1.   Stop feeding commercial cat foods of all kinds.

It is no coincidence that the increase in renal problems in cats has followed the increased use of commercial cat foods.  Cats are designed to eat the freshly-killed bodies of herbivorous animals.  What you see on the shelf at your supermarket or vet’s office does not even remotely resemble what cats are supposed to eat.  Disease is a predictable consequence of feeding this garbage, particularly diseases which afflict the organs tasked with eliminating waste, such as the kidneys.  The less digestible a “food” is, the more waste it produces in the body, obviously.  Canned foods have slight advantages over kibble because of their water content, but they are not formulated to provide what is best for cats, but to provide the most profit for their manufacturers.  Canned food is not fit sustenance for your cat.

2.  Start feeding ONLY raw meat, organs and bones.

Stop researching, just do it.  Too much analysis can be immobilizing!  Some things just do not require analysis, and this is one of them.  If you’ve tried feeding your cat raw but s/he refused, it’s likely because you sprung it on him/her too suddenly.  There are ways to get even the most hard core kibble-addicted cat transitioned to a healing diet.  Email me and I will send you my transition tip sheet for cats, free of charge.  Raw feeding is not complicated or expensive, and it all but guarantees a healthy cat.

3.  Stop listening to vets.

Vets are not trained to teach people how to provide the conditions under which cats can thrive.  Vets are categorically opposed to proper feeding because it is FAR AND AWAY the #1 factor which determines whether a cat will be healthy.  Are healthy cats good for the vet industry?  Most of the nutrition instruction vets receive in their training comes from pet food manufacturing reps.  Their diagnoses are unnecessary except perhaps to alert you to a problem that you should immediately begin resolving by removing the causes, which vets cannot help with because of their ignorance on dietary matters.  Their treatments are often harmful and drive disease further into the body.  Even so-called “natural” treatments do not heal anything, they only shut down symptoms at best, and exacerbate your cat’s underlying toxic condition.

4.  Start trusting nature.

The incredible power within your cat’s body that allowed him/her to grow from a fertilized ovum into a full grown organism can heal his/her disease.  Just as external injuries heal, the internal injuries done to your cat’s organs by past feeding mistakes can heal as well.  Perhaps not in every case — even nature has her limits — but in the vast majority of cases, even chronic disease is quite reversible if the proper conditions are put in place.  Educate yourself on the truth about disease and health at websites like this and this.  Note these resources are all about human health, because very few others besides myself are applying this incredible body of information and wisdom to the care of dogs and cats.  Fortunately, the principles of health are UNIVERSAL and apply to all species.  Healthful living, and ONLY healthful living, produces health.

5.  STOP being afraid.

Industries in general like to create fear because it increases their profits.  The medical and veterinary fields are the masters of this tactic, the latter perhaps the best of all because of the emotional connections people have to their pets.  FEAR sells.   Fearful people seek out help from mis-educated “experts” (who only recommend what comes from industry), buy foods they perceive to be “safe” (packaged and sold by industry) and always follow the rules laid down by the ones to make the rules (the industry/government cabal).  And if it wasn’t bad enough that we have industry trying to scare us to death, we have their fearful sycophants (most pet owners, unfortunately) telling us how scared we should be.  We’ve been HAD, people!  Stop fearing and take back your power.



Top 5 Criteria for Choosing Dog Food

by admin on February 10, 2017


It was during the millions of years that dogs have been on this planet that their dietary requirements were formed, and nothing that’s happened in the last 100,000 years, including domestication, has changed their basic needs. No matter how the pet food industry tries to spin the facts, dietary adaptation cannot happen overnight, and that’s basically what they’re claiming when they say that dogs have “adapted” to the detritus that makes up commercial pet food. There is no question, dogs are biologically adapted to a diet made up primarily of the raw, unprocessed bodies of herbivorous animals. Nobody cooks for the wolf.

The only exception to the rule that food should be raw is certain vegetables, which are more digestible by dogs if they are cooked. Yams and sweet potatoes, for example, begin to resemble over-ripe fruit when their starches are dextrinized during cooking, and over-ripe fruit is a natural part of a canine diet. The trade off with cooking is always that certain nutrients are killed by high temperatures. However, this disadvantage is worthwhile if you are feeding these vegetables as a way of avoiding the overfeeding of fat (more on this below), which is much more likely if you feed your dog nothing but meat every day. Fruit can also accomplish this, and fruit should always be fed raw.

