do not put catnip in your cats food
of Columbia, S.C., on Sunday voluntarily recalled a limited amount of Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals and 4health cat foods that may have low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1).
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I don't want to end up with 2 cats who only want this brand of food anymore because it contains catnip and don't want to have to feed them this for the rest of their lives like they are addicts.
Would it be okay to give my cats this food or should i just dump it to be safe?Now, also in the article, is information that ingestion of catnip can lead to stomach upset, but that will vary by cat and by amount. If there is signs of this, you can discontinue feeding, but the amounts here are really quite small, so I think this is very unlikely. Bear in mind that it's in the food, not raw catnip and, while an anecdotal thing, we've given our cats raw catnip over the years and it's not been a problem for them. Throughout all my years of caring for cats, I have always given dry catnip to them as a treat. I think it is terrific when used in small doses, but be careful not to overdo it. I once had a client who sprinkled dry catnip on everything, including her cat’s food, the poor kitty. For this cat, it would have been a treat not to have any catnip. I told her that catnip should be given occasionally, maybe once or twice a week, but never in food. Though cats eat catnip, you do not want it mixed in with their regular food because they may not eat the food without it. Again, catnip is a treat. Increase the proportion of canned and raw foods in the cat’s daily diet. Feeding only canned or raw foods has been shown to help cats lose weight.* A ratio of 50% wet food to 50% dry also works well, but as little as 25% wet food can be beneficial for weight loss. Feed cats highly digestible, meat-based foods. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they are uniquely adapted to get nutrients in forms only found in meat. A highly digestible food with meat as the main protein source can help prevent weight gain. Provide several feeding areas in households with more than one cat. A portly cat, in a multi-cat home, is often the cat dominating the food. If possible, feed each cat in a separate room. Or, try feeding the overweight cat on the floor, and the other cats on top of a cat tree, or other vertical space. Measure food and feed smaller, more frequent meals. Consider the feeding guidelines on the bag of food to calculate how much the cat needs each day. Use a measuring cup to avoid over-feeding. Divide the amount of food into smaller meals, and feed three to six times a day. If you are uncertain about a company’s reputation, see what impartial sources say. But don’t just put the name in a search engine (see the sidebar on resources on page 6). As Dr. Freeman explains, “Cat food companies are the targets of rumors and misinformation. The Internet is a good resource, however, to find out flavors or calorie content and to price shop once you’ve decided on a product.”