Where has Yowie Yoga Cat BEEN?

I know you all wonder how Yowie Yoga Cat has been doing with his CAREER.  Actually he’s been doing a lot of photo shoots lately.

Yowie Yoga Cat on a Cat Tower

Inquiring minds Want To KNOW

Yowie Yoga Cat Basket Pose

Yowie Yoga Cat Basket Pose

Yowie Yoga cat looking over shoulder

I am a serious cat

yowie yoga cat relaxing

I am sometimes shy and unimposing . . .

Yowie Yoga Cat getting fit for tne new fashion hat

Yowie Yoga Cat getting fit for tne new fashion hat

Yowie Yoga Cat is sexy

Yowie Yoga Cat is a sexy thinking guy

Yowie Yoga Cat In the Bath

And Yowie Yoga Cat ends his day in the bath

HOWEVER . . . Nowdays, when he isn’t posing for a photo shoot, he hangs out with BUBBA

BUBBA THE HAMSTER

BUBBA, Yowie’s friend

And he also hangs out with CHICKME, his maybe girlfriend

Chicken perching

CHICKME

One renegade chicken

Picture of chicken face

Renegade chicken. She’s SO idependent

I had recently started letting my chickens out of their pen to roam the yard.  I have a privacy fence, and after blocking the undersides of all the gates, not including hawks,  it was a pretty safe place for them to roam if I didn’t let the dog out of his pen.

So I let them out and watched to see where they hung out.  For the most part they stayed at the back of the property which is where thiere pen and nests are at.  They scratched everywhere, the compost pile was a favorite, as was under the flatbed and trailers in the backyard.  I introduced them to the winter garden which had nothing in it they could destroy.

They had a whole lotta chicken fun.  And I cut down on the feed bill quite a lot.  They got bugs, and grass, and seeds to eat all day long.  They got to roll in the dirt, flap their wings, run a good distance too.  But when I’d come out to take a head count, (I’ve got six hens), there was always one not with the flock that I would have to search for.

Today I went out to check on them and that renegade chicken was at it again, only this time I couldn’t seem to get her to come when I called, even though five of the hens were eating chopped apples and leftover spaghetti as a treat.  I came back out later, I heard what I thought was something from under one of the junk cars in the yard.  Worried that maybe a racoon or possum had started living in a trunk, I checked.

Nope . . . no chicken.   And I’m worried about her because she isn’t staying where I can find her.

I went around and looked under all the vehicles, the trailers, anywhere one might find a chicken hiding.  And low and behold, under the BACK side of a trailer, was this very silent chicken.  She wasn’t unhappy, or hurt.  She wasn’t laying an egg.  What she had done was to scratch out a hole in the dirt under the trailer and hunker her body into it.  She didn’t seem to be nesting.

What she was doing was to just plain take a spa dirt bath. She was happily contented to just wiggle around in the cold dirt and bathe in it.  I mean she was in total chicken heaven too.  Her eyes were glazed with this enjoyment I’ve not seen anywhere so intense.

And she seems to just be that type of personality, a chicken that is a renegade, independent “doesn’t need the flock” kind of gal.  But I think I need to mark her with a scarlet “R”.

How to clip a chickens wings (with links)

Baby Chicken perching

NO, not MY wings! You seriously wouldn’t clip MY wings!

I will be soon having to clip the wings to prevent flying off to escape, so here are some links for you most with diagrams.  I don’t think you do it on a chicken as young as the one in the picture.  And you could get away without it if your pen had a top on it and they couldn’t escape.  In any case, you only clip one wing . . .

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-clip-trim-the-wings-of-your-chicken-to-prevent-flight

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/how-clip-chickens-wings-beginners

http://livinghomegrown.com/2013/02/day-25-how-to-clip-your-chickens-wings.html

http://www.instructables.com/id/Clipping-Chicken-Wings/

http://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/clipping-chicken-wings.html

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-pros-cons-clipping-chickens-wings-1930316.html

http://www.betterhensandgardens.com/2010/03/24/clipping-chicken-wings-flight-feathers/

http://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/how-to-clip-a-wing-to-stop-chickens-flying

http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2011/04/clipping-chicken-wings.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing_clipping

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww19eii.htm

http://successwithpoultry.blogspot.com/2007/09/wing-clipping-clipping-wings-of-chicken.html

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_you_clip_a_baby_chickens_wings

http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com/keeping-chickens/clipping-chicken-wings-why-when-how/

http://www.chickenforum.com/clipping-wings.html

 

If anyone has a blog with the instructions, and you let me know, or I find you, I’ll put a link to your blog on this page.

