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The best supplement for pets – and humans

In my last post, I promised I’d write about a supplement we use for our girls on a daily basis.  Not only do they LOVE it, and ask for it, it is really a top notch addition to their wellness and health needs – Chlorella and Spirulina. These are both algae and incredibly beneficial for humans and animals alike.We take both ourselves with our daily supplements.  And our girls get them in the morning and at night, waiting for vitaminsat the same time when we’re taking our daily supplements.  They love them!  Plus it is a crunchy treat which can’t be bad for their teeth and gums, and the chlorophyll helps with any breath issues that they may have. Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, good cardiovascular health, helps to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and aids in the detoxification of our bodies. Chlorella contains a high concentration of chlorophyll.  While we should all eat more leafy green vegetables for good health, we know that getting  five servings a day can be a challenge. Chlorella offers the same nutritional benefits of these veggies. A 1 ounce / 3 TBS serving of Chlorella (tablets or powder) generally contains (based on Chlorellahuman RDA’s, which are always questionable in my book): 16 g of protein, 287% of the RDA of Vitamin A, 71% of RDA of Vitamin B2, 33% of the RDA of B3, 202% of the RDA of Iron, 22% RDA of Magnesium, 133% RDA of Zinc.  It also contains a goodly amount of B1, B6 and phosphorus. It is more nutrient dense than kale, spinach or broccoli. It’s a prime immune system booster. In a world where our drinking water is contaminated with heavy metals, where our air is polluted and in certain parts of the world, is contaminated with radiation, Chlorella will rid your body of metal contamination, radiation and is helpful for the recovery of those who have undergone chemotherapy. While Chlorella is also helpful in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, it can assist with weight loss. Spirulina has many of the same benefits, plus others.Spirulina  It has been essential in fighting world hunger and is a weapon in fighting arsenic poisoning.  As an immune system booster, it is key in fighting auto-immune disorders as well as yeast and candida. It is a  helpful tool to normalize cholesterol naturally, without the side effects of statin drugs. Spirulina balances blood pressure and reduces stroke and cancer risk. Concerns: As with most products, you wouldn’t want to take Chlorella or Spirulina if you have an allergy to the product.  The most important thing is finding a very CLEAN version of each. With radioactive contamination in Japan in an area that was once a major producer, steering clear of products from that area is important.  China, of course, is always an area of concern for any product since quality control is not a priority there. Thus as with any product, it is critically important that you research the source of ALL of your foods and supplements. First – go organic! Next, it should be 100% Chlorella with no fillers.  The best source for Chlorella these days is Taiwan. The product we use for ourselves is  organic, gluten-free, non-gmo.  We’ve been using Health Ranger Select. The Spirulina we buy is from Hawaii and non-GMO, though not listed as certified organic.  We’ve been using Health Ranger Spirulina Select . And for our girls, we do give them a slightly different version than ours. It is of course, organic, non-GMO, 100% pure and from Taiwan.  Chlorella Spirulina ComboI found that they were sometimes resistant to the larger Spirulina tablet size, so the product we use is 50% of each in each tablet.  The product is Sunlit Chlorella Spirulina.  I started them out with a couple of tablets in the morning and a couple at night.  They totally snarf it down!  With no side effects, I’ve upped it now to about 6 in the morning and 6 at night.  I’ve researched and have found no problems with a dose this size for cats. It is actually quite the treat for them.  I can shake the bag and they’ll come from the furthest corner of the house and sit patiently, waiting for their ‘vitamins’. It’s also a great way to get one out of a place that I don’t want them to be in such as in a closet.   Ahh, the life of a cat! More waiting Sleeping, playing, waiting – always waiting for the next big thing.  And my goal is to be sure their lives are long, healthy and that they spend a lot of time waiting for and doing their favorite ‘big things’.   I credit the following websites for some of the statistical information in today’s post: http://draxe.com/7-proven-chlorella-benefits-side-effects/ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/01/spirulina-the-amazing-super-food-youve-never-heard-of.aspx  

 

And here’s an update with additional information from a well-researched site:  https://behealthy.today/chlorella-benefits-side-effects/

Dealing with cat vitamins and meds

Yesterday was National Cat Day. In my opinion, EVERY DAY should be National Cat Day.  Our pets and in our case, our cats, are often the center of our worlds and they are as much a part of our family as any human.  With that in mind, I’m posting some info on meds and vitamins for cat people.

