Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your cat – a potential easy fix

While we are not veterinarians and never pretend to be, we’d like to share something that one of our veterinarians told us about for this rather common problem known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Our dear cat Madeline was flip flopping between the two conditions. Her digestion was never good, possibly from having been an abused young cat before she found us. When she was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome our vet told us about Psyllium Husk Powder which has been a miracle. Whatever the cause of your cat’s pooping woes Organic Psyllium Husk Powder may help your cat as it did for our Madeline.

About Psylliium Husk Powder and why it works so well for that flip flop between Constipation and Diarrhea (and yes, for you too!)

Psyllium husk powder is a form of fiber which comes from the Plantago ovata plant. It is actually the husk from the plant’s seed. Interestingly it’s a bulk-forming laxative so it can correct or stabilize both conditions. As a soluble fiber it helps soak up water in the gut to improve regularity and make bowel movements easier, faster, and much more gentle. Many cats with IBS or any other digestive disorders are often seen straining in the litter box. For constipation episodes your cat might “scoot” their butt across the floor to remove a stuck piece.

Giving a cat a small amount of psyllium husk powder on a twice daily basis, mixed into canned or homemade cat food, can help improve overall digestion. Our veterinarian recommended we start Madeline with ¼ teaspoon twice a day and build up to ½ teaspoon twice a day. This took about 2 weeks.

For fun and to satisfy a curious science-y brain put a ½ teaspoon of Organic Psyllium Husk Powder in a bowl and add a few drops of water and watch the gel-magic appear right before your eyes! The liquid from canned or homemade cat food will create this healing gel.

The Great Benefits of Psyllium Husk Powder

Promotes easy regularity because it relieves both constipation and diarrhea so your cat can eliminate daily without discomfort. It improves digestion so that nutrients are properly absorbed and therefore your cat’s health and fur condition will dramatically improve. If your cat is pooping outside of the box, the cause could be IBS or discomfort while pooping and correcting the problem should stop these incidents.

Lipid levels improve for cats who might be prone to Diabetes or have it already. Check with your veterinarian first.

Weight loss because psyllium absorbs liquid in your gut, it can help give your cat (or you) the feeling of being full. This can help control the amount of food one wants to eat which can aid in weight loss.

Taste is quite bland. Your cat probably won’t notice it or may even like it.

Easily available in bulk at your local independent health organic food store. We also like the brand NOW which comes in a recyclable jar.

 
 
 
 

Longevity (create it) and Boredom (fix it) and your cat.

I’ve been feeling like a housecat all these months since March with a shrinking territory! Being housebound makes me wonder if our housecats are ever bored. Every day before I arise, I think of how during the day I will alleviate my boredom and anxiety which is important for robust health. I ask myself “What am I looking forward to today.” Then I think about new, enriching, and interesting acts of love for myself, my husband, my cats and bunnies, and for Cat Faeries. I think of how I can create beauty, excitement and happiness. All these ideas and daily plans circle back to me which give me plenty to do allaying any boredom and which benefits others, including our 4 cats. By thinking about and planning thoughtful gestures I elevate good health and longevity for all of us!

Let me be your Feline Party Planner with easy and cheap things to do for boredom and to keep it interesting for them and for you.

Shut doors for a few hours then open them. Could there be a Surprise? Something new to explore and chin-mark?
Having your cat spirited away in a room with the door shut for a few hours peeks a cat’s curiosity. They wonder: “What’s going on beyond the door!” When you finally open the door, the cat will likely race out to see what wonderful things there are to explore or what might be new and different. Even if you didn’t change one thing, the cat will be curious and will check it out. An adventure!

Is your cat’s curiosity on over drive? Is your cat the first to check out a new piece of furniture? Don’t shop, just move something!
Not all cats like fresh and new and in fact bringing in a new piece of furniture or rearranging what you have can be stressful to a minority of cats. But if your cat is one who’s curiosity is off the charts then start moving stuff around to create the feeling and flow of new and different. It can be the most simple thing like moving a chair or two. And you will bask in the refreshing newness yourself. Just like bringing in a fresh bouquet of flowers which I also highly recommend for YOU!

Bring the outdoors in
This is so simple, and it will have major sensory and entertaining impact for cats of all ages! Just a branch from a tree or a bush placed on the floor with a towel or mat under it can give your cat something new to sniff, chin mark and explore. You cat might even take a snooze under it or near (like they often do with a Christmas tree). This entertainment powerhouse didn’t cost you a penny. Keep it there until the cat becomes bored with it or it sheds leaves. Thank it for its service and in the compost or your city’s green bin.

