Creating a Green Canine and Feline Footprint

June 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Animals and Nature Kingdoms, New Posts

 

HELP YOURSELF, HELP THE ANIMALS, HELP THE EARTH

 

How can having a greener footprint benefit our animals?  Here are some of my thoughts and insights that have changed the way I care for my animal family members.

Feed Your Animals Naturally

Have you ever read the labels on your cat and dog food packages?  Admittedly, you may need a magnifying glass to do so, but it is well worth the $10 or so investment to discover what you are actually feeding them. 

Unfortunately, most of the pet foods readily available and promoted on TV are really full of things that no animal should be eating:  chemical preservatives, artificial flavoring, meat by-products, and so on.  Do you know what the big, long, barely pronounceable words in the contents list actually stand for?  I challenge you to look them up online and discover what you are feeding your animals.

The expression, “You are what you eat” is correct, and today we and our animals are sicker than ever before.  A lot of it has to do with what we are eating.

It’s time to tell the corporations that we want to feed our animals natural foods, not foods filled with industrial waste products.   Companies are getting rid of industrial waste by putting it into your pet’s food. 

Feeding organic foods (and some “all natural” foods) will mean healthier dogs and cats.  Animals need foods filled with nutritious substances that are readily available to their bodies. 

For example, what is a “meat by-product”?  Do you ever see it in the meat section of your supermarket?  Do you know that it’s the parts of the slaughtered animal that is considered unfit for human consumptionIf humans shouldn’t be eating it, neither should our animals!!

Do you know WHY some pet food have artificial flavorings?  Because no animal would touch the food if the real flavoring wasn’t covered up.  Dogs and cats use their noses to determine what to eat.  So they are being tricked by the contents of the food into eating things they would not otherwise consume.  Also, pet food companies want to addict your pet to their foods so that, if you try to feed them something better, they won’t touch it.

A greener world to me means that animals are killed for consumption with kindness and love and appreciation and honor and gratitude, and their body parts are consumed the same way, and our family animals are feed the highest quality of diet so that they remain healthy.

Preventing Dental Problems Naturally

If your dog or cat has suffered from gum disease, heavy tartar, and has needed dental surgery, you know how expensive this is for your pocket.  But do you also know that using all those drugs – antibiotics, anesthesia, and other medications – and medical equipment causes pollution?  Are you aware that there is a big problem getting rid of medical waste?

Help your pets and the environment by using natural products that will keep their teeth and gums healthier.  I know of two such products that you can choose from, both available online.  Using either of this products on a regular basis makes a gigantic difference for your animal, for your pocket book, and for the planet.

The two products are PetzLife Oral Care (spray and cream) and Leba III (spray only).  Both are made from natural substances, not chemicals.  PetzLife has a much stronger flavor, but is less expensive than Leba III.   I’ve tried both of these with my cats, and they work equally well.  However, Violet (Siamese) much prefers the Leba III, and when using homeopathic remedies, I feel better using something with a milder taste so it won’t interfere with the homeopathic process.

Natural Cat Litters

Are you still using cat litters made from clay or from man-made substances?  I realize that keeping cats indoors has the challenge of maintaining a sanitary environment while allowing your felines to eliminate body waste in their preferred way.  I’ve actually heard that some cats can be trained to use the toilet seat, but frankly, for most of us, just making sure they are happy with their litter box is a big enough deal.

So how can you make things greener in the litter box department?

Self-cleaing litter boxes use electricity.  I don’t recommend them for that reason alone.  They also can injure cats if they start up while the cat is using the box.

The main thing is to find a cat litter that is made from a natural, renewable resource and that biodegrade easily.  I know of two that meet this requirement.  “Swheat Scoop” is made from wheat.  “World’s Best Cat Litter” is made from corn.  Both can be flushed into a city toilet because they will completely degrade.  Both clump quite nicely.  Both are pretty easily available where I live, but if you can’t find them, be sure to ask in stores where you shop to get those stores to start carrying them.

Toys Without Chemicals or Poisons or Cruelty to Other Animals

Most of the toys we buy for our animals do not come with labels saying what is in them, on them, or even what they are made from.  Isn’t it time you started asking the companies what they are using to create toys that your animals hold in their mouths and chew on?

For example, if a chew toy is made from plastic, what off-gassing is occurring from that plastic that your animal is breathing in as s/he hold it in her mouth?  If the toy is made from animal skin (otherwise known as leather), has it been processed with chemicals that might poison your animal – even long term, accumulating over a lifetime?  Some rawhide chew-toys contain chemical poisons that can make your dogs very sick. 

You will find many articles online about safe toys for your dog.  When you read them, also think about the environment.  If a toy is safe for your animal, is it also safe for the environment?   What is involved in the creation and production of this toy?