 

 

Changed my Gravatar (a little)

Here’s the old one, just so ya can compare

Jewelant first gravatar

Jewelant first gravatar

Here’s the new Gravatar. I want to thank Andrew Zhebrakov of http://www.icojam.com for letting me use the Maneki Neko icon to use in my header.  He designed the cat, and I just incorporated it into my design.  He is really very good at what he does.

Jewelant second Gravatar

Jewelant second Gravatar

Let me know which one you like the best

 

Baby Chicklets are so darn cute!

Eggs, eggs, eggs, on my mind . . . (I must have eggs on my mind)

I had chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl many years ago. I went through the whole learning process with fowl homesteading. I lost a few, got too many, learned how to fix them when sick. I learned what to do with predators, owls, rats, stray (and not so stray) dogs, possums, etc. I learned the hazards of buying them at swap meets and how to treat the leg mite you get that way. How to treat chicken colds. And how to mercifully put them to rest when they needed to be. I knew what breeds I liked, and which might be problematic. (no nervous Polish chickens or Leghorns for me)

After years of doing many other things I kept looking at chicks in the feed store. They had a chick corral with 5-6 stock tubs full of all kinds, even Banty chicks. Three years passed, each year I looked at chicks.

picture of a baby chick head

Baby Chicklet

Although I knew my husband did not relish cleaning a chicken house, I kept asking if it was okay if I made sure I did all the chicken chores. No chicken was going to come between me and my husband. But this year, with grocery costs, and the fact that I knew chickens would eat all the leftovers that the dog wouldn’t eat, like salad trimmings and make eggs out of them, I asked again (while at the feed store).

He said yes this year, and I bought six pullet chicks (female chicks). They happened to be a breed that is easily sexed at birth by color, the Red Comet. When grown they look kind of like a Rhode Island Red chicken, but instead are red or gold and white feathered. The breed I really like are a dual purpose breed called Buff Orpingtons, but they weren’t available at the feed store.

chick brooder

Home made chick brooder from plastic tub

He helped me find a container to keep them in, a Rubbermaid tub. I put it in a room with a closed door to keep the cats out.
I clamped the red heat lamp to it, installed a thermometer close to where it was hottest, put newspapers in the bottom,
filled the feeder, and the waterer, and put the Chicklets in it.

Here they are snuggling in my coat . . .

baby chicks

Chicklets snuggling in my coat and learning to be tame.

It’s been a week, and they are so far doing fine. However I did find that half of them were much younger. You can see by how long the wing feather are on the younger half.  Here are pictures of the difference.

Baby chick wing feathers

The younger baby chick wing feathers, still pin feathers.

baby chick wing feathers

Baby chick older wing feathers same day

The difference in the way they act is that the younger ones sleep more, and want to snuggle more under your hand.  The younger ones are also not as strong.

It’s going to be several months before I have eggs. They do have to grow up and be old enough to lay them, which gives us time to make the chicken house and pen. While looking online for more chicken information, I happened upon my old chick supplier Murray MacMurray Hatchery, (or McMurray) and found out they have a new thing. They now sell older birds, and you can buy almost laying age pullets singly for WOW, $17.95 or so. They are expensive, but you don’t have to wait months for eggs. I may get some few more chickens from them that way.

You can also get fertilized eggs from them, and put them in your own incubator. But I didn’t live in an area that I could have a rooster, and didn’t have an incubator.

Beehives in cold winter winds

Although I live in one of the not so arctic areas of the US, but THIS winter had a few extreme cold snaps, and I improvised a wind break for the beehives.  I was mostly worried about the wind, as these are first year hives.

Beehives with coverings

Beehive wind and rain protection. The hive setup.

