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What is a CatHealthCoach?

Who am I  & What is a Cat Health Coach?

Hello Welcome to CatHealthCoach_April!  I have been a life-long animal lover, as well as health and fitness enthusiast.  My two loves began to combine when I began breeding the hairless cat breeds the Sphynx and Bambino in 2007.  I quickly learned that it was very important to understand the physical and emotional needs of my cats to create as much as a natural, species-appropriate diet and lifestyle for them as it was for myself. 

Over the past 14 years, I have expanded my knowledge greatly to understand not only the best nutritional practices for cats, but also the best use of vaccinations, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical medications, herbal therapies, behavioral modifications and more.  I strongly believe in using natural modalities whenever possible to reverse current health challenges and return the body to a natural state of homeostasis.  However, I believe a balance and melding between natural medicine and conventional medicine is best, choosing to ignore an entire framework of medicine either natural or conventional to me is not a practice based in common sense but stubbornness. 

Through my cat health coaching consults I help my cat parents by guiding them through making simple, easy, affordable, but effective changes through nutrition, supplements, medication recommendations, and behavior modifications-which produce lasting health results for their beloved pets.  In this video you will learn about my story, how I have come to be CatHealthCoach April!   Watch and learn about my unique perspective and experience, and why I have turned to natural holistic medicine. Learn more about what I offer as your cat health coach, and the various ways I can help benefit your cat by helping to bring them back to wellness through nutrition, supplementation, and herbal medicine suggestions.  

 

To schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation to  get additional personalized help on how to improve the health of your cat, simply send me  message facebook.com/cathealthcoachapril/?ref=br_rs

 

Keep those Hairless Kitties Happy & Healthy Everyone! 

Your ~CatHealthCoach_April 

Founder,  NudieNaturals
Founder, LiLNudists Cattery

For all natural products made with Organic Ingredients for your hairless pets simply visit our Etsy Store @ Etsy.com/shop/NudieNaturals  

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.

Feel free to also contact by email or phone @ aarguin@gmail.com or call/text (321) 537-2763.

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Protect your cat’s HEART!

Learn how to use good nutrition supplementation, and cardiac check-ups to help keep your cats Heart Healthy!

The first, most important thing you can do to keep you cats heart healthy, is to feed them a great quality diet everyday.  This will give your cat’s heart the amino acids (protein building blocks), minerals, and vitamins needed to support normal, strong, healthy functioning.  
 

Just like humans, heart disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in our beloved feline companions.  If you own a cat, being aware of signs and symptoms of heart disease, and what you can do to prevent it is important.  This is especially true if you own one of the hairless breeds which are known to have higher than average incidence rate!

 
 

To help keep your cat’s heart strong and healthy you need to simply follow these steps:

 
  1.  Feed the best quality diet you can. The best is a RAW food diet, second best is a high protein canned food diet.  Either way, the diet should be at least 95% protein and fats, with only 5% carbohydrates.
  2. Take your cat to your veterinarian yearly for a checkup to listen to their heart.
  3. If you have a sphynx breed cat, bring them to a cardiologist every year for a heart scan, or echocardiogram to visually look at the heart.  This is critical, because heart disease can often not be heard, and can have no signs or symptoms; also early detection can add 5+ years to your cats life!
  4. Give your cat daily heart health supplements.
  5. If your cat is diagnosed with heart disease, give additional heart specific supplements to help their heart stay as strong as possible along with their conventional drug therapies.  
 

To learn more, and see what supplements you should be giving your cat everyday to keep them safe, watch my video @ 

 

Find your cat’s heart supporting supplements online at the following links:

Beef Liver Powder:

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L-Carnitnine and additional support:

https://www.amazon.com/Thorne-Research-Veterinary-Bio-Cardio-Cardiovascular/dp/B003PR5DXY/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1539362590&sr=8-11-spons&keywords=L-carnitine+for+pets&psc=1&smid=A3GMBSXF8XL5PX

CoQ10:

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To schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation to  get additional personalized help on how to improve the health of your cat, simply send me  message facebook.com/cathealthcoachapril/?ref=br_rs

 

Keep those Hairless Kitties Happy & Healthy Everyone! 

