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Why All the Liquid Poo? 6 Reasons Your Raw-Eating Cat or Dog Still Suffers from Diarrhea

Category: Natural Care
January 20, 2015

Why All the Liquid Poo? 6 Reasons Your Raw-Eating Cat or Dog Still Suffers from Diarrhea | Causes, prevention, and treatment of diarrhea in cats and dogs. | girlmeetscats.com

Having discussed 'constipation and the raw diet' in a previous article, it seems appropriate to address the raw diet and possible bouts of diarrhea. As stated earlier, digestive issues are the gate that leads to further complications later in life. Digestive concerns such as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and nausea are the front-line, primary signs that exhibit something is amiss. Dismiss these signs now and serious health complications are just around the corner.

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Where is the Poo? 6 Reasons Your Raw-Eating Cat or Dog Still Suffers from Constipation

Category: Natural Care
January 16, 2015

Where is the Poo? 6 Reasons Your Raw-Eating Cat or Dog Still Suffers from Constipation | Causes, prevention, and treatment of constipation in cats and dogs. | girlmeetscats.com

We tend to talk frequently about digestive issues in dogs and cats, namely constipation and diarrhea. We're not obsessed with poo; we just understand how healthy it is to be regular. Digestive issues are the gate that leads to further complications later in life. Digestive concerns such as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and nausea are the front-line, primary signs that exhibit something is amiss. Dismiss these signs now and serious health complications are just around the corner.

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Anal Gland/Sac Impaction in Cats and Dogs and the Raw Diet

Category: Natural Care
January 13, 2015

Anal Gland/Sac Impaction in Cats and Dogs and the Raw Diet | Signs and symptoms of anal gland abscesses and rupturing in cats and dogs and what you can do about it. | girlmeetscats.com

Today, we are discussing poo (or lack thereof) and anal gland clogging. Interested? Well, of course you are---who wouldn't be.

Cats and dogs have anal glands, one on either side of the anus, that are expressed each time the animals defecate. In fact, emptying glands spontaneously may occur when an animal is startled/anxious or feeling extremely relaxed and calm. These anal sacs house a gland fluid that has a distinct odor and is used when animals identify one another. Thick and bulky bowel movements push on the glands during defecation and squeeze out the sac contents.

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4 Products I Would Not Recommend from Hare Today

Category: Raw Feeding
January 9, 2015

4 Products I Would Not Recommend from Hare Today | The not-so-liked raw food types by cats and dogs. | girlmeetscats.com

Let me say this first and foremost. Hare Today is an amazing company and I admire them so much for doing what they are doing. I fully support their mission and their dedication to providing our carnivores with a raw diet---their hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free-range dedication, etc. The products I would not recommend do not reflect upon the company in any way whatsoever. We will continue to order from them indefinitely. The choices I would not recommend are listed, followed by the reasons why. This is based on our carnivores and their eating style, the prey nutrient content, or our carnivores not liking the actual prey. Your experience may be different, so don't let our experiences and opinions sway you from ordering a specific mix or prey.

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6 Recommended Products from Hare Today

Category: Raw Feeding
January 7, 2015

6 Recommended Products from Hare Today | Raw food our cats and dogs can't get enough of from Hare Today. | girlmeetscats.com

Several products ordered from Hare Today out for us. Here are six of them.

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Hare Today Order Review

Category: Raw Feeding
January 5, 2015

Hare Today Order Review | Received our first order from Hare Today! | girlmeetscats.com

After a two-week holiday break full of family, friends, and unbelievable food, we are back! Happy 2015, everyone.

Our local sources for raw, although of invaluable help, constantly leave me wanting more variety. After researching several online vendors that provide raw diets for domesticated animals, I contently set on Hare Today and My Pet Carnivore. Shortly after, we placed a rather large order with Hare Today (My Pet Carnivore is next) and have received our anticipated order. Here are the pros and cons prior to feeding the carnivores. These do not include recommended products as we have not tried any of them yet.

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Why Should Cats and Dogs Eat Prey Livers? Nature's Multivitamin and the Frankenprey Diet

Category: Raw Feeding
December 19, 2014

Why Should Cats and Dogs Eat Prey Livers? Nature’s Multivitamin and the Frankenprey Diet | Raw livers make up 5% of the Frankenprey diet, these are essential to any diet. | girlmeetscats.com

Today, we will focus our raw-feeder attention on the detoxifying superfood---the liver! This is, indeed, Nature's multivitamin. In the Frankenprey model, prey livers fulfill 5% of the complete diet. Livers are commonly sold in grocery stores and aren't exotic organs like lungs and thymuses. Still, don't be cheap with livers. Make sure the livers you purchase come from hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free-range animals that are treated humanely. I am, thankfully, able to purchase organic chicken livers. Our local butcher shop offers beef and calf livers. As I stated in an earlier article, our local butcher shop strictly adheres to the "no preservatives, no hormones, no antibiotics" principle, and we appreciate it immensely.

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Why Should Cats and Dogs Eat Prey Kidneys? Secreting Organs and the Frankenprey Diet

Category: Raw Feeding
December 17, 2014

Why Should Cats and Dogs Eat Prey Kidneys? Secreting Organs and the Frankenprey Diet | Secreting organs make up 5% of the Frankenprey diet, these are essential to any diet. | girlmeetscats.com

If you are familiar with the Frankenprey model, you know that secreting organs are required to fulfill 5% of the complete diet. Secreting organs include the spleen, pancreas, thymus, kidneys, and others. Believe it or not, some organs cannot be sold in grocery stores or butcher shops and must be specially purchased online. I have been fortunate enough to find local sources of three types of kidneys, so I don't feel the need to buy them through online vendors. Our local butcher shop strictly adheres to the "no preservatives, no hormones, no antibiotics" principle, and we appreciate it immensely. The three types of kidneys we purchase are those belonging to beef, calf, and lamb.

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How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree to Relieve Constipation in Dogs and Cats

Category: Natural Care
December 15, 2014

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree to Relieve Constipation in Dogs and Cats | DIY recipe for fresh pumpkin/squash. No need to buy cans anymore! | girlmeetscats.com

In a recent post, we discussed intermittent constipation and the benefits of pumpkin puree. The best option is to cook your own, but canned pumpkin is available for your convenience. Pumpkin and butternut squash belong to the same family of squash, so you can use butternut squash instead.

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Pumpkin and Constipation in Dogs and Cats

Category: Natural Care
December 12, 2014

Pumpkin and Constipation in Dogs and Cats | Animals fed an unnatural diet will likely suffer from constipation. A natural fiber full of enzymes is essential. | girlmeetscats.com

Infrequent constipation in animals is expected and does occur with raw-fed carnivores from time to time. It can be due to an imbalance in the Frankenprey diet (too much bone), not eating enough or simply snacking on raw instead of eating it as bulk, or another underlying reason. If you are NOT a raw feeder, constipation and diarrhea are likely due to your use of dry and canned food. Nevertheless, the vet may recommend that you add canned pumpkin puree to their food until constipation is relieved. Does this work? Yes and sometimes.

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