The winds were deeply chilling, and I got out my old sheets, couch covers, and bundled up to go and cover them before night came.  It was vurrrry windy (30 MPH), and I took sheets of solid foam insulation to cover the sides on the bottoms because I have  ventilated bottom boards.

Beehive with covering for winter

Beehive number ONE (the Italians) with wind and rain protection

Then I covered the entire hive, including the front entrance clear to the ground floor with couch covers and sheets.  My aim was not to completely seal the hive, but to break the wind.

Beehive with covering for winter 3

Beehive number 3 with winter protection from wind and rain

When days come that it isn’t really badly cold, I just lift the front to expose the entrance so the bees can get out and do their “business”, whatever that might be.

NOTE:  the things on the top of the hives are scavenged from an old hot tub cover, and are foam covered with Naugahide upolstery material.  They are waterproof, and can be used for shade if needed, or rain and snow.  I’ve had them for several years and they also come in handy to set things on top of when I’m tending hives any time of the year.  You just don’t put your smoker up there.

YOGA CAT IN VACATION RETREAT

White cat in a basket

Yowie is resting from his exhausting yoga career. He is sure he cannot be found by his many fans.

YOGA CAT LIKES HIS UNDERWEAR

Cat with underwear on his head

Yoga cat likes his underwear

YOGA YOWIE IS AT IT AGAIN!

cat on back, yoga cat

Cat surfing can be hard if you are less than yoga FIT

Yowie yoga cat career continues . . .  He is now deeply getting into . . . SURFING!  (He always did like the Beach Boys)

Yoga Cat asks for his bath

cat in bathtub

Yoga cat is dirty . . .

Yowie hangs out here in the bathtub. If he can’t get me to give him a bath,then he diddles in the water while I take one myself.

Small Hive Beetle help

SMALL HIVE BEETLE EMERGENCY INFORMATION !!!!
This information needs to get out there to the bee community as soon as possible.  I am posting this in the midst of doing my own control measures right now.

I am a hobbyist beekeeper, have been keeping hives since about 2008.  I started with one hive and in four years they multiplied to six.  I did have hive beetles here and there, but did the hive bottom and top traps which kept them (I thought) in control.

This year I had to go on vacation and before leaving I did the normal honey thing and put an extra empty super just below the uncapped filled one because I didn’t have time to do anything else before leaving town.  I did this on all the hives, even the ones that were splits from the spring.  I was worried about swarming and them running out of room to store honey.  I assumed the uncapped would be capped when I got back in a week, and I could just take it off the hives.

Soo . . . I got back, checked the hives, and several of them had very little bees coming and going.  One hive swarmed (JULY), and this alarmed me also.  Several days later one of the strongest hives had HERDS of bees on the front hanging off of it.  I thought maybe they might just be that way because in the heat, (we’ve had a drought and over 100 degree temps), they were just hot.

My husband said they were also going to swarm, so I got into my suit early in the morning and started opening hives.  I found that every hive was overcome and slimed with beetles, larvae, and I only had one queened hive left out of five.

One hive had ten forlorned bees in it, some beetles, ants, cockroaches, and the beginning of moths.

The second had 50 or so bees in it, and lots of beetles.

The third was FULL of larvae, beetles, and a handfull of bees.

The fourth had no bees and was full of larvae and beetles

And the fifth and remaining hive had bees on the front, beetles and larvae inside, and was slimed  just like the rest.  However, it had a queen and the bees were pretty strong.

THE NASTY CLEAN UP (EQUIPMENT AND PROCESS)
I started with the most infested, and when I pulled out the beetle oil trap that was underneath, I swear there was a layer of beetle larvae two inches thick, which I poured into hot soapy water to kill them. I also knocked any stray beetles into this and put the lid on each time in between checking to see if anyone crawling out needed to be smashed.  It was midmorning, and the temps were in the 100 plus degrees.  Hot, hot, hot, work.

I also used a modified vacuum cleaner  which my husband made up to suck up all the beetles that tried to get away. This works VERY well by the way.  The nozzle was made about 1/2 inch in diameter with an adaptor.  Shoo the bees away with your hand before aiming, not the nozzle (grin)  The vacuum works GOOD.