Our Mhysa is having issues because of a bad spay.  MhysaBathroom1The vet evidently left some ovarian material in her, and we’re waiting for her to have another big heat so we can do a blood draw to see what her estrogen level is.  The vet who did this wants that as ‘proof’ he screwed up.  Um, as if it’s difficult to see when a female cat is in heat!  And if the cat goes into heat AFTER she’s been spayed?  It’s a no-brainer.  However, I guess I’d rather know for sure myself before this guy who obviously makes mistakes, hacks away on my little sweetheart.

There is another side effect, though.  It seems because of whatever problem that occurred during her procedure, she has some urinary issues caused, I believe, by scarring in the area.  Mhysa had some problems with incontinence for a while, where she’d have to immediately stop what she was doing to pee, wherever she was.  At first I assumed it was a UTI and we went with (UGH!) antibiotics, which I HATE.  The symptoms stopped during the 7 day treatment and for a week thereafter, but then came back.

That’s when it dawned on me:  Antibiotics cause humans Colloidal Silverto get yeast infections and the ‘feel’ of a yeast infection in women is very similar to the ‘feel’ of a UTI, creating an uncomfortable urgency.  I did some research and found that this was indeed a common occurrence with kitties,  so I then looked for some more natural treatments.  This site had some good information:  Colloidal Silver treatment for cats and for dogs

I started Mhysa on a 10 day course of Colloidal Silver, based on her weight.  I have used this product for us and for our pets in the past.  I have found it to be helpful if I have an issue with a tooth when I have been grinding my teeth in my sleep and make my gums sore.  It doesn’t happen often, but it happens.  I have also used this  on cuts and scrapes and burns and it heals them a lot faster than without.

Mhysa is such a great little trooper when it comes to meds, but maybe that’s because our sweet girl has had to deal with it since right after the botched surgery.   I just used a syringe with the recommended amount and put in her mouth. 1cc/ml syringe  In this case, she got 1/16 tsp which equates to 0.25 on the syringe.  She knows I’m trying to help because she rarely fights me and handles it all very well.  I don’t squirt down her throat because that causes them to choke and also, with the colloidal silver, it can be absorbed through the gums and sides of the mouth, so the benefit is a bit better if it lingers in her mouth a few seconds.

In talking with our Animal Communicator (or Cat Whisperer, if you will), Dr. Liz, she verified that we were on the right path.  After about 7 days, Mhysa stopped the urgent peeing behavior and so we stopped after 10 days.  In talking with Dr. Liz this week, we want to try to help her urinary tract to heal, and she recommended we mix it up to keep Mhysa’s body on the mend.  We don’t want her body to become complacent and start to ignore any efforts we’re making.

So now we have started on 10 days of CrandophilousMhysa Vitamin 1This has cranberry for urinary tract health plus probiotics so we can re-populate her intestinal flora that was ruined by the antibiotics.   After 10 days of that, we will go to a combination of Trophy Prozyme Powder for Pets and Cranactin .   (The links are to Amazon.  If you can find them locally, that would be great too.)

So, the trick is to get our girl to eat it.  While they all recommend just sprinkling it on the food, and assume all pets will eat anything on their food, ‘they’ don’t know MY girls.  They would do without food for weeks rather than eat anything on their food.  So it dawned on me that I could administer the Crandolphilous in the same manner as the Colloidal Silver. AND it works and works well!

