Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Kittens we’re getting’ a late start today. With the weather bein’ up and down and all over the place, mommy’s body be screamin’. I’s thought we’d never settle down fur sleep last night.
We didn’t Raena. 5:30 a.m. ain’t night time; it’s the wee, wee hours of the meownin’. Fankfully, we didn’t have to worry ‘bout gettin’ ‘round at any purrticular time so we could get in some cuddle time with mommy.
I’s so luvs cuddlin’ with mommy, don’t you sissy? I’s like cuddlin’ with you too…when you let me.
Yeah, well, it’s too hot when we cuddle Raena. T’ween your floof and me’s floof there’s no room fur air.
Whatever sissy. Hey, did you see our new scratcher? I’s luvs to scratch, don’t you?
Yeah Raena, me does. Me says a kitty can never have too many scratchers. Y, Even a kitty without claws needs a good scratcher. Purrlease, don’t interpret that statement to mean declawing is okay. Never declaw your kitty.
(Dezi and Raena shudder as they think about having their paw knuckles amputated) Oh sissy, I’s can’t even ‘magine what that would be like. Fanky fankfully, we’ll never have to know. And, our new OurPets Alpine Climb Cat Scratcher is the purrfect solution fur all kitties. It actually comes in 2 pieces, so whether you’re a vertical scratcher or a horizontal scratcher, you’ll luvs it. There’s some assembly required, but trust me, ifin mommy can do it, anypawdy can. The name on chewy implies there are different colors, but we received the yellow one just like in the foto. It measures, 18.8” X 8.2” X 10” and can be used laying flat like you see us doin’ it today, or inclined with the bottom attached. It also comes with a bag of catnip and costs $14.39. You can also get it on autoship and save an extra 5%. There are sticky strips that allow the scratcher top to be securely attached to the incline bottom. Let’s see what Chewy says ‘bout it.
The OurPets Alpine Climb Cat Scratcher provides an enticing scratching surface that cats can’t resist! With hidden nooks and crannies in the corrugated cardboard felines can groom and trim their claws daily. Save your furniture and other household items by directing their energy to this scratcher that is even more enticing when the catnip that’s included is sprinkled on it! Not only is the catnip included but a small toy too. You and your furry feline can enjoy all of the benefits of this cat scratcher!
- Comes with one package of catnip and small toy for added entertainment
- Ideal for angle scratching and for felines to stretch out
- Provides appropriate place for cats to satisfy urge to scratch
- Sleek design is made of eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable corrugated cardboard
- Reversible for double the scratching life
Ships in a variety of random and fun colors!
It didn’t take us long to check it out, did it Raena? We didn’t get the toy Chewy mentions in the description. As soon as mommy put it on the floor me was all over it. Least me was till you came and stuck your floofy paws on it.
I’s wanted to scratch too sissy. Why should you be the only one havin’ any fun? I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s like all kinds of scratchin’, doesn’t really matter to me whether it’s vertical or horizontal, just give me somethin’ to sink mine’s claws into.
Dezi: Hey, me was here furst!!! (Dezi raises paw and hisses)
Raena: It’s mine’s turn now, sissy. I’s wanna scratch too.
(We’re posting this foto so you can see we aren’t always purrfect.
Even we have squabbles every now and then)
Ya’ know Raena, you mentioned earlier that this pawsum scratcher could be added to an auto ship. And me got to thinkin’, some peeps may wonder why you’d want a scratcher on auto delivery. Me can tell ya’ that we kitties not only like to scratch, but we need to scratch. It’s one of those drives we just can’t ignore. And, a good scratcher is just what you need to make sure kitty doesn’t scratch up your furniture. Most kitties like corrugated cardboard, but they’re not meant to last furever. So, havin’ it on auto ship means kitty will get a fresh new scratcher with each shipment and your couch will stay safe. Me gives the Alpine scratcher 4 paws up.
Me too sissy. I’s luvs it, 4 paws from me.. And, when it’s elevated, there’s a small hole that a tiny kitty, one smaller than us, can get into and ambush your fursibs from. MOL Mommy says the purrice is okay. And as always, Chewy ships all orders $49.00 and up fur furee. With Christmas right ‘round the corner, this would make a pawsum gift. Trust me, any kitty receivin’ this unner their tree is gonna be one happy kitty.
Disclaimer: We received the OurPets scratcher in exchange for our honest opinion. As always, we tell it like we see it. We only bring products we use or have tried and feel would be of interest to you, our readers and friends.
That’s true Raena. Me wouldn’t mind gettin’ a scratcher fur Christmas, or any other time fur that matter. Well, me’s gonna go scratch some more and take a nap. How ‘bout you?