RESCUING THE LAST HIVE
I then got a fresh hive body, fresh frames, and one fresh super with fresh frames in it, set it next to that hive of the hive that had a queen left and lots of bees. I brushed as many bees into this hive, trying not to brush beetles into it (an almost losing battle), and with a large and small empty totes ready with hot soapy water in them.  I scraped the ruined comb and as much of the larvae and beetles into the smaller one, and then put the frames into the larger one and covered it with lids as I worked.

I cleaned out beneath the infested hive and then put it also into the tote when I got all the bees moved into the new one.  The I moved the whole mess away from the area and placed the new clean hive with bees back in the original place.

PUTTING IT ALL BACK IN PLACE
I cleaned the old hive bottom beetle trap, replaced it with fresh oil.  That night I researched like a mad person about what causes what again.  I found a bunch of new information on the life cycle of these nasty beetles, and it gave me a start on how to go about what I needed to do to start over again.

GO TO THIS LINK PLEASE.  I am telling you Mr. Freeman and his beetle trap website http://www.freemanbeetletrap.com/menu_page  has one answer that make a bunch of sense, and that IS.  Bees can herd beetles and contain them to a point they can’t get on the honey and lay eggs so much.  His trap has no ledges for beetles to hide on or in, and this helps the bees to get at them, knocking them into the oil of the trap.  I have a beetle trap, but it has ledges on it.  I ordered one today for my remaining hive.  He called me back and spoke with me extensively, and was really great in answering all my questions about his trap and any other beetle information.

He also says dusting with powdered sugar enrages the bees so that they chase beetles into the oil.  Good point, and I did that also.  And yes, they did get mad at me for it.  (Dummies)

MY INFORMATION AND NEW DISCOVERIES
As we power washed the dirty frames and equipment, and attempted to kill the larvae and beetles, we discovered several things.

Bee hive frames getting ready for powerwash because of beetle contamination

Bee hive frames getting ready for powerwash because of beetle contamination

THEY ARE DASTARDLY HARD TO KILL.  
Some say use water and drown them.  I use HOT SOAPY WATER and drown them (it shocks them).  Some say use 50/50 bleach solution.  Yep, it works, but not totally in that concentration.  Some larvae still survived for some reason, so I used full strength on em.   I earlier tried several spray cleaners, and chemicals from my kitchen and bathroom cabinet and they just annoyed them.  The larvae I swear can SNORKLE!

MR FREEMAN IS MORE THAN RIGHT ABOUT CRACKS AND CREVICES THE BEETLES HIDE IN

THE GROOVE ALONG THE BOTTOM AND TOP OF THE FRAMES
As we cleaned the frames, we found larvae down inside the grooves of where the plastic foundation seated, both bottom and top.  Some were not big mature larvae either, and would be easy to miss on first glance.  There were bunches of them all along those grooves, and you might think you had a frame cleaned and then see them crawl out 2 minutes later.  They use these cracks to breed and hide from the bees when they are chased.

Hive beetle garage 2

Hive beetle garage

BOTH OPENING CRACKS WHERE THE FOUNDATION MEETS EITHER SIDE.  The bees had frantically tried to propolis (seal) all such cracks, and it was heavy here.

NAIL HOLES, AND PARTS WHERE JOINTS MEET  These are tiny, but each one has a place that a few beetles hide, and so do the larvae.

Bee hive frame dirty corner where hive beetles hide

Yet another dirty corner where they reproduce

MY RECOMMENDATION (which may not be expedient for commercial beekeepers at all)  Just examine ALL cracks there, in your hive body, and especially in the lid.  I have eliminated ALL inner covers, because they are just places for the beetles to hide from the bees.  But I am not an expert on this and it is only my personal decision born of paranoia.

I went to Walmart and got a large hot glue gun, long hot glue sticks (ten packages). We cleaned most of the nasties, propolis, extra wax, and bugs off the frames. Put a large piece of cardboard on the kitchen table and a spotlight. Then proceeded to hot glue every darned crack in the equipment and frames.

Tools set up to close cracks against hive beetles

Set up to close cracks against hive beetles

This takes a lot of time, but when you are through, you are eliminating places for any varmint to hide.  We filled all around the plastic frame foundation, both ends, top and bottom, nail holes, etc . . .  In the case of those plastic frames, filled all the casting holes on each end.