Your ~CatHealthCoach_April 

Founder,  NudieNaturals
Founder, LiLNudists Cattery

For all natural products made with Organic Ingredients for your hairless pets simply visit our Etsy Store @ Etsy.com/shop/NudieNaturals  

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.

Feel free to also contact by email or phone @ aarguin@gmail.com or call/text (321) 537-2763.

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How to LATHER NudieNaturals All Natural Shampoo

 

How to LATHER NudieNaturals All Natural Shampoo

 

In this video you will learn:

  • Why natural shampoos like NudieNaturals all natural grooming products do not have a “foam” lather like non-naturals products.
  • All natural hairless pet grooming products without SLS, Parabens, and Phalates.
  • How to properly use exfoliating gloves to bath your hairless pet.
  • How to lather NudieNaturals all natural shampoo.
  • How to use the exfoliating gloves to get the BEST lather from you natural soap product.

 

To ORDER your NudieNaturals Hairless Pet Grooming Products for your baby simply visit:

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How to LATHER NudieNaturals All Natural Shampoo

HOW TO QUARANTINE YOUR NEW KITTEN

HOW TO QUARANTINE YOUR NEW KITTEN

 

In this video you will learn:

  • How o quarantine your new kitten or cat
  • Tips to make them and you happy during the quarantine
  • How long to quarantine your new family member
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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

 

Order our Recommended NudieNaturals products on our webstore @ Etsy.com/shop/NudieNaturals

 

Order our Recommended NudieNaturals products on our webstore @ Etsy.com/shop/NudieNaturals

Cleaning Sphynx Cat Nails

Cleaning Sphynx Cat Nails

 

In this video you will learn everything you need to know about Cleaning Sphynx Cat Nails.

 

  • Why you need to pay attention to cleaning your cat’s nails.
  • How to properly clean your cat’s nails
  • What products you can use to clean your cat’s nails

 

If you wish to purchase our NudieNaturals nail cleaner you can do so on our etsy store @

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This video demonstrates how to properly use the NudieNaturals Nail cleaner to treat nails on hairless pets.  

Ditch Dry Cat Food

Ditch Dry Cat Food!

 

 

In this video I explain all of the reasons why to Ditch Dry Cat Food, dry kibble food is NOT a healthy choice for your cats, and dispel some common myths about dry food.

 

Ditch Dry Cat Food:  Why it is the WORST choice for your Bambino or Sphynx Cats Health! 

Hello again everyone.  First of all thank you for visiting my blog page.  I am excited for this weeks post because it is something I am VERY passionate about.  I have been trying diligently for years to educate people on why to ditch the dry cat food, dry food is the worst choice of food for our precious babies.  Last week I asked you if you have ever thought about how dry cat or dog food can sit in a bag on a shelf and not spoil?  Maybe you never thought much about it or maybe you did… but today we will get to the answer.

The main ingredient in any cat food as we learned last week should be meat for protein.  However sadly, many dry cat food brands fail at even this simplest most crucial fact; with ground corn or gluten corn meal as the most abundant ingredient!   On top of that the sources of this “meat” is enough to turn even the toughest of stomachs.   To help illustrate I would like you to look at an example.  My example is Iams Original dry cat food; one of the largest and most profitable pet food companies which is owned by P&G along with what like 90 other companies… but that is a whole other issue.  Here are the ingredients list for the Iams dry cat food:

Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Grits, Corn Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Tuna, Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract

The first ingredient we see is Chicken-By-Product Meal.  Ever wondered what that means?  Well ready or not I am going to explain.  The by-products of a chicken is any part of the animal which is deemed unfit for human consumption.   This includes the feet, beak, head including eyeballs, brain, blood, intestines, and spine which have been stripped clean of all usable meat for humans.  Sounds appetizing huh!  Now besides that all sounding disgusting, the most important fact to look at is there is very little nutritional value in any of those chicken by products.  Let me just tell you too this applies to anytime you see by-products on a label whether is be chicken, beef, turkey, pork.. it is all of the animals “parts” not meat.   Some dry cat foods do contain actual meat from the animals, but this still ultimately is not much better due to the processing procedures.