I’s gonna take a little bath furst sissy. And then I’s’ll have a nap.
Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
MeOW Me’s been busy with the annual Cat Scout jamboree fur the last week. It’s always great fun, but me’s glad it’s over and things can settle down a bit again. Ifin you’ve ever wanted to be a pawrt of somethin’ bigger than yourself and make lastin’ furiendships with others like you, then you should check it out. Cat Scouts is furee to join. It’s gone thru a lot of changes since me furst joined, but the furiendships me’s made there have only gotten stronger. But, me is happy to be getting’ back to normal now. And what better way, than with Blest Sunday, don’t you agree Raena?
This is me’s patrol, the Powerful Paws.
Yep sissy, I’s glad too. Kittens!!! Dinner was late almost every night. I’s don’t know what ya’ll be doin’ ‘round the campfire, since you won’t let me join, but just cuz ya’ll be havin’ virtual cook outs doesn’t mean mine’s real tummy don’t get hungry.
Purrlease Raena, dinner wasn’t that late. It’s not like you’re starvin’. Have you ever actually missed a meal? Me thinks not. Mommy does everythin’ she can to make sure we have purrlenty to eat. You know there are lots of kitties in the world that don’t have that security. They’d gladly swap places with you.
That’s okay sissy. I’s don’t wanna swap places with any kitty. I’s livin’ the good life, even when dinner’s 10 minutes late.
Meowin’ of the good life Raena, what happened to you last night?
Wha’d’ya’ mean sissy?
You know, when you were sleepin’ all sound like atop the liberty tree and suddenly jolted and flew off the top of the tree and skedaddled thru the house and unner the table. You scared mommy and me half to death. Did you have a bad dream or somethin’?
Oh sissy, it was just horrible. Ya’ know, that tree’s really high. I’s kind’a wish I’d thought ‘bout it a bit befur launchin’ mine’s self into the air. I’s don’t think we kitties were meant to fly.
Well, ya’ hit the nail on the head with that one Raena. What was your furst clue, the lack of wings or your crash landin’? Me’s gotta tell ya’, me’s not sure me’s ever seen your eyes look quite that big befur. And me fur sure don’t like hearin’ that much panic in mommy’s voice. She was so worried you’d hurt yourself or somethin’.
Yeah, I’s didn’t like it too much either sissy. Fanky fankfully, I’s only got a few bruises. Ya’ can’t see ‘em fur the fur, but I’s assure you, they’re there. I’s don’t ever wanna do that again.
Me’s sure me’s meowin’ fur mommy too Raena, when me meows, we don’t want you to that again either. Me’s just glad you’re okay. ‘Specially since you’re plannin’ me’s pawrty. You know me’s actual birthday is this comin’ Fursday, right?
I’s know sissy. And mommy’s purromissed to get us some special treats fur that day cuz of your birthday and cuz mine’s surgery has been moved up to that day too. Mommy called doctor stabby and grabby and he agreed to go ahead with mine’s surgery and let us pay what we’ve already raised and pay off the rest as it comes in. We’re so Blest to have such amazin’ furiends. I’s a little scared, but knowin’ so many peeps luvs me sure is comfurtin’.
Yep Raena, me’s heart is so full thinkin’ ‘bout all the furiends we’ve made and how we all luv and suppurrt each other not just durin’ the good times, but also the bad. Ya’ know, a true furiend is the one who doesn’t abandon you when life throws ya’ a curveball.
That’s a great way to put it sissy. I’s wanna say a meowsy big fanky fank you fur helpin’ me have mine’s surgery to awnty Claire, Zorro and Pixie, awnty Theresa, awnty Kerry and Valentine, awnty Susan M, awnty Susan C, and awnty Ava. Ifin you’d like to help, you can donate here. And a huge fanky fank you to all of you fur your purrs and purrayers. I’s would ‘purreciate a few extra come Fursday November 1st. Mommy says we have to be there t’ween 7:30 and 8:15 that meownin’. Looks like we’ll be stayin’ up all night Wednesday and she’ll be havin’ coffee at the V-E-T. Maybe they’ll even have donuts.
Me will be purrayin’ fur ya’ Raena. Even ifin it means me has to miss a meal. You can’t eat anythin’ after midnight, so guess what? That means me won’t get anythin’ either. Hmmmpht The sacrifices me makes fur you.
I’s do ‘purreciate you fur doin’ that sissy.
Like me has a choice. Those better be really delicious treats ya’ll bring home. Me knows mommy luvs coffee and donuts, but me’s wants somethin’ way better than that.
I’s sure mommy will get us somethin’ really tasty sissy. Don’t worry. All this meowin’ ‘bout food’s got me hungry. I’s gonna go finish eatin’ mine’s brekky. Gotta keep up mine’s strength ya’ know.
