Are you a professional cat sitter or a cat shelter volunteer concerned about bringing home diseases, or smells which could upset your cats?

When your cat faerie was a cat sitter, and an SPCA cat socializer, and sold our cat products at cat shows she devised a method for removing the smells of other cats, and to make sure that diseases had not hitched a ride.

Enter the house through the garage. At the washing machine change into fresh clothes and shoes which you placed there before you left. Toss the clothes into the washer, then go inside the house. With warm soapy water wash hands up to the elbow, and be sure you get between your fingers too. Your cats probably won’t detect the smells of other cats and there’s no worry about making your cats sick.

Homeopet homeopathic remedies for your cat. Match up your cat’s symptoms with the formulas.

We really love the Homeopet natural line of remedies and have been fans for many years. The founder of Homeopet is a doctor and researcher and he’s put decades of knowledge gathering and keen attention to detail into these products. Everything is of the highest quality, no scrimping because the products are for animals like we may find in the products of other companies. And you know how we are at Cat Faeries – total fuss budgets when it comes to quality!

The chart below will allow you to match up your cat’s symptoms to the correct remedy.

In some cases you might want to use two remedies. Why? Well, because one of them might unlock the cause but not cure. The other will work with the first remedy to cure. Here are some examples:

Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea

You would alternate doses. So, every 2nd dose –switch. You would dose 3 times a day. In the AM, around lunchtime, and then again in the PM.

Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea PLUS Cleanz – Detox

The addition of Cleanz Detox will remove the toxins which could be the cause of the skin problems.

You would follow the same dosing pattern as above BUT with each dose wait 30 minutes and give a dose of Cleanz Detox.

A combination we are particularly fond of is:

Cleanz Detox and Digestive Upsets


You would dose in the same manner we explained for Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea.

We also like Joint Stress and Cleanz – Detox in combination with each other as older cats have painful joints and years of toxin build up.

You would dose in the same manner we explained for Skin & Itch and Skin & Seborrhea

Behavior • Anxiety • Stress

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Barking, whining, howling, yelping, crying
  • Pacing, panting, restlessness
  • Hiding under table, in bathroom, behind couch
  • Cowering, trembling, shaking
  • Drooling, vomiting, pooping
  • Destructive behavior
  • Bolts, runs away
  • Home alone/Separation
  • Boarding/Kenneling
  • Vet/Groomer visits
  • New arrivals to home
  • Strangers/Visitors

Anxiety Relief
(liquid drops)

  • Storms (thunder, lightning, wind, heavy thunderous rain, tornados)
  • Change in barometric pressure
  • Fireworks, firecrackers
  • Loud noise/traffic noise/airplanes flying by
  • Gunshots, bangs, explosions

Anxiety TFLN
Thunderstorms
Fireworks

(Liquid drops)

  • Fear of car and will not get in
  • Car motion, travel sickness
  • Vomiting, drooling, cowering
  • Cries, barks, whines
  • Restless in car, panting and pacing
  • Car trips
  • Boat trips
  • Train trips
  • Airplanes/Flying

Travel Anxiety
(Liquid drops)

Upper Respiratory

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Sneezing, runny nose, congestion
  • Watery or runny eyes
  • When they breathe, you can hear it
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Sinus infection
  • Cat or dog flu
  • Allergies
  • Colds

Nose Relief
(Liquid drops)

  • Dry cough, wet cough, barky cough
  • Wheezy cough
  • Hoarse
  • Kennel cough
  • Bronchitis
  • All coughs

Cough
(Liquid drops)

Recovery • Health • Healing

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Recovery from injury
  • Wounds, cuts, bleeding, scratches
  • Post surgery
  • Sprains, bruising, breaks
  • Tail injury
  • Accidents and road traffic accidents
  • Surgery
  • Accidents and traffic accidents
  • Recovery
  • Fighting

First Aid
(Liquid drops)

  • Infection
  • Swelling, pain and shock from injury
  • Wounds that won’t heal, non-responsive wounds
  • Promotes rapid healing in wounds, cuts, bites and burns
  • Surgery
  • Accidents and traffic accidents
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Bites
  • Burns
  • Scratches

HP Healing Cream
(Topical)

Cleans the system of all the toxins the body has accumulated over the years. These toxins come from a variety of areas: spot on treatments, yard sprays, house sprays, air fresheners, wormers, shampoos and preservatives in foods are just some of the areas. The toxins build up in the system and decrease liver and kidney functions which results in the pet looking and acting less healthy.  Also purges radiation.