All of these “parts” are then thrown into a giant vat and boiled for several hours at a very high temperature until it is “rendered,” meaning that all of the fat and water is extracted and any bacteria, viruses, parasites and other organisms are killed,  So that might sound like a good thing right?  However these high temperatures also destroy natural enzymes and proteins crucial to our cats health.  Next this rendered product is mixed with the starch product, in this case it is corn grits and corn meal, and brewers rice; and once again when would a wild cat ever go munching on an ear of corn?

Bambino cat diet

Bambino cat eating corn

 

This mixture is then fed through a machine called an extruder.  The extruder blends everything into a  dough and then feeds it through the screws of the machine where the “food” is subjected to steam and high pressure which forms the shape of the dry food.  The food is then left setting in heat to finish drying.  Sounds delicious huh?  But wait there is more!  Now this boiled, blended dried hard food would be completely undesirable to our finicky felines, and EVEN their canine rivals because there is no flavor.  So what to the pet food companies do… the now spray the dry food with that same fat that was boiled out previously so our pets will actually eat it.

Along with this animal fat they mix in multiple vitamins and additional additives for flavor.  It may seem like a good thing that they are adding all of these vitamins for our beloved kitties, however the truth is if the food was of good fresh quality these vitamins would not  HAVE to be added.  But especially in the case of  these highly processed dry foods the vitamins have to be added because they would contain essentially NO nutritional benefit because any vitamins and minerals which were in those chicken by products have been destroyed by the processing.

Now come the preservatives… this is how this dry food can sit on a shelf in your pet food store for up to a year in most cases without spoiling.  Many different preservative are used and none of them are good for your cat.  In this case Iams has used Sodium Bisulfate, a salt compound, Potassium Chloride, another salt compound, Fructooligosaccharides, which is high-fructose corn syrup an artificial sweetener, and  Choline Chloride, which is yet another salt compound.  These preservatives are all proven to cause an array of health problems over time including, obesity,  high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer.

I hope this has enlightened you and you go to your pantry right now and Ditch Dry Cat Food you have been feeding your cat!!!  Now I know one major question that may be on your mind, because I hear this all of the time when I discuss the poor diet choice of dry food is; don’t they need dry food for their teeth?  The answer is absolutely NO!  Check back in next week and I will explain why.

 

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.

Quarantine; What is it, and why is it necessary?

Quarantine; What is it, and why is it necessary? Quarantine Challenges

 

One of the biggest challenges we find as breeders, is educating our adopters on the importance and necessity of quarantine for their new cat or kitten upon homecoming.  In this blog you will learn Quarantine; What is it, and why is it necessary? We tell our adopters to quarantine, why to quarantine, and they even sign a contract stating that they will in fact quarantine for a period of 7 to 10 days. However, time and time again we receive messages, or see on social media, that the quarantine period was completely ignored, or only lasted a few hours or perhaps a day.  The common reasons we hear for the failed quarantine period include;

 

  • The adopter forgot.
  • They felt too bad for the kitten.
  • The kitten cried constantly.
  • The kitten escaped.
  • They didn’t have space to quarantine.

 

What many adopters do not realize is that this lack of preparedness and commitment to the quarantine period can have very serious, even fatal consequences for the new kitten or other pets in the household. 

 

The need for quarantine

 

There are two main reasons for a quarantine period for any incoming cat or kitten into a new household:

 

  1. The health and safety of the new kitten.
  2. The health and safety of the existing animals in the household.

 

Let’s first illustrate why this is necessary for the health and safety of the incoming kitten.  To truly understand the crucial need for quarantine I believe it helps to look at the entire adoption and homecoming process from the kitten/cat’s point of view.

 

Your new cat or kitten has lived in one home for several months, or even several years if a retiring adult cat.  This kitten has been raised in a birthing area with mom and siblings for the first 6 weeks, then graduated to free range of one bedroom with mom and siblings.  Only typically around 9 weeks of age are the kittens free to begin roaming around the entire home/cattery.  This is because of the necessity to keep the kittens isolated to rather small areas when they are young to ensure health by maintaining body heat and to ensure they learn the proper use of the litter box. 

