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Fresh Water At All Times

This is one of the most important aspects about caring for your Kitten - Cat

fresh running water that is not warm or stagnate.

The cat does not have a natural thirst receptor, so that by the time your beloved feline goes to the water bowl for a drink they are already slightly dehydrated. The cat needs to be encouraged and stimulated to drink the amount of water that they require for healthy kidney function and general health.

You will often notice your cat maybe going to the kitchen or the bathroom sink and licking the tap faucet, this is because they of course prefer fresh running water as we also do, you yourself would not like to drink a glass of water that has been sitting  around all day or possibly longer, our feline friends feel the same way.

The Drinkwell water fountain has a charcoal filter that needs to be changed monthly (will depend on how many house cats are using it), this removes bad tastes and odors, free falling stream is the closet thing to a faucet, the ramp that the water flows onto reduces noise and splashing of falling water, adjustable flow control is also available. This particular model has a capacity to holds approx 1 .5  litres, with a reserve tank (additional accessory) it has a total capacity of over 3.5  litres. There is also a larger model called the Platinum which holds almost double that of the basic unit.

 

Common medical problems associated with dry food that is grain based

*       Diabetes

*       Kidney disease

*       Cystitis/Urethral blockage/Urinary tract infection/Crystals

*       Inflammatory Bowel Disease

*       Hairballs

*       Obesity

*       Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease)

*       Dental health

*       Asthma

 

  

Dietary Habits - Don't Kill your Cat with Kindness"

 

# The source of this information is from "Nutrition of the Domestic Cat" by VH Menrath, BVSc, BAgr, MACVSc, as published

in "Target" all breeds magazine of the Council of Federated Cat Clubs of Queensland and printed in an issue of "National Cat"

 

Your Cat is a True Carnivore

It is typical of the cat's independent nature that although it has been a companion of man for many centuries, it has

 generally refused to change its dietary habits. The cat has continued to hunt and provide for itself at every opportunity. In

 its natural state, the cat is a healthy and resourceful animal and as a hunter is second to none.

Recent nutritional studies have proved the cat to be a pure carnivore. It is unable to exist in its natural environment without

 a diet of tissues and organs of other animals. A wild cat eats all of its prey - hair, skin, flesh, bones and internal organs. 

Since the wild cat is a healthy animal with excellent teeth and bone structure, it has given us some clues in the search for a

 good diet for our domesticated companions. Cat owners often unknowingly cause nutritional diseases in their animals in a

 quest to provide a balanced diet.

Research studies indicate the cat's dietary requirements are unique.

Protein

The cat has an extraordinarily high requirements for protein. An adult cat needs 20% of its total daily calorie intake to be

 protein. This is about five times that required by a dog. Kittens need 30% protein for normal growth and development.

The majority of the protein has to be of animal origin. If a cat is fed exclusively on tinned dog food, it loses weight gradually

 and eventually becomes irreversibly blind.

Vitamin A

The cat is unable to synthesise Vitamin A from the plant pigment carotene and has to eat the vitamin in its true form. Cats

 have a high Vitamin A requirement, but excessive doses are more disastrous then deficiencies.

Raw liver is an excellent source of Vitamin A but cats often become addicted to eating liver, which causes excess bone tissue

 to be laid down in joints. The Vitamin A poisoning eventually causes permanent stiffness of the legs and neck.

Low grade Vitamin A deficiencies occur quite commonly, especially in breeding catteries, where stress caused through viral

 respiratory infection or pregnancy results in a rapid depletion of Vitamin A stored in the liver. This not only results in

 prolonged recovery from illness but is a common cause of sterility, reduced litter size and birth defects such as flattened

 chests and cleft palates.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is required for normal bone growth and development. Cats with Vitamin D deficiency develop a disease known as

 rickets. Rickets in cats is virtually unknown in Australia. This is because cats need only minute quantities and are able to

 synthesise Vitamin D in their skin under the influence of sunlight.

Over-zealous Vitamin D supplements in the diet, through cod liver oil and Vitamin D/calcium mixtures - can cause

mineralisation of body organs. Mineralisation in the heart, arteries and kidneys can lead to death.

Calcium

The most common man induced nutritional disease in young cats is bone disease due to a diet of too little calcium and

 excessive amounts of phosphorus.

Growing kittens rapidly acquire a taste for raw beef and stubbornly refuse to eat anything else. Although beef is an excellent

 source of protein and B vitamins, it contains very little calcium and large quantities of phosphorus - just the right

 ingredients for severe bone weakness which can cause permanent spinal and pelvic deformities.

Fats

Cats are not capable of utilising vegetable oils for all their requirements and need to have part of their daily diet as animal

 fat. Too much vegetable or fish oil can cause pancreatitis, known as 'yellow fat disease', where the fat pads and internal fat

 deposits become severely inflamed and painful.

Vitamin B

One of the most startling nutritional diseases in cats is due to thiamine or Vitamin B1 deficiency. Thiamine is essential for a

 healthy nervous system and raw meat and offal normally provide ample quantities of b vitamins. Yeast powder or tablets

 are also an excellent source of Vitamin B.

