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Why you should never feed your cat a dry food ONLY diet?

For years, pet markets shelves were filled with so many dry food options for cats, claiming to have all these different benefits and nutritional values. And to many cats companions, this was the best choice… I mean, Why not! Right!
It has all these nutritional values they claim, it’s easy to feed your cat, it’s a less mess and fuss than having to prepare their meals, it doesn’t go bad as quickly… It’s the obvious choice. 

So, In order to help you guys out, I went through so many veterinarian resources, talked to a couple of my trusted vets and this is what I got.
I don’t want to get you into a lot of scientific complications, so I will do my best to explain this as simple as possible.


First things first; 
What should a cat’s diet consist of?dry food - fat cat - petsoholic

Cats are carnivores, originated from the desert. They are hunters who need meat and moist to survive.

As you may already know, a cat’s diet should consist of; a HIGH protein and a High moisture diet, moderate level of fats, and only about 1-2% Carbohydrates.

That being said, you should also know that commercial dry food mostly consists of Carbohydrates and some other ingredients that you do NOT want most of them inside your felines.

 

 

 

So, Why exactly is Dry food bad for cats? 

Dry fodry food - Junk food for cars - Petsoholicod is basically “Junk Food” for cats and dogs. So saying dry food is good for your pets, is just like saying Hot-dogs and a Happy Meal, will make your kids grow healthier.
Are they delicious, yes they are… Does they destroy your health? Unfortunately they do…

Dry food has a direct relationship with the causes of sooo many harmful diseases for cats. On top of these diseases, is one of the most common, and deadly causes, which is; “Urethral obstructions”.

 

 

 

1. Urethral Obstructions, Inflamed bladder (cystitis/FIC):

Inflamed bladder (Cystitis/FIC), may lead to “Urethral obstructions”. Which simply means that your cat’s urinary bladder is blocked, and they can’t “pee”.  Which can be life-threatening and may cause death in 3 – 6 days. Specially in male cats.

If you notice your cat goes to the litter box in attempt to go, but he/she is having trouble doing it. You shouldn’t wait for more than 12 hrs. (Max.) before taking him/her to the vet.

 

 

 

2. Obesity:dry food diet_Petsoholic

Dry food is the leading cause of obesity in pets. And just like us as humans, obesity leads to many serious diseases. Including; Diabetes, Vomiting, Chronic Diarrhea, High blood pressure, Skin and Coat problems, Liver Failure, Heart diseases, Allergies, Kidney disease, and sadly so much more…

 

 

 

3. Food Allergies and Toxins:

As mentioned earlier, this type of food has a very small percentage of proteins. These small percentages are subjected to a lot of changes through the process of making this type of food, that it changes to; “abnormal proteins”. Then, cats immune system react to these unfamiliar shapes causing Food Allergies.

Moreover, given the types of things manufacturers put in pet food, such as; diseased and dead animals, and other toxic ingredients, with the goal of  paying less and making the most profit out of it.
These ingredients are often contaminated with a wide variety of toxic substances. And even though, some of these toxins get destroyed during the process, yet some of them don’t, and then we pay all this money just to harm our beloved pets.

 

 

 

4. Dehydration:

Cats wild ancestors originated from the deserts. Meaning that, most of them already have a low thirst drive, and their bodies are designed to extract all the moisture they can get from what they eat.
i.e. They don’t drink until they are about 3% dehydrated. Which is a very serious dehydration level.

So if a cat who has a low thirst drive, doesn’t drink enough water, and eats a lot of dry food with no moisture in it, this causes him/her to suffer serious dehydration, which contributes in many serious health issues including; “Urinary crystals, kidney stones, bladder infections,  kidney diseases, and FLUTD (Feline lower urinary tract disease)”.

 

 

 

5. Preservatives:

Just as most manufacturers do, to make sure their products have a long shelf-time. They throw in a bunch of preservatives in our food, and in our pets food as well.
I don’t need to tell you how harmful these preservatives are, because I’m sure you already know that the world is full of cancer and other killer diseases because of them.

Potential Cancer-causing agents such as BHA, BHT, and  Ethoxyquin are permitted at relatively low levels in pet and some human foods. And even though some of these chemicals have not been thoroughly studied on pets yet, they are commonly used.

 

[box] Myth: Some people think that dry food help clean your cats teeth, well this is a BIG FAT Myth. Kinda similar to you saying that crispy fries help clean our teeth.. Hmmm![/box]

 

 

 

 

How much is okay?