Here’s what I do: I open one capsule and empty it into a very small sauce dish. SyringeCompositeSince I feed them dehydrated raw food, I warm about half a cup of water in the microwave for 18 seconds to hydrate their food. So I first fill the entire syringe (as above) with warmed water.   Then I add to the powder in the sauce dish and mix well.  Let it sit for maybe 2 minutes, to allow it to become more ‘clear’ than cloudy.  Then draw the mixture into the syringe and give it to Mhysa. She takes it rather well.   I plan to do the same thing at the end of 10 days, with the Prozyme powder and Cranactin.

There is one more supplement I use for my girls and I’ll write more about that tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s yet another picture of my Mhysa, sitting with me when I was in the MhysaBathroom2bathtub today.  She loves the bathroom and like most all cats, they refuse to give any of us our privacy.  After all, our lives belong to them!

 

 

 

Yesterday’s project

It was a rainy day so I thought it was perfect for a new project.  Our home is two stories and until recently, the only litter box in it’s ‘litter box hider’ has been upstairs.  We decided that sometimes the girls are playing hard and have a bit of a problem getting to the litter box upstairs in time when they’ve been distracted, so we bought another piece of furniture for the downstairs.  We’d tried putting a box in the half-bath downstairs but it was way too messy – and it really upset Sophie, the bird, to have the bathroom door open by her cage. So we decided we needed the additional hider.  Oh, my, what a project!

I’ve put together a lot of this type of furniture in the past.  It’s fiberboard underneath it all so it weighs a ton.  NewLitterHiderWe just have to hope there are no Wilma-style floods in our future.  I bought this on Amazon for under $200 and it actually looks quite nice.  It did, however, take a sweaty hour and a half to put it together by myself.  The photo to the left is from the listing.    It came in a big, flat, rectangular box.  The UPS guy kindly brought it in the door for me.  That’s when the fun started!

Of course, no project in our home happens without a LOT Of help, as you can see in the photo to the right.  Inspection  They had to inspect the packaging, inspect the pieces and every screw and hardware item.   While it is heavy and bulky, the parts did eventually go together – but not without wrenching my already – mangled back.  A few things didn’t work such as the plastic ‘caps’ to go over the holes where the screws are on the inside.  They just fell off.  Still and yet, it wasn’t that big a deal until I got to the seemingly simple job of attaching the doors.

The instructions stated that there were pre-drilled holes for the screws.  There were actually little dents.  It was difficult to screw the screws into the uber-hard particleboard furniture base, and the first one, predictably, ended up stripped.  :::sigh::: It took as long to do those four hinges as it did to put the rest of it together.

Anyway, the finished product looks great!  The girls have inspected and seem to like it. InteriorInspection It actually looks far nicer that it did in the photo in the listing.

I had purchased a new high-side litter box for this as well and also am using the the new “blue-sand litter”  (See previous post here: http://www.sukismiller.com/cats/danger-to-your-cat-corn-again/ ) Yes, it’s a lot for our girls to take in.  Too many new things at once especially when you consider that their world is very small and very controlled and of course, limited to our home.

You never can tell.  We could end up having a chat with the ‘cat whisperer’ if the girls are not comfortable with it all in a few days.

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Danger to your cat – CORN AGAIN!

We had DRAMA today at our house!   I have decided to test a new litter.  The girls don’t care for change of any sort, thus changing to a different litter has been rather interesting.

A little background:  We’ve used a product called Nature’s Miracle “Just for Cats” corn cob litter.  Recently, I had read a number of articles about aflatoxin contamination with this and other corn-based litters.  In an article here, it appears the company really never would take responsibility, declaring the litter to be fine as long as it doesn’t come in contact with moisture.  Seriously?  What do these people think happens in a litter box?   So it was time to do some research.

