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Words of Inspiration for Pet Parents and Animal Rescuers

Category: Cat-Themed Gear
August 24, 2015

Words of Inspiration for Pet Parents and Animal Rescuers | A little inspiration to the wonderful souls who give their love, time, and effort to animals in need. | girlmeetscats.com.com

A little inspiration for all pet parents, animal shelter volunteers and rescuers, animal activists, wildlife rescuers, veterinarians, animal lovers, and foster parents. We, all too well, understand the daily craziness that you endure. Some of us rescue animals from abusive homes, others from the streets. Some neuter large stray animal colonies and provide them with medical care and food and others save cats and dogs days before euthanasia. At times, we feel the same way---like we're losing our minds. Carpets are peed on, shoes are torn open, homemade raw food is unappreciated, and we step on hairballs in the middle of the night. Some days are harder than others.

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Our First Experience with a Commercial Electrical Raw Meat Grinder for Making Homemade Raw Pet Food for Cats and Dogs

Category: Raw Feeding
August 24, 2015

Our First Experience with a Commercial Electrical Raw Meat Grinder for Making Homemade Raw Pet Food for Cats and Dogs | Homemade raw pet food for cats and dogs is easy, healthy, and incredibly fresh. Just start with a commercial grinder and you're on your way. | girlmeetscats.com

We finally had our first experience with a commercial raw meat grinder and grinding our own raw food for the cats and dogs. Our previously depended-on food processor is happy to retire and not see another raw piece of meat in its lifetime.

Before I give a rundown of our first experience, please note that future posts will have images and videos of us grinding raw meals. Since this was our first time, we needed to familiarize ourselves with the equipment, read the manual, use a grinder for the first time, and work with over 90lbs of various meats, bones, and organs; all while the furry dudes were sharking around nearby. Understandably, you can sympathize with the lack of imagery.

After careful thought and consideration, we decided to purchase a Weston Pro-Series #22 commercial grinder. It has a 1HP, 750-watt motor, weighs over 60lbs, and is pretty much a beast all around.

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They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why "All-Natural" Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods

Category: Raw Feeding
July 2, 2015

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

Cats and dogs are obligate carnivores, so their entire diet MUST consist of a balance of raw muscle meat, raw organs, and raw bones. When cats hunt prey in the wild, their entire raw meal is fully balanced---bones, organs (spleen, brain, liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, etc.), raw muscle meat, moisture/blood, and stool bulkers like feathers, fur, etc. Entrails are, and for good reason, left untouched.

Not all canned and dry pet food brands are equal to one another by comparison. In fact, brands such as Weruva, Orijen, Evo, Tiki Cat/Dog, and others are the better option when choosing canned and dry pet food. These brands offer options that are grain-free, starch-free, preservative-free, and contain real meat (not byproduct meals). They address some red flags found with poor-quality brands such as Whiskas, Meow, 9Lives, Friskies, etc.; namely, grain use, preservative use, artificial colors and flavors, and meat byproduct usage. While the formerly mentioned are a better option than the latter, they are NOT the best option. The best option is raw food.

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11 Raw Cat Food Essentials-Everything You Need to Make and Feed a Raw Diet

Category: Raw Feeding
June 16, 2015

11 Raw Cat Food Essentials-Everything You Need to Make and Feed a Raw Diet | List of essential tools to have in your raw feeder kit. | girlmeetscats.com

To be a raw feeder, there are a few essentials to get things started---even before you start chopping up raw meat. This list does depend heavily on the type of diet you are feeding (whole prey, Frankenprey, ground up mixes), but all essentials listed are greatly useful for raw feeding.

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5 Essential Raw Foods Cats and Dogs Should Never Go Without

Category: Raw Feeding
June 2, 2015

5 Essential Raw Foods Cats and Dogs Should Never Go Without | Transitioning to a raw diet is easier than you may think, especially with these vital essentials. | girlmeetscats.com

Let me start off with just a few basic comments.

  • Being a raw feeder is easier than you think
  • It is so rewarding to have full control over a fresh diet
  • Feeding raw saves lives, prevents/treats various diseases, and gives animals a chance at a life that Nature intended
  • Feeding raw is cheaper than feeding canned and dry food

The resistance, however great, will gradually diminish as you see the results. Transitioning to raw is addicting and the longer you do it, the more you learn, the more comfortable and confident you become, and it becomes the only way acceptable to you. When the process is given time and taken in baby-steps, it doesn't seem like work and one day, you realize that you are a raw feeder.