Personally, after learning about this, and after having to see one of my senior female cats passing away after suffering from “Urethral Obstructions” a couple of years ago, which is a very hard thing to go through by the way. I honestly believe, that we should never feed this Junk to our beloved pets at all, or at least as  much as we possibly can.

To quote exactly what one of the vets told me, he said:
“Male cats, should NEVER be given dry food as they are more prone to suffer from “Urethral obstructions” than females.
As for Females: If they must, they may have some dry food, but as little as possible till the age of 7 years old, after that they are considered seniors, and they should be completely cut off”.

 

 

 

The Best of the Worst… How to choose dry food?

As mentioned earlier, we should try to feed kibbles to our cats as less as we possibly can. However, sometimes we’re put in certain situations were dry food is our only option like if you have to leave your cat alone for the whole day, or if you’re still in the process of changing up your cat’s diet, or any other scenario… So, here are a few things to looks for when choosing your cats’ dry food.

  1. Avoid Colored dry food.
  2. Look at the expiry date.
  3. Make sure it’s age appropriate for your cat.
  4. Look at the Ingredients.
  5. Check for meat based protein.

 

Finally, If your cat if already addicted to dry food, and refuses to change-up his or her diet, next week I will publish an article how you can safely and slowly switch their diet. 

 

Hope you found that useful.. I’ll See you next time ✌️

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Bringing a new cat home

Expecting Your New Cat or Kitten Home Soon? Here’s a list of the 10 basic supplies you will need, before your new friend comes home:

 

CatBringing home a new cat/kitten is a very exciting time for you. However, it’s a very scary and stressful time for your cat. Separation from their mom or their previous owner and moving to a new home could be overwhelming, specially with older cats. So you need to be prepare beforehand, to make this transition easier for you and your cat, and to make sure your new friend is happy and comfortable. Most cats take about a week or two, to adapt to their new home.

 

 

Be Prepared:

1. Cat-Proof your home:

  • Some plants are toxic to cats, so make sure you do your Research and remove any toxic plants from your home.
  • Replace breakable objects from places that can be reachable to your cat.
  • Unplug Electrical wires that are not being used.
  • Close your windows,
    New Cats (specially older ones) can be very stressed at the beginning and may try to hide away. If they run too fast with an open window… Accidents may happen.


2. Cat Carrier      cat carrier

You need a cat carrier to keep your cat safe on the way home. As well as vet visits, travelling and all that good stuff.


3. Food, water and serving bowls.

  • Ask about your cat’s current diet;
    It’s very important to ask the previous owner what they feed your cat? And what is her food preferences? Because a sudden change in diet could upset her stomach. However, if you want to work on changing her diet; go slowly, and make small changes daily so she could get used to it.
  • Food and water bowls;
    Avoid plastic bowls – Although plastic bowls may seem like a practical solution, some cats are allergic to plastic and develop a skin condition on their skin (acne-like). And you know what, even if your cat is not allergic, it’s just unhealthy to feed them in plastic… Just like its unhealthy for us.
    The safest materials as recommended by veterinarians are: Stainless-steel and ceramic. However, let’s face it, stainless-steel is more practical since it’s sturdy, and well… it wont break.
  • Keep it clean;
    don’t feed your cat in a dirty bowl or plate. Germs will accumulate and besides, cats don’t like eating or drinking in dirty dishes.
  • Cats don’t appreciate sharing with other cats – If you have more than 1 cat in your household, make sure each gets their own food and water bowls, to maintain a good relationship between your cats.

 

4. Litter box, Litter and Litter scoop 

  • Cat Litter
    There are so many different types of litter in the market; Non-clumping clay, Silica gel crystals, Recyclitter essentialsled paper, and so many others. Mostly, your choice will depend on you and your cat’s personal preference.
    However, there are three main points to consider;

    • Most cats prefer unscented litter, specially if they are highly territorial.
    • If you get an older cat, it is advisable to use the same type of litter your cat was used to in his or her previous home, to make the transition phase easier on him/her.
    • If you already have a cat, and you changed the type of litter you were using before, and suddenly your cat started doing it outside the litter-box, there is a good chance that this could be one of the reasons.

