Saturday, December 15, 2018

Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

dr jane
Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

Courtesy of Life's Abundance Blog Post 12/13/18


Honestly, I was just getting used to it being 2018. Where does the time go?

For me, the holidays are a time of joy and reflection. A time to celebrate our family and friends. To fondly remember those we’ve lost. To find inspiration and hope. To share with those who are less fortunate than ourselves. To do something meaningful and unexpected for someone in need or having an especially hard time. To my mind, there is so much to be grateful for and so much to cradle in our hearts.

Perhaps more than anything, I'm truly thankful to be part of a company that is so focused on helping others improve their quality of life. A company that works to make life better for both people and their companion animals.

I consider it a great privilege to work with such a dedicated team. And to communicate with you through this blog, where we try to share valuable information to help people be informed and entertained. And, of course, to bring you updates about the vitally important work of The Dr. Jane Foundation.

Our charitable foundation has achieved great things this past year! In addition to 18 financial awards given to worthy animal rescues through our usual grant process, we were also able to provide emergency funding to two groups that coordinated assistance to injured and homeless animals displaced by devastating fires that raged in California last month. As many of you know, the Camp Fire was the deadliest wildfire in California's history. The emergency response of the last two groups on the following list of grant recipients made a tremendous difference for all kinds of animals, and for that, we are extremely grateful. Without further ado, here's the list of amazing rescue organizations that received funding from our non-profit this year.

Paw Warriors, Inc. of Spring Hill, FL
BARC Humane Society of Quitman, GA
People & Pets Together of Minneapolis, MN
Paws for Life of Youngsville, NC
Rescues Unlimited of Gregory, SD
ACTion Programs for Animals of Las Cruces, NM
Animal Rescue of Southern Colorado of Antonito, CO
Bounce Animal Rescue of Fort Collins, CO
Boxer Aid and Rescue Coalition, Inc. of Tallahassee, FL
Eastern Plains Animal Welfare Alliance of Burlington, CO
MeeowzResQ of Orange, CA
My Second Home Rescue of Carr, CO
New England Society for Abandoned Animals of Barnstable, MA
Res-Que, Ltd of Reno, NV
The Animal Interest League & Sanctuary (dba TAILS) of Delta, CO
Rehoboth Animal Advocates of Rehoboth, MA
Herd U Needed A Home Rescue of Bend, OR
Greyhounds in Motion of Winter Park, FL
Humane Society of Ventura County of Ojai, CA
North Valley Animal Disaster Group of Chico, CA

The generosity and patronage of our customers enables our foundation to continue its good works. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you. Every time you shop at Life's Abundance, a contribution is made to our funding. And we are very proud that over 95% of that money goes directly to the organizations that need the most help.


While the work of the foundation is a vital part of Life's Abundance, our central commitment is devotion to the people who use our products: you inspire us. Without your support and feedback we would not be the company we are today, and from the very core of my being, I thank you. Rest assured, we will continue to improve our innovative health formulations and create new, cutting-edge products to help improve the health and longevity of companion animals. With the combined efforts of our committed and motivated team, we can surely make 2019 our most successful year ever!

Thank you for the privilege of working with you and your families, for the trust you place in our products, and for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

From all of us here at Life’s Abundance, we wish you and yours a Meowy Christmas and Happy Paw-nukkah!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Holiday Gifts for Cats and Dogs

Holiday Gifts for Cats and Dogs by Life's Abundance

Limited Quantities so get yours today!
cat gift

This Gift for Cats Contains:

  • Full-sized bag of Turkey Heart Freeze Dried Treats
  • Full-sized bag of Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat
  • Delicious dose of nutrition with full-sized Wellness Supplement
  • Instinctive Choice (one 3-oz can)
  • Fun and festive toy assortment (may vary)
  • Adorable, reusable gift box


A $45.00 retail value!
ONLY $22.95



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dog gift

This Gift for Dogs Contains:

  • Full-sized bag of Turkey Heart Freeze Dried Treats
  • Full-sized bag of Tasty Rewards Nutritional Treats
  • Fun plush squeak toy (may vary)
  • Adorable, reusable gift box)


A $45.00 retail value!
ONLY $25.95

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How does my cat want to be fed?

