- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Hay House (Oct. 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561706361
- ISBN-13: 978-1561706365
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 218 g
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet Paperback – Oct 1 1999
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About the Author
Kymythy Schultze has been a trailblazer in the field of animal nutrition for over a decade. Her professional experience with animals includes being a trainer, a breeder, a groomer, a veterinary assistant for multiple doctors, and a wildlife rehabilitator licensed with the federal government. She has studied many holistic modalities, including tutorage with Dr. Richard Dahout, and canine nutrition at Cornell University. She has also hosted a popular radio show featuring health and community service issues. Kymythy is a certified Animal Health Instructor and Clinical Nutritionist, and teaches classes in Natural Nutrition and Holistic Care for Dogs and Cats at a Southern California college, and through workshops worldwide. Her nutritional recommendations are endorsed by both holistic and allopathic veterinarians. She has fed her own dogs and cats a species-appropriate diet of raw foods for many years with proven results. Her breeding program has produced American and international champions titled draft, obedience, and water rescue dogs, and most important, beloved family companions. She has helped hundreds of people all over the world improve the health of their dogs and cats, naturally. Kymythy is editor of the "Holistic Dog and Cat Newsletter" and author of Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet.
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I strongly recommend that you try whole foods for your dog. A healthy pet is a happy pet.
On page 4, while summarizing the results of a study she does *not* provide any citations for, she states:
"The cats that were fed cooked food swiftly deteriorated in health until, by the third generation, they could no longer reproduce."
Unless there is something she's not telling us - like that the cats were also deprived of critical nutrients - this can't be true. If it was, we wouldn't have to worry about spaying and neutering pet cats - we'd have to worry about bringing them back from the edge of extinction. Virtually all commercial cat foods are cooked, whether kibble or canned, and many cats eat nothing else their whole lives - even for generations - and yet somehow we still have cats.
On page 5, she states:
"When the first- and second-generation cooked-food cats were placed on a raw food diet, it took four generations for their line to recover from the ill effects of consuming cooked food."
Unlikely. For any diet to have an effect as strong as the one she describes beyond the second generation after cessation of use, it would have to cause *genetic* change. Feline genes aren't so susceptible to mutation that a diet of good food that is cooked in a normal way - food like humans eat - could cause it, and if genetic change did occur, the cat line wouldn't have recovered.
These are just two examples, culled from the first pages of the book, but there are many others. I simply do not feel comfortable trusting my pet's health to a diet based on such unreliable information.
This book pretty much just explains what the food groups are, how they contribute to the health of your pets and the respective pros and cons. But, like I said, you can get this information for FREE on the Internet! Schultze only gives ONE easy recipe for BOTH dogs and cats, with varying amounts of ingredients depending on the weight of your pet. After joining a few RAW feeding discussion lists, I was told that most of the things I read in the book are NOT recommended by fellow raw feeders (eg: feeding GROUND meat, veggies, kelp & alfalfa supplements and BOTH cod-liver oil and fish oil, etc.) Even I knew going in that you can't use the same recipe for both dogs and cats and yet Schultze only provides one recipe. Cats, I am told, especially don't need veggies, kelp or alfalfa and they don't need cod liver oil.
This book would have been more useful had I not done any of my own research first so overall I found the content to be quite disappointing. Somewhat informative but NOT very practical.
This book is a great way to start feeding your cat a raw diet, and discusses safe foods, exact amounts, and otherwise is very specific and helpful. There is also just enough variety in recipes for feeds that the beginner is not overwhelmed by choice, but can be flexible to respond to the pet's approval/disapproval of feeds.
I bought this book soley for the feeding information and recipes, but realized once I got it that it's a great resource for overall pet health. A great value and a good resource.
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