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How I give my pets their daily supplements/medications

How I give my pets their daily supplements/medications

In this video I show you how I easily give my pets their daily supplements/medications.

  • Nupro Health Nuggets
  • Duck Flavor Pill Pockets
  • Allergy Medication
  • Livton and Denemarin Liver Support

 

What type of SHAMPOO is BEST for your hairless pet?

What type of SHAMPOO is BEST for your hairless pet?

 

Each hairless pet has their own unique skin type, just like humans they can range from skin which is normal, excessively, dry, excessively oily, very sensitive to products and environmental triggers, or can have more severe skin issues like allergic dermatitis and plagued with chronic rash and irritation.  Finding the right product for your hairless pet’s skin is critical to not only their skin health, but their over-all health and well being because as any of us known from experience or can imagine how irritating and even painful chronic skin issues can be.

Watch this Video to learn about the different skin types, and which all natural NudieNaturals skin care formula is best for your pet!

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Bathing Your Sphynx Bambino Cat!

Bathing Your Sphynx Bambino Cat!

 

In this video you will learn about many of the questions hairless cat owners ask us frequently….

  • What is the best techniques to Bathing Your Sphynx Bambino Cat
  • Products to keep your sphynx or bambino cat’s skin clean and soft and beautiful
  • How to keep your cat happy and enjoy their bath

 

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FEEDING at LiLNudists Cattery!

FEEDING at LiLNudists Cattery! This video shows exactly what we feed our cats here at LiLNudists Cattery!  Food that is great quality and affordable!!!

 

  • Primary diet is Frozen, Raw cat food, Natures Variety Instinct brand
  • Supplementation of natures variety or Merrick canned foods
  • Treats of freeze dried raw or dehydrated meat, Pure bites, or primal brand

 

 

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Nudie Naturals Gift Baskets

Nudie Naturals Gift Baskets are perfect gifts for the person in your life who is adopting a new hairless kitten/cat.  Purchase our complete kits which included all of the necessary grooming products to keep your new sphynx or bambino kitten healthy and clean!  

 

 

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Hairless Pet Skin Care Products

In this video you will see all of our NudieNaturals Hairless Pet Skin Care Products 

  • Hairless Pet WaterLess Shampoo
  • Hairless Pet Regular and Sensitive Shampoo
  • Hairless Pet Conditioner
  •  Hairless Pet Ear Cleaner
  • Hairless Pet Nail Cleaner
  • Hairless Pet EyeWash
  • Hairless Pet Nasal Wash
  • Hairless Pet Sunscreen
  • Hairless Pet Bug Repellent
  • Hairless Pet Acne Treatment
  • Hairless Pet Toothpaste & Tooth Gel

 

 

In this video I describe our NudieNaturals Hairless Pet Skin Care Line.  Everything you need to take the BEST Natural care of your hairless babies!!!

 

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How to Properly Switch Cat’s Food!

In this video I explain all of the proper methods on How to Properly Switch Cat’s Food! Whether you are switching from dry food to canned, or canned food to raw, doing so correctly and SLOWLY is very important!  

  • How to safely and properly switch your pets food
  • Use the 7-14 day gradual transition technique
  • Why you must transition slowly to avoid series GI upset in your cat
  • Never force a cat to eat a new food or go without; cats WILL starve themselves

 

How to Properly Switch your Cat’s Food!

Congratulations on deciding to switch your cat to an all raw food diet and help extend their healthy years of life by feeding them a real whole food diet like nature intended.  Just by reading this shows that you have the love and dedication required to Properly Switch your Cat’s Food and stick with it for years to come!  Now, the question you are asking is how to switch your cat to a Raw Food Diet???

I am often asked what kind of raw food we recommend and although a great healthy balanced raw food diet CAN be made at home… unless you are a breeder or have multiple cats and want to invest the time and money to make your own we recommend a pre-made raw diet.  We personally like the brand Natures Variety;  after much research into the different commercial brands currently available we have found this to be the best quality at the most affordable price.

