Cats and Vitamin D

We’ve all read articles that we modern people are deficient in disease preventing Vitamin D. Mostly because we just don’t get out and enjoy the outdoors like we used to allowing sunshine and it’s Vitamin D to enter our bodies through our skin and eyes, especially during the early morning. Could it be that our modern housecats are deficient as well? We asked Issac Newton, feline journalist and cat about town who knows everything to chime in! Read the article, then have a quick 10 minute sunshine bath, outside, glasses off, no sleeves!


Newton’s Purrspective – Cats and Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps regulate mineral metabolism, including calcium balance, making it essential for strong bones and teeth. It is called the “sunshine vitamin” because ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/ You may ask, “Is this why my cat enjoys sleeping in the sun so much?” Actually, no. We just love being warm. (purr purr) Because of our beautiful fur we are not designed to process Vitamin D this way. We need to get it from our food.


Isaac Newton
 
 

In the wild our natural prey provides all the nutrients we need. Housecats must rely on a balanced diet provided by humans, and a good quality commercial food is often all we need. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely rare in cats. However, since Vitamin D is stored in body fat excessive consumption could lead to toxicity. Surprisingly, the most common source of toxicity is a chemical used to kill rodents. http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/toxicity/c_ct_vitamin_d_toxicity High levels of Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)) increase the calcium circulating in blood to toxic levels.

Clinical signs include:

One last meow on commercial cat food. If you are feeding dry food alone be sure Kitty has plenty of fresh water. Fatty acids are added to the food, but may not be sufficient to maintain healthy skin and fur. Choose a high quality supplement such as Cat Faeries’ ProNova Fish Oil which is free of environmental toxins.

 
 

How music affects our cats

By Cheryl Christine (composer of the CD Mood Music for Cats (and Cat Lovers): A Ball of Twine sold on Cat Faeries)

I recently read an article by Charles Snowden, a professor of clinical psychology at UW Madison, and the lead author on a new study of the effect of music on cats. He took his music and his team to homes with cats to test their reactions to the ranges, tempos and sounds. Then he played classical music, and found the felines responded more favorably to his specialized cat music.

Snowden seemed to suggest in his article that it’s “us” humans who pick out the music for our pets and assume they are going to like it. He states most studies don’t offer any concrete evidence as to what the effects of music are on animals and hopes to close the gap with more facts through his research.

I am a professional singer, songwriter and performer for over forty years – and I love animals! I have also done a study on the effect of music on cats – at a local animal shelter. I composed music of different instruments, ranges, tempos and sounds. I played my music in the cat room where 15 to 20 cats awaited adoption. (These were abandoned, or abused cats.) I also played classical and country music to see if there was a difference in the response from the cats. The study went on almost daily over a three year period and I found the felines responded more positively toward the music I composed. They actually gathered near the speaker!

I agree with professor Snowden that more research on the effects of music on animals needs to be done. I also know this…music has profound effects on the brain which in turn affects mood and behavior. We humans place a lot of our own emotions onto our beloved pets, which is why we think they’ll love a certain kind of music when we leave the house. That’s understandable. Mood Music for Cats (and Cat Lovers) isn’t “clinical” research music, however it offers specific benefits for calming and relaxing through ranges of tones and instruments that are pleasing to the ear for both humans and felines. Sure, I use catchy song titles such as “Tuna Sonata” or “Catatonia” because I like to keep things light and fun! But the music has been tried and true and cats seem to love it!


Here’s what a Cat Faeries customer told us about the music from Mood Music for Cats (and Cat Lovers): A Ball of Twine.

Dear Cat Faeries,

I recently adopted a shelter cat who had been mistreated. My new cat had been hiding in the closet, terrified of her new surroundings. The closet is in the same room that my computer is in. I found your website and I found A Ball of Twine, and saw that I could press a key to listen to a sample. I kept hitting the key and playing the sample over and over. After a few minutes my new cat ventured out of the closet ready to explore her new home! Thank you!

A question from a customer about Convivial House Cat and a cat with cancer

Hi Cat Faeries,

I have a question about your new product Convivial House Cat. We have two cats Woody and Cleo.. Woody lately has been more aggressive towards Cleo, especially around feeding time. He keeps jumping on her, etc. Cleo is also being treated for Cancer (doing very well right now) and is taking the chemo drug Chlorambucil and also Prednisolone by pill. My question: Is there any active ingredient in Convivial which might cause any adverse effects on Cleo?

L. and T.


Dear L. and T.

Thank you for writing! I’m sorry you are dealing with a cancer – not easy. But it sounds like she is doing well and we are very happy to know that.

There isn’t anything about Convivial House Cat that could or would conflict. If anything, everyone will be happier and that means everyone is healthier. It should help Woody not be so panicked about Cleo being sick.