 

Now, here we are it is homecoming day! This cat or kitten is taken from the only home they have ever known, the first time away from their human family, and their birth mom and siblings.  They are often experiencing the stress of a long day of travel via car or by airplane to arrive to their new home.  Finally, they arrive in their new home and are inundated with new sights, new sounds, new people, everything is strange and unfamiliar and can seem very scary to them. 

 

If quarantine is followed correctly, this kitten will be taken into the new home into a quiet, private space which has previously been prepared and set for them.  This space will provide time for the kitten to familiarize themselves with the new home and people in as stress free a manner as possible.  This will help ensure their health during this very difficult stressful time of their lives. Their change to a new home, just as moving to humans, is thought to be one of the most stressful times in a cat’s whole life. 

 

With a proper quarantine period of 7 to 10 days, this allows the new cat or kitten to slowly acclimate to the household, and then to be introduced to the other animals and children of the home in a much less stressful way.  It is the objective of the quarantine period to reduce the stress on the new cat as to prevent illness.  However, due to the unpreventable stressors of travel and new home introductions, it is very commonplace that a new kitten will develop illness typically presenting as an upper respiratory infection or sometimes GI issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, and low appetite, or all three.  When the new kitten remains in quarantine, it will be a lot more conducive to reduce stress and to help them recover if they do come down with an infection/illness; which does occur about 30 percent of the time when a new kitten is brought into the household. 

 

Now, it should be obvious that this is the second main reason why the quarantine period is a necessity.  If your new incoming cat or kitten were to come down with a stress related illness, it would be imperative that they were not exposed to the other pets in the household to help prevent them from also contracting the illness.  Especially if other pets in the home are very young or elderly, contracting an illness from a new cat or kitten could be very serious.

 

Length of Quarantine

 

The other most important point to note is the required length of the quarantine. Your new kitten or cat must be in quarantine for a period of at least 7 days.  Don’t let your emotions give in and allow them out in only a day or to because they “seem to be fine,” or “are not sick at all.”  The length of the quarantine period is extremely important to ensure that your new cat or kitten has ample time to adjust to their new home and surroundings.  Cats are very good at hiding their feelings, they may appear outwardly fine, however inwardly, still be feeling a great deal of stress from the new situation. 

 

Also, it is crucial to understand that many illnesses have a latent period of up to several days while the infection is building in the body.  The illness could be actively developing while there are yet to be any outward signs or symptoms.  This illustrates the importance of the length of the required quarantine period because your kitten could come home on Monday, and seem completely fine and healthy, but by Thursday, be running a fever, sneezing, watery eyes, and obviously sick from the stress of the travel.  Thankfully, a proper quarantine period will allow your kitten to recover more quickly, and prevent the other animals in the home from potentially catching the illness. 

 

How to properly quarantine

 

The best way to quarantine is to have your new kitten set up in a spare room in your house.  Make sure to provide them with toys, litter box, bed and a heat source of course. If you do not have a spare room, you may consider a laundry room or your bedroom.  If you have other pets in your home that typically sleep in the bedroom with you at night, this will not be the best option. With the new incoming kitten, your other animals will feel additional stress as well, so it is best to keep the resident animals living situations and routines they same as before your new cats arrival.

If you simply do not have an available separate space in your home, you will need to get a large crate to keep your new kitten in quarantine in.   The metal wire dog crates work perfectly; we recommend the largest you can find.  We typically use the size recommended for Great Danes.  If you don’t already own a crate, we recommend checking with your veterinary office, a local animal shelter, ask friends or family to borrow one, or check craigslist to purchase one at a discount.  Once you get the crate, you will want to set it up in the least active area of the home away from your other pets.  Be sure to keep the other pets in the home separated while you are not there to directly supervise, as unwanted exposures and potential altercations can take place through the wires of the cage. 

 

Introduce Slowly

 

After the 7 day quarantine period, you may now slowly introduce your new kitten to the other pets in the home.  If you did not use the crate technique it is a good idea to get one now to use, for the introductory period. If you do not have a wire crate a travel crate can be used as well.  This allows the pets to slowly get used to each other’s smells, and being in each other’s space with no one getting hurt if there is any aggression.  For more detailed information and ideas on proper introductions. Please read my “Proper pet introductions” article in the next blog. 

 

Quarantine Recap

 

In order to assure your new cat or kitten has the best, safest homecoming possible, a proper quarantine is essential. 

