Cat Food – The Best and Worst Foods to Feed Your Cat

No animal was made to eat food from a paper bag or metal can, least of all a cat. We cats are hunters, predators, creatures of independence and style. Our bodies need more than food that’s been condensed into a can, and that dry food poured from a bag is downright unappetizing, not to mention unhealthy. We need more. I need more.

So don’t just pick up the cheapest bag of food on the shelf. I can’t get what I need from anything that comes in a bag. It’s dry, crunchy, and not what I was thinking about when I meowed for food this morning. Those little pellets are nothing like what I’ve evolved to eat, and they have none of the nutrition that I need. There’s no water, which I love in food. I don’t like drinking from my bowl very often, so I really want water in my food. And, aside from the dry, crunchy taste, that food tastes a lot like plants. It’s probably because it has a lot of plant protein in it, which does nothing for me. I can’t digest it, because all I’m used to is animal protein. I’m a hunter, after all. Didn’t you see that mouse I left on the doorstep?

So food from a bag is not the best choice. It tastes terrible, it’s dry and sticks in my mouth, and it hurts my stomach. I don’t feel good after eating it, probably because I need more water and that dry food is slowly hurting my organs. If I keep eating dry food I’ll probably end up with kidney and bowel problems. I could even get diabetes or become obese. I’d rather not keep eating dry food. I don’t want to be obese, I want to stalk mice.

YouTube Videos by Dr. Karen BeckerThe Quality of Pet Food Ingredients part 1 and part 2

I’ll be much healthier with wet canned food, at least if it contains the meat I’ve been craving.

Those are really the only things I want: water and meat. Those are the things that I need in my food. Since cats have been around we’ve always eaten meat, and it’s all we’re designed to digest. It contains all the amino acids, taurine, and other nutrients that we need—nutrients that you can’t find in plants. I’ll tolerate, and be much healthier, with wet cat food, the kind with lots of meat based protein. At least it won’t make my stomach hurt and cause health problems. You think I want you to pay for veterinarian visits? I’d rather you buy me toys.

There are other options for healthy food too. Something you may not have considered is homemade food. Homemade food is some of the best because if you follow the right recipe and make me a balanced meal then you skip over all the preservatives and additives that are in most commercial foods.

YouTube Video by Dr. Karen BeckerWhy Feed Your Pets a Homemade Diet

Dr. Becker’s Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats Cookbook

Homemade cat foods are often done wrong, though, and those are even worse than canned food. So if you’re going to make me my own food, make sure you do it right, with lots of meat and a recipe that you’ve researched. Some of the best homemade food includes raw meat that’s frozen to stay fresh, and slow the pace of bacterial growth. You can cook the meat before you give it to me, but it’s best raw. Raw is how wild cats eat their meat, and raw is how I like mine as well. You can cook the meat a little to kill surface bacteria if you want, but my stomach is amazing. It can handle bacteria from raw meat, so don’t worry too much about me.

Well-prepared homemade food with lots of meat, either semi-cooked or raw, might end up being my favorite. It’s fresh, delicious, and gives me all the nutrients I need. I know it can be a little time consuming to cut or grind raw meat for me, though. If you don’t have the time to work out a special homemade diet like that, I understand. I myself am very busy napping and chasing mice.

 

But there are other options. Have you looked online? There are tons of companies that focus on making healthy food alternatives for me. They’ll make and ship healthy, safe raw food to you.

YouTube Videos by Feline-Nutrition.org – Information About Raw Meat Diets For Cats

It can be frozen or refrigerated, and lots of it is made from rabbit meat and chicken. I love rabbit and chicken.

                                 Some cat owners want to know…
Is it Safe to Feed Cats with a Chronic Kidney Disease a Raw Meat Diet?
These two articles at Feline-Nutrition.org:
1) Kidney Disease, Phosphorus and Raw Diets
2) Diet, Kidney Disease and the Urinary Tract

                             Will help answer that question…

YouTube Video by Dr. Karen Becker – HealthyPets.Mercola.com – Raw Meat Diet for Dogs and Cats

Basically, I’m tired of kibble, and I’m craving meat—real, juicy meat that will take care of all my needs. I’ll settle for wet canned food with lots of animal protein, but I’ll be healthiest with homemade food or if you buy me my own cat food filled with chicken or rabbit, and I love raw meat, too. It won’t hurt me to eat it raw. In fact, the meat will give me even more nutrients that way. If you’re worried, you can double-check with my vet to make sure the diet is safe, but rest assured that I’ll be happier and healthier with a diet full of meat and animal protein, whether you buy it or make it yourself.

YouTube Video by Dr. Karen Becker healthypets.mercola.com It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Pet’s Health!