An edible treasure hunt
Our prey animal friends love to forage and to a good hunt. Put a treat or a snack in a dish and hide it. Good choices are things that smell strong to lure your cat to find the smelly treasure. It could be the water from a can of tuna fish (a rare treat ONLY), a small piece of boneless cooked chicken or other meat, a spoonful of pumpkin/squash, or chicken baby food, bonito fish flakes.

Let’s take the edible treasure hunt further
Measure your cat’s allotted meal portion and divide it up into several dishes, then hide them in easy to find places! Let the cat prowl, hunt, and eat like a cat in the wild! A sprinkle of bonita fish flakes or nutritional yeast helps boost the scent. You can also spray our Catnip Meow Mist on the food for the ultimate in feline aromatherapy. And it’s good for their digestion and immunity!

Hide a toy or a few toys which you sprayed with our Catnip Meow Mist
Another great hunting expedition is when you cat sniffs out a fresh blast of their favorite scent – catnip. Any favorite toy sprayed with our Catnip Meow Mist hydrosol and hidden behind a chair or in a corner will entire kitty to find it and play with it.

Create an art gallery for your cats
Affix photos of birds, mice, and your cat’s baby pictures placed at feline eye level on the wall at the food bowl area!
 
 
 
 

Does Your Cat Sploot?

Recently I learned a new word! I love words and wonder how I ever missed this one after multiple decades on this planet collecting words! It’s never too late to learn about “splooting” which is when a cat or another animal sploots!

The Definition of a Sploot or Splooting:

Splooting is an adorable posture when a cat or any animal rests on their belly with their back legs extended out backwards and their front legs are extended straight forward like they are flying. You might think of a frog. They do it for several reasons, including that the stretch feels good and this position on a hot day is very cooling. On a hot day a cat will sploot on hardwood, tile, cement/concrete or the kitchen floor by the water bowl. Kittens and young cats can sploot easily, while older cats with stiffer joints might do a modified sploot.

I discovered this pose on an Instagram page that I follow called The Daily James. It features photos and videos of one man’s wildlife oasis in Los Angeles, where James and Margaret the crows co-mingle with Mildred the Magnificent. Countless hawks and owls are seen frolicking in the bird baths while other wild animals visit, including squirrely friends and champion splooters Dramatic Darlene and her offspring Crazy Baby. They who love to sploot on a hot LA day to cool off. Their photo is below.

Photo from The Daily James, with permission.
Follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

After becoming a follower of The Daily James on both Instagram (www.instagram.com/thedailyjames/) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/thedailyjameswildlife/ – I can’t get enough!) I discovered humorist Amy Sedaris (www.facebook.com/AmySedarisOfficial/) is equally obsessed with squirrel and bunny splooting, which led me to singer Aimee Mann’s Instagram (www.instagram.com/realaimeemann/), who also loves squirrels and cats, and splooting. Feeling I may not be alone in being late to the splooting-party I had to share this fabulous and fun word with you, my dear readers!

 
 
 
 

Favorite, unique, creative and oddball uses for Anti-Icky-Poo

 

Have you not paid much attention to Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner because your cats are litter box angels? Even if your cats have 100% perfect litter box habits you may not want to overlook Anti Icky Poo! Here are some of our favorite, unique, creative and oddball, but very practical, uses for it:

  • Pre-soak clothes, towels, bedding, rags – anything deeply soiled, oily, greasy, gross or smelly

    Do you find that sometimes your clothes just don’t smell fresh as daisies after washing them? We can relate especially for clothes that are only washed in cold water, nor do they ever go in the drier, as they eventually just don’t feel or smell right. Anti Icky Poo’s specially bred enzymes and friendly bacteria love to gobble up all kinds of icky things including the smells from fabric which accumulate in the fibers, like clothing. Each time I wash my clothes, sheets, towels and kitchen scrubbies I give them a soak in the washing machine using the “soak” setting before they get washed in mild clothes soap. For weekly soakings use a few tablespoons of Anti Icky Poo in cold or warm water – never hot water because it’s too hot and will kill the enzymes/bacteria. For items that are need something more heavy duty which are smelly and otherwise funky use about ¼ cup. Once the washing machine has filled with water open the hood or stop the process to let everything soak longer than what the machine would normally soak for. For these longer soakings give it an hour or two. After soaking let the machine complete its cycle, then proceed with a wash in soap – and you can opt for hot water at that point.

  • Cat barf on your bed and blankets

    Even the most perfectly behaved and healthy kitty will get a fur ball and will decide to up-chuck it someplace where you’ll see it and admire it! And often that’s your bed. Remove the chunky bits from the comforter or blankets then follow with a soaking and washing as described above.