If you do decide to purchase the Natures Variety food you will find that it comes in various different sizes and flavors.  We recommend finding a local holistic pet food store who will order the food directly for you as this is typically the most economical way to purchase it.  Also pet supermarket now carries Natures Variety as well and they offer a VIP program which if you buy 10 bags you get one free.  You can use the store locator on their website, but please note they do NOT list every store that it is available at so do your own research.  http://www.naturesvariety.com/

You will note that Natures Variety recently changed their formulation and are now only offering the “cat” raw in chicken, duck, and rabbit formulas and only in 1.25 lb. bags of the raw bites.  This formulation change seems to have been merely a marketing decision because the previous formulations were AAFCO approved for both dogs and cats and listed dogs and cats on their label.  The only difference they have made is to add Taurine to the list of ingredients in the cat food.  This was likely only because there was confusion from consumers because of the label showcasing both a dog and a cat and the fact that many people are aware of the importance of Taurine in a cat’s diet.  In many cases this may have caused consumers to not purchase the product when they did not see Taurine listed in the ingredients.  I personally contacted the company and they did inform me that they have never experienced any cases of taurine deficiency in cats on any of their diets previously so it is my assumption that is was merely a marketing change.  It must be understood that taurine is an amino acid found in abundance in all animal meats especially high in organ meats like liver and heart.  Therefore when your cat is eating a whole protein diet like a raw food diet which contains raw muscle meat and heart and liver organs they will be consuming adequate amounts of taurine.

Therefore we recommend that you be free to purchase the raw “dog” food formulas in all of the available flavors and sizes you prefer.  Even though eating a non-processed raw food diet should provide adequate amounts of taurine to ease minds of everyone we have decided to add an additional supplement of beef liver powder to the “dog “food formulations to help ensure that the diet is well balanced.   We choose beef liver powder because it is a great source of natural taurine as well as a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats that are all extremely beneficial to your cat’s health.  We purchase our beef liver which is sourced from Argentina from cows which have been grass fed, pasture raised, free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids.  It is also important to be sure that the beef liver powder you purchase is Un-Defatted which means that it is has NOT had the fat removed before dehydrating because the fat in the liver is what contains the highest quantities of nutrients.

The dose we use is for the beef liver powder is about 1 tsp. per 1 cup of raw food.  You do not have to worry about an exact dose here because it is a whole food product therefore there is little risk of over-dose unless you really go crazy with it!  We typically measure out the beef liver powder and the L-lysine onto a thawed portion of about 1 lb. of meat when it is thawed before the first serving so we do not have to add it to each feeding for a couple of days.  We also add a probiotic daily, be sure not add to the frozen meat as the temperature could create crystals and destroy some of the active bacteria.  The great thing about the beef liver powder too is that cats LOVE the flavor of it so it will actually help your picky eaters to eat the raw food better.

* We generally do not feed the rabbit formulation however because the Winn Foundation conducted a study which proved that a purely raw rabbit diet can cause taurine deficiency in cats over time.  This is not to say that the Natures Variety rabbit diet is deficient as they do add in pork liver, pork hearts, and pork fat, and taurine in the cat formulation; but there is also some documentation available which warns against the digestibility of ground rabbit bone, so we choose not to feed it.   Also not to devalue any of the other animals, but we personally don’t like the idea of our cat’s eating Thumper!

thumper

We DO however recommend mixing the protein sources by switching up the flavors from time to time.  Try the beef, lamb, venison, chicken, turkey, duck and chicken.  Your cat will typically like the chicken or turkey the best so if they will not eat the beef or venison as well I recommend mixing the two together about half and half once in a while just so that they can get some of the “red” meat into their diet.  Red meat contains unique amino acids and proteins which are good in Limited amounts.  Red meat about once a week is a good rule of thumb. How to switch your cat to a Raw Food Diet

Natures Variety raw food is available in many different sizes; 5 lb. chubs, 2lb. chubs, patties, medallions, or bites.  The larger the size of the package you purchase the less the cost per lb. of food.  We purchase the 5 lb. chubs and mix in the patties for different flavors because the 5 lb. and 2 lb. chubs only come in beef or chicken flavors.  The size you purchase will depend on the age and or how many kitties you have to feed, or if you will be feeding your canine pets the same food which becomes greatly convenient and recommended.  It is typically recommended that you purchase the patties if you only have one to three cats.  The key to focus on here is that you do not want the food to thaw out for more than 2-3 days max so whatever you take out of the freezer needs to be completely eaten in that amount of time or thrown away.  *Note if feeding the raw Bites be sure to NOT unfreeze before feeding. How to switch your cat to a Raw Food Diet

The instructions for feeding the raw food is the same no matter which flavor or portion you are feeding with the exception of the bites.  When feeding the raw bites leave the bag frozen and only remove the amount to be fed right away into a dish.  Let the dish sit in room temperature for about 5 minutes then serve.  When feeding any other portions you remove from the freezer the night before and place into a raw safe container, which could either be a glass or stainless steel; not plastic, and place into the refrigerator.  By the next morning the food will be thawed and ready to serve.  Serve the food one a safe plate or bowl again either glass or ceramic or stainless steel but not plastic. Also you will want to feed them on a wipe-able surface which can be sanitized after they are done eating or on washable food mats.  Be sure to remove any un-eaten food within 5 minutes and place back into the refrigerator to be served again later that day.   Just remember the thawed food must now be eaten with 2 days.   If it sits out any longer just throw it away.