2.  When Choosing Dog Food THE FOOD MUST BE LOW IN FAT

Don’t believe the nonsense that has been making the rounds on the internet about how when  choosing dog food its “important” fat is in a dog’s diet. Fat has traditionally been a fairly small component in the diet of canines. If you take the fur and feathers off of the animals that wild dogs have historically eaten, you would see very little fat. Rodents, rabbits, birds, fish and ungulates in the wild have much less fat and much smaller muscles than is bred into agricultural animals.

Choosing Dog Food Coco at age 17

It should come as no surprise to anyone that food for animals is destined for the commercial market are deliberately fattened. Producers are obliged to make as much money from the sale of their animals as they can, and they’ve had a lot of practice at how best to do that. Contrary to popular myth, obesity is never a disease of too little exercise or too much food, it’s a disease caused by eating indigestible crap. It’s quite easy, incidentally, for humans to remain slim if we eat the right foods, no matter how much we eat or how little we exercise. This is just one of the little secrets that the medical industry would prefer we not know. The animal agriculture industry has all this figured out as well and if they wanted to produce healthy, lean animals, they could do it. They don’t. The cheap garbage that they feed to their animals is stored on the animals’ bodies within their fat cells. Feeding cheap garbage makes money for producers during the upkeep stage of the animals’ lives and the fat that it puts on their bodies does the same thing at butchering time. The same stored wastes that made those animals unhealthy will cause disease in your dog as well if you don’t make every effort to feed as little fat as possible.

The fat issue, among others, is what makes processed commercial raw dog food so unhealthy for dogs. The manufacturers of these products do not remove the fat from the carcasses of animals they process and sell, and they are not required by law to disclose the fat content of their products like human food processors are. In fact, you’re most likely going to have a difficult time choosing dog food and finding this information even if you go looking. The processors took the hit for the extra baggage that was deliberately put on the animals, and they’re not about to take the time and trouble to remove fat and toss out something that can bring them more money.  So they will pass the cost and the waste on to you, and when you feed it to your dog, you’ll be paying again, in the form of vet bills.  When you buy meat that you can trim before you feed it to your dog, you at least only have to pay for the unusable fat once, and YOU retain control over whether your dog gets sick.  There are other reasons to avoid commercially processed raw dog food, partially elucidated below.


Dogs need to eat raw bones. Not necessarily every day, but regularly. If you are still unsure about feeding bones to your dog, I highly recommend ordering my booklet which fully explains why bones are important, which bones are best and the mistaken rationale that vets use to recommend against feeding them. No wild dog ever killed an animal and proceeded to eat only the flesh. The idea is incomprehensible. When dogs eat raw bones, they are entirely dissolved in the acidic stomach fluids. A dog that is fed a healthy amount of bone will have small, crumbly feces.

It is common for dog owners to feel fearful about feeding bones, because the sick dog industry has done such a number on our heads about it. I recently read an article by a vet that said we can’t use the fact that wolves eat bones as evidence that bones are healthy for our own dogs, because we never see healthy wolves. Apparently the fact escapes the good doctor that if bones were dangerous for wolves, there wouldn’t be one wolf left in the world. That wolves have survived through the millennia eating bones every single time they eat is solid proof that eating bones is as natural to them as breathing. Vets who bemoan the fact that wolves have no access to veterinary care need to account for how they have managed so successfully without it.


We did not invent a new species when we domesticated dogs. Domestic dogs still have all the instincts, physical equipment and digestive faculties that their wild ancestors had in order to feed themselves. Make no mistake, no matter how un-wolf-like your dog looks on the outside, s/he’s still a wolf on the inside, digestively speaking. People who think that modern dogs are products of civilization sometimes use this as an excuse to reject raw feeding. Even if we were to concede that incorrect point, we’d still be left to wonder what we should be feeding them, and we can’t ignore the epidemic of disease among domestic dogs that has perfectly coincided with the advent and growth in popular use of waste-ridden commercial foods.

With domestic dogs coming in all sizes, however, we have to make some adjustments from what a wild dog would eat in nature and choosing dog food.  In order to be healthy, all dogs, regardless of their size, need bones that are soft enough for them to chew and consume entirely.

Large dogs can eat all forms of poultry, neck, spine, scapula and similar bones of larger animals, and some can even entirely consume ribs.  If you have a small dog, your options are more limited. Some people buy poultry that is ground with the bones but I do not recommend this because of the fat content of these foods. It’s fine to grind your own poultry with bones, just be sure to trim as much fat as you can before you grind. If you don’t grind, the best foods for small dogs are small animals, like game hens, quail, fish, rabbits and mice. Of these, game hens are the most affordable, and the most accessible as they can be purchased in the frozen section of any grocery store. You can either feed whole parts cut up with poultry shears or you can hack it up in smaller pieces with a cleaver. Feeding whole parts is best for the teeth cleaning, but either way, your dog will be consuming the bones that s/he needs.