Cleanz – Detox
(Liquid drops)

Senior Cats and other animals

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Lameness, stiffness, difficulty rising or climbing stairs
  • Limping or holding foot up
  • Hip, joint and back pain
  • Weak hind legs
  • Pain with movement
  • Arthritis
  • Hip displasia
  • Older pets
  • Previous injury

Joint Relief
(Liquid drops)

  • Leaking during sleep/constantly dribbles
  • Puddles or urine stains on carpet
  • Urinary incontinence (old age or fear based)
  • Spayed females/neutered males

Leaks No More
(Liquid drops)

  • Stomach upset, vomiting
  • Cats that throw up 20 minutes after eating
  • Gas, doggie farts and flatulence
  • Diarrhea, loose stool
  • Constipation
  • Bad, smelly or sour breath
  • Colic bloating
  • Constipation
  • Poor digestion
  • IBD
  • Older pets
  • Overindulgence
  • Food allergies

Digestive Upsets
(Liquid drops)

Skin and Coat Allergies

Your Pet’s Symptoms

Possible Causes

Suggested Remedy

  • Constantly scratches
  • Biting, licking, chewing, gnawing
  • Skin irritation and/or eruptions
  • Hair loss
  • Skin allergies
  • Seasonal allergies

Skin & Itch
(Liquid drops)

  • Smelly ears with wax buildup, ears smell like stale cheese.
  • Ear infections
  • Oily, greasy coat, bad, poor dull coat
  • Dandruff, dander, flaky coat
  • Dogs stinks despite regular shampooing and grooming with different medicated shampoos
  • Airborne allergies and seasonal allergies
  • Chronic skin conditions

Skin & Seborrhea
(Liquid drops)

  • Nasty, red, oozing spot
  • Wound-like spot with no hair/dry, scaly skin
  • Bald spot/s
  • Licks and chews at same spot
  • Local allergies

Hot Spots
(Liquid drops)

  • Flea bites normally found in areas fleas congregate: base of tail, head, inside of legs
  • Scabs, sores, chewing hair off, skin discoloration
  • Chewing, licking, itching, scratching
  • Hive-like red spots
  • Bug bites, including fleas
  • Flea allergic dermatitis

Bug Bites
(Liquid drops)

A beautiful story of two beloved cats written by a Cat Faeries customer

We so love people who love cats. And we love people who can tell a good tale probably as much as you do. We hope your heart is warmed, faith in humanity is restored, and that you give your cats a big hug and lots of kisses. Here’s Judy’s story about Casper and Marshmellow:

My Wonderful Cat Faerie,

On Wednesday, our Marshmellow passed away suddenly. We think it was a heart attack. The morning began as it always did. I petted him on the couch and cleaned the sleep from his eyes (Casper used to lick them clean but when he passed away, it became my job). Then I went into the kitchen to wash his bowls and make his breakfast while he went to the sliding glass doors that lead to our deck so he could watch the birds. That was his favorite thing to do. No sooner than I suds-up the bowls did I hear a terrible cry from Marshmellow. It sounded like the sound he made when a black stray cat would wander onto our deck.

Marshmellow was very protective of us and used to “fight” that cat through the glass doors. But it was daytime, the stray only lurked around at night. And the birds were outside singing. If they stray was there, I’m sure the birds would have flown away. I rushed to Marshmellow. He was laying on his side in obvious distress. His breathing was shallow. I ran to get my husband and the carrier so we could bring him to emergency. But as we were stroking him, before we could get him in the carrier, he took his last breath. Our only solace is that it happened quickly, in one of his favorite places, doing one of his favorite things…and, just like Casper, he wasn’t alone when he left us.

Thankfully, our daughter, Carrie, was sleeping out at her friend’s house. Marshmellow’s last moments are playing in a constant loop in my head. I am glad Carrie was spared these images. When she came home, Marshmellow was wrapped in his favorite blanket and looked like he was sleeping peacefully. Just as Casper was “mine,” Marshmellow was “hers..”

Carrie was the one who first found Marshmellow at North Shore Animal League. They put all the hard to place in the Purina Cat Haven, a colorful building that you see first before going into the main building with all the kittens. It is such a wonderful and happy place for these cats to live until they find their forever homes. The main room is filled with carpeted shelves, bay windows with seating, cat condos, scratching posts and toys. From that room, there is a kitty door that leads to a clinical looking room where the cats’ food is prepared, the cats get daily grooming, inspections, etc. That’s where Marshmellow and Casper were most of the time according to the staff. Even though the other room was far more interesting, they didn’t want to be with the other cats, only each other. Marshmellow and Casper almost blended in with the stark white walls of that room. I think that was the way they liked it. They were there for two years. Even though there were many wonderful kitties for us to choose from in the main room, Carrie was drawn to the clinical looking room. That’s where Marshmellow and Carrie first laid eyes on each other. It was love at first sight. Carrie petted Marshmellow while Casper watched a few steps away. When it seemed that Carrie was “OK,” Casper let her get a couple of pets in with him, too. Carrie came running back to the main room where Sam, my hubby, and I were.

