The battle for safe food for ourselves and our fur family is never ending. And now the sneaky FDA approved of GMO (genetically modified organism) salmon. And as you know from the crazy defeat of California’s Proposition 37, manufacturers are not required to label GMO foods as such. It defies logic how anyone could be against knowing what they are eating.
Well, Cat Faeries cares. We care about you and we care about your cats. This article does not discuss cat food and GMO salmon (or other GMO’s) but it’s a good read to get you familiar with the reasons why this is so wrong. If they want to feed it to us, then of course they want to feed it to your cats.
Coming soon in The Cat Faeries Companion:
Why we do not eat fish of any kind, ever, including sea salt, sea weed, and fish oil.
Why we don’t like grain of any kind, ever.
Once again Susan Thixton, cat and dog food advocate has found tainted cat food, this time it’s canned, and this time it’s severe mold.
Merrick’s BG is very popular among those who know how harmful grain is and are looking for a good alternative to grain laden cat food. To us this mold problem is quite a breach of trust. We expect better from this company, and frankly any manufacture of food for our beloved furry friends.
Here’s the article with photos, including lot number and expiration dates:
Avoid these indoor holiday plants that are toxic or potentially lethal to cats!
Poinsettias, mistletoe and lilies – these are but a few of the indoor house plants that are toxic to cats! Here’s a complete list of cat-unfriendly houseplants.
Bringing flowers to a home with cats? Roses are a good choice BUT they should be grown locally, and better yet, they should be grown organically!
Why is organic important? Most roses sold in the U.S. come from Colombia or Ecuador where they are grown in greenhouses which use a shocking amount of pesticides.
Read more about the toxins in Colombian and Ecuadoran roses here:
Where to find organic or fair trade flowers:
I read a recent article about fire retardants and their effect on humans http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Chemicals-in-furniture-hard-to-avoid-4072857.php.
Arlene Blum who is quoted in this story has written extensively linking fire retardants to Feline Hyperthyroid when her cat Midnight suddenly became ill. While she is quoted in this story there is no mention of exposing the effects on cats. We’ve posted her article on cats before, but with so many new readers of our newsletter we wanted to bring it back, and with additional information.
An excerpt from an article which appeared in the New York Times, September 6, 2012:
The purge happened in 2007, after Blum’s 14-pound cat Midnight began losing weight. The vet diagnosed feline hyperthyroidism, a disease that was unknown until 1979 but is now considered one of the most common endocrine disorders in cats. Blum wondered if there might be a possible link between feline hyperthyroidism and penta, a flame retardant that was withdrawn from the market in 2004, so her vet suggested sending a vial of Midnight’s blood to a researcher in Illinois. Sure enough, Midnight’s blood was 28 parts per million penta. Thinking that flame retardants in her aging sofa might be migrating into her household’s dust, Blum got rid of it. Four years later, the penta levels in her dust had dropped to 3 parts per million from 95 parts per million.
You’ll want to read this article to learn more about the toxins which could be in your furniture, as well as to learn about this fascinating woman who climbs mountains (she was the first woman to attempt Mt Everest), is an environmental health scientist, author, she teaches executives how to work with other cultures, and so much more – and she’s 67 years old! Thank goodness for us she has so much energy and smarts! And she loves cats. We love HER!
We are big on urging people to replace litter boxes annually for two big reasons. No matter how much you scoop and clean, even use Anti Icky Poo cleaner once or twice a month to help with litter odor control they still get stinky after awhile and this can bother the cat. And goodness knows we don’t want to do anything to cause a cat to develop “litter box aversion.” Another plus to replacing boxes annually, we help to ensure a nice neutral smelling home for all who enter it.
But, we also detest land fill and waste. So what to do with those old litter boxes? We posed this question to our Face Book fans and here are the replies. If you have a clever idea, email us and we’ll include it in a future newsletter. Please put “uses for old litter boxes” in the subject line.
Debra: “Use to establish seedlings.”
Tara: “A flower box”
Jody: “My partner uses them to store messy garage stuff”
Sandi: “I knew a man who used one when changing the oil in his car”
Brenda: “I use aluminum roasting pans, cheap. Dump out soiled litter, put pan in the recycling bin”
At least once a week we are asked what cat food we endorse. And just about every time we say that we like one – bingo – there’s a recall or we learn the company was sold to a corporate giant, or the ingredients changed. For example, Susan recently told us that Science Diet will be adding PLASTIC to their food. Seriously? If you are a long time reader of The Cat Faeries Companion you know that plastic is a cancer cell’s best friend and is otherwise unsafe and toxic.
Susan Thixton is a crusader for truth in cat and dog food labeling as well as she tirelessly stays on top of harmful ingredients, GMO’s, and cat and dog food recalls. You MUST subscribe to her Truth About Pet Food newsletter to stay informed. The world of cat food changes all the time, we need someone like Susan to keep us posted!