How Your Cat REALLY Wants to be Fed

Courtesy of Life's Abundance Blog 11/20/18

What does your cat’s dish look like? Is it plastic, stainless steel, or maybe ceramic? No matter what you’re imagining, it's almost certainly one of these types of cat food dishes.

But is that about to change? What if the best answer to "how does my cat really want to be fed?" is, “not in a dish at all!”

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), a collection of the best and brightest minds in feline medicine, just released a 2018 consensus statement on the feeding of cats.1 

Contrary to the usual debate over cat food which centers on wet versus dry, this discussion focuses not on the ‘what’ of cat food, but the ‘how’.

Here in the States, we often encourage people to keep their cats indoors in order to keep them safe from predators, and from themselves having an adverse effect on native bird populations. While an indoor life is the safest option, this doesn’t provide them much opportunity to act like, well, cats. Outdoor cats routinely roam over ranges as far as two miles, so it’s no wonder their behavior changes when they are confined to a 2,000 square foot house.

As hunters, cats are hardwired to hunt small prey. Unlike a snake, which may go days or weeks in between feedings, a cat in the wild eats multiple small prey every day. The typical household practice of filling a food bowl twice a day doesn’t do a whole lot to fulfill this instinctive need. Without the job of hunting to keep cats occupied, they may become bored and overweight. It may also contribute to stress, particularly if the household contains multiple cats sharing a single food source.

Fortunately, there is a way to manage this issue without making all indoor cats become outdoor cats. The AAFP offers several suggestions to better approximate natural cat behavior in the home, including:

  • Feeding multiple smaller meals a day versus one or two large ones. Automated feeders can do this on a timer.
  • Ensuring multiple food sources for multi-cat households.
  • Using puzzle feeders to encourage natural hunting behavior.

kitten

I love puzzle feeders and recommend them routinely for both dogs and, now, for cats. They are based on the very simple principle that companion animals need to work for their food. You can find elaborate feeders that require pets to remove pieces and move doors around, and others that are as simple as a ball with holes in it that drops food out as it rolls. However, puzzle feeders made specifically for felines encourage their natural pouncing and tossing behavior. You can buy feeders for both wet and dry food, so find one that works best with whichever Life’s Abundance premium cat food your sweet kitty prefers.

Although we’ve domesticated cats and dogs, there’s no reason that we can’t continue to adapt and accommodate their instinctual behaviors, especially as our understanding of their physical, mental and emotional needs continues to expand. I’ve spoken to multiple behaviorists who recommend puzzle feeders as a part of any treatment for behavioral issues in cats, from aggression to inappropriate elimination to over-grooming. It’s such a simple thing to do, so why not give it a try with your cat? We feel confident that your little hunter will be super pleased with the change.

Stay well, and happy hunting to your kitty!

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM


Dr. Vogelsang, DVM



REFERENCES

1. https://www.catvets.com/guidelines/practice-guidelines/how-to-feed

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Life's Abundance wet canned cat food

instinctive choice

Life's Abundance Canned Cat Food.

Life's Abundance wet food called Instinctive choice is grain free and contains quality ingredients for all life stages.







Cats have been thriving on this recipe for more than a decade, yet this all life stage food remains a revolutionary formula because it provides sustenance that’s modeled after the way cats have eaten in the wild for millennia.

Evolved from big, desert-roaming predators who acquired fluids primarily from prey, domesticated house cats still have weak thirst drives to this day. That’s why this premium canned food has added moisture content, to adequately hydrate the body and help support healthy urinary functions. 

