Are you trying to live a more natural, eco-friendly lifestyle? That’s wonderful. Our feline friends also benefit from having a greener, healthier lifestyle. Fluffy of course is already a master of the art of zen, but she relies on you to get her food, treats, toys, and litter. A Del City, OK vet lists some things to consider when shopping for your holistic cat products below.
Rule number one when it comes to shopping for Fluffy? Always read the labels. You want to pick foods that list whole ingredients that you can actually identify. Meat, fish, or poultry should be listed first and most frequently on the label. Avoid products that contain a lot of fillers and artificial flavors or preservatives, such as high-fructose corn syrup. You’ll also want to look at nutritional breakdowns. Ask your vet for specific advice.
When choosing cat food and treats, you’ll need to be wary about marketing tactics. Not everything that is marketed as holistic is going to meet the standards your veterinarian would set. Some may not be high-quality, while others may be too strongly concentrated. Ask for product recommendations.
Talk To Your Vet
Many of our furry patients will benefit from taking some sort of supplements or vitamins. Chinese herbal medicine is also very effective. Just check with your vet before giving your feline friend anything new. All of our furry patients are unique, and not all products will be right for every kitty. This is especially important if your cat has medical issues and/or is taking medication, as herbs sometimes can counteract with drugs.
Another thing to look at is where the product was manufactured. Try to avoid things made overseas, as not all countries have strict or consistent guidelines when it comes to pet products. Err on the side of caution.
Furniture And Bedding
You can also take a holistic approach to picking out Fluffy’s toys, bedding, and furniture. Many pet products have been treated with chemicals, such as fire retardants. Look for things that were made with natural, sustainable materials. Hemp and bamboo are good options. (Of course, Fluffy may ignore her new cat tower and sleep in a shoebox, but that’s just purr for the course here.)
Are you interested in learning more about holistic pet care? Call us, your local Del City, OK animal clinic, anytime!