YouTube Video by Dr. Karen BeckerThe Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

The Lure And Tragedy Of The White Tiger

White Tiger by Julia161

White tigers are alluring and beautiful because of the unusual white color of their fur and their icy blue or green eyes White tigers are extremely rare, occurring in nature in only one out of about ten thousand live births. And yet, paradoxically, there are many white tigers in zoos and circuses around the world for us to look at and wonder about. The reason for this discrepancy lies in the behavior of humans who want to replicate the mysterious coloring of white tigers for profit and novelty. Big cat dealers will pay premium prices for the rarity of white tigers, so breeders respond to the demand, all at the expense of the health and well being of the animals they are producing.

The white coloring that can be seen in white tigers occurs as a result of the recessive genes in both parents. In order to make this occurrence happen more frequently than it naturally would, white tiger breeders use inbreeding to produce the rare genetic combination on a more predictable basis. The problem with this kind of practice is that it forces inbreeding among tigers that are related by blood, including brother to sister, father to daughter etc. When there is repeated inbreeding, too much of the same gene pool is passed between the breeding pair, and other deformities and irregularities are passed along as well, often increasing in level of occurrence with each generation of animals. Tigers are genetically doomed, all in the name of human greed.

In the wild, white tigers result from a cross breeding of Bengal and Siberian tigers. When both the male and female of both species carry the recessive gene, the white color is produced in the offspring. The resulting tiger species is not a purebred tiger of either species, so any breeding between them does nothing to increase the populations of either. And because both species of tiger is hunted by poachers for the illegal sale of many different body parts of these beautiful animals, including the bones and the pelts, their numbers are threatened in the wild and may need non-commercial intervention to make a healthy comeback.

It’s common that white tigers suffer from physical deformities that result from the same gene that causes their coloring. For instance, they can be born with bone abnormalities, club feet, defective organs and vision difficulties. In fact, all white tigers are born cross eyed as a result of the same genetic abnormality that gives them their distinctive coloring.

 

In a breeding pair of white tigers, since the gene that produces that white color is a double recessive gene, it is likely that the majority of the litter will still be composed of cubs with typical orange tiger coloring. But white tiger breeders are not interested in creating these tiger cubs; the only thing they are attempting to do is produce animals that are white in appearance. Typically colored tiger cubs are simply not suitable for sale in the-often illegal-venues for which their breeding is intended.

Adding to the tragedy of breeding white tigers is the fact that cubs that are born with normal coloring are not suitable for release into the wild either. It takes special handling and care for an animal that is born into captivity to learn how to survive in the wild, as well as a very high sum of money to return the animal to its natural habitat. This is the kind of money that illegal breeders are unwilling to spend. They’re simply not interested in saving the lives of animals that don’t meet their needs, so oftentimes the normally colored cubs are killed to avoid the expenses associated with taking proper care of them.

This abuse that is typical of handlers and breeders of white tigers is something that society has the power to stop. The public can and must respond to this tragedy by refusing to pay money to see white tigers. While they are beautiful and unusual, the only way they can be in existence in high quantities is by unethical practices that do massive harm to the species. It is also a practice that breeds animals with no hope of ever living a normal life in the wild. Circuses and zoos that possess these animals should be boycotted in order to send a clear message: No more inbreeding to create white tigers.

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Liger – Should Wild Species Be Cross Bred To Create New Species?

Liger Resting by Dzombie

Different species that coexist in the wild, such as lions and tigers, are born with natural instincts that keep them separate. They are normally neither friendly nor cooperative with each other, and are instead very hostile, and this is usually enough to prevent them from producing offspring together. Their hostility acts as a natural safeguard that helps animal species remain pure. Yet crossbreeding can-and does-happen in captivity, as an event that is orchestrated by cross-breeders. This is usually performed as a novelty, in order to create unusual animals that people will pay big money to see. For instance, when someone breeds a male lion to a female tiger, an animal called a liger results. Ligers can be a very popular exhibit at any zoo or wildlife park that possesses them.

A liger is bigger than either a lion or a tiger and thus can be dangerous for tiger mothers to birth. Ligers display many lion features, including the typical mane in males, but will also have stripes like their tiger mothers. But the practice of liger breeding has resulted in animals that have multiple health issues and generally fail to thrive and grow in any normal way, even in captivity. This is because ligers often have birth defects that result from the poor genetic matching that occurs between the parents’ differing species; the cubs generally do not live long and healthy lives. On the contrary, ligers often die quite young due to the severity of these defects and abnormalities.

The justification that zoos and sanctuaries offer for cross species breeding practices is that these unique creatures encourage visitors to come to see them. Zoos argue that this helps create revenue so they can better care for their animals. The question, then, that must be asked is whether this argument’s logic stands up to scrutiny, and whether or not it is in the best interest of the animals involved.

