CARE OF CATS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2018, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Table of Contents
Hair Sampling Instructions
Hair Mineral Patterns
Cats are amazing animals. They do healing and can do much more, as well. Healthy cats make excellent pets as they are fairly clean and quiet. However, there are few healthy cats. Most have a parasitic disease, and this can be transferred to human beings. This article can help you youŐre your cat one of the healthy ones.
Cats are a little more selfish than dogs, but more and more cats are enjoying better health with development programs, and this helps 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.
Diseased. Cats carry more disease than dogs. Most of them have toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can be transmitted to human beings. So do not hug and kiss your cat, at least not until we tell you that your cat is free of parasites.
Intelligence. Cats are often very smart animals. 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. We 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.
The best food for cats depends on the health of the cat. Most need cat food, while a few healthier ones need human food – cooked meat and cooked vegetables.
If you are not sure which kind of food is best for your cat, you can try both and see which the cat prefers. If you do a hair analysis on your cat and want your cat on a development program, which is the best idea, we will tell you exactly what to feed your particular cat.
Here are details about food for cats.
Food for most cats. Most cats are not healthy and have toxoplasmosis. They need cat food, not human food. The best kind is the moist kind, not dry cat food.
Brands. Brands of canned cat food that are usually fine are Avoderm (very good), NatureŐs 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.
Rotate the brands of wet food. The reason is they all may have some chemicals in them and it is safer to rotate them to prevent getting too much of a toxic chemical.
Warning about fish. Do not feed cats a lot of fish or shellfish. It is much too high in mercury and will slowly kill your cat. Chicken, turkey, lamb or some beef are better if your cat will eat them.
Cats can be fussy about what they eat, and they donŐt always like the best food. For example, many like seafood, even though it is high in mercury. So try to get your cat to eat food that is not from the sea to keep the mercury intake down.
Dry cat food. Dry cat food is not as good. It is usually high in grain, which is not a natural food for cats. In contrast, canned wet food is higher in meat, fat, taurine and maybe even some vegetables, and this is better.
Truly healthy cats. A relatively few cats are free of toxoplasmosis. These cats can and should eat cooked meat and cooked vegetables. The usual proportions are about half meat and half well-cooked vegetables.
Vary the meats, meaning do not just feed chicken or just feed beef or lamb. Do not feed pork or any pig products, as they all can contain parasites.
Cook the preferred vegetables for these cats and mash the vegetables with a fork after cooking them to make them easier to eat. Then mix in some oil that sardines come packed in, or cream or something else your cat likes so the cat will eat the vegetables.
Recipes for fish sauce and cream sauce. Fish sauce is often tastiest for a cat. To make fish sauce to mix with a catŐs food, mash up a can of sardines.
Some cats like the oil that some sardines are packed in. Some may prefer the ones that are packed in water.
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.
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 parasites are 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.
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 catŐs 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.
Most dry cat food contains far too much grain, an unnatural food for cats.
2. 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.
3. Salty canned food. Some commercial canned cat food is too high in salt, which can damage the catŐs kidneys and other organs.
4. Synthetic vitamin A. 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.
5. 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 Ňfactory fish farmingÓ 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.
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.
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.
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 Helpers listed at the end of the paragraph below, and get a hair (really fur) mineral analysis and development program for your cat. Your cat will appreciate it very much!
Many people ask if we have practitioners who are animal specialists. We do not. It is not necessary. Here is the link to the only practitioners we suggest: http://drlwilson.com/do hair analysis.htm.
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, and zinc. 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 few cats may need a little garlic. These are usually the only supplements cats need.
Once again, do not give cats lots of nutritional supplements or herbs. 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.
Cats are prone to some health problems:
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 catŐs 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 development program, in our experience. This is described below.
Therefore, if you are starting a development program for a cat, most likely the cat will need canned cat food.
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 development 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 development 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 donŐt 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. We do not recommend vaccines for cats if they are on a development program. We 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:
So far, having worked with about 100 cats, a properly designed development program will heal most ailments of cats unless it is a problem that requires surgery – such as a broken bone or an intestinal blockage. Development 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 ISSUES WITH CATS
Laboratory normal or ideal values. The ideal mineral fur values for cats on the Analytical Research Labs canine graphs are not quite right, we are finding.
We are not interested in ranges, as most labs use. This has to do with the nature of development science.
Here are the current ideal feline hair mineral values we 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:
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.