Hot glued hive frame corner

Bee hive frame corner after closing cracks with hot glue

NOTE ABOUT PLASTIC FRAMES:  
They don’t have cracks around the foundation part of the frame, but when I took them out of a beetle infested hive, each casting hole held not just several, but at least 15 beetles were hiding from the light.  I killed them with a five in one tool, sharp end wallowing it back and forth until they were crushed. But those are the holes that take the most hot glue to fill and sometimes you got to go over it several times to find all of the missed spots.

My husband and I are still in the process of doing this, and if I had know this before I put the hive back together, I’d have not put the frames in unglued and fixed.  Too late, they are building new comb on them right now and I am reluctant to disturb them, lest the queen get killed in the process.

He is now taking the foundation OUT of the frames  to clean them, then I scrape them and rinse.  The crack where it rests, top and bottom harbor larvae and beetles to the max. My husband is a gem of a man, and is doing the hardest work to clean up this mess.

PRESENT CONCLUSION
I’m telling you, I’m so mad at these bugs.  They eat baby bees and eggs, and you end up with no queen in the hive. Which is why I now have only one queened hive out of five.  I have extreme sympathy for the commercial beekeepers that did not see this coming. I thing someone needs to manufacture or invent some new equipment that has less crevices and cracks during this invasion. I am resolved that I will not give up beekeeping.

Bee hive with feeding pans

Last bee hive standing after 5 hives overcome by hive beetles

My last bee hive has no drawn foundation, but it has a queen, plenty of healthy bees, and all they have to do is fight off the beetles and store enough honey for winter.  Poor things.

ADDITIONAL NOTES, PARASITIC NEMATODES
I have also ordered 10,000 predatory nematodes, which are hive beetle larvae predators that negate needing poison, to apply
beneath the ground around my hive area.  I have been told they kill the larvae in a horrible way, which suits me to peeces.

Bee hive frames on table

Bee hive frames clean of hive beetle contamination

I am pressed for time and right now can’t post all the links, but search on small hive beetle, traps, solutions, information, etc. But I will tonite try to post this in as many places as possible.  There are SO many bee websites, blogs, and places online.

Bee hive boxes on flatbed

Bee hive brood boxes and supers that had been used before hive beetle contamination

We are inventing things and brainstorming existing traps and additional ideas as I speak, so take heart.  I think it’s the backyard beekeepers that have more time to do so.  We aren’t all scientists, but combining all the information everyone has helps to get solutions.   Good luck to all of you beekeepers out there and I’ll keep in touch if I or my hub invent something more that helps with the beetles.


UPDATE:  I have ordered my Freeman Beetle Trap, done dusted the bees with powdered sugar, been feeding them, and they seem to be in pretty decent shape.  Also ordered some nematodes, and am considering putting some of those CD case traps baited with roach bait under and around the ground way under the hive area.  The CD cases have openings that are way too small for a bee to enter, and I’ve heard they work good too.  (no poison IN the hive in other words)


UPDATE 2014:  See my other posts on what I did later on.

https://jewelant.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/small-hive-beetle-sweeper/

https://jewelant.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/hive-beetles-more-updates/


 

Cat Bath Curtain Tackle Attack number ONE & TWO

He will knock off all your shampoo, scare you out of your wits, and hang around for more action!

And then there is the second round . . .

If you got a cat that does that kind of stuff, let me know.

You can leave a comment at the bottom of the page.  

Natural Home Made Cat Food

THE FORBIDDEN WORLD OF  RAW MEAT

What did pets EAT before there was dry pet food?  I started reading about carnivorous cats several years ago.  It seems that cats are actually what is called “OBLIGATE CARNIVORES”.  Simply put, cats are animals that are designed by nature to eat prey meat only.  (Obligate, as in obligated to)

A Cats digestive system can process meat and animal carcasses, and it keeps them healthy because they are born able to digest it.  They do not digest vegetables, grain, and all those things that you might see them eat occasionally, such as grass.  But that’s another entire subject.

Picture of Grey Cat looking out back door

Dreaming of REAL prey . . .