  • Cat barf on your purse or shoes
    Cat barf on other hard objects such as your cell phone or remote control

    If the feline love of your life proudly made the deposit on a hard object like your cell phone, purse or shoes remove the evidence with a rag and give a few sprays to the item keeping it moist for a few hours. You’ll need to use your judgement about how many sprays to apply or for how long to let the item be damp with Anti Icky Poo before using a clean rag to remove any remaining barf bits and traces of Anti Icky Poo.

  • Cat barf on the sofa, your mattress, the carpet and whatever creative place your cat has selected to leave this special gift

    Remove the bits of barf then spray with Anti Icky Poo. You want to keep the surface moist for several house which means repeated light mistings. You are going for damp not soaking wet.

  • Red wine

    There are two things that remove freshly spilled red wine on carpet. One is to pour a bottle of white wine over it step back and watch the red lift up and turn the white wine rose’ color. Science Fun! But if sacrificing a bottle of white is sacrilegious then pour Anti Icky Poo on it. You might want to agitate it with fingers to work it deeper in the carpet pile. Let it soak for an hour or so, then blot with wet rags. If you have an electric carpet cleaner you can pour Anti Icky Poo into it or just use water.

  • This is the one time pouring that your money down the drain is smart and ultimately cost effective!

    Anti Icky Poo loves nothing more than to eat up soap scum and grease, so it makes a fantastic and non-toxic, non-corrosive drain cleaner! Anti Icky Poo can’t dissolve hair but getting the grease and soap scum out could help push any hair through the system. Once a month grad a full bottle and go to all your drains beginning in the kitchen. Pour ¼ bottle down each drain and allow it to sit for an hour without running any water. After an hour run warm water and know that the local plumber will not like you anymore! This is a great use if you’ve got an old/opened bottle of Anti Icky Poo – thank it for cleaning up cat pee then dump it down the kitchen sink or the shower drain.

 
 
 

Cat Food Recall For Potentially Fatal Toxicity – Natural Balance

Recall For Potentially Fatal Toxicity – Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula in Cans

Initially we learned of the recall in this article then did further digging including how to contact the manufacturer and information about J. M. Smucker and its other brands.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/07/04/j-m-smucker-company-recalls-canned-cat-food-causing-potentially-deadly-side-effects/


On July 3, 2020 the J.M. Smucker company issued a voluntary recall of a Natural Balance canned cat food produced by Big Heart Pet Brands a subsidiary of J. M. Smucker. Reports have been received of cats having adverse reactions to due to elevated levels of choline chloride.

Among the health concerns: Nausea with excessive salivation. Constricted pupils and poor vision. Diarrhea or vomiting. Other and more severe symptoms like difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing. Possible cardiac or respiratory failure which could lead to death.

(Cat Faeries’ note: Choline chloride is commonly used to supplement choline in commerical animal food including cat and dog food. Choline is an essential nutrient for animals and humans. Good naturally occurring sources of choline include egg yolks, organ meats and some vegatables. However, the supplement choline chloide is toxic and can be fatal to cats if there is too much in cat food. (from https://www.darwinspet.com/steve-brown-focus-on-nutrients-part2-choline/ and https://www.dsm.com/markets/anh/en_US/Compendium/companion_animals/choline.html))

  • Product Name: Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food
    5.5 oz can
  • Retail UPC Code: 2363353227
  • Lot Code: 9217803
  • Best If Used By Date: 08 04 2021

Company Contact Information

Consumers:
888-569-6828
info@naturalbalanceinc.com

 
 

Hypochlorous Acid – the best sanitizer you may never have heard of – how to make your own

Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI) is nature’s oldest disinfectant and sanitizer, and interestingly, right now it’s walking around in about 7.5 billion people. Yes, that includes you!

Hypochlorous Acid is a substance your neutrophils (white blood cells) produce all the time and which are the first to arrive on the site when an invading pathogen is detected. Your white blood cells will chase down and engulf the pathogen through phagocytosis. Upon contact, neutrophils release a burst of bactericidal chemicals including its most powerful oxidizing agent: Hypochlorous Acid. This kills the pathogen by tearing down its cell membranes and proteins. Hypochlorous Acid is the perfect weapon to fight germs. It hits hard against pathogens like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

The knowledge that white blood cells contained a substance with this ability is not a new discovery. Early attempts of replicating sanitizing Hypochlorous Acid in laboratories using electricity to charge and change the chemical structure of water and salt began in the early 1900’s just in time for the horrors of World War 1 when it was used for wound irrigation and healing, and equipment sterilization. The problem was that with the technology of the day it couldn’t be stabilized, so after 90 minutes or so the fluid would revert to saltwater.

