Friday 10 August 2007

Raising Cats Naturally: How to care for your cat the way nature intended by Michelle T. Bernard

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In this book, Michelle T. Bernard guides the reader through the subject of raising your animals in a healthy, and natural way. A subject that has become so much more important with the recent pet food recall nightmare. So many owners were frantically looking for alternative options, safe foods and more, and I was one of those owners.

I came across this book and decided I wanted to know more. This book is refreshingly simple and straightforward. The author doesn't just provide recipes and tell you to use them, rather, she delves into the background of the cat, the nutrition they need, the ethics of the pet food industry, and also provides a lot of data to support this healthier choice.

For me personally, I find that Michelle's inclusion of her own experiences with this method of cat care, has convinced me that I should try this on my own furry companions. The list of benefits is just incredible, some of those benefits are: reduced shedding, improved temperament, reduced litter box odour, healthier teeth, better general health, and also better weight management.
One of the thoughts which influenced me greatly, was this one:
Commercial cat food, especially dry cat food, is not healthy for most cats. If
it were, why would so many different formulas be necessary? If their food was
truly 100 percent nutritionally balanced and complete, would there be such a
need for all the prescription foods? In all the years I have been feeding raw to
my cats, I have not had to change the formulation of the diet I feed them to
address an illness.
Also covered, along with diet, are the subjects of vaccinations, and homeopathic veterinarians. Both subjects also gave me much to think about and I have to admit, this is one of the best pet care books I have read in a long time. It's refreshing to see a book that doesn't simply support the pet industry by telling you everything your pets must have, but instead, delves into what is naturally best for your pets.

What I especially loved, is the care and detail that shines through in Michelle's research and when she reaches a subject which she isn't quite sure about, she has no problem expressing the fact that she hasn't been able to find enough information on that issue, and that she is constantly learning.

Anyone who has, or is considering, a cat in their lives, needs to have a copy of this book also.

Author's website: (lots of info on this site, plus you get to meet the author's feline companions which I enjoyed learning about in the book.)

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