Zoos that possess ligers have found that they prefer to sleep in a cozy den, out of the view of curious onlookers. So, if these zoos were to allow ligers to stay inside their dens, would people still flock there to see them, only to be disappointed when they stay out of public view? Probably not. Therefore, in order for zoos to profit from their ligers, they would have to force them to be on view for a certain amount of time during public viewing hours. It has to be asked at that point how much discomfort this causes the animal, as it forces the liger to interact in ways that make it uncomfortable. The question becomes, then, is it an ethical practice to create a genetically mutated animal and make it behave in a certain, unnatural way for the sole purpose of increasing zoo attendance? The answer to this question is a resounding no.

Watch the video: World’s Weirdest – Lions, Tigers and Ligers! by NatGeoWild

The good news is that many zoos today are trying to get away from the unethical practices of crossbreeding animals like tigers and lions, as well as the kind of image that this behavior creates. Many zoos and sanctuaries are instead concentrating their efforts on rescue missions and educational efforts. This is because many in the community have come to the conclusion that caring for animals that are already in existence is a far more positive mission than seeking to breed more interesting, yet terminally sick, genetic combinations for future attractions.

In addition to the work being done by ethical zoos, regular people can help put a stop to cross-species breeding practices that lead to this kind of occurrence by boycotting zoos that perform them. Simply refusing to pay for viewings of animals that result from unethical practices can, and does, speak volumes. And finally, in addition to boycotts, it is important for people to speak out against unethical breeding practices. Letters can be written to the media in protest of ligers being purposefully bred in captivity. Public action can be stirred on social media sites to create awareness. Education, too, can work in the favor of these animals if enough people understand the dangers and health problems that these animals live and die with as a result of liger breeding.

Video: Ligers – They do exist! by BigCatRescue

Share your opinion… Do you agree or disagree with wild species being cross bred?

Wildlife Animals – What You Should Know before It’s Too Late

The life of tigers like me is not like it was before. There’s less room to roam now, less places to hunt for food. I’ve been encroached upon on all sides, and there’s less of everything now.

In the old days, I didn’t see other tigers very often. We are solitary animals by nature; we hunt alone. But now it is different; I never see anyone anymore. There’s less space for us to roam since the skyscrapers rose and asphalt roads crept into our habitats, yet I still do not see my fellow tigers. This is because poachers, working for the black market animal trade, took many of the other tigers away. They might even take me away, someday. Men will hunt me, by setting up traps in my home, or shooting me with their crude weapons. They’ll come for me because I’m beautiful, and as a tiger I have gorgeous fur with rich colors and stripes, as well as strong bones that people carve into miniature tiger images or smash to powder. Hunters may come to kill me, and trade parts of my body as if I were not a living, breathing thing.

It’s nothing new; mankind has been hunting tigers for over a thousand years. They’ve killed us for no reason other than sport, and when people are greedy they’ll take our body parts and sell them for money. Because we are such beautiful and dangerous creatures, our pelts and bones have become status symbols. Some people even regard our bones as medicinal ingredients. For all these reasons, poachers hunt us as we search for food or protect our cubs. They hunt, kill and skin my kind, selling tiger pelts for thousands of dollars on the black market. Someday, people may take my skin and stuff my carcass, making an exhibit of my dead body. Then they’ll take my bones and teeth and sell those too. They’ll make them into bone jewelry to be worn on wrists, or carve them into figurines that people will place on their desk at work and glance at every now and again.

It doesn’t matter that men have made it illegal to hunt tigers. It doesn’t matter that over ninety-five percent of us have been killed in the last hundred years. The illegal black market animal trade still wants more. Yet there’s no more to be had because, if man keeps killing tigers, there will be none of us left. Man has driven tigers to the brink of extinction. There is less than 3200 wild tigers left in the world, and when man kills the last of us there will be no more pelts or bone jewelry. There will only be asphalt roads and skyscrapers.

The Black Market animal trade was created to fill the needs of human consumers. You created the exotic animal trade that’s causing poachers to kill us tigers, and only you can help stop it. By refusing to consume products made from tiger pelts and bones, you will decrease the demand. For our sakes, you must refuse to buy tiger skin floor rugs, tiger bone jewelry for your wrists and ears, and tiger bones for folk medicines. If you stop asking for these products, then poachers will have no reason to kill me. The black market will have no tiger goods to sell, because there will be no one to buy them. The exotic animal trade will die, and beautiful tigers like me will live and flourish once again.