Okay so after reading ALL of this information you are probably wondering; “but how do I get my cat to actually EAT the raw food?”  Believe it or not we here at LiLNudists Cattery have not always been as educated and proactive about our cats diet as we are now, and we used to make the same mistakes that many of you are making right now by feeding a supposed high quality commercial pre-cooked diet and leaving dry food out all day thinking this was the right thing to do.  Despite our previous feeding techniques and the fact that some of our cats at the time were as old as 4-5 years and had always been eating a cooked dry and canned food diet, we were able to quickly and successfully transition all of our cats to the raw food diet.  If you follow these instructions exactly and allow yourself and your cat a lot of time and patience you WILL be successful in making the transition as well! How to switch your cat to a Raw Food Diet

 

  • Do not feed ANY treats AT all not even one during this time of transition.

 

  • Do not mix raw food with ANYTHING cooked; this includes dry kibble food, canned foods, and cooked treats.  Dry kibble, canned foods, and cooked treats take much longer to digest than raw foods that it causes the raw food to sit in the gut longer than it should and it becomes rancid.  This does NOT include freeze dried food or treats as the drying process does not destroy the enzymes and create longer digestion times like cooked foods.
  • If you are currently feeding your cat dry food be it by mixing into wet food or by leaving a bowl of food down all day and free feeding STOP immediately.  Dry food or kibble diets are the worst diets for cats because it is so highly processed and contains many preservatives which are often very unhealthy, and it is lacking appropriate and needed amounts of water to hydrate your cat properly.
  • It MUST be understood that dry kibble is hard for their body to digest because of the way it is processed it does not contain any enzymes.  Cat’s bodies are only able to secrete enough digestive enzymes to digest about 70% of each meal, so this means that dry kibble requires more effort to digest than the body is capable of.  This leads to problems like pancreatitis, irritable bowel and other similar diseases because of the stress on the digestive system. Cats MUST have at least 70% moisture in the food that they eat or their health will greatly suffer.  You might wonder well if I feed dry kibble won’t they just drink more water? Unfortunately the answer is no they won’t; cat’s do not have a strong thirst drive and will live in a state of mild dehydration if not feed a diet with 70% moisture.  This will eventually lead to kidney and bladder problems and potentially even death.
  • In addition if you leave dry kibble down all day for your cat to graze on you may think you are doing a nice thing for your cat so that they never have to be hungry, but in fact you are hurting them by allowing them to become obese and/or altering the natural function of their metabolism.  Cats are not designed to graze all day like a cow they are designed to hunt and kill their pray and eat once or twice a day.  The GI tract of the cat is designed to fast in between meals.  This allows it to heal and repair.  ‘trickle feeding’ as it is known, by allowing them to graze leads to poor digestion, constipation and poor immune health in addition to an unhealthy weight.  The GI tract makes up 70-80% of the immune system so it is vital to make what they eat the biggest investment in their health.
  • Begin to transition your cat to a raw diet by offering a snack of raw food in the middle of the day between the other two meals. When serving raw leave the food at room temperature for 10-15 minutes until it comes to room temperature and is not extremely cold, the reason being that many cats do not like really cold food because it is not natural, the raw food when served should be a temperature which somewhat mimics a fresh kill in the wild.  Please note you can’t cook or microwave the food to speed the process as the heat will destroy the natural enzymes and destroy precious nutrients which are only preserved by the fact that the food has not been cooked and processed.  If you cook the food it will no longer be a complete balanced diet for your cat and they could suffer severe health complications as a result.
  • Whatever your cat does not eat when first beginning the transition just throw it away. The cats will take to it more easily if it is very fresh.  Once your cat begins eating at least some of the raw food offered at each meal you can then begin to pick up the leftovers and refrigerate until the next meal.  Just be sure any thawed food is eaten within 24 hours of being thawed.
  • If they eat the raw offered right away that is great, be thankful your cat will make this easy on you! If they do not then after a couple days of offering the snack of raw begin to cut back on the amounts given of the regular meals. Slowly cut back the size of the other meals until your cat accepts it and begins eating the raw food in between.  When they begin eating the raw food easily in between the other two meals it is time to replace one of the meals with the raw food diet.
  • Do not be surprised if your cat does not eat the food at this step or eats very little.  Don’t over-react this is okay and completely normal.  You must understand that their previous diet, especially dry food tastes more appetizing to them because it is laden with extra natural and artificial flavorings to help entice cats to eat more.  It is reasonable to compare a mid-quality dry food diet vs. a healthy raw food diet to a dinner of grilled chicken breasts and plain broccoli versus Kentucky fried chicken and broccoli in cheddar cheese sauce; both will sustain you and provide needed nutrients but obviously the healthier option does not taste as yummy.
  • If your cat refuses to eat the raw food offered as a treat during the day even despite reducing the size of normal meals try to eliminate one meal per day if you were feeding two previously and just offer their regular diet during one meal and the raw diet for the second. If this doesn’t work after 3 days then you can try to warm the raw food and see if this helps.  You can first try to place the raw food into a sandwich bag and let sit in very warm water for about 10 minutes before serving.  If this won’t work you can even slightly cook the raw food in a skillet and then serve.  It must be understood that these methods should only be used for a short period of time while your cat is transitioning, because cooking the raw will render some of the nutritional value of the diet incomplete.
  • If your cat still refuses at this point you might have to switch gears and try to feed your cat a freeze dried raw diet in place of the frozen raw food diet. Most cats will typically like this more than the frozen raw at first because it is more like their old diet.  Be sure to re-hydrate the freeze dried food to ensure proper amounts of fluid content for your cat.  Once your cat is eating the freeze dried food well, replace all other meals with it.   Then when you get your cat eating the freeze dried diet well you can begin to slowly mix in some of the frozen raw food.  Gradually add more and more until your cat is eating a diet primarily, or entirely of frozen raw food.
  • Once your kitty is eating two square raw meals per day it is safe to add some treats back into their diet. The best treats would be a freeze dried raw treat like Natures Variety, or Stella and Chewy’s brands.  Just be sure that IF you are feeding cooked food treats like traditional cat treats of any kind, dry kibble or canned food that it is fed at least 3 hours prior to or after feeding the raw food meal.  This is so that the raw meal digests completely and doesn’t get bound up in the gut by the slower digestion of  the cooked foods.
  • We do recommend feeding the frozen raw food with a treat of freeze dried raw from time to time. Also you can mix up the brands and proteins of the freeze dried to help keep the meal interesting for your kitty. This will be like the bit of granola and honey on top of that Uber healthy non-fat yogurt breakfast you eat in the morning.  Be warned though, if you give too much of this “treat” they will again become picky and only want to pick out the treats and not eat the rest of their meal.
  • If your cat is experiencing GI upset and is vomiting, or diarrhea, or is not wanting to eat it is important to feed a cooked diet during this period of illness.  This food could be a properly prepared home-cooked meal for your cat or a high quality cooked canned food diet like Natures Variety Instinct. The reasoning for this is that the GI tract needs warmth to heal itself, and even if the raw food is ‘warm’ at room temperature it is still cooling to the body because it is raw.
  • Below is a list of some of the foods and brands we recommend. There are of course other options out there and new foods coming on the market all the time.  Just be certain that you thoroughly review the labels and look for whole food sources, free of grains, dairy, soy, and starches in any other food choices.
  1. Natures Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mini’s:  natures variety instinct Raw Boost minis

