Cat Behavior

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I. INTRODUCTION

 Cats are amazing animals.  They will do healing and can do much more, as well.  They make excellent pets as they are fairly clean and quiet.  Cats are a little more selfish than dogs, but more and more cats are enjoying better health with nutritional balancing science, and this may help them to be less selfish.

Unlike dogs, cats are more like wild animals in that they can often survive in the wild.  This may be because cats have more of their natural instincts than dogs.

Cats carry a little more disease than dogs.  For example, many, if not most of them have some toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can be transmitted to human beings.  So do not hug and kiss your cat.

 II. LIFESTYLE

 Intelligence.  Cats are often very smart animals, as smart as some dogs.  However, they are rather temperamental, and for this reason may not seem very smart.  However, today many cats are quite smart and capable of helping heal human beings, particularly children.

              Why keep cats indoors? 

  1. It will reduce some diseases in cats.
  2. For safety.  Cats, even large cats, can be eaten by predators such as coyotes, or even large birds like ravens and eagles, although they usually only prey on small cats and other smaller animals.
  3. Cats will eat grasses outside and may get sick on them.  They may come inside and promptly throw up all over the rug.  One of the worst problems is eating pine needles, if these are in your area.  No cat can digest or even chew them.  They must throw up or, if one punctures the stomach, the cat could die.

 Toys.  Unlike dogs, who often just love people, cats love toys and they love pretending to hunt.  So please give your cat toys that move around, make noise, and look like mice or rats, for example.  I do not know why this is so, but cats seem to need to pretend they are predators, which in the wild they certainly are.

Sleepy cats.  Cats can sleep all day if nothing is going on to interest them.  This is fine, and should be encouraged.  Most animals need a lot of sleep, more than human beings, as this is part of their level of brain development.

III. DIET FOR CATS

MAIN FOOD

Most cats need cat food – the moist kind, because they have toxoplasmosis.  Healthier cats need cooked meat and cooked vegetables.  You can try both to find out which your cat needs. 

If you do a hair analysis on your cat and embark on a nutritional balancing program for your cat, which is by far the best idea, we will tell you exactly what to feed your particular cat.  This topic is discussed below under the heading, The Parasite Problem.

OTHER FOODS

Cats will often eat leaves, bugs and other little things when they go outside, or even eat house plants.  This is normal.  Some cats enjoy certain textures and flavors, so it may not be a nutritional matter.

Most cats love onion skin, for example, and will play with it for a long time.  This is not a problem, although eating things outside often makes cats sick, as explained above.

 DRINKING WATER 

Cats like to have two water dishes at all times.  One can contain tap water, and the other should contain a spring water from the supermarket or health food store.  The cat will choose what it needs.

 THE PARASITE PROBLEM

Most cats have some degree of toxoplasmosis, and this affects their dietary needs. This is true even if the cat has been given anti-parasitic drugs.  The parasites remain because the cat’s health is not good enough, so the parasites thrive even with drug treatment, and cannot be killed with drugs.

So do not try to just get rid of the parasites with drugs, herbs or other things.  It will not work.  The only way to destroy most of them is with a nutritional balancing program, in our experience.  This is described below.

  Foods.  When parasites are present, cats do well on canned cat food, or at least it is not too bad.  However, once the parasites are gone, or at least reduced a lot, then and only then cats can eat some raw meat and cooked vegetables.  

You will still need to cover the vegetables with a gravy or sauce the cat likes (see below for recipes), but they will eat them and they are excellent for the cat when the toxoplasmosis is less or gone.

Therefore, if you are starting a nutritional balancing program for a cat, most likely the cat will need canned cat food.  The dry food is not as good, as it is usually high in grain, which is not a natural food for cats.  The canned food is higher in meat, fat, taurine and maybe even some vegetables, and in general this is better.

RECIPES

Recipes for fish sauce and cream sauce.  Fish sauce is often tastiest for a cat.  To make fish sauce to mix with a cat’s food, mash up a can of sardines.  Buy the ones in water, not in oil.  Skinless and boneless sardines are lower in mercury, but are not necessary.  Mash with a fork and use this sauce as a topping on the food to help the cat eat the food, if needed.

The alternative is to use a cream sauce with foods like cooked vegetables for a cat.  To do this, simply mix some fresh and preferably raw cream with the meat and vegetables.

Pureed vegetables.  Once the parasites are gone, cats really need cooked vegetables.  Try to puree them, as cats do not have teeth for chewing vegetables, but they need the cooked vegetables badly, in most cases. 

Cream.  When a cat has parasites, cream, raw butter or even a little raw milk is good.  Pasteurized milk is not nearly as good.  When the parasite is gone or much reduced, most cats do not want dairy products, interestingly.

Eating less.  Some cats will eat less if you feed them your own home-cooked vegetables and meats.  This is not a problem.  It is because they need less of it than of the canned foods.

Commercial cat food.  Brands of canned cat food that are usually fine are Avoderm, Nature’s Variety, MBFF or My Best Feline Friend.  Other brands of canned food may be okay, but are not as consistent.