Femurs and other weight bearing bones should not be fed even to large dogs, particularly if they come from agricultural animals. Dogs are not able to consume these very dense bones, which leaves only the marrow, and marrow is almost pure fat. Even the small cuts of femurs that grocery stores commonly sell as “pet bones” should never be fed. A wild dog would never encounter a sliced femur in a natural setting. Although I’m not aware of any specific incidents and I certainly don’t want to contribute to the paranoia, I suspect that small femur sections can represent a choking hazard to a large dog. They can also chip the teeth of small dogs. Femurs are the rare exceptions to the fact that most bones are safe for dogs to eat if they are raw.


When I talk about types of food, I am referring to macronutrient categories. “Macronutrient” may seem like a fancy six dollar word but macro just means “big”. ALL foods belong in one of three macronutrient categories: protein, fat and carbohydrate. As I mentioned in my last blog post, these foods all require different chemical environments within the digestive tract in order to be broken down. Combining foods that require opposing chemical environments causes food to become waste instead of nourishment. In any healthy dog diet that includes carbohydrates and proteins, the two should be fed separately. Doing so allows the food to be fully utilized by the body, provided all the other requisites for healthy digestion are in place as well.  It is not necessary, by the way, to separate proteins.  All proteins are treated the same by a dog’s body.

Dogs do not have opportunities to combine different types of food in the wild. Even the idea that wolves eat the contents of their prey’s stomach has been disproven by field studies, except for small prey animals like mice and rabbits, in which case stomach contents represent a tiny fraction of the meal.

Feeding one food at a time allows a dog to know what s/he is consuming, as well. Nature does not disguise foods. When a healthy, properly fed dog refuses to eat a food, s/he is using his primordial senses to guide him. Very often, refusing to eat certain foods can also indicate a dog is overfed, but regardless of the reason, a dog should never been fooled into eating something by disguising it under, or mixing it with, a different food. This is a trick that’s been used to extremes by the pet food industry, which has fooled millions of dogs into eating food with euthanized dogs in it that they would not touch if they were not being deceived.




Does Raw Food Digest Faster than Kibble?

January 24, 2017

A website called “Raw Feeding Community” attempted to put this question to bed once and for all, so they conducted an experiment with a dog being fed kibble and raw food separately, about 10 days apart. Both meals were consumed with barium, so that the movement of the food through the digestive tract could be radiographed and […]

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Cat Cold Rancor

January 10, 2017

Yesterday I cross-posted the comments in my most recent blog post about what causes cat “colds” on Conscious Cat, a website and blog where veterinary medicine is celebrated and revered, and where people can swap stories about the diseases their cats are suffering from and the drugs they’re all using to counter the effects.  My comments were met with a bit […]

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Cat “colds”, aka Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

January 10, 2017

What are the real causes of cat “colds”?… Cat colds are caused by the same factors that cause eliminative crises in humans. That is, the accumulation of waste.  This accumulation is mostly caused by unhealthy eating habits, with other factors being remotely secondary.  In cats, the feeding of foods that are not entirely digestible is […]

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Euthanized Pets in Commercial Pet Foods

December 18, 2016

I recently revisited a website that tackles some of the more troubling aspects of commercial pet food. Since there are no commercial pet foods that can be considered good by any standard of measure, the best I can say about the site is that it does a pretty good job of separating bad foods from […]

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An Easy, Permanent Resolution for Ear “Infections”

December 1, 2016

My own experience with ear “infection” I learned the hard way about how serious ear inflammation can be after my Cockapoo, “Coco”, went deaf at age 9. Because of my ignorance, my dog had to live more than half his life without the benefit of hearing voice commands, approaching cars and growling food-possessive dogs, one […]

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Are Heartworm Preventatives Necessary?

June 15, 2016

Dear Nora, I just “found” your blog when looking for information on Grapes and it is very helpful!  I looked as best I could and did not find any posts regarding the monthly protection we are routinely instructed to use to prevent heartworm and Lyme disease so I wonder if this is something you have […]

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

January 3, 2016

Dear Nora, Sadly, my 14 year old cat has just been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, and they are approaching it with fluid management (IV fluid therapy, etc.).  They want to keep him initially in the hospital for a few days of fluids and then do fluid boluses at home.  They said it can´t be […]

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November 20, 2015

The medical and veterinary industries love to take a problem apart and make it look complicated, as this exponentially increases the remedial possibilities. This way of approaching disease is called “reductionism” and it lies in direct opposition to the most effective and rational way to deal with illness, which is to simply look for common […]

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