Serious about Cat Kibble?

What you feed us really matters, you know. My mummy has never given me cheap cat food, but as I get older my tummy gets less tolerant of treats, cheaper wet cat food and even the higher quality cat kibbles I used to love so much. I will tell you more here about a special kibble mummy is trying now and why it works well.

Why cats vomit frequently

There are many learned answers to that question on the kittywebs…. My mummy has read many of them. It is not normal for cats to vomit frequently any more than it is normal for you! Worms, hairballs and serious illnesses affecting pancreas, liver and kidneys can all cause vomiting. So can inner ear infections…. A visit to the vet really helps rule out the major causes, but what about those cats not helped by the medicines, pills and pokes? Sometimes it can be down to allergies and intolerances. We narrowed down food intolerances together you know. I would sometimes throw up, mummy would make a note on my feeding chart on the fridge. Anything with turkey, tuna, beef or salmon will upset me. Everything was fine until I recently started to throw up BEFORE meals….

Why do cats throw up an hour before meals?

Do you know cats get gastritis? This is due to our tummies getting very excited about an hour or two before meals. Even if we have food available on demand, this can be a problem. In the wild, we would start to hunt for food when our tummies told us we were hungry. Kitty’s tummies do this by producing more hydrochloric acid ready to digest meat.

Yes, I said MEAT! MEAT is what we eat, not cereals (yes, cats can often be gluten intolerant), other grains (rice is not a natural cat food), mixed poultry poo (that is what “poultry digest” really is!) Look at the ingredients of any wet cat food and the chances are it will contain a low percentage of a particular meat or fish to flavour it, unspecified and almost certainly mechanically or chemically recovered meat, unspecified “fish meal” and all sorts of junky vegetable protein and carbohydrates.

I was throwing up before meals because I had lost faith in my kibble too. When I got hungry and had to wait for feeding time, I would eat my premium kibble, but these unspecified meats, grains and fishes were bringing on that intolerance. It was a losing game whether I ate my kibble or not. If I ate the kibble I would vomit afterwards, if I didn’t, then gastritis would make me throw up BEFORE my breakfast gravy, whatever mummy gave me.

Mummy tried chicken breast, which I love, but it would give me the runs if I ate too much. Now we have discovered Applaws Adult Cat Food Chicken. Applaws is 80% chicken, 46% protein and totally grain and poo free! The other cats love it too. I will keep you posted how it works out, but right now I am enjoying my kibbles much more and vomiting less often.

Applaws comes in a variety of sizes and flavours, and is also available as a wet food to give your cats a treat! For now, we stick to the chicken, but for cats who can eat salmon, Applaws Cat Adult Dry Mix Chicken and Salmon and Applaws Adult Cat Salmon are both available too.

          

The Jewelry Cats’ mum writes frequently about keeping us happy, here are a few pages you might enjoy:

How to be a Top Cat in your Forever Home
How to build your own cat tree
Awesome cat mouse pads
Persian Cat Poetry
A cat tells you how to keep cats happy.
My extra tall cat tree!
Rescuing Persian Cats
Gentle solutions for litterbox problems
Persian Cats can help change guitar strings too!

Helping the Feral Cat – and an Obstacle courtesy of inefficient Carriers!

Nimrod is a semi-feral cat He or she (we can’t get close enough to look) loves living wild and appreciates the handouts we give but won’t come near. That causes me heartache – if I could vet Nimrod and give him the all clear he could become an indoor kitty like the three Persimews. No such luck.

This time of year I worry about how cold he must be. We bought him a kennel and that has an internal box insulated with bubble wrap and some old pillows. He likes his house, but with snow approaching I wanted to buy him a Self-Warming Pet Crate Pad to lay on. Amazon to the rescue of course and I decided to try the express delivery.

Then carriers DPD came into the equation. We stayed in – two wide awake adults in a small house, the front door open onto the porch. No knock, no ring, a grunt on the phone so short it didn’t even register a message and an email from DPD saying they couldn’t deliver because we were out. I didn’t know they had even attempted to deliver until I read those emails saying we had been out!

Now I had that problem with DPD once before – they delivered an Ebay parcel to a house the other side of the village with a similar address to mine. I never even knew until the lady phoned me. This time, said lady must have been out or still asleep because they certainly didn’t come here.

When I phoned, what followed was 15 minutes of circular argument. “Our driver knocked, he rang the bell, you were out, he left a card, he waited 5 minutes, he even rang the depot for your number and called you”. Again, and again all we got was defensive mantras backing up the driver’s rather shabby little story… NO WAY could their driver be lying or mistaken. What part of “perhaps he tried the wrong house” didn’t they get???

DPD’s customer service in this instance was so awful I rang Amazon in desperation. I love Amazon – this is the first ever late delivery and usually their things arrive days if not weeks early! The really helpful Amazon assistant got back to them and again, they went talking round in circles to him! Amazon however showed why I personally use them again and again. It is NOT uncommon apparently for carriers to let them down and blame the customers. He refunded my postage plus a little more as compensation for loss of time. On Monday I am to phone again if the parcel has not been delivered.

Nimrod meanwhile has inherited an extra cushion and the double bolster pillow from my bed until his new warmie shows up!