Cats Need Moisture

Cat Drinking a Lot of Water

“My cat is fine, he drinks a lot of water”. I have heard this so many times when I bring up cats and their unique need for moisture in their diet. If a cat is constantly at the water bowl, that is a pretty good indicator he is dehydrated!

Our modern house cat is a direct descendent of the African Wildcat. In fact, they have indistinguishable DNA, so we know our cats developed in a very arid climate where freshwater wasn’t easy to come by. They evolved to get their moisture needs met through diet rather than by drinking water.

How Cats Drink Water

Cats do drink and need to have fresh water available at all times, but they are not highly efficient at drinking. Unlike a dog, whose tongue curls backward to lap water into its mouth, a cat’s tongue dips relatively straight down into the water and is pulled up quickly. The rough spike-like papillae on the tongue fling tiny droplets of water into the air and the cat catches them as they fall. It takes between 2200-2400 dips of the tongue for the cat to get a quarter cup of water!


Hydrate Your Cat Through Their Food

Part of the reason they didn’t evolve to be more efficient at drinking water is because they are such successful hunters. They have always been able to hunt and kill fresh prey and utilize the intracellular moisture within the prey animal. This is the most effective way of hydrating the cat, and it also balances electrolytes and aids the digestion process.

Though our house cats no longer rely on their hunting skills to secure their meals, they can still rely on the moisture of raw meat to stay well hydrated. Our Quest line of cat diets is full of the intracellular moisture cats need. Steve’s original formulas are also an excellent choice for keeping cats (and dogs) naturally hydrated. If you are primarily a kibble feeder and would like to continue being one, we have something for you as well! Our ChiaFreeze yogurt and our PurrGurt are both goat milk-based products that are sold frozen, thawed at home, and then poured over the kibble at feeding time.

Summer is hot, make sure your favorite feline is well hydrated, healthy, and happy!

Why Include Goat Milk in Pet’s Diet

You may have heard a lot of buzz about goat milk and why it is so good for you and your pet. It seems that everywhere we look there is a pet product calling out goat milk, but what is so good about it? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits, and why we should include it  in our pet’s diet. 

  • Dense bioavailable nutrition and highly digestible 
  • The small curds make it easier for the gut to break down and utilize
  • Contains intracellular moisture which is the most natural way for your pet to stay hydrated
  • Rich in natural probiotics and full of beneficial bacteria
  • Contains high amounts of short and medium-chain fatty acids which provide an energy boost without storing as fat
  • Reduces inflammation of the gut due to the oligosaccharides which act as prebiotics and help soothe and settle the irritation
  • Works as an antacid thanks to the very high amounts of potassium which is alkaline-forming and helps to maintain a proper pH balance in the body.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity due to the high fat, but low sugar content

Goat milk is an excellent addition to any pet’s diet and especially beneficial for supporting leaky gut repair, diabetes, and working/ sporting dogs.

 

For more information on the benefits of goat milk, please check out this article:   

Why Raw Goat Milk for Pets is so Great

Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Super Bowl

It’s game day!  All the heart-thumping action centers around your TV to watch the biggest football game of the year. Loud cheering, new people, and smells of gameday snacks can be an exciting or even overwhelming, but there are a few things about a Super Bowl party that are downright dangerous for dogs. Keeping the event safe for pets doesn’t take much effort, just a little advance planning. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe for the upcoming game.