Nonetheless, if you are stuck between resistance and laziness, somewhere in limbo between canned/dry food and the raw diet, there is a way to slowly start on the raw path. Begin with a few basic, but essential, additions to your predator's diet and allow that to be your next step. This will allow them to get familiar with taste and texture of raw food and will allow you to get into the habit of raw feeding with least resistance.

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5 Things to NEVER Do When Feeding Cats and Dogs Raw Food

Category: Raw Feeding
May 26, 2015

5 Things to NEVER Do When Feeding Cats and Dogs Raw Food | What you need to know as a raw and transitional feeder for cats and dogs. | girlmeetscats.com

All raw feeders loyal to the raw-way of life will wholeheartedly agree with the following FIVE important things to avoid with any cat and dog feeding, raw included.

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How Commercial Cat and Dog Food Companies are Screwing You and Your Pet Over?

Category: Raw Feeding
May 24, 2015

How Commercial Cat and Dog Food Companies are Screwing You and Your Pet Over? | You wouldn't believe the disgusting ingredients in canned and dry pet food. | girlmeetscats.com

If only you took the time to see how commercial pet food companies are screwing you and your pets over, you would feel shock and betrayal. After all, you trust these people to know their products and deliver only the best to you and your furry pals. The problem is that these companies are out to make money on your ignorance and lack of knowledge. They are, in fact, 'laughing all the way to the bank'. The disgusting, inedible ingredients used in their products come from diseased and mistreated animals and non-food materials. Dead cats and dogs as well as road-killed animals are also known to be ingredients in cheap canned food.

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Raw Beef Gullets and Hyperthyroidism in Cats and Dogs

Category: Raw Feeding
May 13, 2015

Raw Beef Gullets and Hyperthyroidism in Cats and Dogs | Some raw food may be high in thyroid hormones and may lead to hyperthyroidism in cats and dogs. | girlmeetscats.com

Well, I think our days of feeding raw beef gullet are over. It turns out that raw animal necks and gullets may contain high levels of thyroid hormones that can lead or contribute to hyperthyroidism in cats and dogs. Hyperthyroidism is a glandular condition in which there is an excessively high concentration of circulating thyroxine (T4) hormone. Untreated, it wreaks havoc on the body and ultimately leads to heart and kidney failure. Since cats are prone to hyperthyroidism (likely due to the addition of cooked gullets and animal necks to canned and dry food), feeding them raw beef gullet will put them at greater risk of it. Poultry necks also contain thyroid hormones as the thyroid gland is located in the neck, wrapping around the windpipe/trachea, so they should not be the sole sources of bones and calcium. Raw chicken necks are our go-to for bones and calcium because the bones are smaller and easier to chew than other bones. We ordered ground-up raw gullet from Hare Today several times and even though we don't feed these particular raw foods daily, I am left concerned and wondering if even a little amount of raw gullet is too much.

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Why Should Cats and Dogs Eat Prey Hearts? Dark Muscle Taurine and the Frankenprey Diet

Category: Raw Feeding
May 12, 2015

Why Should Cats and Dogs Eat Prey Hearts? Dark Muscle Taurine and the Frankenprey Diet | Raw hearts are a vital essential to any cat and dog diet. | girlmeetscats.com

Prey hearts are devoured by most cats and dogs. Rich in minerals and vitamins, raw hearts are a necessary addition to any diet, raw or other. Hearts are part of the 80% muscle meat category if feeding the Frankenprey diet and are the hardest-working muscles in the body. Muscles that are used extensively are not only darker in color, due to extra mitochondria and myoglobin content, but also contain larger amounts of taurine.

Taurine is an amino acid required by the heart, the skeletal muscles, the large intestines, the central nervous system, and pretty much the entire mammalian body. Studies are showing that taurine supplementation decreases cholesterol levels, increases fat metabolism, and helps in the treatment of various heart conditions. This amino acid is a potent antioxidant and as important and vital as it is, canned and dry foods severely lack taurine.

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Where Do I Purchase Raw Meat, Organs, and Bones for the Raw Diet?

Category: Raw Feeding
April 6, 2015

Where Do I Purchase Raw Meat, Organs, and Bones for the Raw Diet? | When starting the raw diet, here are a few places you can trust. | girlmeetscats.com

If you're just starting out as a raw feeder, the process of it all can be a bit overwhelming. Frankenprey guidelines are general in their inclusions and small whole raw prey is difficult to come by. Some of us have local butcher shops, markets, grocery stores, natural specialty stores, etc. and may purchase organs, bones, and meat from various vendors. For others, this may not be plausible, so purchasing raw is best done with online merchants. There is no good reason to not feed raw.

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