2. Primal Freeze Dried Formula:                     primal freeze dried cat

 

3. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried:                        Stella & Chewys Cat

 

 

We truly hope that this will serve as a great guide and helping to make the switch to a healthy natural raw food diet for your cat just the way nature intended.  Your cat will be healthier and happier and quite possibly live longer because of it and your efforts.

 

Please note: This article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible. A raw food diet may not be appropriate for all cats in all stages of health and we always recommend having your cat examined and discussing diet changes with your veterinarian.

 

Keep those Hairless Kitties Healthy and Happy Everyone!!!

 

Text: Copyright © April Arguin RDH, Founder of LiLNudists Sphynx, Bambino, SphynxieBob, & BamBob Cattery. All rights reserved.

 

Canned Cat Food!

In this video I talk about all of the benefits of feeding a Canned Cat Food Diet! 

 

 

Canned Cat Food… What is that mysterious meat in the can?

Many a cat owner knows that their cats love their canned cat food. They hear that can opener start or you pulling back that lid and you will see them motivated to wake up and come running from whatever snuggly warm sleepy spot they were in like nothing else could. Then you pour that wet goopy food either chunks or puree with gravy on top into your cats dish. To us it looks awful and smells even worse but oddly enough, they gobble it down like it’s their last meal. Have you ever stopped to really look at the label of that can of food or really consider how it is made? Or maybe you have tried to read the label but are unsure what you are reading and what is good for your cat and what is not? Well let’s shed some light on Canned Cat Food… What is that mysterious meat in the can?

