Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cats On Tuesday--Cat Health

Anela has been blessed with a healthy constitution for a cat, and even though she's getting up there in cat years, she's in good health. I attribute this to the fact that she's got a peaceful, loving home, and she's able to go outdoors and catch a gecko, mouse, or bird every now and then to supplement her processed cat food. Heaven help pets....who knows what's in that stuff! Yuk!

I read today in a health newsletter I subscribe to, the Douglass Report, that many pets are benefiting from vitamins given to them by their owners. So far, I've not given Anela any vitamins. Her vitamins come direction from her Nature--her 'catches'. But for house cats, vitamins have been shown to really help them as they age. Here's a snippet from the Douglas Report:

"The lesson here is that the right vitamins can be a boon to the health and quality of life for people and their pets. But if you're going to take them – or give them – be sure to get them fully "vetted" out by your doctor or vet."

Do you give your cats vitamin supplements?

The photo below is of Anela taking her morning sunbath, something she tells me which contributes to her health and why she doesn't need a Vitamin D supplement as she gets it direct from the Sun.


Deana said...

Now I will be researching vitamins all afternoon. Ours are allowed to hunt as they wish too but only one of them ever catches anything. I notice they chew on grass too, I think that helps their tummies but I hope that would have some vitamins.
Thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

She looks so relaxed having her sunbathe.

Thanks for the vitamins info.

Anonymous said...

Sophia doesn't - but she eats a raw diet so she's pretty healthy.

Dorothy said...

Awww, the very picture of perfect health.

Anela is very special.

Celeste said...

None of mine get any. They live a good long time so I guess so far they are ok.

Andrée said...

That's the real secret to health: happiness and naps. Quiet living, calmness. How lucky Anela is to have you!

Gattina said...

I agree with you, I have never given vitamines to my cats and the once who died were 20 years old. They can go out and catch mice whenever they want but they never had eaten them ! But they eat grass, like little cows and that is very important. Some only inside cats get sick because their owners don't know about cat grass and that a cat needs it !

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

We don't receive vitamins, but we do eat very high quality food, so our humans do know what's in it, and it's not highly processed at all. Our food is 100% organic, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and made from human-grade ingredients.

We don't go outdoors, because it is too dangerous. Our humans' previous cats were indoor-only cats who ate high-quality commercial cat food their entire lives, and they lived to be 19 and 20 years old (the 19 year old passed away just one month prior to his 20th birthday).

Irishcoda said...

Interesting! Our cats are strictly indoors, haven't given them vitamins and the vet hasn't recommended any but I figure I'll ask. And such a sweet picture of Anela!