Also, being a small feline, they are not designed to eat large prey, or large prey bones.  (in other words I would never give a cat a large chicken bone)  In their natural state out in the yard, they eat bugs, birds, small rodents, all with small flexible bones.  They normally consume the whole animal which gives them the internal organs, brain, bones, heart, etc.  So therefore they can’t live on just a chicken leg.  They have to have the bones, and the rest or they’ll be deficient in those nutrients and starve or be messed up.  You can’t give them just chopped meat if you want to feed them a meat diet.

So, your little house cat is no different than a lion, tiger, or any other wild cat in all these respects.

Now I know, you’re thinking that people have fed dried and canned cat food for all your life, and they seem to be completely healthy.  But think about that.  They get urinary problems, and dirty teeth and abscesses.  They get things like cancer, and other stuff, and when they get old they REALLY have problems.

Well, anyway, I thought so,until I remember all the cats that I had to get teeth cleaned, and my old cats that suffered, couldn’t eat, crap like that.  Regardless of whether all that is true or not, and me not being an expert cat dietitian, I was prompted by yet another set of event to investigate a home made cat food information.

They kept coming out with pet food recalls, and one day my cat Dicky just got sick and wouldn’t eat.  He hid upstairs, laid there for a week, and eventually got over it, but I found his cat food had a recall on it too late.  Something about MELAMINE powder in the food ingredients made in CHINA for gosh sake!  Well, now the Chinese are poisoning
my cat from across the ocean, and me all dependent on manufactured cat food.  (I thought)

I noticed that aside from that.  My cats would eat, (but not chew up) dry cat food. They always crunched once and swallowed it half whole.   I looked on the label.  It had a lot of grain in it.  I found out that the reason dry cat food has grain in it (corn and such), is that to make a dried little pebble which will store in a bag and not break up, you have to use something like flour or corn meal to be able to bake it into a kibble consistency, otherwise it will be sticky and not dried.

In other words, it has nothing to do with it being a good diet item for cats or dogs.  It’s a filler that makes a dry thing not sticky that they can store and sell.  Remember?  Cats don’t digest grain and cornmeal.  They just pass it through in the form of extra poop.

Have you ever chewed a piece of cat or dog food?  Well, it’s not what I’d call poison, so I tried it.  And found that contrary to what they tell you, which is that is CLEANS THEIR TEETH.  When you chew up cat or dog food, the dried kind, it sticks to your teeth, the grains of corn get all up in the base of each tooth, and GOOD LUCK getting it out without an ice pick!

Try it sometime.  It not only doesn’t clean your teeth or theirs, it gums them up until you’ll never get it off without industrial strength cleaner.  And not only that, but it is slimy, more so than normal human food of any kind.  I wouldn’t want my food like that.  It’s worse than some crackers.  I had never eaten anything that clung to my teeth quite like it.  (don’t get sick)

Now, right in the middle of all this research, I run across an article that says that carnivores are made to digest what are called “long chain amino acids” which is what raw meat contains.  (?)  And when you cook meat, (which is what we eat), it changes the amino acid formation to “short chain amino acids”, making the meat hard for a carnivore to digest.

Hey, go figure.  The cat food companies don’t ever focus on the fact that no feline animal, large or small, in the outdoors, eats any kind of cooked food whatsoever.  In fact the small ones will hunt down and eat exactly the same form of prey that a lion will.  And be perfectly healthy on a exclusive diet of it and nothing else but water. Most of which they get from their prey anyway.

MOISTURE, OR LACK OF MOISTURE IN DRY FOOD

Carnivores don’t eat dried food for the most part.  Prey is moist, and contains water.  They drink additional water too.  Now if your little house cat eats his dry food and doesn’t drink enough water, where do you suppose the water comes from to reconstitute his dried kibbles?  From his very own stomach and intestines, that’s where.

Now it just so happens that my cats don’t care for dried cat food with water on it pre-re-constituted.  They hate the taste.  So, if they don’t drink enought water to make up for it, then it gets sucked from their stomach and intestines.  How healthy is that?  Granted, they are used to eating dried food, and it smells fine to them when dry, but moistened and they turn up their noses at it.

