How to obtain Optimum feline Health
Our feline companions need to eat “real food” such as fresh meat (not from a tin).
Our recommendations are as follow: 80% Raw Meat (as in the wild): mutton, roo (Australia), chicken, turkey (alternate if desired)
In Australia, human grade organic gourmet Roo meat is now available at your local supermarkets. Liver is also good, except for elderly cats due to the high protein content.
Feline love and prefer to eat FRESH warm MEAT.
If meat is over two days old, or too cold from the fridge, they may not eat – even though they are very hungry. If this happens, try fresher or warmer meat.
Foods that need to be OMITTED from daily diet: Beef, ham, tuna and all types of artificial food.
Occasional fish is fine, but cats can become “fish junkies”. Tuna depletes the body of vitamin B1, so limit it. Some cats LOVE raw chicken necks as a meal (chopped in smaller pieces and/or mashed with a wooden mallet). Avoid minced meats, unless it is an older cat with teeth missing, as the processing of meat destroys B-vitamins)
BUY GOOD QUALITY MEAT suitable for human consumption, or if possible, organic meat is preferable.
5% Vegetables Cooked: ¼ to ½ a teaspoon of mashed broccoli or pumpkin
(just a little to start with)
Omit ALL Grain foods from diet (Rice or soaked grains can often cause chronic health issues)
15% Natural Calcium: Some natural cottage cheese, natural yoghurt, goat’s milk, cooked egg OR If feeding, use raw egg (yolks only) Most cats don’t eat these foods daily, just a couple times a week is fine if they choose.
AVOID: Commercial cat formula milk and human soya milk, as it has very little nutritional value for cats/kittens, so is not recommended.
Though many cats initially refuse to eat meals with supplements added, it is worth persisting. These recommended products are readily available through health food stores.
Also add several drops of the “Pet Omega EFA’s oils” or similar EFA’s – never whole capsules.
CHANGING FROM AN ARTIFICAL TO NATURAL DIET
When changing over from tin food/ biscuits, your cat maybe appear to be a fussy eater, and it may take many months to fully change over. Cats become addicted to the chemical additive tastes in the foods. To help them change over and accept a good diet, we recommend mixing together both tinned food (which they are used to) with a little raw meat. Gradually over the months, add less of the tinned food – or even lightly fry chicken, gradually cooking less over time.
The good news is that you will notice a much shiner, softer coat, brighter eyes, with older cats becoming playful again, and no further plaque build-up on teeth. It is well worth persisting to get your cat onto a natural diet.
Note: Pancreatitis is a common condition in cats and dogs. With cats it often goes undetected because cats are less active than dogs and chronic panreatitis is not seen. However look out for lethargicness, not putting on weight or losing weight, diarrhea and some vomiting most weeks, dehydrated then refer to our information on pancreatitis and either use the natural support formulas and or get a test done which only one lab does (and your vet most often work not know about this special test)
Tips: Experienced Holistic USA Veterinarians suggests that all pets over 6-8 yrs and older could be tested for thyroid imbalances, (request this from the Vet) especially if a pet has been fed solely on commercial food all their life.
Dr Jean Dodd DVM has seen many cases of negative animal behavior and skin issues, as well as other problems due to thyroid imbalances, i.e. cats may need homeopathic Iodum 30C for symptoms such as always being hungry and not putting on weight. If diagnosed with a disease or problem, we can gently help them with homeopathy, assisted by a good diet. Switching from drugs to natural products for issues such as worming, immunizations, fleas, cystitis, arthritis, diabetes, AIDS, etc., will benefit the cat’s overall health.
Tips for: Registered breeders
Feeding Your Pregnant or Nursing Cat
Pregnancy and lactation place tremendous metabolic stress on your cat. During this time, your cat will need much more food and higher proportions of protein, oils and minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Feed as much as your cat will eat in ½ an hour. Gradually increase the Ester C Powder to one half again the normal amount by the seventh week of pregnancy. Another support for delivery is to reduce infections homeopathically using Caulophyllum 200C as often as needed to get a response if there is any difficulty.