Thiamine deficiency can occur in two ways. The first is by feeding cooked meat and offal where the cooling process destroys

 all the B vitamins. The second is to feed a large proportion of the diet as raw fish, especially deep sea fish which contains

 enzymes that destroy thiamine.

Both these feeding methods will eventually lead to a disease called Chastek's paralysis which has neurological symptoms

 such as convulsions and paralysis - and finally permanent brain damage.

Summary

These unusual nutritional requirements of the domestic cat ensure it is extremely sensitive to man interfering with its

 natural diet. Ideally we should feed a diet of mice, rats, birds and other small prey - but this is impractical.

Cat breeders and owners are fortunate the pet food industry has studies their animals' needs to provide them with a wide

 range of good quality tinned and dried foods. These prepared foods are divided into two types - one provides a complete

 diet and the other must be supplemented with other foods.

It is important to distinguish between the two types. Vitamins and minerals are added to these prepared foods to prevent

 deficiencies.


 

 

Information on feeding Grain Free dry biscuits:

 

to your Cat/Kitten

 

              

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FELINE® FORMULA WITH ROASTED VENISON & SMOKED SALMON

CANYON RIVER FELINE® FORMULA WITH TROUT & SMOKED SALMON

 

Analytical Constituents:   ROCKY MOUNTAIN FELINE® FORMULA WITH ROASTED VENISON & SMOKED SALMON ::

Ingredients

%

Protein 42.0%
Fat Content 18.0%
Crude Fibres 3.0%
Crude Ash 8.3%
Moisture 10.0%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.8%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.3%
Calcium 1.9%
Phosphorus 1.2%

Additives

per kg

Vitamin A 10,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D 750 IU/kg
Vitamin E3 150 IU/kg

Trace Elements

mg per kg

Ferrous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 40 mg
Cupric Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 7.5 mg
Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 40 mg
Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 7.5 mg
Potassium Iodide 1.8 mg
Manganous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 14 mg
Manganous Oxide 14 mg
Manganese Sulphate 14 mg
Zinc Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 60 mg
Zinc Sulphate 60 mg
Sodium Selenite 0.3 mg
Taurine 0.1 mg

 

Analytical Constituents:   CANYON RIVER FELINE® FORMULA WITH TROUT & SMOKED SALMON::

Ingredients %
Protein 32.0%
Fat Content 16.0%
Crude Fibres 3.0%
Crude Ash 8.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.4%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.3%
Calcium 1.6%
Phosphorus 1.1%
Additives per kg
Vitamin A 10,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D 750 IU/kg
Vitamin E3 150 IU/kg
Trace Elements mg per kg
Ferrous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 40 mg
Cupric Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 7.5 mg
Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 40 mg
Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 7.5 mg
Potassium Iodide 1.8 mg
Manganous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 14 mg
Manganous Oxide 14 mg
Manganese Sulphate 14 mg
Zinc Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 60 mg
Zinc Sulphate 60 mg
Sodium Selenite 0.3 mg
Taurine 0.1 mg

 

 http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au

 

http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au/store-locations/

 

It’s the balanced diet that nature intended

Taste of the Wild produces premium, grain-free pet food formulas based on your pet’s ancestral diet. Each recipe is developed by veterinarians and nutritionists. All of our formulas rely on quality ingredients, using fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and probiotics designed to maximize nutritional health benefits for your pets.

Unique, Highly Digestible Animal Protein Sources


Unique meats, roasted or smoked for greater flavour. Our lean and highly digestible protein blends offer amino acid and fatty acid profiles to help support muscles, organ function, immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Developed By Veterinarians And Nutritionists


They choose the best meat, fruits, vegetables and other ingredients that promote optimal health of your pet. Each of our recipes also contain probiotics that aid digestion, boost immune systems and promote healthy active lifestyles.

A Grain-Free Diet To Optimize Digestion


These grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system. A diet free of grains and rich in protein will eliminate the possibility of food reactions to grain and optimize digestion for your cat.

 

We recommend & hope you will continue feeding Taste of the Wild as your first preference as it is ours, but

Canidae is still a good brand, but kittens & adult cats do prefer the taste much more of Taste of the Wild.

 A small amount of dry biscuits together with a raw meat

 diet is how we feed here, please, please do not be swayed into feeding the grain based dry biscuits such as Royal

 Cannin, Hills Science diet, Proplan etc.

 which seem to be the main ones that people believe are good for their cats, let alone any

 of the Supermarket varieties. Cat Dry Biscuits that are not Grain Free, are extremely taxing on

 your cats kidneys and are a contributing factor in many cats general health & well being, apart from the damage

they do and can lead to diet induced diabetes & Kidney failure.

 

If you are having difficulty finding a supplier, of Taste of the Wild Biscuits they

 

can be ordered on line or go to

 

 http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au

 

http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au/store-locations/

 

to find your nearest stockist.

OR

http://www.mypetwarehouse.com.au