We’re trying something called UltraPet Litter Pearls Micro Crystals. Litter It looks like blue sand thus with our girls blue eyes, they look GOOD in it!  🙂  It is promoted as “low tracking, fragrance free, superior odor control, cat safe & cat preferred, inhibits bacterial growth, non-allergenic and low dust*, less to dispose. Change monthly, and 70% less landfill contribution”.  It is made with ‘all natural materials: sand, oxygen and water. No minerals, no chemicals and no crystalline silicate’. SO, we’ll see how it goes.

We use a piece of furniture that was made for the actual litter box – a litter box hider. It looks like an old-fashioned cedar chest but not cedar.  I vacuumed it well, got rid of all of the corn dust, sprayed with vinegar and water, wiped it down and air dried.   Then I took the litter box to the shower and totally disinfected, dried, then put in the new litter.  I have to say, it was dusty!!! But the girls seem to love it.  Well, I should clarify:  They seem to think it’s a new place to hang out. They’ve been lounging in the ‘foyer’ of the hider.  There has been some usage though. In the box

The way this works:  the sand totally absorbs the urine thus there’s nothing to scoop. I swear, it just disappears!  The poop is all you scoop. You need to gradually add more periodically to refresh, then eventually you need to do a total litter change.  Demonstration Video

I’d like to hear about everyone’s experiences with various litters.  Please feel free to post below.

Cats Love to Meditate

You need not meditate alone.  My cats love to meditate with me.  My older, recently transitioned cats Mei Mei and Maggie really enjoyed meditating with me, even though it was not a daily event then.

SleepingCatBuddhaOur fur-girls are age 6 months and 2 yrs 3 months.   I’d actually assumed that they would be too rambunctious to enjoy it but they’ve surprised me.  What is especially surprising is that Mhysa, the 6 month old, is the one that loves it most.  She has become adamant that she be with me when I meditate.  Mei Li still comes and goes and is taking it all in.

With her current issue involving the ovarian remnant from the veterinarian’s surgical mistake, I have concentrated very strongly on Mhysa’s healing in my daily meditations.  She appears to understand and even digs in deeply by my side, trying to touch both my body and my upturned left palm.

If you share your life and home with these amazing creatures, you probably know how intuitive they are.  They can easily access your meditations and understand what you’re doing. But did you know that you can also communicate to them using pictures, without saying a word?  I’ve been doing it for years.  Yes, I talk to them all day long anyway, but they can grasp the pictures you send very easily and they understand.  It is, of course, important to send positive, loving pictures, or just factual pictures.  Please don’t freak them out with negative pictures or scenarios!

Before we moved over a year and a half ago, I’d been sending our girls pictures of the new home.  When they arrived, with boxes everywhere, they were very cool, calm and matter of fact since they knew what to expect.

Another instance involves long-distance communication:  Our kitten, Mhysa, came from California but we couldn’t bring her home with us because she was too young.  So she flew by herself on what ended up being a relatively short, easy flight with only one change in equipment.  You would expect her to be freaked out, right?  I mean, she was only 12 1/2 weeks old at that point.  For many weeks, I’d been sending her pictures of her new home in my meditations, I’d sent her pictures of her new sisters (at that time, Maggie was still with us).  I’d sent her images of us, of the sounds of the house and of the many kitty beds and her dining area.  And then, when I knew she was on the way to the airport, I started ‘sending’ her a gentle, calming heartbeat soundtrack that I’d found on iTunes, to keep her company with all of the frightening noises, sights and smells that go with travel. I listened when meditating and sent the energy to her.  If only I had such a calming influence when I travel!!!   I hate flying these days!  It isn’t what it used to be.

When she arrived at our local airport, we expected a frightened little girl.  Instead, we found a calm little one, very happy to see us.  When we got home and opened her carrier, she marched right out, looked around as if to say “Yes!  This is what I expected.”  She immediately made herself at home.

