Michelle Bernard has a rare gift for putting in plain words extraordinarily effective and levelheaded ways to properly care for cats. Steering clear of faddish, dangerous trends and dissecting the oodles of misinformation that has regrettably become the norm in mainstream advice on animal nutrition, she shines most conspicuously on the issue of a proper feline diet. By giving the reader a common-sense, straightforward strategy for preparing a diet that is based solely on the nutritional requirements of true carnivores, her book is a must-have for anyone committed to building and maintaining glowing good health for cats.
The book is loaded with information that has made my cats the healthiest that they can be. Our "kids" had skin issues and some bowel issues. After feeding my kids raw, they don't have these problems anymore. Some of the kids were overweight........not anymore. They are so happy and healthy. Their fur is the prettiest and softest I have seen. Talk about a high energy level! They love their raw food and get so excited at feeding time and on grinding day when we make their food. I would never ever go back to feeding my children "cereal" in a bag or any other type of commercial food. Michelle has done her research. She knows what she is talking about when it comes to proper nutrition for felines. My kids have been on raw for twenty three months now. I am sorry for the days when I was brainwashed and fed my kids garbage out of a bag. It was supposed to be "premium" food. Now they eat raw, the very best food and believe me, it shows. Kudos to Michelle!
"Cats Are Carnivores!" For those who have seen through the highly effective brainwashing that pet food companies have subjected us to, this book is a must-have. Cats, as obligate carnivores (meaning they MUST eat a raw meat based diet to be healthy), do very poorly on cooked grain-based foods. This book shows how to give them a proper diet based on raw meat and bone, which will result in lean, muscular, extremely healthy and beautiful animals who shed less, and leave a LOT less odor in the litter box. Cats fed this way are also more resistant to disease, and require fewer vet visits. There are lots of other excellent books on how to feed a raw, species-appropriate diet to dogs and cats, but none of them are nearly as good on the CAT side. Michelle Bernard's book is best by far. She understands better than other authors how the dietary needs of cats and dogs differ. She also dispels the two most common fears people have about raw-feeding such as "Won't they get sick... More > from the bacteria in raw meat?" and "Aren't bones dangerous?". I ask: What do you think they eat in the wild??? The truth is, the strong stomach acid of a cat will kill most excess bacteria, and what it misses passes through their short digestive tract so quickly that nothing has a chance to proliferate. As for bone, only COOKED bone splinters - raw bone does not. (And bone can be ground, for those who can't get over that worry.) In short, this is what they're MADE TO EAT! (Or at least as close as we can get, short of providing live prey.) Does it really make sense to feed COOKED GRAINS AND VEGETABLES to an animal that's designed to digest RAW MEAT AND BONE? Conventional pet foods couldn't BE more OPPOSITE to what cats need! I could write a tome about how important this information is for cat owners, but I'll only say further that my own two kitties, who came to me as sickly 12-week old kittens, have been fed this way from the day I got them. They just had their 4th birthday, and aside from other raw-fed cats I have met, they are by far the most beautifully healthy cats I've ever seen! If you're more than just a "casual" cat owner, please get this book! Feeding this diet does entail a bit more work than pouring a cup of kibble into a bowl, but the benefits make it worthwhile. Your kitties will LOVE you for it, and you'll feel very good about giving them REAL food!< Less
"Raising Cats Naturally by Michelle Bernard" I bought this book recently after losing one of my precious cats suddenly due to gastrointestinal issues and now dealing with another young pet cat who was diagnosed with IBD. I was at my wit's end trying to save the life of my Siamese mix, Sam, and my conventional vet was not able to help. After a very expensive trip to a premier veterinary school at a college campus 2 hours away, and after poor Sam endured surgery, feeding tubes and commercial food for almost 2 months with no improvement, we were told drugs and prescription foods were the only way to help Sam. Out of desperation, I began deep research and found Michelle's book. Though Sam is still in the early stages of recovery thanks to this wonderful book, he is improving slowly. "Raising Cats Naturally" is the BIBLE of proper cat care and nutrition. Michelle lays out the steps easily and anyone can follow the instructions. Her explanations of cat physiology are... More > second to none. Without her book and guidance, we may have been on the road to losing our precious Sam. But now he and our other pet cats are beginning to thrive...and they absolutely LOVE the raw food diet adopted from this amazing book! Lin Svitko Whiting, Indiana< Less
"Raising Cats Naturally" Thanks to using Michelle's book and food recipes, my two 17 year old cats are still very active and looking 1/2 their age. Michelle's experience and love of animals really shines through in this book and every cat owner should read it and follow her feeding guidelines if they want their animals to be in tip-top shape. Over the years Michelle's expertise and book have been invaluable. My two elderly ladies are forever grateful!
"Raising Cats Naturally" I bought a copy of this book and am very pleased with it, although I have not yet transitioned my cats over. I do have a couple of minor quibbles, and they mostly have to do with proofreading. There were several passages where better proofreading would have made things more understandable... for instance, there is a recipe given for anti-ringworm shampoo and rinse, which is easy enough to follow... however, in the book there is no mention of how often the stuff should be used (three times, each time one week apart, which advice I was given in e-mail from the author). Also, since I used to work doing typesetting, proofreading, pasteup, etc. in the printing trades years ago, I believe that too many typos and other errors detract from the professionalism of the final product. I personally am enthusiastic about self-publishing and print-on-demand publishing... however, I wish people would either hire proofreaders or else cajole their spelling-whiz... More > friends into proofreading their books for them before publication (hey, maybe you could trade a copy of the finished book for proofreading?).< Less
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