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postheadericon Landmines and Hairballs Oh My! The Benefits of Proper Nutrition from Pet Food

I’m sitting here tonight going over our monthly and annual budgets. We’ve been doing pretty good at saving some money wherever we can in our goal to move to another state next year. I’ve worked at slashing our spending and am surprised at the savings I’ve found in one important area – pet food.

 

By pets, I’m not including the poultry, horses or cattle. Strictly dogs and cats – 3 pooches and 7 purrers. Even though we are now feeding a higher priced feed to both cats and dogs, we have actually been saving quite a bit of money. It all comes down to a better quality feed and the animals eating/needing less to be healthier and more satisfied.

 

redbarnblueskies.com Adolph and pet food

 

Even though I am fairly well versed in animal nutrition, I used to be bad about watching sales and using coupons for my cat and dog food. Whatever seemed to be decent pet food for a decent price AND had coupons available prompted me to try to save a buck. Unfortunately, my critters paid for it with poor coats and up/down weight issues. So I went to the other extreme and bought really pricey, overly hyped feeds. I think probably more to assuage my guilt than anything else. This also didn’t really benefit my animals or my pocketbook.

 

Flash forward to last winter when I went to work part-time for our new Tractor Supply. I chatted with a few of the nutritionists and feed reps to see what they were feeding their own animals. I found it very interesting that most of them were using the TSC brand “4 Health” pet food. It’s priced pretty much in the middle of the scale and the ingredients seem to be exceptionally good. So I gradually switched my crews over to the age or issue-appropriate formulas and I am thrilled!

 

4Health Mature Dog Food at Red Barn Blue Skies Pet Food

Both cats and dogs have all done very well with these feeds. Their coats are thick and glossy, they all maintain healthy weights, fewer hairballs for the cats and a large bonus overall – less poop. That may seem funny or trivial to some, but when you have a 125 pound hound, you want much smaller landmines and way fewer of them. Since there are so many less fillers and more of the good nutrients, the animals utilize the feed better and need less to be happily full.

 

So I’m curious what kind of pet food do you feed your furballs? Anyone else use 4 Health?

postheadericon Dawg Days

The little tyrant tells him off and then attacks
(Cailen and Pippi)
The old man ignores them all
(Muttley)

 

Bottoms up!  Vole hunting..
(Chandler, Cailen & Pippi)

 

How can you stay mad at this face?
(Pippi)

 

Mama’s big baby boy
(Chandler)

 

Chandy has the toy and is ready for take-off!

postheadericon What I See Wednesday

Damage from the last big storm
Promise of sweetness to come
Chandler’s Serious Pose
Calien:  “Play?Play?Play?”
Valley Oak Scented Geranium
Yes, Mr. MoonCat is really a twelve year old!

postheadericon What I See Wednesday

Mr. MoonCat’s new Honeysuckle & my old Lavender
Our new “resident” Hawk
4 year old Cyclamen

 

Xena – Warrior Princess
Mom’s Geranium

postheadericon Proof is in the Potholes

This post is solely for my husband’s benefit.  Mr. MoonCat is very firm and outspoken in his opinion (wrong that it may be and IS) that HIS dog Cailen can do no wrong.  He seems to think that MY dog Chandler is always at fault whenever there is anything wrong or amiss.

We have a gopher problem here at MoonCat Farms.  The gophers here seem to be relatives of the one above from “Caddyshack” with the awesome Bill Murray.  Envision the little gopher dancing and singing “I’m Alright” and you will have a picture of what these poor dogs are seeing on a daily basis. Boredom is a bad thing for working cattle dogs that aren’t actively working right now.  Do you see where this may be going?

So, for your viewing enjoyment and my “HA – I have proof” amusement, I give you “The Boys”:

“Cailen and Chandler – On the Hunt”
“Cailen – BUSTED”
“Chandler – Not smart enough to get rid of the evidence!”
All to no avail as I’m afraid this will be Mr. MoonCat by the end of the summer:
Bill Murray vs The Gopher
BTW, it is the 30th anniversary of the release of Caddyshack.  If you have never seen this movie, you are really missing out on a classic.  I don’t think they intended the gopher and Bill Murray to completely steal the show, but they did.  Caddyshack