Cats are not far removed from their ancestors, the African wildcat. It is important to keep this in mind when you are rooming with a feline friend. The most important characteristic to remember is that they are obligate carnivores. This means they NEED to eat animal protein to live. They cannot be vegetarians, and thrive best on meat-based, grain-free diets. They are also skilled hunters, the biggest threat to local wildlife and conservation efforts besides humans. These two traits alone play a major role in their overall health and behavior. Here, we will make some recommendations on how to feed your cat to ensure you are doing everything you can to keep them happy and health.
FIRST: Stop free feeding! Cats are built to hunt and eat in larger meals. We do not recommend allowing your cat to hunt outdoors for the sake of local wildlife, but giving them a way to burn off energy and use their brains and bodies is vital to their overall well-being. Feeding 2-3 meals a day tends to keep cats more physically active and more mentally stimulated. Puzzle feeders are a great option for dry meals because they are required to work for their food. Trixie Pet Products (can be found on Amazon) have great cat puzzle feeders. We recommend actively playing with your cat before each meal. A typical feline behavior sequence around mealtime goes: stalk, ambush, eat, groom, and sleep. Playing with your cat before feeding helps to mimic this. All cats are playful, you just have to find the right toy and put some imagination into it. Feeding meals also makes cats more receptive to training! Yes, training. Just like your dog, cats can learn commands, and can even be clicker trained. It is all about finding the right motivation. A cat who can feed itself whenever it wants has no reason to listen to you. When you feed meals, your cat has to listen to you at least 2-3 times a day. Ask your cat to sit on a mat before receiving a meal. If you have a vocal cat, wait until they are quietly sitting on their mat.
NEXT: Never feed a dry-only diet! Dry food is very convenient and cost effective for us, but is not good for cats as the sole mode of nutrition. Cats obtain most of their water from food. They do not have a strong thirst drive, so when you only feed dry food you are severely limiting their water-intake. If you have a male cat, this is especially important since they can build up crystals in their urine and become blocked. A blocked cat can cost you thousands in vet bills, so it is better to be proactive and feed wet food. Many vets are now saying ANY wet food is better than ANY dry food. At TGDS, we often advocate for high-quality, meat-based products for your dogs and cats. We do recommend this for your cat as well, but if you cannot afford the high-end canned or raw food for your cat, we still recommend feeding any wet food you can afford at least once a day.
We hope that this information is beneficial to you and your cat. Even though we are called The Good DOG Spot, our staff members are knowledgeable about cats as well, and we are happy to answer any questions!
This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week! So The Good Dog Spot is continuing to spread awareness this week!
Millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. How much do you really know about dog bites? Here are some basic facts that might surprise even you.
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This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week
The Good Dog Spot knows the world is full of great dogs, but even the best dogs can be put into a situation where they feel threatened. Here are some shocking facts about dog bites in the U.S.:
• Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
• Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
• Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
• Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
• Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
• Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
CAPTION THIS CONTEST:
Want a chance to win $5.00 off of a retail purchase at The Good Dog Spot of $20.00 or more? We are asking everyone to come up with a creative caption or quote for a photo! Leave your submission in the comments section on our Facebook post. The comment with the most likes is the winner! To optimize the views, please feel free to share with others (we will only count the “likes” on OUR feed)! **To avoid someone winning multiple contests, we are limiting the number of times you can win to once every six months – and their WILL be more contests to follow! The contest will end next Wednesday! We can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Good luck!
The photo can be seen below, but to enter the contest, please visit: www.facebook.com/thegooddogspot
Our Mother’s Day Run for the Roses Pawty is just days away! We’re getting geared up for a fun-filled day with this year’s contestants and spectators! To make sure that everyone is able to fully participate in the fun activities we have planned, we ask that all daycare guests be dropped off no later than 9:30 on Friday, May 8th for the pawty.
The brackets are also available for you to fill out with your pick of this year’s winners for the big dog and little dog races! Please ask a staff member for a copy of the brackets or print them out at home using the downloadable version below. When completed, the brackets can be returned to our lobby with a $1.00 donation for each one filled out. All money raised will be donated to our furry friends at Thomas J. O’Connor. There will be cool prizes that you don’t want to miss out on!