Holistic Pet Food For Good Health

15 May

Our Cat Sammy has been through a difficult few years. He had been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease, and since then has been on steroids, has had several ultrasounds, many blood tests, and not too long ago had to be rushed to the hospital and came very close to dying – and no one seems to know exactly why.

We’ve now gotten the opinions of three different doctors, including an Internal Expert Physician (not his real title).

I had read this article months ago in The New York Times about the benefits of homemade, holistic pet food. In part, it says:

“Many converts said their new food choices quickly resulted in healthier animals that no longer required endless trips to the vet. Charlene Smith, a project manager in publishing who attended Ms. Laino’s workshop last year, said that one of her two cats, Polly, had been on a steady diet of antibiotics to treat urinary tract problems before the switch to home cooking. Ms. Smith said that her other cat, Esther, “was angry most of the time” when she ate commercial food, and has a much better temperament now.

Some pet owners also credited better ingredients with helping their animals live longer. Randy Klein feeds her cats and dog a mix of cooked chicken or turkey, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and zucchini, supplemented with vitamins and minerals. She sells this preparation for $8.95 a pound at her pet store, Whiskers, in Manhattan. She believes the diet is one reason two of her cats are 25 years old.”

After reading that article, I had visited the store on East 9th Street, Whiskers, and had purchased some of their homemade cat food for Sammy. But, before we gave him the new food, he got very ill and the vet put him on a new steroid treatment and warned us not to change anything else, so we would know if the new steroid dose was working.

Since then, our poor cat has been hanging in there, but had had problems in the litterbox – I won’t go into detail – but stinky and often.


For him, and for us.

Then it got to the point where he would go to the litterbox just moments after eating – nothing was being digested. Finally hubby suggested that we feed Sammy poached chicken breast – something very mild – and nothing else for a day or two.

Sammy loves it, and no more constant litterbox!

Then, we gradually started mixing in the new, homemade food (which had been in the freezer). I went back to Whiskers to buy some more.

We have now stopped giving Sammy his old food (which was a highly recommended specialty brand of cat food) and am feeding him a mix of the Whiskers food and poached chicken, with some B12 vitamin drops – and he seems like a very normal, healthy cat. He is eating hungrily, pooping normally and gaining weight.

He is actually getting fat.

I think that we have found our answer (fingers crossed).

If anyone’s cat or dog is experiencing digestive issues – PLEASE read the article that I linked to above, and consider the new type of food. It may not solve your pet’s issues, but it sure seemed to solve ours…



P.S. I liked this little sign in the store    ; )


4 Responses to “Holistic Pet Food For Good Health”

  1. Ellen Girone May 15, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Sherrie,

    I hope this works for Sammy. I’m glad he’s going in the right direction. Amber will have no part of “human food”. We try to give her turkey on Thanksgiving and she looks at me with a face that says “Where’s my cat food”? I love the sign on the door too! My vet’s office has a funny one too that says “Dogs have masters, cats have staff”. That just says it all!


    • sallanscorner May 16, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Hi Ellen – I can just picture sweet AR looking at you and demanding her “real” food – LOL. Sammy, he’ll eat anything nowadays…

  2. Johnny D May 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    “Dogs have masters, cats have staff”. Indeed!

    • sallanscorner May 18, 2011 at 10:07 am #

      We should get that printed up and hung above The Love Cafe!

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