to convert large stores of fat, so when a cat is in starvation mode, the fat that is released to the liver is not processed efficiently, resulting in a fatty and low functioning liver. As the fat accumulates in the liver it becomes swollen and turns yellow. Because it is not able to process red blood cells efficiently, the yellow pigment that makes up a portion of the red blood cell is released into the bloodstream, causing a yellowing of the eyes. If not treated promptly, hepatic lipidosis can lead to various complications and eventually death.
Feed WHOLE foods, NOT subpar or rendered meats. These are not approved for human consumption. Rendered meat can be legally sourced from dead and diseased animals, euthanized shelter animals, meat from China, and even roadkill.
Cats have addictive taste buds – they crave higher fat and saltier foods. Big brands spend millions of dollars researching what shape and size of kibble cats will develop a preference for, instead of spending the money on using safe, healthy ingredients.
Top Feline Diets (in order of nutritional impact)
Homemade raw, appropriately balanced food. However, cats cannot live on muscle meat alone. They must have a calcium source (bones) and a vitamin and mineral source (organ meat).
Commercially available frozen raw food
Freeze-dried raw food
Dry food – must be grain free, potato free, and low-carbohydrate
Food Weaning & Transitioning:
PATIENCE is key. Don’t play hardball with cats. Sometimes it can take 6 months to a year to successfully transition a cat. Offer slowly. Ration throughout the day. Goal is to create a little hunger to entice them to eat but NEVER to fast cat.
Transition should be: dry food to canned wet food to raw food
Advice from a Local Vet on Transitioning:
If kitty has eaten nothing but dry, put a small amount of canned under the dry food so they must get used to the smell. Do this for a week or so. Then put the canned on top of the dry so they must eat it to get to the dry. Gradually take the dry out of the equation. Once kitty is comfortable eating canned, offer some raw. The consistency is close to canned. Therefore, some cats transition quickly at this point. But, as we all know, cats are not happy with change. Some will protest. Stick with it, no matter how frustrating it may be. You and your cat will be much happier in the end.
Dr. Doug Knueven– www.drdougknueven.com (notes taken from Dr. Knueven speaking at a raw food seminar in Pittsburgh, PA)
Dr. Karen Becker– www.healthypets.mercola.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZv0Pvm-b8o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NWXkZUGYss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwm22nqfwCw&t=329s Susan Thixton- www.truthaboutpetfood.com (notes taken from Susan Thixton speaking at a raw food seminar in Pittsburgh, PA)
Melissa Gardner- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Qjd8hgAtI Dr. Lisa Pierson- www.catinfo.org, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4UkGcOz87s http://catinfo.org/docs/TipsForTransitioning1-14-11.pdf http://catinfo.org/docs/DrZoran.pdf http://catinfo.org/#Prescription/Therapeutic_Diets http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/digestive/c_ct_hepatic_lipidosis
November 2016. What is new at All Pet & Home Care? Well so much especially since I don’t blog. It is a new goal of mine to start. I would like to bring you interesting information at least once a month from myself and all the people I know, pet related of course!
I thought I should start with just a general update about me, the business, and my goals for APHC. Aili is now 18months old! She is very funny and rambunctious. She loves dogs, which she better because as you know we have 3-Frank, Rubin, and Dylan. It seems like we always have an extra since “In Our Home” Pet Sitting is so popular. She has yet to meet a dog that she doesn’t like and I must say all our clients that come to my home love her. They lick her, they sit in her room, and follow her around outside. She doesn’t get a lot of cat exposure so when she gets the chance to see one she is fascinated. Frank, Rubin, and Dylan are doing well. They all are in good health. Rubin being my oldest approaching 12 still goes for a good walk and he can run and romp around the yard with the best of them. James’ business is doing well, as some of you know because he has remodeled or worked in your home. Thank you so much for that, it just warms my heart that you chose James to do your work. My extended family is healthy and they are all enjoying having a baby in the family again so life is good.
What are my goals for All Pet? Well my first goal and primary focus is to grow this business. Not change or expand our service area, just have more clients in our existing area. Step one was finding and using pet sitting software which we started in the beginning of 2016. I loathe technology so I had dragged my heels for so long but thanks to Anna it is done and we are all using it. Step two is having more of a presence in our service area. I have been fortunate to grow organically from word of mouth of my clients, vet hospitals, and other pet related businesses. Yet I am learning that the concept of a Pet Sitter is not as common knowledge as I assume it to be. We as a company are trying to attend events, advertise more, and just get out in the community. “See and be seen” as they say. With growth in mind that would mean hiring some new dog walkers. I do not want this to be a cause for concern. I know so many people in the area, so do the dog walkers. When we do hire someone new they will have a background check, drug test, and a training class under their belt before they come into your house. We will find the right person and if we don’t, I will let office work pile up and get out from behind this desk and walk dogs myself. The training class is new and it kind of just came to me. As some of you know our Norrah Johnston has an extensive dog background. She ran a shelter for several years and is also a dog trainer. All employees are doing a training class with her. I thought it was a good idea to have everyone take advantage of Norrah’s knowledge and expertise. They get one on one time with Norrah can ask any questions about things they may be seeing or facing when they are out in the field. The feedback about this class has been very good so far. Step 3. I am currently working on and going over proposals to start accepting credit cards. I have been dragging my feet about this one and it is just time. Just a friendly reminder it is still less expensive for me if you pay by check!!!
We have also added a new service-pet food delivery from the Holistic Houndry in Zelienople. Why you may ask? First let me give you my history with Ann the owner. A few years ago, a dog food store opened in Zelienople called The Green Barn. I immediately went in and became a customer right away. Ann, the owner, is from Zelienople and had been living in Montana working for a medical research company researching human disease and medicine. She was a multiple pet owner whose animals had been afflicted by ongoing aliments. This eventually lead her to quit her job and start researching animal food and nutrition as a cure for what was going on in her own home. After I had been coming into the store for a while and we got to know each other, she asked if I had any interest in working in the store when I could and receive a discount on my pet food. She did not have to ask me twice! I was in. I am proud to say I am one of the original employees! The store has undergone a name change and moved to a new location since I have been there. It is beneficial to me for so many reasons. I learn a lot, I buy a lot of pet food, and every person that walks in the door may be a potential client for me. I still try to get to the store once a week to work even if it is only for 2-hour evening shift. For those of you that don’t know when I was in college I worked at National Record Mart; everyone in my family did at one point it was kind of like a rite of passage. We had an uncle that worked in the warehouse and got everyone jobs when needed although this is beside the point. The point is I love people, I loved working in retail so this gives me a little bit of that again which I so enjoy. It only made sense to offer pet food delivery because while we have some options these days in where to shop for high quality pet food, Ann stands alone in her background as to the how’s and whys. It is a business I am so proud to stand behind and support while trying to get the best food options and knowledge into my clients’ hands. There is more info about the service on my website as well as Ann’s www.theholistichoundry.com
We also have started a client referral program. There should be a sentence about it on your emails and invoices that generate from Leash Time. I always ask potential clients how they heard about us. When your name is mentioned and a meet and greet is booked you will receive a 20.00 credit to your account.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this. If you have any ideas or suggestions for All Pet, improvements we can make, marketing ideas, or whatever, call me. I would love to hear it. Thank you!!!