The good news is that modern scientists and chemists have created machines that can make can electrolyze salt and water to create Hypochlorous Acid which stays stable to effectively kill viruses, bacteria, and to sterilize and heal wounds. And its cost effective! You can now create your own right on your kitchen countertop. All you need is a machine (and we have a recommendation for one), Kosher salt and water.

Better than bleach: Bleach is widely used in hospitals and medical practices and shares the same chlorine family as Hypochlorous Acid. Research shows that they both kill bacteria, fungus, spores, and viruses. Yet bleach is highly irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs—and inhalation over long periods could be carcinogenic. In contrast, Hypochlorous Acid has a temporary and mild chlorine smell that dissipates quickly, it is non-irritating, and it does not have poisonous side effects.

Better than alcohol: Alcohol is a popular disinfectant in clinics for wiping down instruments, furniture, and is a key ingredient in hand sanitizers. Ethyl alcohol (70%) is considered by some to be more effective compared to isopropyl alcohol. Both are bactericidal, fungicidal, and viricidal BUT are not effective against bacterial spores.

Hand sanitizers with alcohol are used daily in many medical offices, but over time repeated use may lead to hand dermatitis. Many daily users become allergic to hand sanitizers after several months. Such reactions are extremely irritating and embarrassing and can take months to resolve. In one study, the prevalence of contact dermatitis related to hand hygiene ranged from 25 to 55 percent. Fortunately, Hypochlorous Acid can also be used in place of hand sanitizer with no irritating side effects. Moreover, the punch it delivers to pathogens is more powerful than the one delivered by alcohol.

We heard about Hypochlorous Acid the night of the day that California’s Shelter In Place took effect when our house-call veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Brown paid one of our cats a visit. While all of us (excluding Clifford the cat) were decked out in gloves and masks we talked about a range of topics including various ways to stop/kill a coronavirus. Being quite a science nerd, Dr. Sarah told us about Hypochlorous Acid and the machine she bought for home use. She carries spray bottles of various sizes, for various uses, in her vehicle. She gave me a gallon jug of it as a gift and I love it.

Hypochlorous Acid:

  • Kills COVID-19
  • Used in hospitals in the US and Japan
  • Safe around all animals, babies, people of any age with any health condition
  • Allergen free
  • No fumes
  • No residues which need rinsing off – just spray it and leave it!
  • “Nature Made” Green, nontoxic
  • Speeds up wound healing
  • Used as an eye wash – ophthalmologists use it!
  • Sanitize entire house, office, laundry room, patio, car
  • Doorknobs, handles, drawers, closet doors
  • Refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen gadgets
  • Floors, walls, windowsills
  • Kills biofilm
  • Soak produce and greens
  • Approved by the USDA for “organic” farming uses!

Some of Auntie Cat Faerie’s favorite uses:

  • Spray face mask while it’s on your face when outside every 20 or 30 minutes to kill anything which may have landed on it
  • When you get home spray the front and back of an N95 mask which is not washable and hang it to dry
  • Spray hands and forearms
  • Spray on shoes starting with the soles and let dry by the front door or in the garage
  • Sprayed on shipping boxes when they leave Cat Faeries
  • Spray boxes and mail that have been delivered
  • Kills biofilm (we’ve written about biofilms before and how bad they are as harbors of disease, bacteria, and parasites)
  • CAT BOXES! And the floor around them (Rinse cat boxes first to remove urine/ammonia)

CAUTION! DO NOT USE HYPOCHLOROUS ACID (HOCL) ON OR WITH OTHER HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS OR SOLVENTS AS SERIOUS CHEMICAL REACTIONS COULD OCCUR

Make Hypochlorous Acid in your own kitchen in 3 minutes!

You can find pre-made bottles of Hypochlorous Acid for sale online but we caution against them as it is unknown how they were made or by who, and if they are truly stable/effective. There are machines that allow you to make your own and you’ll see a variety of machines for sale online but again, we are cautious, especially of the cheap ones (under $50).

We bought this onehttps://store.ecoloxtech.com/ecoone – because it’s the one Dr. Sarah uses and we know how obsessively she researched it. Here’s a brief video about how it quick and easy it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDK9vb8zrE4

Here are two very brief and very impressive videos:

1) How a dental office uses Hypochlorous Acid, as well as how they use masks to protect themselves – excellent video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Iethr6hcA

2) Firefighters using it on equipment and medical devices to kill viruses in seconds!
https://hocl.healthcare/tulsa-firefighters-using-hypochlorous-acid/