The first thing you should know is how canned cat food is processed. Wet or canned food begins with the raw materials being rendered. Rendering is “to process as for industrial use: to render livestock carcasses and to extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.” In other words, raw materials are dumped into large vat and boiled for several hours. Rendering separates fat, removes water, and kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms. Well that sounds good right? We all know that bacteria can make us sick. However, the high temperatures used (270°F/130°C) can alter or destroy the natural enzymes and proteins found in the raw ingredients. The flesh products are reground after initial cooking to produce a more uniform consistency. This meat mixture is then blended with other additional ingredients and added vitamins to fortify it. Measured amounts of the product are packaged into appropriate containers vacuum sealed to reduce the oxygen content and prevent spoilage of fats in the food. The cans of food 2are then heat processed again to be sterilized by passing them through a heating chamber which reaches a temperature of 250°F. The cans are quickly cooled, dried, labeled, boxed and shipped off to your local pet store and that’s a wrap.

Now let’s dive right into what ingredients are contained within this mysterious brown mush our cats seem to love so much. Let’s begin by looking at one of the most popular cat foods available today on the market, Hills Science Diet. Just the name alone makes you feel like this must be a good quality food because they use “science” to formulate their diets and therefore they must be healthy right? Unfortunately that could not be further from the truth. So I choose to investigate the commonly purchased flavor of “Homestyle Chicken Supper” for adult cats. The fact that there is a particular formulated diet for kittens, adults, and seniors is something disturbing of its own accord but that will be a later blog article. First let me list the ingredients in this can of food and then we will investigate what each ingredient actually is and break it down.

Hill's Science Diet

 

“Water, Chicken, Animal Liver, Wheat Flour, Brown Rice, Wheat Gluten, Carrots, Dextrose, Rice Starch-Modified, Spinach, Pork Plasma, Chicken Liver Flavor, Oat Fiber, Calcium Carbonate, Soybean Oil, Titanium Dioxide (color), Fish Oil, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Guar Gum, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Caramel (color), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Zinc Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadoine Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K3).”

Right off the bat I am concerned with the fact that the foods first ingredient is water, the first ingredient should always be the advertised food on the label of any product, in this case chicken. It is just like when you want to buy apple juice for your children you wouldn’t want the first ingredient to be water because you would know that the juice is diluted and not very good quality right? You want it to be nothing but what it is supposed to be; apple juice from real apples! Moving on; the second ingredient is actual chicken, not just by products of chicken found in many other products, so that is a plus. Animal liver is good because there are many nutrients vitamins and minerals provided to the body from liver; however it scares me to no end to wonder just what kind of “animal” livers these are. It could be anything from the four “D’s: dead, dying, diseased or disabled livestock, to road-kill, to believe it or not there have been reports in the past that some pet food companies in the past have used dead dogs and cats!

Scary enough already I know right… but we must move on. Next we have wheat flour, brown rice, and wheat gluten. All of these products contain a very commonly known food allergen protein you may know of called gluten. Gluten can be very difficult for even many people to process and we are Omnivore’s meaning that we have the ability to eat just about anything. Felines are strict carnivores known as obligate carnivores so their bodies are designed to digest meat, not at all meant for complex carbohydrates like grains. This can create havoc on your cat’s digestive system leading to many problematic symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, vomiting, can weaken their immune system and may even cause neurological symptoms and problems leading to death. Getting even scarier isn’t it??? Again moving forward we have carrots, not bad right carrots have good things in them so that’s a good one, however if you know much about your veggies you know that carrots are very sweet and contain a high percentage of sugar. Therefor the next ingredient is worrisome; they then add dextrose which is extra sugar, and we all know too much sugar can lead to many health problems associated with obesity like diabetes. Remember that ingredients on a label are listed in order of percentage within the product so the main ingredients we have your cat eating is chicken, mixed with rice and flour and carrots with water and sugar on top; sounds really healthy right.?

After this we again have rice starch, more gluten a cat should never eat, then spinach okay a plus on that one, then pork plasma. What is pork plasma you might wonder? Well plasma is the pale-yellow liquid component of blood that normally holds the blood cells in whole blood in suspension. So why is there blood from pigs included into your cat’s food? Well the manufacturer would tell you it is because the blood plasma has a lot of good nutrients in it, which is true and in nature your cat would eat an entire animal source it had killed including its blood. However we have to ponder why it is pork blood and not chicken blood as this is a chicken based product. Well the answer is because the chicken included into the canned food is not a whole source of chicken; it is just parts of the chicken left over from processing and packaging for human consumption. Also because pork is the one of the highest processed meat products in the US only next to beef. Regulations prevent against using the spilled waste blood from beef due to mad cow disease, but manufactures are allowed to use the spilled waste blood from pigs and add it to your pet’s food along with other products. Believe me when I say the bottom line for the manufacturer is NOT what the best nutrition for your pet is, but what is best for their pocket. They are not including pork blood plasma for the great nutritional factors but because it makes the canned food taste better to the cats so they will eat more and they will sell more of their product. Sorry but we must continue on. Let’s just make a list shall we to make it easier to see what each additional added ingredient is purposed for.

