Who let the cats out?

By admin on April 15th, 2010. 6 Comments.

Finally! Some sun! What better opportunity to try out my new camera? Of course I let the cats out :)

Albert enjoyed catching the sun rays immensely and was in a very playful mood :

Bruce Lee came to beg for rubs:

Dusty hung out with the black neighborhood cat on the front lawn. I suspect they were trying to catch a poor bird or squirrel. Dusty has brought me a sparrow but thankfully the little thing was able to get away from her teeth and survived.

This was quite funny. At first I didn’t think much of the video but when I watched a second time I noticed the territory and power game going on between LuLu and Moka. LuLu very clearly asserts herself as the matron of the territory. It is quite interesting:

 

Oh, I came across this video of Mia and Albert chilling together. It’s not great quality but it’s still cute.

 

  1. Robyn says:

    Great videos. Cats are so entertaining to observe. I love Lulu – she’s such an alpha. Beautiful babies! ;*

  2. Melanie says:

    I was looking at the different recipes in your website and there is a list of things you should NEVER feed cats, among them garlic and salt, yet the recipes contain these ingredients. Onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide) which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount. On the other hand, salt (but not table salt) contains potassium iodide which is a recommended nutrient. The best salt is sea salt. I look forward to your comments. (repeating comment as my email address was wrong)

  3. Irina says:

    Hi Melanie,

    Thank you for your comment :)

    I am very grateful for it, since it will start an interesting and beneficial discussion.

    Iodized salt is indeed beneficial to cats, however, not in the amounts that we humans use and definitely not table salt. The recipe I use for my own cats (raw chicken chunks) uses 1 tablespoon of light iodized salt, but this is for over 2Kg of food. I think the point here is not to give too much salt and to keep in mind the salt intake when giving cats table scraps.

    The recipe which uses garlic powder is an allergy recipe found in Anne Martin’s book. The reasoning here is that garlic powder will help with the allergies, but, since this is a special diet, it is not meant to be offered for an extended period of time. Also, garlic powder is not as detrimental to cats as garlic itself.
    Anitra Frazier routinely recommends garlic for cats throughout her book and mentions: “modern laboratory testing confirms that it does indeed have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antithrombotic properties. It also tends to lower blood sugar, strengthen intestinal walls, alkalize the system, aid in the expulsion of intestinal parasites, and render the body unappetizing to fleas.” So do not feed your cats garlic for an extended period of time but it can be used for certain health issues.

    The onion in Anne’s recipe is optional, however, as you pointed out, onions are highly toxic to cats. I will remove it as an ingredient altogether.

    You are right about the list of things to NEVER feed your cat, I will update it so that it is more accurate.

  4. Irina says:

    I would also like to add that I do not think that these recipes are the best for cats or that they should be given to cats for long periods of time. I am a strong believer that cats should eat raw meat. Once the meat is cooked, it loses its valuable nutrients. However, as I mention on the page, the recipes are meant to be used by those guardians who are not comfortable feeding raw, as an alternative to commercial food , which I believe should not be given to our companions.

  5. Melanie says:

    Thanks for your response. Of course salt is recommended but in small amounts, I just wanted to point out that it should not be in the list or listed with a warning, same thing about garlic. Listing ingredients as harmful and then including them in the recipes leads to confusion and doubt as to the soundness of the information.

  6. Irina says:

    I appreciate your comment. Garlic powder, however, was not listed as harmful.

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