Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 109)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.😀

The easiest way to join TRT is by sending us photos to info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use. Additionally we have set up a linky app if you don’t want to make your photo public just yet. Click here for this.

This truly adorable tummy joins us from Megan Morgan’s Blog.

Meet Fievel, who joins us from Shannon Yvonne Moreau’s Blog.

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This cute tummy belongs to Dewey, who joins us from Headwindjournal.

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Brutus is back for another round of Tummy Rubs! You can meet him and his mum on Twitter.

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This adorable bright white tummy belongs to one of our Twitter buddies.😀

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This gorgeous black kitty has been sent in by Sara Codair.

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And last but not least, Max the Wonder Cat who flies in his dreams. (Sent in by email)

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below.😀

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your furfriend on your own Blog and add your post link onto our linky app by clicking here or by leaving a comment with the direct link.

Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source!🙂

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better😀

And on next week’s’ #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

Not on WordPress but would like to follow us? We are on Bloglovin too!🙂

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A Crash Course on Finding the Best Food For Your Cat

Cat owners are having a hard time finding healthy cat food choices. Some food contains questionable ingredients, and some do not contain all the nutrients a cat needs, but the following tips should help you find the right food for your furry friend.

Eliminate Cat Food That Does Not Contain Enough Meat

One important fact that research has shown is that cats require a diet that is dense in animal protein. This means the main ingredient in any cat food formula should be meat. There are different types of meats that you can choose from like chicken, salmon, and turkey.

It is important that the type of meat is identified, as some companies do not disclose the kind of meat used, which should cause you to worry. Undisclosed meat, meat meal, or animal by-products could include meat from an animal’s entrails or brain, and in some cases the meat could be the product of diseased animals or even road kill. Some findings even show that some of those mystery meats could come from dead cats, too.

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Avoid Questionable Ingredients

Some cat food is riddled with artificial ingredients, preservatives, and dyes, which should not be in your cat’s food. The sad truth is many of the ingredients you might see may seem like they are completely safe.

Take vitamin K3, for example, which sounds like any other vitamin.  In fact, it is actually a synthetic version of the normal vitamin K. Yes, this ingredient is a made-up vitamin that has been shown to be toxic to the human liver, lungs, and other vital organs, so it could have similar effects on animals.

The following are other questionable ingredients that you should avoid:

  • BHA
  • BHT
  • Artificial colors
  • Sodium nitrite
  • Ethoxyquin

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Exclude Proven Harmful Ingredients

Taking a closer look at the ingredients that some pet food companies use to make their food can be astonishing, because you start to find out things you didn’t want to know. It seems that some cat food contains ingredients that have been proven to be harmful, like carrageenan. Carrageenan is an ingredient used to make food seem a little thicker than it is, but it is also known to be carcinogenic. This means that you could be aiding the development of cancer in your cat without even knowing it.

The following are other ingredients that you do not want to see in your cat’s food:

  • Brewer’s rice
  • Carrageenan gum
  • Garlic
  • Gluten
  • Ocean fish
  • Rendered fat
  • Xanthum gum

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Stay Away From Untrustworthy Sources

The next thing that any cat owner should consider is where the cat food was manufactured, as some countries are not very strict with their food manufacturing laws. It is important to ensure that the plant that produced your cat food comes from a region you trust. Some pet food companies fail to disclose their origins, which should cause you to worry. You should stay away from regions like Thailand and Brazil. Canada, the US, and New Zealand are often good choices as they are stricter on their food manufacturing laws.

It is also important to find out if the cat food company that you purchase from has been sued or been a part of any controversy, like mislabeling products, which should tell you that they are involved in shady dealings. You would be surprised to find out some of the brands that have failed to meet some of these standards include industry heavy-hitters like Purina, Nature’s Balance, Meow Mix, Friskies, and Fancy Feast, just to name a few.

For a helpful guide to navigating this confusing industry, check out Reviews.com’s resource for cat food. They are a website dedicated to informing the public on the truth about products and industries, and they recently spent over six weeks analyzing the cat food industry.  They surveyed 97 veterinary professionals and 437 devoted cat owners, and also read through dozens of research articles and studies. Ultimately, they found 163 formulas that we would recommend due to their high quality and risk-free ingredients.

Given the complexities of choosing the right food for your feline friends, one thing is clear: it is important for all cat lovers to do their research when it comes to buying cat food.

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Thanks,

Marc

CatTails – The story of my 4 friends

I am a card caring Crazy Cat Lady. I have four lovelies. Although, not all by choice. Hipster Ken, my boyfriend, came with two. I am currently learning Jewel on the CatTar to help my second oldest friend laugh away her c-section.

Dandy Lion is my best friend. And she is a cat. I really hate the term ‘best friend’ because it feels like you can only have one. Like a catty pecking order. I would rather have a million ‘best friends’; but that makes ‘best’ too general.

I purrrfer to rank my friends by how long I have known them. My oldest friend named Dandy Lion. My second oldest can’t be around her without having a severe allergies attack.  I met them both the first year of my life.

My second oldest friend and I are very different. Our personalities are like two completely different Lego pieces. They don’t look a like, but they fit. It’s nice because we don’t compare, we compliment. We compete all the time, but it feels like we both  win.

She recently had a baby. Children are to her as cats are to me AND Children are to me as cats are to her. She hates cats because of the allergies. I don’t hate children, I just don’t want them.

In an attempt to be a good friend, I offered to be her jogging partner. I actually hate to run unless someone is chasing me. But I know she needs heal and get back in to shape.

My solution is to learn Jewel songs on the guitar together. Why? Because we both love Jewel. And we will be so horrible that we will laugh at each other a lot. First up: Deep Water.

Caveat – or Catveat – In this very digital age, my second oldest friend does not like having her picture on the internet. I respect that. I often feel the same way. So I will be using Avatars, or Catatar’s to explain the journey.

About – Annette Hanley is learning how to write a ‘blook’ -> Web+Log+Book =Blook and make products from thrifted material. Read the ‘blooks’ on AnnetteScape.com or follow the normal blog at WaggleDanceTalk.com.