Cat Food: October 2008 Archives

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Cat_pictures_not_impressed.jpgToday was a very cold day and Neo was not impressed. He wanted to go outside, and I let him out but he didn't want to stay too long. The weather was cold, windy and damp today so Neo was in a bad mood. He went out and came in about three times. One time he stood at the door, I got his harness and leash on, but when I opened the door, he sniffed at the air and then looked up at me and started meowing.

Poor guy, this going outside thing is not working for him today. So I figured instead of shoving him out the door and making him play in the cold, I thought I would really try to make things better for him. After all, Neo is rarely in a bad mood and I thought he must be so disappointed by the weather. He really isn't an outdoor cat so he should start getting used to being indoors again, it's a long cold winter when it gets here.

picture_of_black_cat_peek_a_boo.jpgSo I played with him. He likes to play, but I am not that great at playing - usually, I start to play then lose interest when i start thinking about all the things I have to do. But today, I took out some toys he hasn't played with in a while. He especially likes long strings that you wiggle around. It's fun to watch his eyes dilate while he plays. He still has a very cute kitten appearance that gets magnified when he is chasing after a string. So we played that for about ten minutes, he could have gone longer but...like I said, I lose interest.

So then I brushed him, he needed it, by the way, he had loose fur and bits of dried leaves and stuff in his fur. He loves to be groomed, he tells me where he wants to be combed by lifting that body part toward me. usually he likes his back-end done - remember I was telling you about the spanking? Well he loves his little bum combed too. And he offered his head and neck to me to comb. Now this I get into - I can comb him forever, he loves it too, but he stops after 15 minutes - and today that's exactly how long until he was finished. pictures_of_cats_blow_drying.jpg

Then I gave him some treats and he followed me back to my desk, and he took a nap under the lamp.

Which brings me to the point of what to do to keep your indoor cat happy and amused.

Since cats in the wild spend a lot of time hunting, many experts suggest putting their food in different spots in the house and make your cat "hunt for it" - a good idea in theory, except Neo doesn't eat hard food because of all the diseases that are caused by dry cat food and I am not crazy about the idea of putting soft food all over the house for him. I have, however, tried this with his treats. It seems to work, but the motivation isn't the same as it is when you hide their food.

Another better idea is what I was talking about above, make some time for quality play and grooming time, everyday. He doesn't need hunting lessons, he's just looking for attention and something to do to fill up some time between naps. He'll get the attention he needs, and look good too if you do some play time and grooming time every day. why_do_cats_eat_grass-.jpg

And lastly, open a window so your cat can hear the outdoors and smell the outdoors. Make sure there is a place for him to perch beside it so he can enjoy the view. Put some cat grass beside the window too. This even works for Neo, who is just itching to get outside. Sometimes letting him smell the outdoors and nibble on some grass is all he really wants.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends! I hope your weekend was safe and happy.

Picture_Cats_thanksgiving.jpgThe weather was beautiful and the fall leaves are brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. I couldn't have asked for a better day. Neo spent most of the day outside, in the sun watching birds and chipmunks. Then he came in had two servings of turkey dinner and now he is sleeping soundly with a big round belly up in the air!

Here is a recipe for homemade turkey cat food in honor of thanksgiving. I left out the spinach because Neo ate a lot of grass today while he was outside. Ok, for this recipe you'll need:

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked

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2 tsp vegetable oil

1/2 pound raw turkey giblets chopped fine

1/4 cup grated carrot

1/2 cup chopped spinach

Combine water and rice and bring to a boil, cook according to package directions. Just before the rice is done, stir in oil, giblets, carrot and spinach. Cover and cook for 10 - 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then serve. You can store unused portions in an airtight container for two days in the fridge or up to two months in the freezer.

Delicious!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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schedule_cat_feeding.jpgHow do you feed your cat? Do you leave his food out or do you feed him at scheduled times? The one factor that will determine feeding patters will be the type of food you feed your cat. If you feed your cat dry food, you more than likely leave the food out for him to eat when he pleases. If you feed your cat canned food, you know that your cat likes his food fresh. Canned food almost forces you to measure and place your cat's food out on a schedule. This isn't a bad thing.