36 years ago, in 1979, I’d seen an animal communicator on late night TV, who explained the visualization process for communicating with our pets.  I was lying in bed with my then-4 yr old sleeping toy poodle, Brigitte.  She loved more than anything to ‘go out’ to play in our fenced yard.  All I had to do was just mouth the words “do you want to go out?” and she would be beside herself.  This was long past her last ‘out’ trip at that time.  I just concentrated on seeing us get up, walk down the hall, through the foyer, the dining room, the kitchen to the back door and opening it.  I only had to do it once.  She lept up out of a sound sleep, and went racing down the hall in a frenzy to go out.

There are many ways to communicate with our furry and feathered family members, and this is but one option.  We work with an animal communicator if we feel that there are conflicts between them, if there are behavioral issues, if there are health issues or if someone just can’t seem to follow the rules.  It’s wonderful to have that resource available for us, because after all, this IS our family.

I will write more on that subject soon, along with contact information should anyone wish to find out more about it themselves.  Should you have a need now or need a referral, please feel free to comment below and ask any questions you might have.

In the meantime, I strongly recommend including your cats, dogs, birds and other pets in your meditation rituals.  They feel it, they understand it, and they love it.  We all benefit.

More Info: Ovarian Remnant Syndrome in Cats

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I have more information to share.  This issue is far more common than known, based on my experience.

BabyMhysaFor instance, in my last four kitty girls, two have suffered from these surgical ‘errors’ as vets prefer to call it.  I’m afraid I could come up with far stronger terminology.  When my babies are hurt, I become a very protective monster.

Thanks to being put off by vets who either did not know what they were doing, or who didn’t want to accept their own failures, my 20 year old Maggie who left us in May lived an entire life of anxiety and stress from the ovarian remnant(s) left behind in a sloppy surgery.  Even the vet who DID the surgery (and who charged me $1,500 in tests) claimed to be clueless as to why she had such problems.  The vets just tend to chalk it up to a ‘goofy’ cat or to some sort of feline anxiety disorder.   I’ve only come to the realization of what my sweet Maggie went through all those 20 years when I began to research the symptoms of my new kitten, Mhysa.  I suddenly realized that Maggie had struggled with this her entire life.  I’m not about to let Mhysa do the same.

Now, I have run into what appears to be more issues with vets, just trying to determine when to test Mhysa for estrogen levels.  I asked a local vet tech and she said she thought perhaps anytime would be fine and she said she’d have the vet call me.  I’ve not heard from him as of yet.  But since I am on natural bioidentical hormones myself, I know my high and low days in my cycle for estrogen.  We test once a year to be sure everything is in line on those days.  We don’t test on ‘baseline’ days.   So there is no reason to believe a cat would NOT have a similar cycle.

I found what appeared to be a very knowledgeable blog post by a veterinarian in Manhattan (NYC). He confirmed what my instincts told me were true – we would need to test when Mhysa was in the throes of estrus (a heat episode) to be sure of her estrogen levels.  After a few days of that, this vet states that the levels drop to baseline quickly, sometimes in as few as 48 hours.  http://catexpert.blogspot.com/2015/01/feline-ovarian-remnant-syndrome.html

SO, now the trick is getting the vet here for the blood draw on one of those few days, and then, another tech has told me that it is best to do the surgery when she’s in heat so they can more easily find the swollen ‘active’ ovarian tissue.   :::sigh:::  The vet we used for her spay, who said he’d ‘make it right’, is not in town so that means a hasty, long-distance trek and of course, the usual ‘fasting’ routine before the surgery.   Then, we can just hope this doesn’t happen on days when he is not there, since he only does surgery one or two days a week.

This is yet another reason it drives me crazy to live in a place where wellness services for humans and for pets are almost non-existent and where up-to-date health care is very rare. This is why we use a wellness, integrated health practitioner 6 hours away.  I’m more and more concerned about the wellness of my family when it relies on others.