Excitedly she said, “There are these two beautiful white cats. One is fat and friendly…” and at that moment Marshmellow came through the kitty door and stopped at her side, “and the other one is smaller and shy.” And that was when Casper stepped through the kitty door and kind of hung back there and watched his brother. Casper let me pet him. Both let out earth-shaking purrs. From that moment, they were our family.

Carrie is an only child. We had just moved to Long Island from Manhatten. She didn’t have too many friends out here yet and was terribly lonely. That’s why we went to North Shore Animal League that day. We intended to get two kitties so they’d keep each other company while Carrie was at school and Sam and I were at work. Marshmellow was Carrie’s confidant. She told him secrets. She cried to him. She laughed with him. She used him as a pillow (he LOVED it). Marshmellow helped her through a dark time in her life in a way that nobody else could. I’ll love him most for that.

The North Shore Animal League figured they were about 9 years old. Same age as Carrie. If that’s true, Casper was 14 when he passed in August. Marshmellow made it to 15. Indoor cats are supposed to live to 20, I hear. I feel like we were robbed. But we had seven great years together and that is a gift. I wouldn’t trade a single moment of it. They were happy here and if anyone deserved happiness in their lives, it was Marshmellow and Casper. Marshmellow was never the same after Casper passed. It was about 3-4 months until he stopped looking for him. Then he seemed resigned to being alone with us. He became a bit needier for affection and the loss of Casper created a bond between Marshmellow and me. He was happy…but never the same. It was a heart attack that took his last breath but I believe he really died of a broken heart.

Anyway, for years you have been a special part of our family. You helped us through a very trying time. Feliway brought harmony back to our home and your toys brought joy to The Fellas (that’s what we always called Casper and Marshmellow together). You know Casper’s favorite was the corn and he was holding it as we relieved him from his cancer. Marshmellow’s favorite was the fortune cookie (I always called it the wonton). We cast Marshmellow’s footprints in plaster, just as we did with Casper. While, Casper was cremated, we buried Marshmellow in our yard, wrapped in a favorite blanket, with his “wonton.” We put the bird feeder above his resting place so he can always watch the birds. It was his favorite.

Thank you for everything. We’ll get new, furry members of the family again…but not now. When we do, you’ll be sure to hear from us. Until then, I’ll remain a fan and recommend you to everybody!

Hugs,
Judy

Who’s testing on animals? You’ll be very surprised.

We found this image on Facebook the other day. We thought you’d like to see it and perhaps be as surprised as we were.

 

 

Here is a link to PETA which lists brands and companies which test and don’t test. They also provide contact information so you can let them know what you think. While we don’t agree with many of PETA’s policies and tactics, they do provide many useful resources and information – http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

Your dollars are very powerful. And when you feel animal testing is not ethical, proper or necessary, let them know!

Meet Matt Snyder, our guest editor, with his article on pet food nutrition – not to be missed!

On an all too brief get-away recently your cat faerie bumped into Matt Snyder and this very good and well written article. Matt has a shop for animal companions in Buellton, California which is in the heart of California’s beautiful central coast (if you saw the movie Sideways you’ve seen the area)

Matt’s advice for deciphering labels is a treasure. He’s done excellent research with an uncommon viewpoint. The only aspect of this article which we disagree with is corn. We at Cat Faeries are grain free for many reasons. It’s probably good to assume that any commercial corn is genetically modified and we believe this to be very dangerous.


Great nutrition leads to happy and healthy pets!
By Matt Snyder

When we talk about nutrition there are many factors that we need to think about when deciding on what food is best for our pets. Most foods you find on the market are foods that our pets should survive on but 80% are NOT foods that our pets will thrive on! We need to remind ourselves that our dogs and cats are domesticated. That process changes them dramatically in what they need as our companion animals verse what they would need out in the wild as wolves, coyotes and forest cats.

There are so many foods available and so many recipes that could be made at home, most of these are not nutritionally balanced. I hope to clarify some myths and rumors that run rampant in the pet industry and give you some tips as a pet owner on how to provide a great foundation of nutrition for your four legged family members.

First we should probably get this out of the way; Corn is not bad for pets. This rumor started in 1979 when an up and coming dog food company wanted to get into the pet food market. They decided to start the rumor that corn was bad and used as cheap filler or causes allergies. Corn contains: highly digestible proteins, carbohydrates for energy, linoleic acid, beta carotene and Vitamin A. There are different grades of corn available for use in pet foods. The highest grade corn has a very low moisture content and little to no dust; If ground down properly to the right micron size corn is a great ingredient and highly digestible. The two lower grades of corn are not a good ingredient and they are defiantly used as fillers or help keep a food low in cost.

Next let’s talk about how to read a pet food label. I know this is going to be a huge insight into how lacking our current regulation of pet food labels here in the US. AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) is the regulating association for pet food here in America. The last update they had to their regulations was almost 20 years ago. Since then information regarding our pet’s nutritional needs has changed dramatically. The tips below will allow you to critically think about and decide what food is best for your pet.