Every serving of this premium canned cuisine includes optimal amounts of added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega fatty acids, all to help maintain a healthy, happy body. 

Simmered in a delicious broth that’s seasoned with a hint of rosemary, this succulent feast will put a little roar in your cat’s day.

With Instinctive Choice, you can finally give your cat what she truly craves, with the water content and nutrition she needs to truly thrive.


Please visit our Life's Abundance Cat food site for all products 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

World’s Creepiest Cat Legends

World’s Creepiest Cat Legends

Courtesy of Life's Abundance

If we asked you to name something spooky about cats, you’d probably mention a black cat crossing your path leading to misfortune. But a bit of bad luck pales in comparison to some of the terrifying myths of times past.

Cats are undeniably enigmatic. There’s just something about those haunting eyes, their silent, furtive movements and a wail that reminds some of babies crying. Whatever the cause, that air of mystery has lead humans over the course of human history to entertain a whole host of seriously scary - or even downright strange - beliefs involving felines. Honestly, it would be easy to fill a book’s worth of information of this topic, but we’ve culled that down to a manageable list of five. After reading these decidedly spooky superstitions, you’ll feel like the scaredy cat. But don’t worry, your sweet kitty will be there to comfort you.

Sith Cats

A fairy creature from both Celtic and Scottish mythology, Sith Cats were large black cats with splash of white fur on its chest. While Sith Cats were believed to be spectral in nature, they were inspired by actual creatures known as Kellas cats, a hybrid between wildcats and domestic cats only found in Scotland. They were believed to have nefarious purposes, including a desire to consume souls immediately after death. Every year on Samhain (which we now celebrate as Halloween), houses where an offering of a saucer of milk was left outside would be blessed by the being, while those that did not would suffer a curse. Fun Fact: The Scots believed the Cat Sith was actually a witch that had the ability to transform into a cat, but that the witch was limited to only nine transformations in a lifetime. Scholars believe this is the origin of the belief that cats enjoy nine lives!

The Matagot

First conceived in the oral traditions of southern France, the Matagot (also referred to as Mandagot) is a mischievous spirit. While it was capable of shapeshifting into a number of animals (such as a rat, a fox, a dog and even a cow), its preferred form was that of a black cat. Matagots were considered evil in nature, but they could be trapped whereupon it would take a largely beneficial role for its captor. The legend states that if you lured one from its hiding spot with a serving of fresh, meaty chicken and then scooped it up and walked straight home without looking behind you, it would become a source of dependable good fortune. There were a couple of catches, as there always are with magical beings. First, before every meal, you would have to feed the first mouthful of your food and the first sip of your drink to the Matagot. If you managed to stick to that routine, each morning you would find a gold coin. Second, you would have to release the creature from this servitude well prior to your death. Otherwise, your last days on earth would assuredly be agonizingly painful.



The Bakeneko of Nabeshima (aka, Vampire Cat)

The origin of this terrifying legend is from 16th century Japan. One of the more frightening creatures, this cat not only sought to devour humans, but immediately afterwards would assume their victim’s exact likeness, whereupon they would attempt to deceive other humans, thus continuing a vicious cycle. Aside from their shapeshifting abilities, they were believed to wear strange hats for dancing, perfectly imitate human speech, have the ability to place hexes on people (especially those who were known for their cruelty to cats), possession, and even a penchant for hiding in mountainous locales where they would tame and train wolves to assist them in attacking weary travelers far from home.

The Wampus Cat

Believed to originate among the Cherokee people, the mythical Wampus Cat is a common staple of Appalachian folklore. A shapeshifter, its most common manifestation was as a large, wild cat, but it could also take the shape of a beautiful woman. It was considered a ferocious creature, capable of driving even the bravest of warriors to the brink of insanity. J.K. Rowling’s fans may recognize this magical being as a source for the hair that Garrick Ollivander used in the creation of certain magic wands. Fun Fact: the word “catawampus,” which means “out of alignment” but also “fierce and destructive,” arises from this myth.


