Kitten nutrition information:
Your young kitten (12 weeks old) requires at least 1.5 times as much protein and 3 times as many kilocalories per pound as adult cat. They need complete and balanced GROWTH FORMULA to get enough nutrients for growth and development of bones, muscles and other tissues.
Our babies have a good quality dry food (to nibble on) and fresh clean water available to them for 24 hrs.
It is not their main food, but they can snack on it whenever they feel like it.
Cats are carnivorous and you can read everywhere on the Internet how bad some commercial dry food is for them. So please read the labels and use only the best dry food, if possible grain free.
Our adult cats are on the raw meat diet, often mixed with some canned food, like Friskies (less then 30%). They get it twice a day. Feeding wet food is very important, if you want to prevent kidney problems. Cats do not drink enough water and wet canned food helps to avoid kidney stones and infections and saves you a lot of money on the vet bills.
So - keep your cat on the best Atkin's diet. The basic rule is: protein - YES, fat - YES, carbohydrates - NO.
Read the labels. Carbohydrates make up to 40% of commercial dry food and your task is - to avoid them!
Cats are strict carnivores and require much higher percentage of protein than ANY commercial food provides. They need arginin and taurin, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A and arachnoidic acid. Read the labels. Sugar and starches (carbohydrates) should not be a part of your cat's diet. No corn, no rice, no wheat... Read the labels.
MILK is the main food source for kittens and they like it! It contains LACTOSE - a milk sugar (carbohydrate). SOME cats (as well as some people) develop later in their lives a deficiency of LACTASE - an intestinal enzyme, which digests LACTOSE. This often causes diarrhea if cow's milk is used to feed cats.
We use goat milk (from Walmart) and our kittens love it! Walmart provides fresh, dry and evaporated goat milk. All are good.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAT HAPPY AND HEALTHY:
Before you bring your kitten home, get a washable plastic litter box - our kittens prefer open one. They do not need privacy and some cats may feel trapped in the space with only one entrance. The rule is - one box per cat plus one. Use clumping litter or biodegradable saw dust pellets - they will be happy with both.
1. Get the best dry and wet food you can afford and add some row meat or hearts or sometimes chicken liver to it.
2. Keep her hydrated as much as you can. Running water helps to increase intake. Add water to canned food with meat.
3. Play with her in a daily basis, provide toys.
4. Keep a nice environment with hiding areas, bedding and toys.
5. Give her some sunshine and fresh grass in the pot, to nibble on.
6. Provide a safe and stress-free home.
To keep her happy - make for her a small, fenced outside run - CATIO.
WHAT IS THE BEST NUTRITION FOR CAT - to simplify: It is a food made from animals. It is NOT a food made from plants.
1. What to absolutely avoid in the main 5 ingredients of the commercial cats food:
·Proteins from corn (“corn gluten meal” “corn meal”)
·Proteins from soy (“soybean meal”, “soy flour”, “soy meal”)
·Grains such as wheat, white rice. They are high in gluten.
·Rye. It is very harsh to digest and pets don’t like it.
·When 3 of first 5 ingredients are grains
·Potatoes (except sweet potatoes). They are high-glycemic, causing peaks in sugar blood.
·Tapioca, is high-glycemic.
·Artificial preservatives and colorants
There are grain free dry cat foods out there, but they have high amount of potato, peas or other carbs.
So - if you see ONLY peas or ONLY sweet potato in the first five ingrediences, you can use it. Peas is better - high protein and high fiber. Compensate for it by giving to your cat daily canned food with added raw chicken or turkey or beef meat (or cooked chicken meat, if you have problem with raw), sliced chicken hearts or giblets or liver and add some water. She will get her protein and taurin this way.
1/ Our kittens are strictly on mother's milk for the first 3-4 weeks of their lives.
2/ Than we start feeding them cooked and blended chicken meat (same like human babies food). They also get goat milk, sometimes mixed with yolk. No raw egg white, please!
3/ Some of them like also rehydrated best quality dry food, again mixed with raw meat. Hot water works better for rehydration.
Later on the kittens get slowly used to their moms diet, which is:
4/ Raw chicken grind with bones, mixed with chicken hearts, giblets - cut to slices and some chicken liver also cut to slices (from Walmart). We grind and freeze chicken meat at home and we use Dr. Lisa Pierson recipe.