Look for chicken, turkey, lamb and a little beef flavors.  Do not feed much beef to a cat.  Also, do not feed much fish, as it contains too much mercury.

Food to avoid. 

  1. Dry pellet foods.  Do not feed cats on dry cat food, such as Purina and the others.  This will shorten your cat’s life and may cause disease, no matter what the ads say.  I would also avoid Science Diet, I am sorry to say.  It is not as good as advertised. 
  2. Most dry cat food contains far too much grain, an unnatural food for cats.
  3. Pasteurized milk or cream.  If possible, avoid giving a cat pasteurized milk products.  If possible, only give a cat a little raw milk or raw cream.  Organic milk or cream are better if you cannot find it raw.
  4. Salty canned food. Some commercial canned cat food is too high in salt, which can damage the cat’s kidneys and other organs. 
  5. Synthetic vitamin A.  Also, be careful with any food that has synthetic vitamin A or retinol added to it.  Some cats cannot handle this ingredient.  Natural vitamin A from fish oil is fine, however.
  6. Fish and fish problems.  When the parasites are present, as they usually are, cats love seafood and fish of all kinds.  I am not sure why this is so, but it is.  As the parasites are killed off, cats usually lose their taste for fish.

Seafood such as shrimp, crabs, scallops, lobster and others should not be fed often to cats.  They are high in toxic metals such as cadmium and lead, in addition to mercury if the seafood is raised in many fish farms.

Some fish and shellfish also contain too much chlorine.  The reason is that some farm-raised fish are crowded in so tightly that most fish farmers use chlorine bleach or other chlorine products to disinfect the water.  Otherwise, diseases would sweep through their fish farm.  This type of “factory fish farming” is rather disgusting and very unhealthy for anyone or any animal, but it is the raw material for many brands of cat food, if not most of them.

IV. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR CATS

Please do not guess about supplements for a cat, and do not give them a lot of supplements.  You can do a lot of damage.  Instead, contact one of the Approved Practitioners listed at the end of the paragraph below, and get a hair or fur analysis and nutritional balancing program for your cat.  Your cat will appreciate it very much! 

Many people ask me if we have practitioners who are animal specialists.  We do not.  It is not necessary. 

General information about supplements.  Most cats are fast oxidizers, and most have a high sodium/potassium ratio.  As a result, most cats need calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper.  Cats that have parasites (most of them) also need extra taurine.  This is added to most, if not all commercial cat foods. 

To get rid of the parasites, a cat also needs a little garlic, such as half a tablet of garlic daily.  These are the most important supplements, most of the time. 

Once again, do not give cats lots of nutritional supplements.  This is very rarely needed or helpful.  Cats have very delicate digestive tracts that are easily damaged by giving them herbs, homeopathy or too much of any nutritional supplements, no matter how wonderful they sound.

V. HEALTH CONDITIONS OF CATS 

Cats are prone to some health problems:

Parasites.  As stated earlier, most cats have a parasitic infection that is not easy to eradicate with drugs.  Cats are also prone to getting a variety of worms from their food, or from scratching around outside, in particular.  So beware and look for worms, eggs or segments of worms in their feces, please. 

If not controlled, a cat can spread worms around your house, and could pass them to you and your children.  Fortunately, our research so far indicates that a proper nutritional balancing program can eradicate most parasites harbored by cats.

Chronic Renal Disease or CRD.  Cats are prone to this condition.  In our experience, it is due to a buildup of aluminum in the body.  This always comes from the food or water given to the cat.  If not too advanced, a nutritional balancing program can reverse this condition.

Tumors, diabetes, and more.  Cats can also get tumors, cancers, diabetes, arthritis and many other diseases.

A normal cat should live 15 years, and a well-cared for cat can easily live 20 years or more.  However, most cats don’t last nearly this long because they are fed dry cat food that is terrible for them.  Please keep this in mind if you love your cat.

Vaccines.  I do not recommend vaccines for cats if they are on a nutritional balancing program.  I do not think they need them, especially if your cat stays indoors.

A new study (2016) found that cats overdue on their rabies vaccine often still had a high antibody titer and did not need to be quarantined or euthanized if exposed to a rabid animal.  Here is the story:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/04/06/overdue-rabies-vaccine.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tpa1&utm_campaign=20160417Z1&et_cid=DM103312&et_rid=1445266021.

 

VI. NUTRITIONAL BALANCING FOR CATS

 

So far, having worked with about 100 cats, a properly designed nutritional balancing program will heal most ailments of cats unless it is a problem that requires surgery – such as a broken bone or an intestinal blockage.  Nutritional balancing is also excellent for prevention.

 

SAMPLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAIR MINERAL TESTING – VERY IMPORTANT! 

 

1. Do not bath your cat with soap just before sampling the hair.  This is because it washes out the sodium and potassium, and will skew the test.  There is no need to give the cat a bath before sampling the hair.   See below if you just bathed your cat.

 

2. Wash the head area of your cat with a little alcohol on a cloth or napkin.  Do not use soap and water even though clean well.  The reason is that they can wash out the water-soluble minerals more than alcohol.

 

3. Now cut the hair sample from the head, near the brain.  Do not take the sample from the belly, or anywhere else.  Only take it from the head, and near the brain for the most accurate readings.