Me luvs you mommy.
Me too Raena. Me’s right behind ya’. We’d like to remind you all to take a minute today and every day to Give Thanks fur the Blessings in your lives. And we wanna fank you fur bein’ Blessings in ours. And don’t furget to send us your fotos fur me’s Birthday/Gotchaday pawrty.
Don’t furget our Sunday Selfies with the Kitties Blue sissy.
Me didn’t Raena. You just always butt in befur me can mention it.
Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Pet Food Ingredients Pt. 2
MeOW Welcome to another installment of Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We return today to our mini-series on Pet Food ingredients. It is our intention to present this in a way that everyone can understand it and to reveal the lies and misinformation pet pawrents are being “fed” by the pet food/feed industry, including the AAFCO. We intend to list as many ingredients as possible so that you will be better equipped to read labels and make the best choice fur your pets. It’s a shame that this topic has been so confusing fur so long. We hope to be able to shed a little light on all that confusion. Please remember, not all foods/feeds will contain every ingredient we will be listing. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in our Service Cat series, you can find them on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And remember to submit your questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page.
The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.
Our first post in this mini-series talked about a cat’s need for Protein. Cats are Obligate Carnivores/True Carnivores (Those whose survival depends on nutrients which are found only in animal flesh and organs/meat protein. While Obligate Carnivores may be able to ingest small amounts of plant matter, due to their evolution they lack the necessary physiology required to digest and use the nutrients in that plant matter.) We’re going to try to break down a little science for you now. Digestion requires enzymes created by the body:
Protease: Necessary to break down Proteins
Lipase: Necessary to digest Fat
Amylase: Necessary to process Carbohydrates (Usually found in the saliva and pancreas)
Did you know your food is already bein’ digested, Raena?
Digestion starts in the mouth with enzymes created by saliva (spit). However, cat and dog saliva lack the enzyme Amylase; it’s only found in their pancreas. That means the pancreas has to work overtime to process Carbohydrates present in most commercial pet foods/feeds. There is some evidence that points to this as being part of the cause for pancreatitis, diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses in cats. Humans and other mammals have flat top teeth meant for chewing. Cats however, have sharp fangs meant for ripping and tearing flesh. That’s a crude way to look at it, but think about it; when was the last time you saw kitty gnawing on a cob of corn? Everything about a cat says it’s meant to hunt, catch and rip it’s prey to shreds. And yet, most pet food companies lace their foods with corn, peas and carrots. I had a garden a few years back; and let me tell you, it wasn’t the neighborhood cats digging up my carrots and eating them.
We mentioned in our earlier post that cats do much better when they don’t have food available all the time. Grains and veggies are ideal for grazing animals such as cows, goats, etc., but typically when a cat eats grass, it’s followed by hurling/horking/vomiting or whatever you want to call it. Cats were never meant to graze or eat veggies. But, what about the vitamins and nutrients those vegetables could offer? First of all, they’re often cooked so long they no longer contain any of the nutrients originally present. The reality is that a cat’s natural prey animal, the herbivore, provides those nutrients in the form of previously eaten and digested grains and vegetables. While it sounds really gross to us humans, a cat in the wild would consume the whole animal (excluding bones, fur, feathers, beaks, eyes, hooves), including it’s stomach and the contents therein.
Let’s talk a minute about Grains and their toxicity. Mycotoxins are mold and a huge concern often found in foods like corn, corn meal, peas, millet, nuts, and other grains and types of food. There are 3 main mycotoxins that the FDA has established rules for the following 3, but they are not the only mycotoxins of concern:
Mycotoxins can cause lethargy, anorexia, jaundice, intravascular coagulation, liver damage, weight loss, dehydration, renal and hepatic damage, gastrointestinal dysfunction and death.
Most pet food/feed is formulated without oversight by the FDA or even the AAFCO. The laws that are supposed to protect our pets are often ignored, broken, unenforced or completely non existent. Don’t be fooled by “voluntary” recalls. Those recalls are an “after the fact” and often the result of an animal getting sick or dying due to something in their food. Let’s look at some of the ingredients found in pet foods.
Wheat: One of the top allergens in pet food, may contain mycotoxins, can contribute to canine obesity
Corn: Totally useless. As discussed above, neither cats or dogs have the ability to process it and covert it to useable energy in it’s raw state, and it has no nutrients after being cooked at high temps. May contain mycotoxins
Corn Gluten Meal: Even worse than corn. Patented as a weed killer in 1991. May include mycotoxins
By-Product-Meal: Bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feathers, beaks, feet, hooves, etc.. Can be anything left over from processing, Not fit for human consumption. Most of these are things a cat or dog in the wild wouldn’t eat.
