For animal people who want to make a difference. People Find 12 Abandoned Kittens Shivering In The Snow This woman saw a 3-pound puppy all alone at a big shelter, so she brought Adorable animals eating teeny tiny snacks. When I ask about canned foods, I'm usually met with horrified looks and am Beef is a big bruiser of a protein and the immune system typically doesn't like big proteins. My preference is to feed cats a poultry (chicken, duck or turkey) Feeding canned food and adding a little bit of low-sodium chicken. Mason has introduced millions of people to feral cats, proving they are worthy of We brought Mason in during a big Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) event back in October. healed (the property owner agreed to continue feeding the cats and we provide food and medical care on an ongoing basis). Mason meets his kittens.
What then to feed? My preference is to feed cats a poultry chicken, duck or turkey canned food that is low in carbohydrates. If you can find a U. But a word to the wise: Cats must eat well every day. What do I think are the benefits of feeding a canned, low-carb poultry or rabbit-based diet to cats? My short list is: Cats with itchy ears often have underlying food allergies, many times to fish in my clinical experience.
Hairballs often are a thing of the past with what might be called a more species-appropriate diet. If your year-old kitty has had been vomiting hairballs twice a week for the past 14 years, no dietary change is going to get to the root of the problem.
Be smart and get your kitty to a veterinarian for appropriate diagnostics and treatment. Hairballs are not normal in cats. Trust me on that one. Cats seem to lose weight and maintain a heathy one when you feed a lower carbohydrate canned diet. However, just like their human counterparts, obesity in cats typically has a simple cause: Too many calories in and not enough energy expended.
Obese cats are at risk for diabetes, as well as increased joint issues. But, if like most folks, you would prefer to prevent obesity and potentially dodge the bullet of diabetes for your cat, feeding a more appropriate diet is a good thing to do. Better urinary tract health. Years ago, when I started to talk the canned food mantra in my own feline practice, I noticed a dramatic decrease in urethral obstructions in male cat patients.
Feeding canned food and adding a little bit of low-sodium chicken broth or water to the food might be all the difference it takes to keep kitty urinating normally and out of the emergency room. Like most everything in medicine, not every recommendation works for every patient. Like I tell each of my clients, I can only recommend what I believe is the best course of action; you know your cat better than I ever will.
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Mason's many scars told us how hard he had fought to survive this long, and we were determined to give him a chance to experience comfort, safety and freedom from pain during his sunset months. What happened next completely melted our hearts The only way to solve the root cause of cat overpopulation is to change perceptions about feral and free-living cats. Mason has introduced millions of people to feral cats, proving they are worthy of compassion and that they have value -- even if they are old, broken "lost causes".
The more we show that these invisible, unwanted cats have value, the closer we get to a society where spaying and neutering is the rule, rather than the exception.
A developer had purchased a large rural property with several derelict barns, and was just beginning to bulldoze them, not realizing they were home to about 60 feral cats and kittens.
We got permission to set up a feeding station and start trapping the cats to spay and neuter them and find homes for as many as we could.
We brought in about 26 cats that weekend, including Mason. He had a massive growth on the bottom of his right paw, his tail had been broken multiple times in multiple places, he had infections, and he needed extensive dental surgery. We took care of his paw, treated his infections and neutered him, and then kept him so he could recover from that surgery before doing his dental.
He was the first feral I've had to splint and bandage without sedation, which is tricky enough with a socialized cat!
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He is one of the oldest surviving ferals we have seen, and throughout his recovery, he made it clear his feral instincts were deeply ingrained. We planned to return him to his home on the farm when he was healed the property owner agreed to continue feeding the cats and we provide food and medical care on an ongoing basis. Then we got his bloodwork back and discovered he has advanced kidney disease. It would be cruel for us to return him, knowing he would suffer and was unlikely to survive the winter.
We had two options: We are a no-kill organization, and believe that any life is worth saving as long as we are able to alleviate suffering. Mason's new life begins I took Mason to my house, because his feral instincts told him humans were predators, and he reacted appropriately when one tried to interact with him.
He was not a candidate for adoption. I knew he was starting to feel comfortable here when I would come out of my bedroom in the morning and see the whole house rearranged - toys everywhere, rugs moved, pillows off the couch, all general indications of a happy cat engaging in rambunctious play. He still wanted no contact from me other than play time, but I was relieved that he was so clearly feeling better and happy to be alive.