Be sure to cut off any hair that is more than about one inch or two centimeters long.  Otherwise, you will get old readings from old hair.

  Also be sure to cut enough hair or fur so it fills a tablespoon to overflowing.

 

If you have just bathed your cat with soap, you must wait until the hair is fully dry before sampling it.  Then brush the fur on the head near the brain for 5 minutes before sampling the hair.  This causes some of the natural oils to be restored to the hair.  Otherwise, the test results will be less accurate.

 

IX. HAIR MINERAL TESTING

 

Laboratory normal or ideal values.  The hair analysis ideal values for cats on the Analytical Research Labs canine graphs are not ideal, we are finding.

We are not interested in ranges, as most labs use.  This has to do with the nature of nutritional balancing science. 

Here are the current ideal feline hair mineral values I use.  They may vary a little from breed to breed, but so far they do not vary much between breeds.  Young cats may have a faster oxidation rate, similar to young human beings.  All numbers are in mg% or mg per 100 grams of hair:

 

Calcium               200

Magnesium      60

Sodium                20-23

Potassium        70

Iron                         3

Copper                 1

Manganese      0.01

Zinc                         10

Chromium        0.12

Selenium           0.06-0.07

Phosphorus   30

 

Boron                    0.01

Molybdenum  0.01

Cobalt                   0.012

Vanadium         0.01

 

Lead                       0.01

Mercury              0.11

Cadmium           0.001

Arsenic                0.001

Aluminum         0.04

Nickel                    0.01

 

Hair analysis patterns.  The exact same basic hair analysis patterns that matter so much for human beings apply as well for cats.  These include the oxidation rate, the sodium/potassium ratio, the calcium/magnesium ratio, the adrenal ratio, the thyroid ratio, toxic metal levels and poor eliminator patterns, to name some of the most important ones.

 

Most cats are fast oxidizers.  This is an important difference between cats and human beings that applies even to older cats.  The probable reason for this is their food, and because most are in better health than human beings.

Many cats are very fast oxidizers.  This is important to know.  They become irritable, bark easily and too much, and may develop diabetes, cancer, seizures,  and other problems due to this imbalance.

 

Many cats have a high sodium/potassium ratio.  This is an indicator of acute stress, in most cases.  It is often due to their food.  The ideal Na/K ratio for a cat is about 0.4, but many have an Na/K ratio above 1 or even above 10!  This is a serious inflammation and acute stress pattern.

 

Many cats have an elevated calcium/magnesium ratio.  This is usually due to their diets, which contain grain and perhaps sweeteners that are unnatural and unhealthful for cats.

 

Toxic metals.  Most cats suffer with toxic metals, especially aluminum.  This, again, has to do with their food.  In addition, some water supplies, some drugs, and some body care products contain toxic metals and toxic chemicals.

 

The amigos may be less of a problem for cats than for human beings.  The amigos are biounavailable forms of iron, manganese, aluminum and sometimes other minerals that are oxidants and irritants.  This important topic is discussed in the article entitled The Amigos – Iron, Manganese and Aluminum.

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Defensive aggression occurs when the cat perceives itself to be under a threat from which it cannot escape. This type of aggression may be recognized by the typical body postures which accompany it: crouching, flattening of the ears against the head, hissing and spitting, piloerection (hair standing up). These are all signals to the other animal or person that further approach is likely to lead to a defensive attack. The defensively aggressive cat only attacks when approached, it does not seek out the source of the threat or pursue it if it withdraws.  They don’t want to fight but will if the threat comes closer.  Its self-defense.

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It can happen in only a instant. Feline companions who have been buddies for years can suddenly view each other as “the enemy” and serious fighting can follow. Just like they don’t even know each other at all.  An excellent explanation for this strange behavior can be caused by a number of triggers.

When two cats in the household who have gotten along well togethTwo cat sitting on the window siller suddenly become aggressive toward each other, the problem is generally fear-induced aggression. Neither of the cats seeks the other out, but if they run into each other, both will act startled and attack.

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This type of aggression is commonly referred to as “territorial” aggression; however, it is not always territorial concerns that motivate the attacks. The aggressor cat may attack only one cat in a multi-cat household and, while the victim cat is usually a newcomer, it may occasionally be a cat with which the aggressor cat has previously had a good relationship. These disputes generally arise when either cat reaches maturity at about 8-24 months of age. The aggressor cat is not necessarily the first cat that was introduced into the household or the oldest cat.

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Identify 5 causes of feline aggression toward people and learn the most effective solutions

Aggressive behavior toward people can be a sign of stress. Knowing the cause of aggression (stress) helps you choose the proper solution. Distinguishing between a truly aggressive cat and one that may have medical problems is necessary.

Your cat’s aggression might stem from arthritis pain or hyperthyroidism. Ask your veterinarian to rule out common medical causes before you assume your cat’s aggression is strictly behavioral. Your veterinarian can also advise you on safely handling your cat to avoid scratches and bites.

After obtaining your veterinarians advice and a clean bill of health for your cat, try to identify which of the following types of aggression your cat displays.