Chicken liver flavor: an artificial flavored chemical added again just for taste instead of using real chicken liver because that is more costly.

Oat fiber: again cats are not designed to eat oats; they just add this fiber to add substance and weight to the product.

Soybean oil: is added to provide essential amino acids; but again from a source cats should not eat. Cats are definitely not designed to eat soybeans, and similar to gluten, soy s very hard to digest even to non-carnivores. Also soybeans are now the number one crop in the world which has been genetically modified, to which there is no knowledge of how this modification will effect consumers either human or animals long term.

Titanium Dioxide (color): This is just an added potentially carcinogenic chemical to add white coloring to the food.

Fish Oil: This is of course better than the soybean oil, there is less of included than the soybean of course because it is more costly. However it doesn’t say what kind of fish oil it is. It is likely a mix of many kinds of fish conjugated together and likely from the cheapest source which can be farmed fish which are unnaturally produced and are dangerously high in levels of mercury, or waste fishes which are rancid and not suitable for human consumption.

Guar Gum: an added soluble fiber made from the guar bean which is known to cause digestive gastrointestinal symptoms including excessive gas and abdominal discomfort even in humans.

Caramel (color): additive food coloring chemically derived.

All of the remaining ingredients are necessary nutrients; vitamins and minerals essential to your cat’s immune system health, metabolism and cellular functions. All of these are from standard sources and promote proper function essential to your cat’s health which is a good thing. However the point to look at is how MANY of these nutrients need to be added back into the food just to make it a “balanced” enough diet that your cat will not fall into a deficiency of these essential nutrients. The big picture to look at is IF the food was from healthy whole natural food sources the cat food would not need to add all of these nutrients individually into the food they would already be there. What little nutritional value is derived from the main ingredients within this food are so overly processed that many of the nutrients are actually destroyed and rendered useless. Think about it; in the wild your natural cat doesn’t need to take 20 vitamins with their mouse to stay healthy do they?

Pills

 

“Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Guar Gum, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Caramel (color), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Zinc Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadoine Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K3).

 

 

All of this being said please note that a diet of canned cat food is a better higher quality diet as apposed to dry food only diets. This is because the food is actually not exposed to the same extent of processing which allows the meat and other ingredients to retain more of their natural properties than those in dry foods. Also a canned food diet contains more water and moisture which is healthier for cats since they are prone to chronic dehydration. Also I want to be sure to note that the quality of ingredients put into the canned cat foods can greatly vary among different brands. There are brands of much lesser quality than the Science Diet food investigated here, and there are also foods that contain better whole sources of food ingredients which are much healthier options for your cats. We can look at Nature’s Variety which is, through my countless hours of research, the top pet food brand currently on the market. You can see the ingredients listed are from more whole food sources and not as many vitamins and minerals have to be added back into the food to make it balanced.

Natures Variety Canned

“Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Ground Flaxseed,Montmorillonite Clay, Chicken Eggs, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Vitamins ( Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Taurine, Minerals ( Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale,Parsley.”

We here at LiLNudists Sphynx and Bambino cattery promote the use of natural ancestral raw food diets for our beloved hairless cats; but we understand that not everyone is going to be willing to feed this type of diet to their cats for various reasons. Although, PLEASE if you are considering making the change to a raw food diet and have questions or concerns about how; just contact us for some guidance we are always happy to help! If you are not going to feed your cat a raw food diet for your own individual reasons then please at least consider feeding your cats a high quality canned-food only diet like the natures variety. These foods do come at an additional cost at the counter of your local pet store; but trust me when I tell you that your savings will be quadrupled at home and at your vet’s office in the long run. Your cat will enjoy a much longer, healthier, more active and satisfying life thanks to you being an informed cat parent and outsmarting the pet food marketing techniques and false advertising. You may be wondering now after learning all of this information, why any of these foods are sold and promoted at your vet’s office, and more over why are they recommended by your veterinarian? Well there is a good reason, which of course once again is not because of its great health benefits to your cat… but that is a whole separate issue I will unveil in my next blog post!