 

  • Quarantine for at least 7-10 days.
  • Quarantine in a safe, quiet place away from other pets in the home.
  • Provide fresh food, water, toys, bed and find a source of warmth; for example a heating pad or heat lamp in the quarantine area.
  • If a cat/kitten comes down with an illness, keep in quarantine until all symptoms are resolved.
  • Proceed with introductions with other pets very slowly, using a crate or a travel carrier, over a period of another 7 days.

 

 

Follow these steps precisely and you will ensure your new cat or kitten will have the amazing, happy homecoming you are dreaming of!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Feline Taurine Video

Feline Taurine Video… What IS Taurine??

 

Most cat owners today have heard the word taurine and know to a general extent that it is required to keep their cat healthy.  Beyond that, most are unaware of what exactly taurine is and why it is a vital part of the feline nutritional needs.  This is exactly what you will be educated on in today’s article, and this educational Feline Taurine Video!

Taurine is a type of amino acid, and amino acids form the main constituents of all proteins. Taurine is exclusively found in animal-based proteins. It is critical for normal vision, normal digestion, normal heart muscle function, to maintain normal pregnancy and fetal development, and to maintain a healthy immune system.

Feline Taurine Video   Feline Taurine Video

 

 

 

Cat Food Taurine Levels

Cat Food Taurine Levels;

What is taurine?

 

Most cat owners today have heard the word taurine and know to a general extent that it is required to keep their cat healthy.  Beyond that, most are unaware of what exactly taurine is and why it is a vital part of the feline nutritional needs.  This is exactly what you will be educated on in today’s article!

Taurine is a type of amino acid, and amino acids form the main constituents of all proteins. Taurine is exclusively found in animal-based proteins. It is critical for normal vision, normal digestion, normal heart muscle function, to maintain normal pregnancy and fetal development, and to maintain a healthy immune system.

 

LiLNudists HCM/Taurine Study:

LiLNudists Cattery conducted a small study to see what the average levels of taurine received in the cat’s diets of 25 cats of the Hairless sphinx and bambino cat breeds who were currently living with, or who had succumb to the heart condition HCM which is prevalent in the breed.  We collected the data and then emailed the companies of each of the foods on the list to discover the taurine levels.  It turns out that most of the foods on the list which were fed to HCM positive hairless sphinx or bambino cats were only meeting the minimum requirements of taurine or slightly over.

 

Minimum Levels of Taurine Required in Cat Food as determined by the AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials):

AAFCO tuarine levels

 

Taurine Levels contained in Cat Foods fed to 25 HCM Study Participants:

Taurine and cats

 

Recommended Amount of Cat Food Taurine Levels:

Through our research and comparing current commercial prepared cat foods with that of a wild cats natural species appropriate diet we have determined the appropriate levels of taurine concentration in the diet to be about 3X that of the minimum requirements set by the AAFCO.  The recommended amount of Taurine in your cats diet should range between .50 – .65%.  These levels are found in currently balanced home prepared raw food diets which best mimic a cats natural diet, and can also be found in several high quality commercial prepared cat food diets currently available on the market. 

 

High Quality, High Taurine Recommended Cat Foods:

Taurine and cats

 

For your cats BEST health:

As you can clearly see form the chart above, a raw food diet is the highest level of taurine you can give to your cat and along with many other nutrients in its highest form the is the best diet you can feed.  Secondly is a god quality canned food diet consisting of an animal meat based protein, be careful about feeding canned foods with only fish as the primary source of the diet as taurine levels are often low, and there is high risk of mercury toxification.  The lowest taurine levels even in foods from the best companies are the dry food diets.  This is because dry foods only have at most a 50% protein content and taurine is contained in protein not in carbohydrates like the fruit, vegetables, and starch fillers which dry foods are made up of. 

 

Conclusion:

It is clear to see from the data that a low taurine diet clearly can contribute to heart disease in sphynx and bambino cat breeds.   The best over-al diet for any cat is a natural species appropriate diet which is very high in protein and low in carbohydrates.  A strictly raw or quality canned food only diet is best.  If you want your cat to live the longest healthiest life possible give them exactly what their heart and bodies need MEAT!!!

 

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.