Soy: Considered a Protein. However it’s totally useless for the obligate carnivore and can cause allergies and cancer
Brewers Rice: Broken rice shells containing no nutrients
Egg Product: Eggshells (not easily digestible), may contain rancid or spoiled eggs not fit for human consumption, may contain salmonella,
Sugar: Completely useless addition of empty calories. Cats can’t even taste sweet things
Peas/Pea Fiber/Pea Meal/Legumes/Lentils: May contain mycotoxins, may cause heart disease
Potatoes: May cause heart disease
Cellulose: Sawdust, floor sweepings, totally useless
Carrots: Hard for cats to digest, no useable nutrients after cooking at high temps.
Cracked Barley: Grain, may contain mycotoxins
Garlic/Garlic Oil/Garlic Extract/Garlic Powder: Toxic to cats especially
Oats/Oat Bran/Oat Meal/Oat Groat: Grain, may contain mycotoxins
Chicken Meal/Fish Meal/Lamb Meal/Beef Meal: All Meals are the leftovers after processing and Not fit for human consumption. May contain parts from animals killed by means other than slaughter, such as road kill, illness, poisoning, natural disaster deaths (such as drowning), phenobarbital, culling, etc.
White Fish/Ocean Whitefish: May be any number of fish
Cranberries: Typically not enough present to have actual health benefits
Whey: Milk protein, used in lower grade foods, possible allergen, especially for cats
Whole Eggs: Contains the shells which are not easily digestible
Celery: Unnecessary, not easily digestible
Lamb: Lamb meat is filled with water and therefore not as high in protein as other meats
Beef: Natural source of Glucosamine (will define and expound on in future post) High in “water weight” (will expound in future post)
Spinach: Unnecessary, not easily digested
Basil: Member of the mint family, safe but unnecessary
Blueberries: Not enough present to be beneficial, unnecessary
Veal: Alternative to beef
Beef Liver: Natural source of iron and flavor. However, in large quantities can be toxic. Best as a secondary ingredient
Soybeans/Soybean Meal: Can NOT be digested by dogs and can cause bloating and death
Soybean Oil: Source of fat and good for coat, safe for dogs and cats
Ginger: Aids in digestion if listed high on label
Carrot Powder: Cheap source of fiber
Ground Flax Seed: May be lacking in fatty acids
Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols <expounded on in future post>): Cheap source of fat
Sweet Potatoes/Yams: Alternative to regular potatoes
Green Tea: Not enough to have any health benefits unless listed in the top 5 ingredients
Wild Rice: Good alternative to white rice
Dried Kelp: Accepted industry source of iodine
Egg Noodles: Unnecessary, source or carbohydrates
Rabbit: Great alternative Meat/protein source
Duck: Great alternative meat/protein source, Less water weight than chicken
Shrimp: Source of protein
Cod: Alternative source of protein
Catfish: Alternative source of protein and fatty acids
Venison Meal: Alternative source of protein, in concentrated form, more protein availability than standard meats
I realize this is a lot of information, but we haven’t even scratched the surface, so to speak. Most herbs listed on labels and found in pet food are useless and should be left out. There’s a lot of “gimmicky” ingredients these days and gimmicky names to boot. When shopping for our pet’s food, we need to remember to pay no attention to the photos on the packaging, as they’re not a true representation of what’s actually inside. Dry kibble is worse than canned or wet food in most respects since any natural nutrients have been cooked out of their original sources. But, this mini-series isn’t about making you choose one type of food or even one food over another. It’s merely to help you be better equipped at understanding what you’re buying and feeding your furry family member. We will be defining and explaining more of the terminology and ingredients in future posts, so if you have specific questions, please let us know. I’m going to turn it back over to Dezi to close us out.
Fanks mommy. Lots of big words and stuff us kitties don’t unnerstand ‘bout what goes on our plates. Anyways, remember, you can ketch up on any post you may have missed by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline. We got a lot of great questions after Pt. 1 of Pet Food Ingredients, so if you have any just let us know in the comments below or send us an email. We purromiss, we will be answering them all. This is a huge topic and we’d rather take our time and cover it properly than to mislead you further. Other than the sources listed below, mommy also used her common sense, past experience as a V-E-T tech and information she got from some local V-E-Ts via chat.
I’s look purretty ruff, so we call this a blooper. MOL
Due to the holidays and Raena’s upcomin’ surgery, this will be our last Service Cat posty fur the year, but don’t worry, we’ll be pickin’ up right where we left off next year (a few months). We’re also linkin’ up today with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. And, it’s also Blooper time with our pals the Cuddlywumps.
Till the next time……………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle