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Feeding a Cat that Walks by Himself
Written By: Carol Petersen, RPh CNP - Pet Health Pharmacy


 
In Rudyard Kipling's beloved work of speculative fiction, "The Cat That Walked by Himself", he wrote that animals became domesticated by humans because of the food and shelter offered to them, but cats were the exception.  In cats' relationships with humans, they appeared to feel no obligations. Cats, unlike dogs, retained a bit of their wild nature.

 

Veterinarian Jean Hofve has written a comprehensive book titled, "What Cats Should Eat: How to Keep Your Cat Healthy with Good Food." We are often confused about what we, ourselves, should eat to stay healthy, much less how we should feed our beloved pets. This book is encyclopedic in its breadth of priceless information.

 

Dogs are omnivores and eat a wide variety of foods. In nature, cats eat only meat. They have teeth designed for tearing, not chewing. Dr. Hofve points out that neither commercial kibble nor canned food bears any resemblance to our cat's traditional diet of small animals. She teaches us how to read cat food labels and understand exactly what we are buying for our pets. She gives suggestions for nutritional supplements to make up for those nutrients that are not properly addressed in commercially available food. She also provides recipes if for preparing our pets' food ourselves. 
 

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Dear PHP Pete, 

 

My dog, Monty deMutt, and I were out for some fun at the dog park over the weekend and I noticed a lot of the animals were just lying around and not really playing. Monty deMutt would try to engage them, but they didn't seem to want to move. I mean it was 98 degrees out, but Monty deMutt was fine. Could the heat and humidity have really had that big an effect on them?

 

Sincerely - 

My Hair Hates Humidity

 

Dear Hair,

 

Your hair is not the only one that hates humidity - so does your dog! Heat and humidity are not your companions friend any more than they are yours. It sounds to me like the friends your Monty deMutt was trying to play with may have been heading toward heatstroke.

 

Heatstroke, or Hyperthermia, occurs when the body cannot combat the excessive heat it's encountering. Some of the most common symptoms are lethargy, panting, dehydration, excessive drooling and little to no urine output.

 

If you and Monty deMutt want to play outside during the hot times of the day, the best way to prepare is to make sure you have plenty of water on hand for you both - and maybe a spray bottle to mist his fur with. You could also just let him have some fun chasing fish at the local lake.

 

If you see an animal in distress, help their human by giving them water (not too cold at this point or it will cause the blood vessels to constrict and the animal to get hotter) and finding shade for them. If their human isn't around or they don't appear to have one, give them water - again, not too cold - and wrap them in a cool towel and call your local police or animal control to come and assist.

 

Have a fun and cool summer!

 

Source: www.petmd.com 

Sincerely,
Staff at Pet Health Pharmacy
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