We also add some cat vitamins powder from Revival and some Calcium. They get this twice per day when they are growing - for a year. Later they get it once a day for life.
I know it is a little complicated to make a raw food daily just for one or two kittens. So - simplify.
Give them a good quality canned food twice a day (later on, when they stop growing, once a day is OK)
and improve it substantially with some very fresh or frozen grind meat. Couple of times a week you can slice into it very fresh giblets, hearts, liver.
(And have a nice grass for them available in the pots to nibble on.)
Dry food: We use Wellness, Before B.G.Grain, Taste of Wild, Blue Buffalo.
Some kittens like the small of Royal Canine food (a pink bad - for kittens) so much, that we still have to add to their better quality giblets.
But you can find even better dry foods: Petcurean Go! Fit Grain free, Orijen Cat and kitten, Accana Grassland grain free...
If the stools are loose, liver has to be cooked first, or limited. And some IAMS DIGESTIVE CARE rehydrated giblets take care of loose stools as well. (Pink bag.) Hot water rehydrates them faster.
Plain yogurt should be OK and will help them with the digestion, but only the REAL ONE with a live Lactobacilus, made from full milk. (Not faked low fat yogurt with agar or starches as it is served to us.)
Milk tolerance and intolerance is very individual after the age of 12 weeks. Use goat milk first. It is safe. You can use also dry or evaporated goat milk ( Walmart). Most of them love it and they can digest it successfully till the old age. Evaporated cows milk is also easier digested than the fresh one.
And again - protein and fat are good for cats. Do not buy low fat milk.
If your kitten has "a diet mistake diarrhea", try pure pumpkin puree. No spices or sugar added.
Higher Survival Rates For Heart Attack Victims Who Own A Cat
One of the first studies indicating the heart benefits from cat ownership appeared in "Public Health Reports" in 1980. It showed that the survival rates of heart attack victims who had a cat were 28 percent higher than those of patients who didn't have an animal companion. "The health effects seem to be very real and by no means mystical," says Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. "Contact with companion animals triggers a relaxation response," he says.
More recent studies have shown survival rates for heart attack victims who had a cat are 12% longer than for those who did not have one, according to researcher Erica Friedmann.
In that study, only 5.7 percent of 53 pet owners, compared with 28.2 percent of 39 patients who did not own pets, died within a year of discharge from a coronary-care unit.
“The effect of cat ownership on survival was independent of the severity of the cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Erika Friedmann, who worked on the study. “That is, among people with equally severe disease, cat owners were less likely to die than non-owners.
In fact, according to a study of how psychological factors contribute to recovery rates for heart-disease patients, cat ownership ranked highest – above even such factors as a spouse or a supportive family – in determining the patient's prognosis for long-term survival.
Lower Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that owning a cat can:
Lower blood pressure
Lower cholesterol levels
Lower triglyceride levels
Less Doctor Visits
People who own pets, have been shown to be less stressed and require fewer visits to their physicians than non-owners.
Rebecca Johnson, a professor of gerontological nursing at the University of Missouri at Columbia, showed that interaction with cats does, in fact, reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The ability of companion pets to reduce our overall stress level probably accounts for most of their life-extending qualities.
Purring Can Improve Healing
The type of frequencies that are found in the cat's purr are good for healing muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, as well as for muscle strengthening. Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing.
This association between the frequencies of cats' purrs and improved healing of bones and muscles may provide help for some humans.
Seniors and Pets
Numerous studies have shown that just visiting with a cat or dog results in decreased feelings of loneliness for seniors in nursing care facilities. When they go to a nursing home, the seniors lose all their possessions. They need to belong, love and be accepted. The dog or cat gives unconditional love.
Studies prove that owning a cat, or a pet in general, not only contributes to a person's feelings of well-being and overall happiness,
but people who own a cat actually live longer than people who don't have a cat! The reasons are most likely related to an array of
psychological factors, such as the facts that owning a pet decreases loneliness and depression, encourages laughter and nurturing,
and stimulates exercise.
These medical studies perhaps just prove what most of us already know, that life is much better with a favorite animal pal.
"A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor."
"Dogs eat. Cats dine." Ann Taylor
NUTRITION INFORMATION AND kITTEN CARE
KAISER OPERA CATTERY
Purring is an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.
If you have other pets in your home, you have to find the way how to feed just your kitten and not EVERYBODY!
These pictures show our way to do it.
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