Pottenger’s Cats

I have been mentioning Pottenger’s Cats quite frequently of late, as our cat Mishka is also from Pasadena originally and she just loves raw milk and cream. This hasn’t always been the case. About a year ago I noticed a bald patch which was growing over her liver, we were too broke to take her to the vet, so I switched her to raw meat. My first attempt was very sad, as I foolishly gave her raw pork without freezing it first to kill off any parasites and she soon got tapeworm, so we had to de-worm her.

I then decided since cats wouldn’t eat pork in a wild type situation, to switch to chicken, and she loved that, I then moved her to raw chicken livers. A note here is that she hated switching to raw food at first and really hated me for a couple days. In fact, the first raw food I ever tried to feed her was wild trout and she turned her nose up! These days she loves it when I give her some raw wild salmon scraps. Once she got used to raw meat, she gets really pissed off at me when she doesn’t get her liver or raw milk. She has even stopped really eating her dry cat food, which she used to really love.

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Pests in the Balcony Garden 09

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We had a serious attack of spider mites. They started in the catnip and yarrow and somehow got to the choko and beans. They took the choko down in no time, fortunately it is a hardy plant and it has now grown back to where it was when the spider mites devoured it.

This was my first real run-in with spider mites, which are quite a common especially in container and greenhouse gardeing. I tried neem oil and washing the leaves off, but I think my problem was too advanced by the time I used these measures. I finally found a recipe for a light glue that is sprayed on the back of the leaves and smothers the mites. This has to be done every so often as the eggs will keep hatching. It seems to have finally put a stop to them and my beans are looking a bit better. I also gave them a dandelion tea because I thought it might help add some potassium to the soil and that is another thing beans can easily become deficient in if they are in containers.

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Mishka’s Tapeworms

When we were growing up I remember we used to get our cat food from the local butcher. He would keep scraps of meat and we’d go and pick up a big bag of it, take it home and divide it up into smaller portions, and freeze it for later. Our cats loved it and all lived long healthy lives.

tapewormsWhen we took over the care of Mishka, our cat I figured she might like eating raw meat. I went to the butcher and got some raw ground pork. Mishka hadn’t had raw meat before and it took her a while to actually try some, once she had she was sold. A couple weeks later we noticed that she was sleeping even more than ever and there were little bits of dry rice looking things left behind when she moved. I soon realized she had worms and a little research soon showed that it was probably tapeworm. I felt like a real retard, as raw pork is a typical place for such parasites to hang out. I should have been freezing the pork for a week or so before feeding it to her to kill unwanted micro-organisms.

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