Pregnancy lasts approximately 9 weeks, or 3 trimesters of 3 weeks each. The feeding regimen should be:
First trimester (0 to 3 weeks): feed once daily, and fast a full day once a week (the same as usual).
Second Trimester (4 to 6 weeks): feed twice daily, and fast ½ day, twice weekly.
Third Trimester (7 to 9 weeks): feed three times daily, and do not fast.
Feeding Your Kitten
Begin the weaning process at 4 weeks of age, giving 6 to 8 small meals daily. Give high quality protein such as egg yolks, goat’s milk and small amounts of meat and liver. Complete weaning by 8 weeks of age when the kittens should be getting 3 to 4 meals a day. At 4 months, give 2 meals daily and fast ½ day weekly. At 8 months, reduce to one meal daily and fast a full day weekly.
Feeding Your Older Cat
Some cats, as they reach their elder years, need three to four smaller meals daily instead of one larger meal. These seniors also may have kidney issues, so make sure they have fresh filtered water every third or four day to drink.
Add the Reno-Aid (homeopathic kidney tonic) to their filtered water as well as Drawing Out formula (homeopathic that expel all toxins from body) Kidneys struggle to do this as they age. Feed less red meat and more white meat (fresh warm chicken breast)
What causes oral disease, feline aids, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid)?
Below are some strongly influencing factors:
Processed & Dry Cat Food:
Processed dry food is really not conducive to good feline (or canine) health. Although it may perform some role in teeth cleaning, it also contributes to plaque build-up by its very nature. Dry food contains processed carbohydrate which adheres to the teeth (a bit like white bread and starchy cake).
Most brands of dry food on the market contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. More importantly, dry food is dehydrated food. Dehydrated food dehydrates your cat’s body! Your feline is a desert animal by nature and is meant to derive 99% of her fluid intake from food. In order to digest dry food she must pull the water from her own cells. Qualified Holistic Animal practitioners believe that this is why so many cats are suffering kidney failure at such an early age. Your cat’s kidneys are designed to both regulate fluids in the body and to filter waste products.
The kidneys are heavily stressed on a dry food diet.
Another big minus which is associated with the feeding of dry food is leaving food out between meals. Your feline’s body is designed to produce acid urine. Apart from the fact that dry food is a high ash food, every time your cat eats or even smells food, her body responds by triggering certain physiological processes which alter body chemistry. Simply put, the smell of food stimulates certain glands and organs in the body to secrete enzymes and juices in preparation for digestion. Simultaneously, the body pulls acid ingredients out of the tissues. Indirectly, this leads to the formation of alkaline urine. Alkaline urine is one of the predisposing factors in FUS or the formation of grit and plugs which block the urinary passage, which is commonly known as bladder infection or cystitis.
Disturbed Acid/Base Biochemistry
Frequent feeding and the feeding of large amounts of high ash food (cooked meat, processed foods, dry and salt-laden food) may predispose your feline to excessive system alkalinity. A constant state of system alkalinity is associated with slow oxidation and also with a process called precipitation (minerals coming out of solution) .
A constant state of system alkalinity is associated with slow oxidation and also with a process called precipitation (minerals coming out of solution). This may cause calcium to build up on the teeth (tartar), on bones (osteo-arthritis and calcification) and to infiltrate arteries (arterial plaque). It may also result in stone formation such as kidney and bladder stones.
As well, this alkalinity appears to be associated with sodium retention, weight gain and hypoactive thyroid as well as being implicated in cancer. On the other hand, excessive acidity of body chemistry can be caused by an existing disease such as diabetes or kidney failure. This may break down calcium in the teeth, leading to cavity problems and gum inflammation/ulcers.(Research by American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Bel Air. MD. USA).