Kitty Revival

Kitty Revival

I always swore I wouldn’t be one of those fancy-pet-food people, but over Christmas Hope and Matt turned me on to this stuff called the Missing Link. It’s a supplement for dogs and for cats that’s full of omega-3 oils and freeze-dried liver and things. Because everyone was having issues with their coats, I switched all the animals from Science Diet to California Naturals, which Hope and Matt also raved about. Then I bought some Missing Link as well — and I discovered that they also have a formula for cats.The dogs have hair issues sometimes — Raymond is nervous by temperament, and the hair on his neck tends to disappear during times of stress. Owen’s hair got sort of burned-looking at the end of the summer; I thought it was just sunburn, but the vet suggested Science Diet’s sensitive skin formula (just writing that makes me feel like the biggest yuppie on earth). But it helped, so I figured if that worked, and if Hope and Matt’s vet is such a fan of both the California Naturals and the Missing Link stuff, I might as well give it a try. It’s been a hit. The dogs like it, and their coats have gotten very fluffy (which considering how much time we’re all spending in a pile these days, is a good thing). But the real miracle pet has been my cat, Patsy.

Patsy is fourteen, and, well, ornery. She’s always had coat issues — she sheds more than the two dogs put together, and the fur on her hindquarters in particular, tends to come out in clumps. I always thought this was just the way she was, but the prospect of sprinkling a little powder on her food and not having so much hair all over my house, well, that was appealing. It’s been about six weeks and not only is her coat all, well, fabulous, but she’s playing again. I hadn’t noticed that she’d stopped playing, that she’d stopped bugging me and jumping on things, knocking stuff over, etc. I hadn’t realized how sedentary she’d become, how she was slowing down until this afternoon when she jumped into a shelf I’d emptied and started fooling around with an old paper clip. She was perkier than she’s looked in ages. I even made her a new version of her favorite toy — the wine cork on a string — and we had a rousing game of chase-the-cork. She’s all shiny and gorgeous — she’s a calico and I can now see her pretty oranges and blacks again. But most of all she seems demonstrably healthier than she has in a long time. So, I guess it’s fancy food for her from now on. Who knew?

And despite feeling like a big old yuppie for feeding my pets fancy-dan food, I figure if I don’t eat processed food, and don’t feed processed food to my friends, then why would I feed it to my pets? (Of course, this is precisely the argument the pet food people use to suck in people like me.) But it’s an extravagence I can afford, and the animals seem so much happier — they’re certainly all glossier.

6 thoughts on “Kitty Revival

  1. Fluffy dogs are a must – how else are you going to cuddle into bed with them properly? πŸ™‚ I’m glad the cat is acting like her old (or should I say young!) self….if it makes that much of a diffenrece in her health, it’s certainly more natural, and proabably cheaper, then having her on meds for old cat problems…

  2. You know, I had the same experience with my cat, who had been grouchy and not playful for ages not to mention always shedding — I just thought it was her personality. . . until I switched her food and now she is shedding less and playing more and snuggles under the covers again! I just feel bad it took me so long to realize. . .

  3. I converted to the fancy cat foods last year, for the avoid-processed-foods reason you mention, along with hoping that the use of “human-grade” food ingredients might sometimes also mean I was less implicated in the horrors of industrial animal farming in this country (which is a huge factor in my own decision to be vegetarian; if I ate meat, I’d want to follow the practices you write about for your own food, knowing where it comes from and who cared for the animals before death, etc). However, I hadn’t heard of Missing Link, and now I plan to give it a try for my cats. Thanks for mentioning it.

  4. Hi

    I thats so great your dogs and cat are doing better πŸ™‚ I don’t use these supplements (shame on me..not quite to where I can afford it…lol)and Dr Collett is our vet. But to make you feel less yuppy..heres a write up on Dr Collett he’s a great Vet and person, not some yahoo just out to make $$$ of off a petlover.. πŸ™‚ http://www.imom.org/petscoop/summer02/spsp.htm

    Jamie

  5. Thanks Jamie for the link — all I know is that it’s really working and they’re all happy beasts. And I have to say, I feel sort of bad that poor Patsy-cat was clearly undernourished for at least a few years. But it’s great to see the link about the good Doc …

  6. That’s great to hear about your cat. I recently had the same experience with my 15 year old cat. I’d been trying everything I could to put some weight on her, when I came across some outrageously expensive cat food that she actually kept down! A month later, her coat is thicker, she’s starting to put on a little weight, and her personality is back! It’s amazing what a difference the good food can make. Who knew?

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