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Part Two: My Journey To Wellness…#CatRawPetFood


Many of you have been kind and thoughtful in your words of encouragement to me as I continue to paw along my journey to wellness. I hope that if I share all the things we have been doing for me, it might help one of you or someone you know.


Some of you have asked if long distance purchasing of frozen raw food is safe and also you have asked about how to handle the raw food and how to store it.

When it arrives it is best if someone is at home to bring the package inside straightaway. (click photos to bigify to view all that Mom L is doing)

Mom L lets the chubs slightly defrost in the refrigerator until they just indent with a finger touch. Then she gets her gloves and all the items she needs to slice up the raw into separate servings. Once that is done, the servings go right back into the freezer.

That’s it until the next shipment! Mom L bought a really inexpensive scale to make sure when she and Dad P measure out our portions for each meal that they are giving us enough, but not too much.

So that is the process. Now here is a little trick that the folks at Raw Paws suggested to Mom L if I wouldn’t eat the  raw.


See that small bag on top of the raw chicken chubs? Can you read what it is??  Freeze dried green beef tripe!!! Crush a little like sprinkles on human ice cream and sprinkle on the raw food and we both go for it…at least I did at first. I am back to ground zero, but TKS still loves having a little tripe added to her food. Actually, you can buy this and add it to any canned food, kibble etc…it is very appealing to both cats and dogs. “Green” tripe doesn’t mean it is ‘green’…even though it is just because of the  grass or hay the animal may have eaten, the “green” actually does not refer to its color. Instead, it refers to the fact that the tripe has not been processed – not cleaned, not bleached and not scalded.

Go figure…Mom L doesn’t think it smells that great but TKS and I sure do! The bowl above has some tripe sprinkles, some raw, some canned food and a few kibbles…just trying to get me to eat more raw.

Now for the latest on getting me back to eating raw. Here’s the inside, literally, scoop on my health and wellness.

I do not have IBS and no pancreatitis, and I have not lost any weight. Really, I have something  more akin to humans’ ‘acid reflux’. I drink a lot of water right after eating my kibble or my canned food. Not when I was on raw. I also become ‘food averse’ to a particular type of canned food if it has made me nauseous or caused me to vomit. That means Mom L and Dad P were having to constantly find another quality food I would eat. Which, cause me more stress. A never ending cycle. In fact, I am also now ‘dish averse’. If they try to serve me food in a dish which I have eaten out of, and from which I had tummy problems, I won’t eat out of that dish for a while!!

My VET, Dr. Melanie, owner of Civic Feline Clinic, is a feline specialist and expert diagnostician for all things ‘cat’. I think she may be part cat actually…she sure does think and act like us. Scary.

Dr Melcat


Anyway, I had to return to the VET last week for an enema as I was again constipated. Dr Melanie said she believes my problems are both due to my upper gut and how it processes my food AND due to my emotional health.

Dr Melanie decided to try to ‘trick’ me back to raw! When I had my enema, she also gave me an appetite stimulant. And it worked!! For one meal! MOL!!! I said she was ‘almost a cat’…heh…heh.

This is all about my Journey to Wellness. I have come such a long way with the emotional well being. And now if I can manage my digestive challenges…I will be ready for another NINE LIVES!!

No!! Not the VET!!!

No!! Not the VET!!!










Monday Meowsie News…More On Helping Rescue Cats

Hiya Furriends!! Savannah here!

As some of you may know, I was accepted months ago as a full member of the Twitter Whiskas Liberation Front (#WLF), with all rights and privileges. We have a code of conduct and my post today is in keeping with a part of that code:

“The WLF will use social media channels to oppose any injustice anywhere in the world whatever species those affected might belong to”

I am not opposing an injustice today, but I am asking all of you to help me make right an awful wrong committed against hundreds of my feline brethren…

I have something very impawtant to tell you about…and I ask that any of you who are willing to…PLEASE REBLOG THIS INFORMATION.

We anipal bloggers have an opportunity to help hundreds of cats who are survivors of the trauma known as the CABOODLE RANCH SANCTUARY.

It was NO SANCTUARY at all…but it was a living nightmare for hundreds of cats and kittens.  They have been saved by the efforts of so many, and that rescue was led by the ASPCA.  The cats and kittens have been receiving medical care and socialization behavior modification.