Please, pet owners, be aware of this!  It appears these surgical errors are even more common in dogs.  Please, please, don’t let the veterinarian blow you off if your female pets are exhibiting symptoms of estrus when they’ve already been spayed.  This is really important to their lives, their overall wellness and their mental well-being.  AND it can be important for your HOME since often animals that are in heat mark their territories.  You can’t blame it on a ‘bad dog’ or ‘bad cat’ when it’s hormonal and they can’t help it.

 

Wellness for our pets: It’s a constant challenge

Wellness for our beloved furry and feathered family members is every bit as much a challenge as it is for us.  My particular frustration today is with the veterinary world.  I have known a lot of veterinarians over the years, and I continue to have problems with the care they offer our pets.

Our 6 month old kitten is struggling right now.  We had her spayed when she was BabyMhysa4 months old, and surprisingly, she was in heat when they spayed her.  However, we were told all was well.   A few days later, after she’d gotten over the worst of her surgery, she started to show minimal signs of actually being in heat.  I mentioned it and was told it was some sort of ‘dominance’ dance with the other cat.  Well, it’s gotten worse.  This past week, she has cried and shown every sign of being in heat.

I have researched on-line and this appears to be what is known as Ovarian Remnant Syndrome.   This occurs when during the surgery the vet fails to remove both ovaries and/or fails to remove ALL ovarian tissue. I was told by the vet who did the surgery that ovaries can pretty much ‘regrow’ if tissue is remaining.  It’s unusual but there have sometimes been additional ovaries other than what is expected.  And the problem with this is that she will remain in heat her entire life!  That is an awful prospect for our little girl.  So now, because of a mistake, which the vet swears has never happened to him before, there’s a good chance she will have to undergo another surgery.  This has me horribly upset and it breaks my heart to put her through this.

Mhysa SleepingNext, we will do blood testing to see what her estrogen level is.  If it’s 25 or over, then there is ovarian tissue still there and that means she has to go under the knife yet again.  I honestly can think of nothing else that would manifest these symptoms.

The vet indicates that this is extremely rare, but my research and personal experience proves otherwise.  My adored 20 year old girl who transitioned in May, had often displayed estrus symptoms and had an alarming full-blown episode when she was 16 years old.  She had been spayed by a local vet as a kitten when we adopted her from Friends of Animals.  Through her entire life, she had been a very anxious girl with a lot of odd symptoms and now, I know what it was.  Sloppy veterinary surgery.

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of disturbing behavior and heard a lot of disturbing comments from vets.  I’ve had one vet tell me that our pets don’t feel pain, when of course, they do.  I’ve had vets try to induce me to euthanize when it wasn’t necessary.  (I will go into that another time.)  When attempting to diagnose my older girl’s issues, the ‘second opinion’ vet didn’t accept the tests from the first vet, and insisted on doing tests again.  Not surprisingly, the test results were identical, and by then, I had a $3,000 total vet bill between the two of them.   They claimed they could find nothing wrong, declared it psychosomatic and then, with her x-ray on the light box, I could see she had spondylosis.  I knew because I had something similar, which is a degenerative condition of the spine from injury or from spinal arthritis.  I asked about that and they blew me off.  YET I know exactly how painful that is!

These are only a few instances.  I’d hoped we were finished with all of this, until recently when our baby began to suffer from estrus symptoms.

My husband put it very succinctly:  Vets consider our pets to be patients that won’t tell on them.   Vets are not counting on pet owners like us, who are very intuitive and who educate themselves.   Our pets are the center of our family and nothing is too good for them!

This, however, is reminding me of the surgery my husband underwent in 2012 where the local surgeon made some serious mistakes and to correct them, it would take more surgery.  It seems to me that doctors AND vets make an inordinate number of life threatening mistakes every single day.  To put your life in the hands of a surgeon (or in the case of today’s post, the life of my adored kitten in the hands of a vet yet again) is a a risky proposition no matter how you look at it.