Thoughts on Your Cat’s Nutrition

As founder of Feline Nutrition, I spend a lot of time thinking about cats. They are a huge part of my life and I confess we have quite a few, ten actually. My focus is always on cat nutrition, but you can’t spend time with cats without having them worm their way into every aspect of your life. Ask most people, and they’ll tell you their cats are part of the family. Ours certainly are. In my opinion, a house without cats is just a house, not a home.

One of the reasons that nutrition is so important for cats is that, as pets go, they live a long time. Currently, our cats are all over ten years old. I fully expect to have the same ten cats in ten years, maybe even fifteen. Barring accidents, all cats should live into their twenties. This means they are going to go through old age and, just like people, need to stay healthy to make the best of their senior years. Proper nutrition plays a huge role in their health.

Here are some of my thoughts about cats, cat food and what we can learn from our furry family members.

How to Think Like a Cat

Like anyone involved professionally with cats, I spend a lot of time trying to figure them out. That means really trying to understand how they think. As much as we count them as part of the family, they are not little humans. While some of their behaviors seem similar to ours, understanding what motivates them can be difficult. There is always the danger of attributing to them more than is really there. Recently, a friend told me a story about her son and his wife. They are new cat owners and love their cat dearly. They travel a lot. Her son reports their cat has been peeing on shoes when she sees the suitcases come out. Continued

Raw Meaty Bones for Cats: Adult Supervision Required!

I have always recommended feeding raw meaty bones to cats. They really need to do some serious gnawing and chewing – using those side teeth – to keep their teeth and gums in top shape. If you have read my previous blog posts, you’ll know about Thodin and her amazing teeth. She is over ten years old and has been a raw meaty bone-eater her whole life. Her teeth are plaque-free and the gums are in great shape. She’s never needed a dental and likely never will. This is how a cat’s mouth should be. She’s had over 2700 raw meaty bone meals over the last ten years. Then one day there was a problem. Continued

Let Me Tell You About Raw Cat Food. Hey, Come Back!

If you’re anything like me, as soon as you realized what a difference raw food for cats makes, you wanted to tell everyone all about it. You wanted to convince everyone to do what you did. If you’ve tried, you probably had mixed success, right? Why is that? Just think about what we’re saying. Basically, you’re telling someone what they’re doing is wrong, and you’ve got it right. You can see the problem. Nobody likes being told they are wrong. Ever. There are only two ways someone will be receptive to this kind of message. Continued

But Kitty, What Nice Teeth You Have…

One of the things critics of raw cat food diets point out is there isn’t much scientific evidence to back it up. I agree. There isn’t. Scientific studies cost money, and almost all nutrition research is funded by big pet food companies. You can see the problem. Why would they fund research that will show their product to be inferior to a diet appropriate for obligate carnivores? Well, they wouldn’t. So, raw food for cats gets little scientific study. Science supports this model of feeding, but does so in an oblique way due to the lack of direct research. What do we look to then? We look to anecdotal evidence. Continued

Sasquatch vs. My Cat

We have two calico cats. The kind with big patches of white, black or dark grey and orange tabby stripes. This coat color is always striking and a favorite the world over. I always thought it was cool that our calicos are really orange tabbies, with a white coat and a black coat mutation thrown in together. Makes for interesting combinations and random patterns. We’ve all seen the funny pictures on the internet of cats with unusual markings. Social media are full of cats with Hitler mustaches, strange eyebrows or heart shapes in the fur. Continued

I Worry About My Cat

The primary things cats worry about are food and safety. I delved into those worries in my last post. Basically, for a cat, that means eat and don’t get eaten. These concerns explain why cats can be so skittish and why they startle so easily. They know they are prey and quick reactions are life and death. It also explains why food can be such a bonding tool with your cat. Being the one who feeds her really does give you a leg-up on being at the top of your cat’s favorite person list. But, what do you worry about when it comes to your cat? Continued

Your Cat Worries About This

Everyone who shares their life with cats at some point wonders how they see the world. In the literal sense, they do see it differently than we do. Their distance vision is blurry, their close-up vision is pretty bad, too. They see the same colors. But, vision is not really what I’m thinking about. I’m thinking more about their outlook – what they care about. What do cats think is important in life? My answer would be food and safety. That’s not unusual; it’s what all animals, care about – people, too! With cats, though, the two may intersect in ways you might not think.

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