How many kids have you seen that think fast food is great stuff?  If you grew up eating real vegetables and farm raised chickens, you would know the difference in taste.  But they didn’t, and so that’s what tastes right and delicious to them.  Cats are no different.  No choice, they’re hungry, that’s food, that’s it.

“Only the freshest, healthiest ingredients”, is the pet food companies refrain.  So, if they are using fresh ingredients, and then cooking the life out of it, then drying it, and then mixing it with a bunch of stuff that.  Heck they tell you not to overcook your own food.  They TELL you it’s not healthy to eat overly processed food.  What if you had to live on beef jerky and pemmican (Indian dried jerky with some fruit) all the time, how healthy do you think you would be?

The fact is that no matter how fresh a food is, when you process it, heat it, dry it, and mush it up with something a person or animal was never meant to assimilate or digest, then it just isn’t the best healthy food for your body.  You know yourself a piece of raw asparagus doesn’t even resemble a fresh steamed one, or pepper, or broccoli, or beans, or whatever.  Dried beef and chicken?  Who would even want that given the choice to have a fresh roasted one or a steak?

And there your cat is eating dried jerky food.  Hey, I’m no one to talk.  I fed my cats dry their whole lives, and not just one generation, but 5 cats in a row.  They all got inflamed gums and teeth that needed to be cleaned.  Every one of them.

FINDING THE COMPLETE DIET ADDITIVES

Because of that, I decided to experiment.  Now I know that most people know the danger of salmonella, and germs that contaminated, uncooked meat has.  But I’ve gone my whole life not getting sick from meat, and the only time I got food poisoning was from restaurants.  Simple as that.  I don’t buy old meat.  I don’t cook slimy smelly anything.  I learned to buy good meat, and don’t worry about it.  So, I don’t worry too much about the cats because I decided I’d get the same fresh chicken I would buy for myself for this experiment.

Now, I also knew that meat alone does not a cat diet make.  Cats require calcium, taurine (from hearts), and iron (liver), and I located in addition, a company (one of many), that manufacture a powder that you mix with meat, water, salmon oil capsules, and egg yolk to make a complete meat diet that you can feed EXCLUSIVELY to cats and nothing else  needed for them to be healthy.

This company tested a large group of cats on an all meat diet for years, and found many things.  The main thing was that they were all, with few exceptions, exceptionally healthy and remained so for all their lives.  They also said that it cured many behavioural problems and attitudes in all of them.  Happy, healthy, lively, and all that.

So, half convinced, and wondering if this might help my aggressive cat, I ordered some powder, got some salmon oil caps, eggs, boned chicken thighs, and a thing of chicken livers.  I chopped (not too small, about one inch size bits)  two pounds of chicken thighs, 1/4 that amount of livers, added the salmon oil, and egg yolk.  I couldn’t find any heart, but that was in the powder.  I added the recommended amount of powder and cold water to mix.

Then I put about 1/4 cup in a bowl and set it on the floor next to the cat.  He did something that I’ve never seen him do before.  He took one claw, and used it to hook one piece of meat, and then spent the next few long minutes RELISHING his food.

When normally given dried food he ate like a chow hound and was through eating in 3 minutes.  And asked for more of it because he didn’t think he was full.  And wouldn’t settle down afterward.  Feeding time was asked for no less than two hours after feeding him with dried meat.

He chewed his raw meat completely before swallowing it, and when he was finished, he went to his cat tower, crawled up on top, and napped out for 4 hours!  He didn’t ask for more food, he didn’t pace around the house.   He was satisfied and napped out.  Simple as that.

Picture of a healthy white long haired cat

Laid up after a good raw meat meal

CONTINUING THE FEEDING OF MEAT

I decided to carry this to extremes.  I wanted to know if they were right about being able to feed a raw diet and NO other store bought food to a cat.  So I fed my cat this two times a day (normally with dried it was three) for over a month.  At the end of that time he was calmer, and yet more energetic when he was awake.  He no longer gobbled his food, but took his time like you would with a good steak.  He didn’t have to drink as much water, and his stools were looser, but less smelly.  His cat pan didn’t stink every time he took a dump.

