It’s Mischa’s birthday, she’s 15 years old today and still as beautiful as ever. She is actually a bit older because we count birthdays according to when cats come in. Mischa was found in a salt box at the side of the road with four kittens. She was a devoted mother and we kept one of her kittens with her (re-homed the rest) to keep her company. Mischa and her daughter Myrtle are still best friends and both have a loving nature. Visitors to the sanctuary will be used to seeing Mischa who is always around Reception and on ‘duty’ as one of our greeters. She loves a fuss!
Apart from going to the vets to be vaccinated and spayed, Mischa has never been ill or had to have a consultation for anything. She is a fit and healthy cat and we put this down to the mostly natural diet we give her. She has Nature’s Menu all meat and fish cat pouches, these have no additives in and are simply frozen natural ingredients. Occasionally she’ll enjoy some of the Nature’s Menu frozen nuggets which have a bit of brown rice and vegetables in, again these are raw food and easy to feed, just defrost and that’s it. (Nature’s Menu is sold here and in stock at the sanctuary).
We use safe and natural products only on Mischa avoiding toxic chemicals which can be so dangerous to cats. Look after the teeth of elderly cats, keeping them free from plaque and strong and healthy is important. If a cat eats proper food, instead of mush or dry biscuits, then her teeth will stay in good condition. Eating nothing but biscuits doesn’t keep teeth healthy in our experience – why would it? If we ate nothing but biscuits would our teeth stay clean? It is good for the pet food manufacturers who sell the biscuits though! There never used to be cat biscuits – they are recent cat food. Natural food that has to be chewed is best, just watch a cat eating a piece of meat – raw or cooked and you will see why a cat fed a natural diet will have good teeth.
We also put a sprinkle of Plaque Off on Mischa’s food and this helps to keep her teeth in tip top condition. It’s made in Sweden and contains enzymes that alter the saliva in the mouth and keep gingivitis at bay. It works and we always keep it in stock. Pick up a pot from here or we can post out – details on our online shop.