Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bugged By Fleas
Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats Is On The Rise

Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common.
Blame it on climate change. Cats are getting more fleas, and flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common, according to Banfield Pet Hospitals' 2018 State of Pet Health Report.

The report says there's been an astonishing 67 percent increase in flea allergy dermatitis in cats since 2008. In 2017, 170 of every 10,000 cats seen at Banfield hospitals had the allergic reaction to fleas. In 2008, just 102 of every 10,000 cats developed flea allergy dermatitis. 

Some cats are so sensitive to fleas, just one bite can cause an allergic reaction, or dermatitis.

Is Climate Change Causing More Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats?

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cricket Cat Food - The Next Big Thing?

Is cricket cat food the next big thing?
Could crickets replace meat
as a protein source in cat food?
Okay, so cats eat bugs all the time. If you were a cat, you'd probably love nothing more than chowing down on a freshly-caught fly or cricket. Eeeuuu...

But Tarique Arsiwalla, a co-founder of Protix Biosystems, a company that markets insects as "the next protein commodity," is hoping we humans will overcome the yuck factor and consider food made of bugs for our cats. Are you ready for ground up crickets in a can? EEEuuuu...

Arsiwalla will be one of the presenters at the 2015 Petfood Forum Europe in June. His topic: insect-based ingredients in cat and dog food. Ugh...
But while just the thought may give you the creepy crawlies, pet food made from insects might be in our cats' not-so-distant future. Although our planet could probably sustain an infinite number of bugs, that's not true of the animals who become food for us and our dogs and cats.


Are We Running Out Of Food?