Please note: This article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible. A raw food diet may not be appropriate for all cats in all stages of health and we always recommend having your cat examined and discussing diet changes with your veterinarian.

 

Keep those Hairless Kitties Healthy and Happy Everyone!!!

Text: Copyright © April Arguin RDH, Founder of LiLNudists Sphynx, Bambino, SphynxieBob & BamBob Cattery. All rights reserved.

Feline Vaccines

Feline VaccinesFeline Vaccines

What is a Feline Vaccines?  A vaccine is a substance used to stimulate production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases.  A vaccines is prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. 

 

Why is it important to use Feline Vaccines

 

It is vitally important to vaccinate your cat to provide them with the immunities needed to aid in warding off specific infections.  If your kitten or cat is not currently vaccinated they can be at risk for developing serious infections which might have otherwise been prevented.

 

Which feline vaccines does your cat need?

 

You cat needs to receive what is considered the “core vaccines.”  These are the vaccines which are deemed to be crucial for protecting your kitten’s health.  The core vaccines include the FVRCP, which is named for the viruses which it protects against; feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and the rabies vaccine. 

 

Does my cat really need the rabies vaccine?

 

This is a question we often hear from people, and honestly a question we used to ask ourselves years ago as well.  The answer we now give however a resounding YES!  Reason #1, is that the vaccine in fact is required by law in all US states.  Every dog and cat in the country is required to be vaccinated against rabies.  The other reason is that despite the majority of people who think that there is no way their cat is at risk, the fact is that the risk is very much indeed real.  Since the beginning of breeding cats many years ago, we have now heard many stories of indoor cats being exposed or infected by wildlife getting into homes either by mice or squirrels or even bats.  Sadly, these unfortunate cats all had to be euthanized because they had not been vaccinated.  That is the harsh reality of the laws, even if a cat is not infected; just the exposure deems them to be euthanized. 

 

What Feline Vaccines does my cat NOT need?

 

FeLV- your cat only needs to be vaccinated against FeLV, which is feline leukemia, if they are exposed to outdoor cats like feral cats in the neighborhood, or if they live with another cat who goes outdoors.  Feline Leukemia is spread through secretions, so even an infected outdoor cat sneezing onto your cat could cause the transmission.  Therefore, if your cat even frequently spends time on a screened porch unsupervised they may be at risk.  Another big consideration of potential risk is if you rescue cats from outdoors or local shelters, then you should definitely have your cat vaccinated for FeLV.

 

FIP – This vaccine is never recommended because they vaccine has very serious potential side effects.  Research has shown that the benefits do not outweigh the risks of vaccination.

 

Feline Aids – This is another vaccine that like the FIP vaccine is not recommended because most veterinarians do not believe the benefits of the vaccine to outweigh the risk of the vaccine.

 

Chlamydia and Bordetella – These vaccines are to protect against chlamydia felis, and bordetella bronchiseptica.  These vaccines are not routinely administered to cats and not recommended unless your cats will be exposed to an environment where these infections are spread, or to another pet that may be contagious.  An example would be a cat that is living with a dog who is routinely boarded at a facility and thus exposed to other animals with bordetella. 

 

How often does my cat need feline vaccines?

 

In years past it was routine for veterinarians to recommend yearly vaccines for cats and dogs.  However, as of 2004, the American Veterinary Association changed their vaccine protocol recommendations.  They now recommend only vaccinating cats and dogs for their core vaccines once every three years.  Some veterinarians are not vexed on the new protocols and want to vaccinate your cats more frequently however, so be sure that you ask for the 3 year version of the FVRCP and rabies vaccines to limit unnecessary exposure to your cat. 

Properly socialize your new kitten

Properly socialize your new kittenIntroduction – Properly socialize your new kitten            

     A proper introduction is absolutely critical to assure that your new kitten and existing pets can have a well-adjusted, happy, friendly future relationship.  Without taking the proper steps to introduce your new kitten, you could end up with pets that may never get along and miss out on a possible close, loving, shared bond between your pets.  As with humans, often the first impression means a lot, and you want the first impression between your new kitten and your existing pets to be calm, and loving, not stressful, and potentially harmful. In this article you will learn how to properly socialize your new kitten.

 

Steps for a proper introduction

 

  1. Quarantine your new kitten away from your other pets for a period of at least 7-10 days. This is to ensure that your new kitten gets enough time to destress from the travel and to begin adjusting to the new home slowly before adding the additional stress of meeting the other family pets. Also in case your new kitten were to come down with a stress related illness at that time everyone will stay safe.