Household Cleaners and Your Animal Friends

There has been much written about how using environmentally safe cleaners in your home are helpful to the environment.  Please also consider that using they create a safer and healthier environment for you and your animal companions.

I only use non-scented laundry detergent and no fabric softeners.  I do this because I became allergic to the artificial scents and some of the other chemicals in these products.  But once I had removed them from my home, I began to realize that whenever I purchased new items made from cloth I was bringing more chemicals into my house.

All fabrics – whether in new clothing for people or pets, whether in draperies or furniture, whether in cat or dog beds, carpets, cat trees, and so on – all fabrics are full of formaldehyde to preserve them in the warehouses before we even get to see them in the stores.  In addition, to make fabrics non-flammable they are sprayed with neurotoxins.  Neurotoxins are chemicals that can destroy or badly damage the nervous system.

Please consider that those doggie and kitty noses are closer to the carpet, the bed, and the chair cushion than your nose is.  

I propose that you can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing natural products that are safer, healthier, and chemical free.  Don’t you owe it to your beloved animal friend and to yourself to do this?  Otherwise, these toxins can build up in the liver and contribute to ill health.

So start now creating a healthier, greener world right in your own home.  Vote with your wallet.  You and your animals will all benefit, and so will the Earth, our Mother.

End Feline and Canine Gum Disease and Reduce Tartar Buildup

November 19, 2008 by  
Filed under Animals and Nature Kingdoms

There are 2 natural dental products I’ve been using with my cats, Violet (Siamese) and Sakkara (DSH) for the last year or so, and the results are phenomenal.  One is Leba III and the other is PetzLife Oral Care.

Leba III from http://www.lebalab.com/ is the more expensive product, available in a 1 oz size with sprayer and costing from $44.00 a bottle and upwards.  Various sites online carry it with varying prices.  I originally paid $50 for the first bottle I bought.

Please remember that you will be saving a fortune in dental surgery and your cats and dogs will be much happier and healthier for it.

PetzLife Oral Care from http://www.petzlife.com/ was recommended by my veterinarian.  This is also a natural formula and comes in a 2.2 oz spray bottle or in a gel for pets who won’t tolerate a spray.  This product is also completely natural.  It does have a stronger, more mediciny taste than Leba III.  It is also less expensive, costing about $25 for a bottle.

We tried the PetzLife gel, but it didn’t get rave reviews.  Violet, in particular, didn’t like it, even with the so-called Salmon flavoring.  Also, because VIolet is a fastidious groomer, I did not like the idea of sending her into a grooming frenzy by giving her the gel.  Although I knew it might be more difficult to get her to accept being sprayed into her mouth, I felt this was a better choice for her.

Here’s some feedback from the felines about these products.

Violet’s Input

Nedda:  Violet, how do you like the spray stuff I use to keep your teeth and gums clean?

Violet:  Yuck!  (pause) Which one do you mean?

Nedda:  Please comment on both of them?

Violet:  One tastes tolerable, once I got used to you spraying into my mouth.  I still don’t really like you spraying, but I realize now that it won’t kill me.  Thank you for not doing this every day.  The other one is much yuckier and I wish you wouldn’t use it.

Nedda:  What about the gel?  Would you prefer that?

Violet:  Not really.  It was messy and got all over me and then I had to groom it and the taste lasted a long time.  The spray is quick and then the taste goes away faster.  Even tho’ I don’t really like it when you spray it, at least the flavor doesn’t hang around.

Sakkara’s Input

Nedda:  Sakkara, how do you like the spray stuff I use to keep your teeth and gums clean?

Sakkara:  It’s fine.  I’ve tasted better things – like catnip – or tuna – or nearly anything.  But I will say that my mouth feels so much better and I really don’t want to have any more dental surgery.  I don’t mind you spraying it, either.

Sakkhara had had 3 hours of dental surgery two years ago to remove infected teeth and tarter, and then took antibiotics for 2 weeks.  (The surgery took a long time because her teeth were very brittle and kept breaking as they tried to pull them out.)  It was very tough on her all the way around.  Since using these products, her gums look amazing.

One additional note.  The veterminarian I use has the most amazing way of handling cats and dogs.  He is able to remove tarter from their teeth (not going under the gums) just by holding them gentle and scraping it off with an appropriate tool.  To reduce the likelihood of tarter buildup, I decided that 12 months between vet visits to clean off the surface tarter was too long.  My cats see the vet every 6-8 months or so for this reason.  It’s worth every penny.

As animals get older, it is more and more dangerous to do surgeries.  And for reasons I don’t understand, the health of teeth and gums seems to be directly tied into the health of the heart.  So since an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure, I am happy to have found these two products for my cats.

Nedda