Key take-aways

1. Overfed animals have been proven to live shorter, less healthy lives. And I’m not talking obese animals: on a scale of 1-10, if 1 is emaciated, 5 perfect, and 10 grossly obese, a dog ranked 6 or 7 is proven to live, on average, 2 years less than his 5-ranked litter mate, to say nothing of being more likely to develop a variety of diseases, and develop them earlier in life.

2. With #1 in mind, it’s totally embarrassing to have both a fat cat AND access to all the free food and nutritional education in the world, and Martin should be preparing himself for a more strict diet.

3. Crystals in the bladder of dogs are almost always caused by infection and are generally NOT related to PH imbalance (quite opposed to cats, whose crystals are almost NEVER related to UTIs).

4. Should you have to leave your cats alone for a few days, don’t just leave them a few heaping bowls of dry cat food (me=totally guilty, I fill their bowls as food as they can get regardless of how long I’ll be gone). Instead, measure out the amount of food that they would need over the course of your absence, distribute it among 8-10 small bowls, and hide the bowls in accessible but varied places, and let the cats do a little indoor hunting while you’re gone. It’ll control the amount they eat, and get them up off the sofa. I LOVE this tip, and can’t wait to try it.

5. Farm raised salmon is NOT high in alpha-3 fatty acids. Only wild salmon is, because it’s had a chance to eat the algae high in alpha-3 FAs.

6. In line with #5, you are what you eat, really.

And on that note, off to dinner.

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