Avoid Food Fumbles

The typical menu normally contains lots of salty and rich foods, and while your pets might beg for a taste, their stomachs can’t handle the spices, heavy helpings of cheese, or excessive salt.  If they get into food left within their reach, they may be facing a painful bout of vomiting, diarrhea, or even poisoning.  Here are common game-day snacks to be cautious of:

  • Chicken Wings – Your guests will be looking forward to the flagship snack, hot wings with dipping sauce to go along with the pulse-pounding highs and lows on the screen. If your pet ingests cooked chicken bones, they can break and become lodged in the throat or digestive tract.
  • Appetizer Toothpicks – Toothpicks skewering meats and cheeses can tempt pets with their smell even after they’re discarded. If pets ingest toothpicks, they can get lodged in their throat or digestive tract.
  • Alcohol – A dog’s body is not made to process alcohol. While some people might think it’s funny to give dogs some beer, it is no laughing matter and can be life-threatening in large doses. Whether it’s beer, wine, or a cocktail, alcohol consumption by pets can cause nervous system issues, vomiting, diarrhea, and hypothermia. To avoid pets getting into alcohol, be sure to keep cups off the floor and out of their reach.
  • Chip Bags – Pets may be attracted to the scent of an empty chip bag, but they can get their heads stuck in the bag and suffocate.

Be sure to arrange your buffet and dining surfaces so food stays well out of reach of furry family members.

Garbage Interception

Our pets have a powerful sense of smell and can detect any leftover food particles on empty plates or coming from the trash.  It’s best to keep pets out of wastebaskets by ensuring they are secured. Animals who chew plastic plates, cups, straws, or utensils stand a good chance of ingesting bits of plastic, which can easily be dangerous.  Score extra points with your pet and feed them ahead of time with high-quality food from Steve’s Real Food, so they won’t be hungry.

Neutral Zone Infraction

Be mindful of your pets’ temperament around strangers or if they are prone to darting out the door.  If they seem a bit fearful of new people or display unsportsmanlike conduct, make them comfortable by creating a safe area where they won’t feel exposed with their favorite toy.  Designate a favorite spot in the house or backyard where there will be less noise and traffic.

Sack Anxiety Before It Starts

Food and treats formulated with CBD have been shown to relieve situational stress for pets.  If you have a nervous-prone pet, a little CBD before the excitement can do the trick. CannaGurt by Steve’s Real Food, is a goat’s milk yogurt with added CBD.  Fatty milk products help CBD take effect faster, and your pet will love the creamy taste.  Give CannaGurt to your pet about an hour before the excitement begins to lower their anxiety before new people arrive.

Your pets feel most comfortable around you, and there is no need to block them from game day fun.  With a few simple fixes, you can keep your pets calm and safe.

Keep Your Cat’s Hairballs Under Control

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Look what the cat dragged in?’ Well, what about ‘what the cat coughed up?’ Most cats will occasionally throw up a hairball. However, if you find yourself cleaning up these unpleasant wads of hair more often than once or twice a year, your cat may be at risk of health problems like intestinal blockages. Here’s what you need to know about hairballs.

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog in the Car

A survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) indicates that about 68% of U.S. households own a pet. Taking your furry friend on vacation is an exciting experience as you get to explore new places and spend some quality time with him. In this post, we share useful safety tips when traveling with your dog.

What to Do If Your Dog Gets Diarrhea

Diarrhea is quite a common canine affliction as your pet will put almost anything in its mouth. This problem is a symptom of gastrointestinal issues and is characterized by loose, frequent stools which may be accompanied by abdominal pain and lethargy. Diarrhea varies in duration, intensity, and frequency from one dog to another.

While you might not be able to completely prevent diarrhea in your pet, knowing as much as you can about it could help you limit the occurrence of these nasty episodes.

CBD for Pets

CBD oil has gained popularity recently for its numerous health benefits, leading many people to wonder if they can give it to their pets. While CBD can come from either marijuana or hemp plants, CBD cannot actually get a pet “high”. Most CBD comes from hemp plants – not marijuana plants, which contain a higher amount of CBD and very low, to no THC. Without the THC, CBD products are generally safe for pets to use.

Giving Thanks With Our Pets

Gobble Gobble, it is almost Turkey day! At Steve’s Real Food we are thankful for many things, especially our pets which is why we want to share some helpful tips, and fun facts for you and your pets for this lovely holiday.

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