 

  1. After the 7 day quarantine period, your next step is to begin slow introductions. The best way to do this is to either set up a large crate or use a travel carrier.  A large crate is the best option, I advise asking friends and family or checking at your local vet’s office or animal shelter and ask to borrow a crate, because you will only need it for a short period of time.  Set the crate up in the common area of your home, your living room is a good option, and includes a littler pan, bed, toys, food and water, and a heat source for your cat. 

 

Aggression

 

Your new kitten will stay in the crate while introductions are made, and during this time, it is critical to monitor for signs of aggression. It is completely normal and acceptable behavior for the resident cats to approach the crate and sniff and even hiss a few times.  Exhibiting some warning hisses and growls are okay and they should be left to express themselves.  However, if they continue to hiss and growl/howl for than more than a minute straight, this is excessive, and the cat should be removed to try again later.  If an aggressive cat is allowed to continually hiss and growl at the kitten even through the safety of the crate, this can leave a permanent fear in the kitten and ruin the chances of the cats forming a good relationship.  Therefore, be very diligent to keep close watch and if aggressive behavior continues for more than one minute, take the cat away for one hour.  Try again after an hour and continue to remove the cat again until any aggressive behaviors are kept under one minute in length. 

 

Socialization Tricks

 

There are several great tricks you can use to help speed up the process of introducing your new kitten to your existing cats/pets. 

 

  1. Giving the pets treats together is one of the best ways to socialize them to one another. To accomplish this, you will give treats to the kitten while they remain in the crate and give treats to the resident pet immediately outside of the crate at the same time. This trick allows the kitten and the resident pet to associate each other with a positive award when they are around each other. 
  2. Play with the pets with toys together; this works best when socializing two cats together; again, keeping the kitten in the crate and the resident cat outside of the crate. Great toys for socializing include treat toys, puzzle games, wand toys for catch and chase and laser pointers.

 

  1. Use pheromones to keep cats calm and keep the introductions calm and peaceful. Good products include “Feliway” diffusers, which can simply be plugged into the wall receptacles in-the same room as the kitten in the crate. Also there is a product called “Comfort Zone” which employers the same concept.  Another option which is very successful is the use of a calming collar, such as the product “Sentry.”  Be sure if using the “Sentry” collars to use on both the resident pet and the new kitten to maximize effectiveness.

 

  1. Rotate the pets by allowing the new kitten to be free to roam the house and put the resident cat into the crate or into a room. This is very important to allow the new kitten to explore their new surroundings in peace without the additional tension of the resident cat(s) other pets being present. Be certain to first show the new kitten the location of the litter pans in the home prior to setting them loose.

 

  1. Another critical step in helping to ensure a happy transition for your new kitten and resident cat(s) is to be sure to add one additional litter pan into the home. Even if you already have multiple litter pans in your home; the rule is to have one more litter pan than you do cats. For example, if you already have two resident cats you should have three litter pans; and with the addition of the new kitten, your home should now have four litter pans. 

 

  1. It is also very important to be sure to provide your new kitten with the proper litter pan and litter. Be sure to speak with your kitten’s breeder to determine what type of pan and litter they were using in their previous home, to help facilitate a smooth transition to proper litter pan behavior in the new home.

 

  1. Feeding time is another hugely beneficial opportunity for proper socialization and introductions. The best way to utilize feeding time as a socialization technique is to feed one cat inside the crate and one cat outside of the crate simultaneously. Placing the outside food dish 2-3 feet outside of the crate on the first feeding, and if all goes well, gradually move the dish closer and closer to the crate with each feeding time.  Use this technique only with wet food, you do not want to use dry food and leave it down, as the continual presence of food can create aggression and negate your socialization attempt. 

 

  1. Visitors; while it is understandable how anxious you will be to show off your new kitten and have all of your friends and loved ones meet them; this is not the time for visitors. Give your new kitten time to adjust to everything that is new to them and their surroundings. Focus on them meeting their new family members and other pets first, and then invite your visitors over only after the quarantine period is complete.

 

Carefully follow proper introduction techniques and protocols, and your new kitten will have a smooth, happy integration into their new forever homes with you.  Remember any problems or issues arising during the process; be sure to reach out to your breeder for help.  Patience and time are the key for success.  Your new baby will be in your life and home for many years to come so be sure to take the time and patience necessary to give them a great start!

 

Please note: This article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible. A raw food diet may not be appropriate for all cats in all stages of health and we always recommend having your cat examined and discussing diet changes with your veterinarian.

 

Keep those Hairless Kitties Healthy and Happy Everyone!!!

 

Text: Copyright © April Arguin RDH, Founder of LiLNudists Sphynx & Bambino Cattery. All rights reserved.