What a revelation.  However, being short on time, I eventually backslid into giving him some dry cat food on the side for when I was out of raw.  Right now I’m feeding raw once a day at night to both my cats.  But you have to have the powder to be sure it’s complete and not deficient.  And that can be expensive.  My vet was diplomatically horrified when he learned about it.  But I would dare anyone to take a blood test and tell me my cat is unhealthy.  My eyes just don’t decieve me.

Hey, my cats react completely different when offered either kind of food.  Dried is just begged for.  MEAT is a scramble of cat yells and “give it to me NOW!”  My first cat did not grow up on raw meat, he ate it first when he was all grown up, and he still prefers it to dried every time.

So doing it myself and seeing the results in my own cats convinced me totally.  It is more trouble, but not if you make a batch and freeze it in parcels one months worth at a time.  And for me it cost more because I hate boning chicken and am not good at it.   (I might cut myself too)

You’ll find pros and cons and people for and against it, but for me it’s worth whatever risk they say comes along with it.  I got some powerfully healthy cats now.

Picture of cat stretching powerfully

I’ve got some powerfully healthy cats

Disclaimer:    I am not an expert cat dietitian.  The information in my post is only from my own experience in feeding this diet to my own animals.  I urge you to do the same as I did if you are considering this diet for your own animals.  Research, get on the net and explore and read many articles before trying it yourself.

Email me with any questions and I can send you links to sources for the powder which I mix with my cats food.

 

 

 

 

 

AN ORPHAN IN THE BUSHES

My job was to trim shrubs behind a commercial building that day.  I arrived at daybreak, the sun was barely up and the night lights were still lit.  I took my first pictures of the day to record what the foliage looked like before I began to trim.

I got all my tools, the wheelbarrow, the bags, and started up the walk.  Soon I saw there was somebody keeping me company . . .

Kitten Yowie first meeting

I soon saw there was somebody keeping me company

The streak of white color dissapeared behind one of the rose bushes up against the building and I realized that it was a kitten. I got down on my knees to peer under the bush he was hiding in and stretched out my hand and called him.

He was a wild baby kitty, but not totally.  (Somebody had been feeding him at lunchtime.)  I ran back to the car and got part of my sandwich (the meat part), and ran back to feed him.  He ate it all, even a french fry.

Orphan kitty scared

He watched with suspicious curiosity

I started walking around to see what needed to be done to the flower beds.  The kitten watched all this with suspicious curiosity. Getting food every few minutes had him soon following me around asking for more.

Orphan kitty was friendly

He soon started following me around

I wasn’t surprised.  He had no Mommy anywhere that I could see.  I found out later a mother cat had been seen carrying him across the parking lot and dropped him off there never to return.  He was an ORPHAN BABY KITTYKAT.

Orphan kitty starved

He was starving …

He was starving, and looked better than he was because he was a long haired kitten, and the fur disguised the ribbyness of his tiny little body.

Orphan kitty purrson of importance

I could tell he was a Purrson of importance

But his personality told me he was a purrson of importance, sooo. . .    He came home in a cardboard box when I left the job two days later.

Orphan kitty first meeting with big cat

My other cat was not so sure about this newcomer

My other cat was not so sure about this newcomer.  He hissed a lot, and spit a lot, and cussed a lot.  Then he just left the room disgusted.

Orphan kitty in cage

I put him in a cage for his own safety

I put him in another room in a cage so that the big guy wouldn’t eat him.  A time out was needed before it was discovered that he was really a friend and not an intruder.

Orphan kitty making friends with big cat

At first, curiosity at a distance

He was allowed out only under supervision and then recaged at night.  More and more freedom as he was accepted.  At first it was just curiosity from a safe distance.  But in the end, after a few weeks, they became more and more friends . . .

Orphan kitty accepted at last

In the end they became friends

After a week of the big cat being pounced on, and the little cat getting smashed on, and a bunch of spats, there was a truce.  But in the end they got their act together and became companionable friends.

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Welcome to Jewelant’s Blog!  It’s a blog about all my interests and anything other interesting.  Got cats, videos, honey bee information, garden pictures, cartoons, militaria, antiques, chickens, and funny stuff. This blog has evolved to encompass hobbies I’m presently messing with, and things I have to do with, and, and, and, whatever pops up in the future.

 

 

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