The current health of the modern domestic cat is in a sorry state. It is a far cry from their healthy, wild cousins. To some extent the problem lies at the door of inappropriate breeding, but this mostly comes with pure breeds, rather than your average moggy, who still gets to choose their mates.
Choice of mate is an incredibly important part of reproduction. Animals, including cats, have their own way of deciding who will be a good parent for their off-spring. Normally, it is the female who makes the choice, the male being happy to pair with anyone! The female bears the brunt of the reproduction and she doesn’t want to waste valuable time and energy breeding poorly kittens.
However, this is only one part of the story.
The other, perhaps more significant parts of the story of keeping your cat healthy, are the diet, the health care and the environmental factors.
Let’s examine them each separately.
The current times are undergoing a huge revolution of knowledge, largely thanks to the internet, but the timing is right, too. For too long, we have been subject to misinformation and myths, largely for the profit of small groups of people, such as a corporations.
The pet food industry consists of large, highly profitable ones. You know this to be true because of the advertising on television, which doesn’t come cheap. They have infiltrated veterinary colleges and have (largely or completely) taken over the teaching of nutrition. If this wasn’t true, why do you see commercial pet food stacked from floor to ceiling in every veterinary clinic?
I am old enough to remember when this wasn’t the case. When vets didn’t sell pet food.
The pet food industry, just as with every corporation, cares more for its profit that it does for the quality of its product. The money is spent on advertising, on pretty packaging and on buying the recommendations of vets. Very little is spent on the food itself.
Let’s first appreciate what cats need in the way of food, according to their evolution. Bear in mind that cats have been evolving for many thousands of years, whereas humanity has only been creating pet food for the last half century or so – so who will have the greatest influence?
Cats kill and eat small animals. They are the true carnivores. They don’t scavenge. They want fresh food. This is why cats have the reputation of being fussy eaters. Their food needs to be good quality and fresh. They tend to eat the whole animal, perhaps leaving some fur or feathers.
Now let’s look at the typical ingredients of pet food.
Meat is expensive, so all the good cuts of meat are sold as human food. Even some left overs are used to make the cheaper meat products, such as sausages. What is left tends to be heads, feet, intestines and fat. These are taken to rendering plants. Rendering plants are not subject to the same scrutiny and hygiene regulations slaughter houses are. This is why so many pet foods are constantly recalled due to salmonella or other contamination, as these are rife.
Road kill, diseased and dead farm animals, euthanised animals from veterinary clinics and small laboratories also find their way to rendering plants. Storage of the carcasses is usually outside, unprotected.
When there is enough ‘raw material’, it is cooked at high temperatures and pressures. If you think there may have been any nutrition present, there certainly won’t be much after that treatment. The resulting product is dried and sold to, among others, the pet food industry. Usually this is listed as a by-product on the list of ingredients on the pet food. The rendering plant may add a preservative, which the pet food does not have to list as they didn’t add it.
Depending on the company and the country of origin as well as sale, the list of ingredients do not have to be complete and can be misleading. There are few laws defending animals rights and virtually none that are enforceable regarding the safety of pet food. Be assured, that anything can, and does, happen.
So the meat content of typical cat food is unbalanced, is often contaminated, is far from fresh, is often high in fat and has been cooked, which alters protein and kills enzymes at the very least.
The story doesn’t end here. This ‘food’ is bulked out with any cheap source of food, such as grain or anything in surplus on the world market, usually plant based. Often this is unfit for human consumption, for one reason or another. But cats are carnivores, which means they don’t do well on plant-based food.
Finally, synthetic colours, preservations, ‘nutrients’ and appetite stimulants are added. Anything synthetic is toxic to the body, even the so-called vitamins and minerals. Nutrients should come from food, not a laboratory. Nutrients are never found in isolation in nature, as they co-depend on each other for maximum benefit to the consumer.
Some higher end pet foods may start out with slightly better quality ingredients, but most are still subjected to much of the processes already described.
Do you think your cat will be healthy on this diet? Do you consider this diet will prevent feline diseases such as renal problems, kidney failure, liver failure, mouth issues such as gingivitis, stomatitis or loose teeth or auto-immune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, leukaemia or cancer?
Most people who are lucky enough to share their homes with a cat or two, rely exclusively on veterinary services for all their felines health care needs. Yet veterinary health care is more adept at managing disease than promoting health.
Without exception, all veterinary medications and vaccines are toxic, many badly so.
The sad thing is, vets, along with doctors, for the most part, strongly believe they know best. So they use persuasive and emotional tactics to convince you, who are probably feeling vulnerable and fear losing your precious friend.
Something I have discovered on my journey, is that animals know best what they need. Given a choice, they will accept or reject the medicine that is offered, according to their innate, intuitive ability of discerning. I use this strategy when treating any animal, with great success.
Yet wild cats survive very well on their own, taking what they need from Nature, when they need it.
I suggest that the use of holistic health care, in particular homeopathy, offers your cat a far better way to recover from health problems, as well as to stay that way.
By the way, herbs are mostly toxic to cats, so only use those prescribed by a well-informed feline therapist who is aware of this (most aren’t).
The last area that I believe contributes to poor feline health is their living conditions.
It is common to remove young kittens from their mother far too early, as the kittens are cute, appealing and saleable. In Nature, the mother cat will keep her kittens for at least six months, often longer, instructing them for their life ahead. The removal of any youngster from the mother too early causes great grief in both. Add this scenario to the poor diet of most mother cats and the veterinary care and the result is sickly kittens.
Cats love and need the energy of the sun. If you live in an unsafe, urban area, then a small outside run or enclosed area outside a sunny window can be enough to satisfy this need.
Cats need to self medicate themselves. They will do this if they have access outside to a variety of healthy, non-sprayed, plants. If your cat is an inside cat, then make sure there are pots of grass and other suitable plants around. These plants have needs of their own and will need their access to the sun, too.
Many households are noisy. Cats are very sensitive animals and dislike the constant barrage of noise that many modern humans seem to feel is normal.
Cats are very sensitive animals, especially to toxins. Many household cleaners and furnishings are toxic, often emitting a constant stream. Try to avoid anything toxic in your home, for the sake of you and your family as well as your cat. Use safe and natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, and natural furnishing and floor covers. Air your home as much as possible.
If you can’t manage all of my recommendations, then I consider the food the most important. Feeding your cat naturally, according to their evolution can save you a great deal of heart-ache not to mention hard cash, as their health will be so much better.
How do you feed them? Discover that here.
A natural diet can safeguard against mouth problems (such as gingivitis, stomatitis, decaying or loose teeth, tartar build up, etc), fleas, worms, respiratory and other viruses, bacterial infection and fungal infections (such as feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus, chlamydia, feline enteritis, cerebellar ataxia, ulcerative glossitis, feline infectious anaemia, feline leaukaemia, feline infectious peritonitis, new diseases, etc) because the immune system is in a strong enough order to enable this.
Become empowered by the truth! Fear then fades into oblivion. Natural cat health is reliable, ageless and without anyone’s agenda.