You have to voice your disapproval, too. I know humans care for tigers. I know you admire us for our exotic beauty and dangerous grace. Most of you don’t want to see us slaughtered and sold off piece by piece, and you have to say that. You have to talk to your friends, families, and governments, and tell them that the senseless slaughter has to stop before it is too late. They’ll listen to you, to all of you, because you’re the consumer, and you have the power. You have the power to speak up on my behalf, and stop buying exotic animal goods. You have the power to save me and the rest of my kind.

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Like humans we are creatures created by God…

Tigers like me don’t have to die; we just need you to help us live.

The black market wildlife trade generates billions of dollars and greed has no boundaries.
Only you the consumer! The buyer of these goods can stop it… When you buy these goods you have made a contribution to wildlife extinction, animal cruelty, and against those people who fight for our survival…

Your Actions create this:

For more information about the Illegal Wildlife Trade go here: Wildlife Trafficking by WWF

Wild Cats As Pets – Why It’s Not A Great Idea

Photo by Hightower

I can’t blame humans for wanting to own me and many of my fellow Serval cats out there. We’re stunning specimens of the feline world, and our lean, sleek bodies and beautifully patterned coats are unlike anything you could find in the household cat world. But even though we’re a bit smaller than our larger cousins like leopards, tigers, or jaguars, we’re still wild cats. And that presents a lot of different challenges to our potential owners that most of them don’t really think about when they decide to buy us. The truth is, we’re not the ideal pet even though we may be what you think of as ‘cute’, ‘beautiful’, or ‘friendly’. First of all, I’m nocturnal. While regular house cats probably lay around your house a good bit, I’m designed to function at night – when you’re asleep. Our sleep cycles aren’t really compatible anyway, so why would you want to force me to stay awake when nature doesn’t want me to?

I’m also a cat that is used to living my life outside on the Savannah. My legs are able to let me run at up to 50 miles per hour, and I need to be able to really get out and move in order to live my life the way I’m supposed to. Even if you have a fenced in yard for me to run in, it’s not enough for my muscles or for my body type. I need lots of room, and the fact is that most humans just can’t provide me with what I need.

Back to that fenced in yard that you think will keep me safe and on your property. Have you seen a photo of what I look like when full grown? I’m one of the tallest cat species, and my legs are incredibly powerful. You’ll have a hard time building a fence that can keep me in. Add to my jumping ability the fact that I’m a natural born problem solver, and the chances are good that I’ll make my great escape well before you realize I’m even gone.

With that said, you may think that only letting me out when you can watch me is a good idea and that I can stay inside the rest of the time. Well, again, remember that I need lots of room to be healthy and to be happy. But even if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t care about that, the fact that I usually mark my territory by spraying my urine on everything around may help dissuade you from keeping me indoors, too.

My stomach and digestive system also need a specialized diet. You can’t just feed me Fancy Feast and expect me to stay healthy.Not only will finding the food I need be hard, messy, and unpleasant, but it can also get really expensive, really quickly.

All of this doesn’t even really touch on what happens to me when I’m sick or injured. Have you ever tried to find a vet that treats wild cats? It’s not that easy to do, and even if you do manage to track down someone who can treat me, the overall cost of just a simple checkup will be far more expensive than most bills you would get from a regular cat’s visit.

Also, you may be breaking different laws just by owning me. Different areas have different laws about owning wild animals, and you may need to have licenses or registrations that can cost a lot of money. And in other cases it may not be permitted at all, so you could be breaking a lot of different laws by bringing me home even if you do think that you can take care of me.

And, as much as I hate to admit it, I am a wild animal and sometimes my animal instincts can just get the better of me. I don’t want to hurt a human being, and when left in my natural environment there’s little chance of me doing so.

 

But when I’m forced to be a pet, sometimes I can’t help it. I could seriously wound you or a loved one and in extreme cases I may even kill you. It’s not something I like to talk about, but it is an unfortunate possibility.

Not to sound vain, but I know I’m a beautiful, majestic creature, so I can’t blame you for thinking that I’d be an amazing pet to own. But the truth is that this is just not the case. From my high level of expense to the numerous health, feeding, and safety issues, owning wild cats such as myself isn’t a good idea for anyone. Besides – there are millions of orphaned or adoptable kittens and cats out there in shelters that need a good home with lots of love. Why would you ignore them just to own something that isn’t a good pet, anyway?

YouTube Video by Arizona Game and Fish – The Exotic Pet Trade

 

Why Big Cats Don’t Make Good Pets?

You see this cute and cuddly Lion Cub…

He will almost reach his full size in less than a year.

  • Lions can live 10 to 14 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.
  •  Adult male Lions require 15 pounds of raw meat per day and a Lioness 11 pounds.
  • The weight of an adult male Lion is between 330 to 550 pounds, Lioness 264 to 400 pounds.
  • Head and body length in males 5 feet 7 inches to 8 feet 2 inches, in females 4 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches.

This is no house cat!