Convivial House Cat is versatile . . . you can add it their food/water, but if you have any hesitation, spray it around the house.

I’m thinking that Woody is responding to Cleo’s health. You’ve probably read about those cancer sniffing dogs. Cats also smell things like cancer or other illnesses. Have you noticed that when you are on medication, especially if it’s strong, or you are around a person who’s on medication, you can smell something unusual? I think he’s smelling things which he doesn’t understand and he’s responding in a negative way – which is understandable.

Why not feed one of them in a separate room, with the door shut. Let them eat (give them 30 minutes or so) then collect the food bowls. Feeding them separately brings down the tension level, dramatically. If that’s not practical for your home then move the bowls as far apart as you can.

Wiping Cleo down with baby wipes might help move some of the odor Woody could be smelling.

I’m working on tomorrow’s newsletter which is about feeding our cats coconut oil. One of its benefits is that it can prevent some cancers. I hope you enjoy the article. Keep me posted about how the cats do, especially if you decide to try a bottle of Convivial House Cat.

Best wishes to all !!

Cat Faeries

When Should Your Cat See an Eye Doctor?

A cat’s eyes view the world with razor sharp detail and precision, and generally a healthy cat will have good vision for all 9 lives. But things can cause loss of vision and it’s best to know what can go wrong, how it can go wrong, and where to seek out the best help. A veterinary eye specialist who has extra diagnostic skills would be your cat’s new best friend.

Cat Faeries trusty feline friend Newton gives us the cat’s eye view of feline vision health, and the medical conditions which can affect it.


Newton’s Purrspective – When Should Your Cat See an Eye Doctor?

Have you ever taken your cat to an eye doctor?

Most people assume cats have nearly perfect vision. In reality their visual acuity is in the range of 20/100 to 20/200. This means that what a cat can see at 20 feet a person can see at 100-200 feet. Of course, we do excel at night vision, needing only 1/6 the amount of light a human would need. http://www.businessinsider.com/pictures-of-how-cats-see-the-world-2013-10 Being nearsighted is no handicap for us at all. The real problem is the eye diseases cats get, some of which can lead to permanent blindness.


Isaac Newton

The most frequently diagnosed ailment is conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the mucous membranes around the eye. It is highly contagious, but curable if treated promptly. Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment. In addition, you may wish to supplement this with a holistic remedy such as Colloidal Defense, which has many immune system benefits beyond helping eyes heal. Cats also need a calm environment to recover from any illness and to remain healthy. I have four feline siblings and I don’t know what we would do without Convivial Housecat and the Ball of Twine CD. (People enjoy this music too!)

More serious eye conditions include:

An ocular discharge or pawing at the eye are clear signs that professional help is needed as soon as possible. A scratched cornea from rough play is very painful! However, some problems have no obvious symptoms and can only be diagnosed with special instruments such as an ophthalmoscope. When Kitty has an exam your vet will evaluate both eye condition and overall health. (An eye problem can be related to other health issues.) You may then be referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist for additional diagnostics and care.

Cataracts are visible as a cloudiness in the center of the eye. Left untreated they can lead to glaucoma. http://www.veterinaryeyeinstitute.com/cataract-surgery/

Symptoms of glaucoma include pain and swelling of the eyeball. Blindness occurs rapidly if the pressure inside the eye is not reduced. Medications to relieve pain and reduce pressure will be prescribed, but in some cases surgery may be needed. http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/glaucoma-in-cats/3938

Uveitis has variable symptoms including squinting, light sensitivity, tearing and discoloration of the eye. http://animaleyecare.net/diseases/uveitis/ The cause, though often difficult to determine, is usually trauma, infection or cancer. The chosen treatment will depend on the probable cause. If glaucoma is also present this MUST be treated as well. Immune system support is vital. (Colloidal Defense helps support the immune system.)

Melanomas are the most common eye tumors in cats. Usually areas of increased pigmentation are visible. However, please note that not all increased pigmentation is pathological – discoloration is often benign. My sister, Tommy Lee Jones, has “iris freckles” in one eye. Don’t take chances with your cat’s eyes. Only a trained professional can make a diagnosis. http://veterinaryvision.com/for-veterinarians/clinical-forum/specific-disease-topics/feline-ophthalmology/

The most common diseases leading to blindness are:

  • uveitis (may be associated with infection or trauma)
  • retinal detachment (often associated with high blood pressure due to hyperthyroidism)
  • trauma (provide a safe environment and trim toenails to decrease risk)

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/vision.cfm

An eye exam should be part of your cat’s regular veterinary checkup, as well as blood tests for hyperthyroidism in senior cats. However, if you suspect any problems with your cat’s eyes please seek professional help as soon as possible. Prompt treatment may save Kitty’s sight.

It’s not a dream, cats can get along!