The Black Cat of KillaKee

Like all of our the supernatural kitties, this Irish creature's origins began centuries ago. However, sightings have continued into modern times, which makes this arguably the most frightening. Like the tall tales that are common in the area, this one is attached to a particular great house. But we can assure you, nothing like this ever happened on Downton Abbey. Located in Dublin, the Killakee House was rumored to be haunted by a spectacularly creepy cat. Though technically it stalked the grounds, unlike other big cat sightings in the UK, the main difference is that this cat is supernatural.

In 1968, a young couple bought the Killakee House and began much needed renovations. Within days, workers started hearing strange noises and sensing things that quite frankly were decidedly spooky. Things came to a head when the workers were shocked by the sudden appearance of a towering black cat with eyes that "glowed like a demon." Just as the renovators started freaking out, the specter vanished. Afterwards, the new owners listened politely to the story, but didn't put much stock in the tale. And then ... the creature appeared to each of the new owners in turn. The giant apparition appeared in every corner of the house, despite locked doors and windows, stalking the couple with its penetrating stare and toothy snarls. The newlyweds sought help from the Catholic Church, whereupon an exorcism was performed on the estate. For a few months, everything was quiet, and the two believed their nightmare was finally over. Sometime later, however, a group of actors visiting the estate held a séance, whereupon the devilish creature returned, bringing with it two frightening ghosts dressed in nuns' garb. And thus, the nightmare continues.






this beautiful baby is NOT a scary legend
(just adorable)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Healthy Start for Cats

Healthy Start Pack for Cats

This is a WONDERFUL idea to give to a new pet parent or give to you for your awesome favorite feline (s)

There are two Healthy start packs, one is grain free and the other is not.




HEALTHY START PACK
healthy start pack
  • One 6.6 lb. bag of Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Cat Food – Our premium, veterinarian-formulated kibble features select ingredients to help your cat achieve and maintain optimum health.
  • One case of Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food – This premium canned food is formulated to provide your cat with a meal that is similar in nutrition and moisture to how a feline would feed in the wild.
  • One bottle of Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement – These savory nuggets provide a wide variety of nutritious ingredients in a superior formula created to enhance your cat’s daily diet.
  • One 4 oz. bag of Life’s Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat – These tasty treats contain nutrients to help your cat maintain healthy skin and a strong, resilient coat.








HEALTHY START PACK - GRAIN FREE

healthy start pack grain free

One 6 lb. bag of Grain-Free All Life Stage Cat Food - Our premium, holistically-formulated kibble features select ingredients to help your cat achieve and maintain optimum health.
  •  One case of Instinctive Choice All Life Stage Cat Food - This premium canned food is formulated to provide your cat with a grain-free meal that is similar in nutrition and moisture to how a feline would feed in the wild. 
  • One 2-oz. bottle of Ultra-Pure Fish Oil for Pets - Our fish oils contain at least 30% EPA and DHA, an ideal concentration for the overall health of your cat. The oil is in a triglyceride form, which is highly bioavailable and without added flavors so it has a natural taste that cats love.









For more information on Life's Abundance cat food, click here

Friday, September 21, 2018

Wellness Food Supplement for Cats


Life's Abundance
wellness food supplement







  • Helps maintain overall health
  • Naturally nutritious ingredients from real food
  • The perfect complement to our premium foods
  • Made in the USA


YUMMY!!!








Making the most of nature’s bounty, our Wellness Food Supplement utilizes micronutrients that are holistically balanced. Every ingredient is carefully selected for the vital role it plays in the preservation of feline health.

• Chicken, herring & liver meals 
• Chicken cartilage 
• Salmon meal
• Dried tomato pomace & alfalfa sprouts 
• Flaxseed meal & fish oil 
• Taurine 
• And so much more! 



and of course if you want information about Life's Abundance Cat food, click here