  • True or False: The first ingredient listed is what the pet food contains most of?

    False – AAFCO regulations state that ingredients are to be listed in order of precooked weight. This is incredibly misleading to the consumer. Since meats like: chicken, lamb and beef contain high amounts of moisture they are place first on the ingredient panel, when in all reality after they are cooked and processed they are lucky to be 5% of the total diet. That being said make sure when reading the label to keep in mind that the first ingredient isn’t always what they say it is!

  • True or False: If a label states 100% Beef then that is exactly what is in the can?

    False – Yet again a loop hole in the system. It is required by law that at least 95% of what is list on that can is that single protein. Make sure to check the moisture content. Too much moisture decreases the amount of protein in the can.

    Here are a few other useful hints: If a label states dinner, formula, recipe or entrée it is required that there is between 25-94% of what they are listing in that food. Then if a label states “with” only 3-24% of the “with” is required to be in that food. Now most misleading of all is when a label says “Flavor”. That term requires that 3% of the pets that eat this food must recognize that “flavor”. My question to you is how do we know when a pet can recognized a specific flavor?

  • AAFCO requires that there are only four components that need to be listed on pet food bags. These are: Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber and Moisture. All these except moisture are the minimum amounts, while moisture is listed as maximum. Below I have a table that has each of the components that AAFCO requires and three different products. Which product do you think is a can of food for a healthy 12 year old dog? Now keep in mind only one of these would be suitable to feed to your dog.

    Guaranteed Analysis Product A Product B Product C
    Crude Protein, min % 6.0 6.0 4.0
    Crude Fat, min % 4.0 5.0 2.5
    Crude Fiber, min %

    6.3 2.5 1.0
    Moisture, max % 78 78 78

    • Product A is old shoes, oil, coal and water
    • Product B is Old Yeller® Dog Food for growth & maintenance
    • Product C is Science Diet® Mature Adult Chicken Entrée Dog Food

    It is shocking to think that a pair of shoes contains very similar guaranteed analysis to that of dog food. This just goes to show that AAFCO regulations are so out of date. If there is anything else listed on the analysis it is because that pet food company has decided to list additional components. Hopefully these are beneficial but that is up to their discretion.

I think it is time to look at what factors we as consumers should look for in a pet food. Questions I would ask about a brand would be:

  • Do they use quality ingredients – where are they sourced from? Are they made in the USA?
  • Does the company own their own manufacturing plant and/or cannery? If so where is it located?
  • Does the company do feeding trials to provide the best quality product to the consumer and their pets?
  • How is the food packaged for storage on the shelf? Has it been nitrogen flushed? What is the quality of the bag used?
  • How long has the company been in business for? Do they have veterinarians and nutritionist on staff?
I know this article has given you a huge amount of information. The goal is to allow you as a pet owner to be knowledgeable about what you are feeding your four legged family members and how to sort fact from fiction. Remember we want to feed foods that allow our pet the THRIVE rather than just survive! Till next time…enjoy your pets!

Our cats’ secrets to longevity

When I tell people how long our cats tend to live the response is usually “Seriously? How do you do it?”

I wish it was a magic faerie wand I could swoop over every cat, everywhere. When I think about it it’s a lot of things that I do. Part of it is good food, regular health care and keeping them inside. And of course, lots of love.

Some of the other things I do are…

We run Comfort Zone with Feliway diffusers in nearly every room. We don’t have a peeing problem we just think of it as something that makes our cats happy and helps them feel relaxed – much like when I bring in fresh cut roses and put them in vases or mason jars. The rose scent is so appealing and calming to people, just as the Comfort Zone with Feliway pheromone is appealing and calming to cats. When we are calm and happy we are healthier and live longer.

I also put Kidney Kitty flower essence formula in the water bowl every time I change the water, which can sometimes be twice a day. No matter how young a cat is, it’s never too early to start supporting their kidneys. I don’t know the statistics, but since cats are living longer its often renal failure that is their demise. Customers tell us that Kidney Kitty offers support and boosts comfort and longevity.

We also keep as calm of a house as possible. Every morning we play the CD “A Ball of Yarn” as it sets the tone of the day with its soft lullabye like melodies. As for television I’m not entertained by violence – give me season one of Downton Abbey 24/7! Fashion Police is as raucous as it gets at our house!

Hissing or fighting cats are upsetting to the cats of course, but also to us. So we want to minimize conflicts. Multi Cat Household Harmony flower essence formula on a daily basis can turn The Hatfields and McCoys into Romeo and Juliet.

Slowing down and watching your cat’s antics will de-stress you, and your cat(s) will love the attention. Feeling loved and enjoyed makes everyone feel good and youthful!