Sometimes we get lucky and have a multi cat household of cohesive convivial cats who get along, even adore each other often laying in piles grooming each other into a blissful state. Then there’s everyone else! For those homes which aren’t so lucky we’ve got the goods to calm down those feisty felines or that one cat who thinks that the others are worthy of their wrath! We’ll help you create or restore peace and harmony.

Little things you can do:

  • Space food bowls far apart. Carnivores can get territorial and possessive over their food bowls
  • If you can, allow individual cats to have their own room (like a bedroom) to dine in. This works when you feed two meals a day with the door closed for a half hour.
  • Soft music and other noises in the home work wonders. While you are gone during the day classical music soothes the nerves and activates parts of the brain which calm body, mind and spirit.
  • When you see a fight or tiff about to begin – no yelling, simply distract them. You might pick one up and move to another room, you might walk between them, you might engage them in play.
  • Keeping a clean litter box is vital. When the smells of urine or feces get too strong feline fighting can break out.
  • Have enough toys so that the more assertive cats don’t hog them all!

It’s not a dream beyond your reach. Convivial house cats are in your near future because you’ve got Cat Faeries in your back pocket. We’ve spent many years crafting just the right products to turn cats into buddies and besties!

Convivial House Cat is something we are extremely proud of. The customer feedback often moves us to tears because they are so delighted about what it’s done for their cats and their home.

Convivial House Cat is totally versatile – it can go into food and water. It can be sprayed around the house.

To compliment Convivial House Cat by fine tuning and zeroing in on specific problems or difficulties you are seeing with your cats we have our famous flower essence formulas crafted for the psyche and emotions of the modern house cat.

Multi Cat Household – helps pull the cats together to experience the family bond, the friendship bond. Lessens tensions in homes that might not be big and spacious. They’ll even like their human housemates better!

From Bully to Buddy – some cats just love to boss everyone else around. They might pick on a cat (or other animal) whose personality and temperament is soft, gentle and timid. There’s not much worse than seeing one cat stalk another. Let’s take that bully cat and see a new cat that’s at least tolerant and friendly!

Territorial Rescue – ok kitty, you will soon discover that not everything is “MINE MINE MINE”! Share! Don’t be so hot and bothered because there are others around in the house and outside of the house!

Calm and Serene – it’s like a yoga session in a bottle!

Crystals – placed around the house, by the food and water bowls, in and around beds spread around happy vibes! And that’s not all, you can spray Convivial House Cat on them, you can put drops of a flower essence formula on them and they’ll beam the healing energy to where it needs to go – right to those testy or nervous pocket tigers!

A Ball of Twine – original compositions and melodies created to soothe a cat’s nerves – and yours. Lovely music, lullabies for the brain and soul.

Cats and Lyme Disease – Birds can be carriers of ticks

We’ve all heard of the zillions of reasons to keep cats inside a loving home as a means of protecting them from various feline specific diseases and assaults from humans, cars, and bikes. But here’s another very important reason for keeping our cats indoors: Lyme Disease.

Outside cats often catch birds. Recently we learned that birds can be carriers for ticks and Lyme Disease. The bird that Fluffy proudly drops on your pillow or on the doorstep could have multiple ticks. Those loathsome parasites look for a new host when the bird dies. This host could be your cat, it could be you.

http://www.hiltonpond.org/ArticleBirdTicksMain.html

How many readers suffer from Lyme disease or know people who are? And how many of those people showed horrible symptoms before the disease was diagnosed and treated? We won’t go into that aspect we just want you to be aware that if your cat goes outside Lyme Disease is added to the list of reasons to keep kitty inside.

Ticks are not just found on deer. Lyme disease carrying ticks can be found on other animals including:

  • Dogs
  • Other Cats
  • Birds
  • Mice and other wild rodents
  • Rabbits
  • Possums
  • Raccoons
  • Horses
  • Cattle

Ticks are spreading like wildfire and so is Lyme disease. This article talks about how Climate Change is a tick’s best friend and another reason why global heating is our enemy.

http://grist.org/list/ticks-are-spreading-and-so-is-lyme-disease/

Symptoms of Lyme Disease for cats:

  • Many cats do not show symptoms – a vet’s exam would detect ticks on the cat’s body
  • Lameness of the limbs from inflammation
  • Acute lameness which lasts for a few days, generally three or four days, but can reoccur
  • The lameness can show up in one leg, then move to another leg
  • Kidney problems: be on the lookout for vomiting, less appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, increased urination, thirst, and bloating of the stomach area
  • Stiff walk with an arched back
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Rare: heart abnormalities and nervous system complications

If your cat or you develop Lyme disease you’ll want a protocol from the veterinarian or MD. Along with their treatment Colloidal Defense can be an ally in killing Lyme Disease. You would use it 3 or 4 times per day. We are told that the most important time of day is to take it at night, right before bed. It’s also important to take it on an empty stomach. You may also apply it topically.