Depending on your cat and her dietary needs, "free feading" or scheduled feedings can work. In my opinion, scheduled feedings are the way to go for most cats; here's why:

  • A great reason to feed your cat on a schedule is to deal with obesity. Feeding your cat measured amounts on a schedule usually prevents your cat from overeating.
  • Another good reason for scheduled feedings is due to cat illness. It's a lot easier to spot if your cat isn't eating if you're monitoring their food intake a couple of times a day. If you're "free feeding" your cat, it's going to take you longer to notice that your cat has lost his appetite. In many cases, a cat's loss of diet is the first sign that something is wrong.
  • With a rash of pet food recalls lately, scheduled feedings allow you to react more quickly to mandatory recalls. Cats that "free feed," eat throughout the day which makes it harder to know how much contaminated food your cat may have ingested. With scheduled feedings, it's easier for you to guess how much food your cat may have eaten in the event of a recall that effects your brand.


  • My vet told me about a really neat trick that you might want to try to switch your cat from a "free feeding" to a scheduled feeding program. The night before your first scheduled feed day, remove all of your cat's food from his bowl. Don't put out any food the next morning. In the evening, put some food out for your cat and leave it there for about half an hour. If you have more than one cat, you might want to supervise the feeding to make sure that both cats are eating enough food. Once your cat or cats are done, remove the food and follow the same procedure in the morning. In a couple of days, your cat will get used to a scheduled food regimen.

    If your cat isn't adjusting to a scheduled feeding, talk to your vet about other options.

    If you've had positive or negative experiences with either "free feeding" or scheduled feedings, post a comment below and share your story.

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    fat_cat_weight_issue.jpgIs your cat starting to look like a ball with legs lately? Just like people, excess weight can shorten a cat's life. In most cases, excess weight in cats are a result of overeating and a lack of activity.

    There are several factors that will determine how much food your cat will need in a given day:

  • Quality of food: With cat food, you tend to get what you pay for. If your cat's food ingredients list fillers as the main ingredient, then your cat is forced to eat more to satisfy his or her hunger. This isn't an ideal situation for your cat. Ideally, you want your cat to be eating nutritionally dense food that will satisfy his needs. If you care for your cat's welfare, (I'm assuming you do because you're here) take the extra time to consult a vet about the ideal food for your cat's dietary needs. Good food is crucial to their health.
  • Activity level: If your cat is a couch potato (see video below) then your cat won't have the same nutritional requirements as a cat that is very active. Observe your cats activity and adjust his or her feeding accordingly. Remember that even a half a pound increase in your cat's weight is significant when you consider most domestic cats are in the ten pound range.


  • On a day to day basis, only you can tell if your cat is lethargic or active. Based upon their activity, vary your cat's intake of food. I can't emphasize enough that the quality of your cat's food will have a huge effect on his or her health.

    If you're not sure what your cat should weigh, do the smart thing and take him to a vet. I would also recommend that you bring the packaging/ingredients list of the type of food your cat consumes.

    I'd love to hear your horror stories or positive reviews of good cat food below.

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    cat-pumpkin.jpgIn the spirit of Halloween fun, give your cat pumpkin for a treat. I was amazed to find out that pumpkin is actually good for your cat – it tastes sweet and cats love it.

    Last year, we were given a pumpkin just before Halloween and I brought it into the house and used it as a decoration until it got a little too soft… and started to smell…and leaked on the carpet… but that’s a story for another day!

    Anyway, Neo loved this pumpkin – He smelled it, sat on top of it, rubbed up against it, he even licked it. I just thought it was because it smelled like the outdoors, or because it was something new to sit on. But I was wrong.

    He actually wanted to eat it! Today, I was carving a pumpkin to put outside for the trick-or-treaters that will be stopping by. Neo jumped on my shoulders and started rubbing his face against my ears. So I gave him a tiny bit just to get him out of my way - and to my amazement, he ate a whole teaspoonful!

    images-6.jpgSo I did a little research and it’s true, Cats love Pumpkin but here’s a word of caution… feed your cat up to two teaspoons of unsweetened canned pumpkin or freshly grated pumpkin, no more. It’s too high in fiber and it will give him gas – which is not pleasant for your cat (or for you for that matter!) But if your cat is constipated or has a bloody stool, a little pumpkin can clear up his constipation quickly. * Always ask your vet about any changes in your cat's diet.

    And as for that carved pumpkin on your front step… the one that has been sitting out there for a couple days or more…. it has become a breeding ground for bacteria, parasites and …..ooooh too many things that can make your cat sick. So leave it outside and dispose of it where your cat can’t get to it.

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