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 11 
 on: December 06, 2018, 12:19:29 AM 
Started by August - Last post by alek0
"artistic chewing"   Grin

Last time I visited a friend in Croatia, I brought a lot of cushions, treats, cat toys etc. and what did her boys like most - the box  Cheesy Next time they will just get lots of cardboard stuff.

 12 
 on: December 05, 2018, 04:38:38 PM 
Started by Laurie - Last post by August
Stella & Chewy's has a new flavor: Rabbit.

To be honest, we had some strange issues over here with the rabbit - so much so that I wrote to the sellers to give them a light "warning" as it worried me some (two cats threw it up, one got bad diarrhea, and one got very constipated after the first time having it, then I fed it again about 10 days later, and one cat threw it up, and another got constipated).

The company contacted Stella & Chewy's and reported back to me that there have been no reports or complaints so I'm guessing it's just my crew. 

That being said, we continue to use the Chicken and the salmon flavors, and sometimes the turkey and duck (everyone eats it but not as enthusiastically).

 13 
 on: December 05, 2018, 04:33:45 PM 
Started by JustMe - Last post by August
Just a heads up for those interested - Primal has a new flavor: Quail.

We bought a bag but have not tried it yet.  I broke up a nugget in the unopened bag and I can tell it's the consistency the cats like - it crumbled easily into powder.  Will let you know after we've tried it!

 14 
 on: December 05, 2018, 04:32:35 PM 
Started by August - Last post by August
Vital Essentials is now in a resealable bag (instead of a hard plastic tray).  This is much easier to use!

And I guess it's just the lot, but the Turkey and Chicken right now are super super super yummy (apparently  Cheesy ) and all 8 kitties go nuts when served this stuff.

 15 
 on: December 05, 2018, 04:30:22 PM 
Started by August - Last post by August

The maker of our paper pellet litter has decided to stop production which means it's great timing for me to try to find a different litter that doesn't produce as much dust.  The amount of white, sticky dust the paper pellets made has always been a concern of mine, so I'm kind of grateful that company decided to stop making their paper litter, forcing me to update my research!

We are now transitioning to Cat's Best (seems to also be called Oko), which is a 100% organic wood litter.  I kind of wish I'd had them using this years ago! 

They have pellets and also a granule version.  As can be expected, the granule version makes for tracking issues so we'll likely be using the pellets only - though I hear some people mix the two.  The clumping is fairly "light" but I've had no issues at all scooping and keeping the remaining litter clean - and if I can do that with 8 cats, you know it's gotta be all right!   Cheesy  I have a few boxes filled with mixed paper pellets + Cat's Best granule, and a few boxes filled with a mix of paper pellets and Cat's Best pellets.  The Cat's Best pellets are heavier than the paper ones and don't get thrown or carried out from the box which is fantastic.

The reviews I've read say that it is very lightweight (though heavier compared to our previous paper pellets so it's hard for me to say).

I've got to say, I'm really pleased with it so far (about two weeks)!  (Jazza went straight in, the other 7 cats have been a little suspicious but are now getting used to it.)

It's still too early to tell about dust but I'm not seeing much.  There is a very slight woody smell but I'm really sensitive to smells and this doesn't bother me at all.  I can't wait to get to being all Cat's Best so I can see the difference in dust!  (I guess I won't need to wait too long seeing as I only have a few bags of the paper pellets left...)

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https://www.catsbest.eu/catsbest_en/

Cat's Best Öko is a granule cat litter. The granules are made from organic fibres, which come from fir and spruce wood. The granules can absorb liquids up to seven times their own volume. Unpleasant smells are immediately contained in the interior of the litter. This litter lasts longer than other litters, which means that you have to clean the litter tray less often. Cat's Best Öko Plus is biodegradable and compostable. Key Benefits Absorbs up to seven times its own volume Locks in unpleasant smells Biodegradable Without artificial or chemical additives.

Clumping organic cat litter from 100% naturally organic fibres. Inspired by nature, it's the natural and safe solution to cat litter.

 16 
 on: December 05, 2018, 09:43:45 AM 
Started by billyD - Last post by billyD
Eight dog food brands, including one that is sold in Canada, are being recalled after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about their potentially deadly levels of vitamin D.

On Monday, the FDA said it found samples of the recalled brand contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.

The Canadian Food inspection agency said that pet production in Canada is not a regulated commodity.
"CFIA does not have recall authority".

Although vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, if too much is ingested it can be dangerous causing death

US Brands affected by the recall include: Ahold Delhaize, ELM Pet Foods Inc., Kroger, Lidl (Orlando brand), ANF Inc., Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Life Pet Products and Nutrisca.

Sunshine Mills Inc., sells its product in Canada

Open link fof full details


https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/nutrition/dog-food-sold-in-canada-recalled-over-toxic-vitamin-d-levels/ar-BBQwDza?li=AAggNb9



 17 
 on: December 05, 2018, 09:37:54 AM 
Started by August - Last post by NedF
 Grin Love how they each have "decorated" their beds with artistic chewing of the edges!

 18 
 on: December 05, 2018, 06:32:31 AM 
Started by bxr donna - Last post by bxr donna
Hi everyone,

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/?fbclid=IwAR3Ks36REZ9MJxEvqwNROVZOb3XdMfkt-XPqgwFHa55oBt6Xrf9ctR-YwZQ

A vet friend shared this article, issued by Tufts Nutrition/Lisa Freeman, dvm, on November 29, 2018.  The nutritionist is extending the concern from the grain-free/taurine deficiency link to DCM to also include boutique companies and exotic ingredients.  She states "not all pet food manufacturers have the same level of nutritional expertise and quality control, and this variability could introduce potential issues with some products."

She also includes the point:  "Raw diets and homemade diets are not safe alternatives. ....  And raw and home-cooked diets increase your dog’s risk for many other health problems."   She does continue "If your dog requires a home-prepared diet for a medical condition or you feel strongly about feeding one, I strongly recommend you consult with a Board-Certified Veterinary NutritionistTM.  However, because home-cooked diets are not tested for safety and nutritional adequacy like good quality commercial diets, deficiencies could still develop."


I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the article.  The issue seems a little more clouded than when the information was initially released. 

I have my thoughts on home-prepared, but I would like to hear yours.
Thanks,
donna

 19 
 on: December 04, 2018, 10:03:27 PM 
Started by August - Last post by August



 Roll Eyes

Why even bother buying cat beds?  I don't even personally use my dining chairs in case someone wants to sleep there.   Tongue

 20 
 on: December 04, 2018, 01:17:35 AM 
Started by alek0 - Last post by GKit
Gorgeous roses! I’m glad your wrist is better.

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