June Buggie, from Rumpy Dog, in one of his June Buggie Speaks Outposts, has recently talked about the cats needing adoption after being saved by the ASPCA from the infamous Caboodle Ranch mess.  You can click here to visit Rumpy’s post.

I agreed with an ASPCA spokesperson to make a special post about their upcoming event in Florida…this event is an all out effort to get hundreds of these feline survivors adopted into their furrever homes.  There is more information at this site, ASPCA Caboodle Ranch Rescue, and for additional photos, click here.

June Buggie stated:

“There are hundreds of cats to choose from. Some of these cats have special needs, including barn cats and those that are FIV+ or have feline leukemia.

So if you live nearby, come to the ASPCA Temporary Shelter at 2580 West 1st Street in Jacksonville, FL 32254 Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM.  Bring a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, non-driver ID, etc.) proof of address, and a pet carrier.

These adoptions will be fee-waived. In addition, all of the cats that are available for adoption will be micro-chipped and spayed/neutered.

And if you’re in the Sarasota or Tampa Bay areas, you can also adopt a former resident of Caboodle Ranch.  Smaller, separate adoption events for the Caboodle Ranch cats will also be held that same weekend in Sarasota (hosted by Cat Depot) and in the Tampa Bay area (hosted by the Humane Society of Pinellas in cooperation with SPCA Tampa Bay).”

I hope you will all think about ways you  might be able to help get this event publicized through your own social networks…especially if you have any in the Florida or South East area.

Thank you so much for visiting me today. I have a really cool post in the draft stages for tomorrow. If you all like it, I will make it a regular event once every month…and I will also ask all of you to think about pawticipation..


Paw pats, Savannah

PEE ESS…I am VERY behind in visiting. We are gonna work real hard this week to catch up. Mom has been runnin’ around tryin’ to help Dad find us a new home to live in. We are givin’ our house back to the bankersters…it has been a long year, but we are almost done with all the hard stuff. We are fine, don’t fret on our account. There are so many other peeps and cats and dogs out there who have way bigger struggles than ours. But, we have fallen behind in our visits to all of you and we worry that we will start to lose you. More Paw Pats, Savannah

Oh Cat!!! Another New Fitness Experience!!

Mom and Dad come home one day…and they put this unreal what’cha ‘ma ‘giggy on the floor…they say “Savannah!  Isn’t this Great!!!???”…(what, ME??!! I am, in case no one else noticed…one scared, timid adult rescue cat!!) Seriously?? Ya want me to notice that weird thingy and BE INTERESTED???….OMC!…Peeps!!

…harrummmpppfffhh…wellll…maybe just a peek….

…ummmhmmm…seriously…not much…wellll…lemme take another quick peek…

…hmmm…the blue end seems more interesting…

…oh yeah…now this is what I am talkin’ about….

…whoa…check out this RED…Salem and others at Katnip Lounge know all about REYED stuff…wonder if this is the same thing…only bigger? and it doesn’t seem to move lots…hmmm…

..once again…needs further investigation…taking on my FBI role, (Koz and Nellie would be proud)…

…oh, oh, oh…OMC!! Oh Cod!! I missed this first time around…check this out…a hole in the middle…and it is GREEN…hmmmm…wonder what this means…more pondering…

…I must investigate into the middle of the tunnels…only a well trained FBI Agent can do this…carefully, one paw at a time…slowly, slowly…(I hope Satchmo is reading and watching veryyyy closely…)…

…phewww…I am pooped!!…this is totally hard work…

…what??!!…is there a noise??…something is moving under me!! Oh Cod?? What is it???..

…I rush outside after a short rest…and take the plunge risk of jumping into the heart of the 3 Tunnels…ooohhhhh….SHRIMP!!!…(I think that is what Dad and Mom say when they are surprised!!! not sure why…I have never seen a shrimp around when they yell it out…hmmmm…maybe they are saying some other word??….oh well….)

…my butt is stuck!!!…what to do, what to do…cram my body in if I can…that’s all I can do…so terribly dangerous….aaiiieeee….!!!!

Well…that was the adventure of the 3 tunels…at least the starting  point…may be more later…who knows…this is a cat’s autobiography after all…just sayin’…

Paw pats, Savannah

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