 

  • Number of litter boxes;
    The general rule for litter boxes is; the number of litter boxes should be double the number of cats, and they should be placed in different locations around the house.
    1 cat = 2 litter boxes

 

  • Avoid Automatic, self-cleaning litter boxes;
    Even though, these boxes may seem really appealing and high-tech. And lets face it, you don’t have to deal with your cat’s poop as much. However, I cannot stress enough how many cats have created bad litter box habits because of these electronic stuff. And here are the reasons why;

    • Basically these types of litter boxes are designed to swipe away the dirt once your cat is done; the cat goes in Litterbox_Petsoholicthe box, she does her business, a few minutes later the machine will detect the clumpy stuff and start getting rid of it.
      Now the problem occurs sometimes when, the litter box would start cleaning while the cat is still inside the box, the cat gets hurt or scared. So the next time he goes to do his business, he doesn’t want to go back to that place were he was discomforted, specially if you have a nervous cat, so he goes outside the box and refuses to use the litter-box anymore. That is why many cat behaviorists would recommend using the traditional litter box, to avoid accidents.
    • Moreover, cats litter shows a lot about their health, so as a responsible guardian, you need to check it regularly to make sure everything is okay. Personally, with all my cats, i prefer using covered litter boxes, that way my cats are happy.. and i don’t get to see or smell the mess. However, it’s important to know that; in the first couple of weeks, you should not have the box covered, until you make sure that your cat has established a good litter box habits, then you can start adding the cover.

 

  • Size of the litter box
    Don’t get a litter box that is too small for your cat, get one that is big enough for your cat’s adult size so she can find enough space to move around.
    Moreover, make sure the litter-box is easy access for your cat. Meaning, if you have a kitten, or a senior cat  that can’t jump that high for example, make sure you get her a short length litter-box that she can easily get in and out of.

 

  • Regular CleaningBad smelly litterbox
    It is very important to clean the litter box regularly. Because of so many obvious reasons like dealing with a smell, and the germs. But most importantly, you should know that cats don’t like going in a dirty box, so if you leave the box dirty, your cat may start doing it outside the box.

 

  • Don’t Hide it:
    Location of the litter box is very important to encourage good litter box habits. You may not like it, but the box has to be placed in a place that is safe, and that is a socially important place, contrary to what many people believe.
Cats don’t appreciate privacy when it comes to litter boxes.

Don’t hide the litter box behind the couch, behind the bathroom door, or down in the basement, because the cat will not go there.
Cats love to smell their scent around places were they can smell their owner’s scent. And I don’t mean bad odor, i mean the scent that our human noses cannot smell, because they need to mark their territory.
Learn more about litter box training your cat 


5. Scratch Post

Scratching posts are very important if you want to keep your furniture safe. Because cats have to scratch, it’s just part of their amazing nature, that you have to accept if you love your cat. Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, and to mark their territory.  So you can never stop your cat from scratching. However, what you can do, is to shape that behavior into a positive one that would make you both happy.
One way to do that is to use a scratching post. To teach your cat that scratching is good, but it has to be done “here”.


6. Toys:Cat and toy

Cats need to exercise daily, and the time and methods of exercising varies, depending on the cat’s bread and its energy level. One way to do that, is using toys that can stimulate your cat physically and mentally. Needless to say, if you leave your cat alone for a certain amount of hours, you need to have some toys around so she/he would have something to do when you’re not around.


7. Grooming and Grooming Tools:

You will need: a brush, a comb, and a nail trimmer:
  • Brushing your cat; Depending on your cat’s hair length and thickness, she/he will need regular brushing to; reduce shedding, helps keeping your cat clean, preventing mats, and lessen hair balls and bonding with your cat.
    Most cats love brushing, however, you should start brushing you cat as early as possible so she can get used it.
  • Nail Trimming; there are many reasons why it is advisable to trim your cat’s nails. The most obvious one, is for damage control. However, you should only cut the thin sharp edge of the nail.
    Be careful , if you get too deep, you can cut the vein and hurt your cat.

8. Introducing your cat to another pet:

If you have another pet in the house, whether it’s another cat, a dog or any other pet. You need to take it slowly, so you can properly introduce them to each other.


9. Take him/her to the vet:Vet icon

First of all, you need to ask the previous owner about your cat’s medical history. And It’s very important to make a quick visit to the vet once you bring your cat home. Get her checked, learn about cats vaccination. Learn about Spaying or intrauterine your cat, proper nutrition and all that good stuff. ?


10. Take things Slowly:

Finally, Remember to take things slowly. Transitions are usually very stressful on your cat. But younger kittens usually adapt to their new environment faster than older cats. So give them space, and time.

Go with your cat’s own pace. She will learn to love and trust you… ღ

 

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How to litter box train your cat or kitten?
11 things to consider before choosing your First Pet

 

Hope you found that useful.. I’ll See you next time ✌️

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