Posts Tagged ‘Cat food’

In 2005 I started a pet sitting business called Furry Friends Pet Sitting.  I thought “What a fun way to make a living. Play with dogs and cats all day. ” and it was fun; most days.  Other days it was a lot of hard work, dangerous driving, or extreme weather conditions.   Not so much fun.

Most sitters travel to their clients homes to provide pet care. This allows pets to remain in familiar surroundings while the family is away.  A great advantage for the dog or cat that would be overly stressed in a kennel environment.

When looking for a sitter be sure to do your homework.  Remember you are giving this person complete access to your home and pets while you are away.   Here are a few tips:

  1. Always meet your sitter in advance.
  2. Watch how your pet interacts with the sitter. Animals are usually good judges of character, usually.
  3. Ask about liability insurance.
  4. Ask for references and check them out.
  5. Ask what their backup plan is in case of emergency.
  6. Be honest with your sitter.  If your dog protects their property when you are away the sitter needs to know this.  If your pet is an escape artist the sitter needs to know this also.  If they are nervous or afraid the sitter needs to know.   Experienced sitters will be prepared if they know these things in advance.
  7. Leave updated contact information including veterinarian’s name and phone number, though sitters will ask anyway.
  8. Make sure you have enough supplies; dog food, cat food, litter etc…
  9. Ask your sitters rates, know their policies.
  10. Relax and know your pets will be playing, having fun, and getting spoiled.  Sort of like when auntie or grandma comes over.

Last year, I officially closed my pet sitting business.   The economy came to such a grinding halt the year before that I just couldn’t afford to keep it open.  Living in a rural area it was sometimes 10 or more miles one way between clients. Factor in having to make the trips two or three times a day and the gas alone was too much.

I have many happy memories and three of my pets because of Furry Friends.  It was “a fun way to make a living”.


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I want to share something I read this morning.  It comes from a pet store owner.

 I just wanted to let everyone know that we have a cat through one of our stores that died from Seizures Monday night after being sick all weekend. They had just switched over to the canned Wellness 2 weeks ago 😦

The kitty was diabetic pre-…switching to the Wellness which is why they came to see us for a *better* food. Thiamine is essential for nerve impulses. Diabetics tend to have nerve dysfunction. Thiamine too low = Diabetic kitty developed seizures.”

This is serious and as we know from the past, recalls have a way of snowballing.  They start with one batch or one flavor and grow.  While the PR departments are doing damage control we continue buying and feeding food that could be killing our pets. 

If you own a diabetic cat and have been feeding Wellness canned STOP!   If your cat, diabetic or not, has been eating Wellness and is not acting normally please call your vet immediately and have them seen.   Tell the vet they have been eating Wellness Cat Food.

Here are symptoms to be watching for:
                                   1. Ventroflexion of the neck
        (bending down of head with chin close to or touching neck)

                                   2.Muscle weakness
                                   3. Wobbly walking
                                   4.Dilated pupils
                                   6. Seizures
                                   7. Aggression

Though I can not recommend Instinctive Choice or Life’s Abundance for diabetic pets, I fully recommend it for any dog or cat that is not on a prescription diet.  

*On a personal note, my dogs and cats were eating Wellness and Old Mother Hubbard food before switching to Life’s Abundance.  It was during the giant pet food recall in 2007.  I switched because of the answers I received, or should I say did not receive,  regarding quality control.  With Life’s Abundance, your order goes from manufacturer, to our warehouse, to you.  Each purchase you make is logged under your account and you would be contacted directly if the need ever arose.  Thankfully, because of Dr Jane’s involvement at every level and the company’s commitment to quality,  we have never had a recall.   If you would like the phone number to corporate please send me a message and I will send it to you.

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On February 28, 2011,WellPet, maker of Wellness Pet Food, issued a press release announcing a voluntary recall.  According to the release and a letter from CEO Tim Callahan, the Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency was found during quality control testing.  To lessen confusion, the decision was made to recall all canned cat products falling under the stated date codes.

Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is not stored in the body and needs to be replenished with proper diet or supplements.  It maintains a healthy nervous system, and helps turn carbohydrates into energy.  With a good portion of today’s cats eating a diet much too high in carbs, a deficiency of this vitamin could cause a complete imbalance to the cat’s system. 

Thiamine deficiency in cats is not very common and can be found in cats who eat a poor quality food.  Therefore it is important to know what you are feeding your cat.   Make sure they eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high in meat protein. Do not feed a diet high in raw fish and avoid a preservative called Sulphur Dioxide, which inactivates Thiamine.

Some symptoms of Thiamine deficiency include:
Cervical Ventroflexion
Dilated Pupils

If you notice any of these symptoms a call to your veterinarian is a must.  Treatment might include a high quality diet, supplementation, and regular monitoring. 


Australian Veterinary Journal

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