As we all look forward to a new year and take stock of the one that has past, I find it amazing that after ten years devoting myself to educating, inspiring and supporting people about their pets, that I still get a thrill when I discover new information, or encounter people as dedicated as I am to overall pet wellness and encouraging rescue and adoption.
The most shining example for me in 2014 was forming an educational partnership with Mary Peng, the founder and CEO of the International Center for Veterinary Services.
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.
She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.
Michael Close of Melbourne Australia was heartbroken when he moved out of the country and had to leave his cat Chopper behind with a new owner. But in a strange series of events, Close reunited with Chopper five years later!
According to the Herald Sun, Close’s mom agreed to take Chopper in when Close moved, but when she discovered Chopper was unhappy in her home with her other cat, she found Chopper a new, loving home. And all was well for Chopper for a few years.
But when Chopper’s owner died, the cat found himself in a shelter, looking for a home once again.
Not long afterwards, Close, who had recently returned to Melbourne, was browsing the local shelter’s web site. His kids wanted a cat. He’d never forgotten Chopper but had lost track of him once his mother had re-homed him.
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Question: My cat loves Halo cat food so much she had gained too much weight and I had to take her off Halo to keep her from getting too fat. Does Halo have a healthy weight formula for cats?
Answer: First, yes Halo does have a Healthy Weight Formula for Cats: Spot’s Stew® Adult Cat Healthy Weight GF Game Bird Medley (6 lb) and Spot’s Stew® Cats Grain-Free Healthy Weight Whitefish & Salmon (6 Lb). Although these two foods are lower in calories (about 7% fewer calories) than the other dry formulas, it is still a fairly calorie-dense food.
If an owner is having issues with weight gain, I highly recommend the addition of canned food as it is much lower in calories. In general, dry food has 3 to 4 times more calories than a similar quantity of canned food…which means a cat can eat a LOT more canned food and feel fuller without all the calories of a dry food. Canned food is also lower in carbohydrates than dry food which is much healthier for cats—especially those prone to being overweight.
The second issue many owners have is the AMOUNT they are feeding. Many cat owners are still using the free-feeding approach where they just fill the bowl up when it gets low. This is really a disaster for a cat’s waist-line!
Most indoor domestic housecats require only between 150-200 calories per day and with the free-feeding approach sometimes these cats are getting close to 300-400 calories each day. So it might be necessary to deal with the way you are feeding. Meal feeding—where an exact amount can be measured out—is necessary to prevent excess weight gain in most cats.
So, it is unlikely that you need to switch away from Halo. You may just need to change the way you are feeding or maybe consider the type of food you are feeding.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector
Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.
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The war on drugs has a new secret weapon: Sadie the Labrador retriever.
According to WLWT-TV, Sadie recently became part of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force. But before she joined the team, her future was uncertain.
The drug force adopted Sadie from the Cincinnati Lab Rescue, which had recently pulled her from the Clermont County Humane Society.
“I remember her coming into our care as a very depressed and sad dog,” said Erin Skie, executive director for Cincinnati Lab Rescue told WLWT. “But we knew she was going to have another purpose in life.”
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The 2014 Holiday Kibble Drop “Feed It Forward Tour” continued spreading holiday cheer when it stopped at Pet Supply Center on Friday, December 12. Satchel’s Last Resort and the Humane Society of Sarasota County picked up Halo Vigor and Spot’s Stew cat and dog food to help the pets in their care have a happy holiday season.
It looks like everyone in Sarasota had a great time and it was an honor to be there. We love the expression of the pup posing in front of the Halo bags. It’s as though he’s wondering why his bowl isn’t overflowing yet with delicious Halo!
The 2014 “Feed it Forward Tour” is making 15 stops to deliver 500,000 healthy meals to pets in more than 30 shelters and rescues across North America. Halo, Freekibble.com, and GreaterGood.org are enjoying this fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop. You enable us to donate more than 1.5 million meals a year.
The Holiday Kibble Drop, part of the #HaloFeedItForward campaign, is just one part of that. When you share a photo of your pet on social media with #HaloFeedItForward, Halo donates a meal on your behalf to a pet in need.
We hope that the homeless pets of Sarasota find homes soon. Thank you for helping us make some holiday wishes come true.