THE CAT HOUSE ON THE KINGS

firstAt one of the nation’s largest cat rescues, the Cat House on the Kings, more than 700 cats live peacefully on 12-acres of beautiful, safe land in Parlier, Calif.

This cage-free, no-kill, lifetime sanctuary was founded in 1992 and has saved more than 24,000 cats and 7,000 dogs, plus spayed or neutered another 40,000.

Freekibble.com and Halo are proud to make regular, bi-monthly donations to The Cat House on the Kings to help support their rescue efforts.

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HALO’S HEALTHY WEIGHT CHALLENGE—KEEPING UP THE LOSS DURING WEEK 7!

Faith2Faith’s new food plan was just what the doctor ordered—she shed another 0.6 pounds this week. She is now 62.8 pounds after just 7 weeks!

Faith’s “prescription” for weight loss was to lose between 1 and 2% of her body weight each week. As Faith initially weighed 68 pounds, this calculated to be between 0.68 to 1.36 pounds per week.

To be considered “on target” at the 7 week mark, Faith should be weighing in with between 4.5 and 9.5 pounds of weight loss. With this week’s weigh-in—she is right on track at 5.2 pounds! If Faith keeps up this pace of weight loss, it will take her between 24 and 30 weeks to lose all her unwanted weight!

Congratulations to Faith and her mom—we are more than half way through the Healthy Weight Challenge!

Faith is the second participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Faith is eating a specially designed meal plan of Halo Healthy Weight natural dog food and extra fruits and veggies to help her get back to a thin and trim weight.

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“SHELTER ME: NEW BEGINNINGS” THIS WEEK IN ORLANDO, TAMPA, CINCINNATI AND MORE

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Shelter Me: New Beginnings”, the fourth episode of the inspiring national PBS series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories.

Halo, dedicated to raising awareness about pet adoption, has also proudly sponsored the previous three episodes, each hosted by leading actors and animal advocates, including: Katherine Heigl, Jane Lynch, and Edie Falco.

Hosted by actor and animal advocate Allison Janney, the one-hour emotionally-charged fourth episode focuses on two stories, including an aircraft transport of 120 shelter dogs to loving homes as well as a nationally recognized animal trainer who is implementing a first of its kind doggie play groups in overcrowded city shelters.

The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham, who wants to break down the negative perceptions and stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make the best pets.

Here is this weekend’s airing schedule:

CALIFORNIA
San Bernardino, CA
KVCR
Thursday, October 23 at 10 pm


FLORIDA

Orlando / Daytona Beach, FL
WBCC
Saturday, October 25 at 8 pm

Tampa, FL
WUSF
Wednesday, October 22 at 4 pm

IDAHO
PLUS CHANNEL
Friday, October 24 at 7pm (Ep. 4)


NEW MEXICO

KENW
Portales, NM
Monday, October 20 at 9 pm

OHIO
Dayton / Cincinnati, OH
WPTD / WPTO
Saturday, October 25 at 9 pm
Sunday, October 26 at 4 pm

WISCONSIN
Madison, WI
Wisconsin PTV
Wednesday, October 22 at 7 pm

Click here for the complete schedule of Shelter Me: New Beginnings.

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ASK-THE-VET: CAT DIAGNOSED WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

DonnaNewPicCroppedQuestion: My 16 year old cat Lucy has just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease The vet feels she has lost 2/3rds of her kidney function based on blood and urine tests. She is also anemic. The vet recommended switching to a low protein diet.

I have been searching for info and reading a lot of articles that have conflicting info as to whether or not lowering iron is a good or bad thing. Many claiming that this low protein idea is not the best plan since she will need good protein and nutrition for the fight ahead of her, and that lower potassium content is more important. We are trying Halo as recommended by our local store Small Wonders here in Toronto.

Please can you advise me on the best way to keep my cats kidneys functioning? What percentage or protein should I be giving her?

Answer: Thanks for writing in. The best diet for your cat depends on the stage of her kidney disease—one diet does not fit all stages of kidney disease. For early stages of kidney disease (IRIS Stage 1 and 2), prescription kidney diets may be too restricted in protein and often lead to undesirable protein malnourishment and ongoing muscle loss and weight loss.

However, with advancing kidney failure (IRIS Stage 3 and 4), lower protein and lower phosphorus diets and other dietary modifications have been proven to help cats live significantly longer with less obvious signs of illness. I would advise speaking to your vet about your cat’s specific stage of kidney disease (Stage 1 through 4) in order to best understand what her protein and phosphorus needs are.

My general recommendation is to continue feeding a high-quality, highly digestible protein source (with controlled levels of phosphorus) during the early stages of kidney disease (IRIS Stage 1 and 2) when a cat has no outward signs and then restrict protein in the more advanced stages of kidney disease (IRIS Stage 3 and 4).

Hope this information 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.

Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via www.SpectorDVM.com.

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CAT TAPS ON NEIGHBOR’S WINDOW TO GET OWNER HELP

slinky1-lgSlinky Malinki, a cat in Cornholme, Lancashire in the UK, is being hailed a hero after he saved his owner’s life while she lay unconscious in her home.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Janet Rawlinson suffered from a severe reaction to medication she’d been taking for back pain. She drifted in and out of consciousness for five days while her concerned black cat apparently tried to get her some help.

Slinky tried a variety of tactics to raise the alarm. He prowled the fence outside the neighbors’ home, tormented the neighbors’ dog and finally tapped on the neighbors’ window with his paw until they took notice of him.

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