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Keep your cat healthy the natural way
Lazarus, Pat.
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New York : Fawcett Books, 1999.
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viii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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Healing diets for optimal well-being
Holistic treatments for serious conditions
Acupuncture, homeopathy, and vitamin supplements
Cutting-edge natural therapies

Hundreds of veterinarians keep cats healthy and save critically ill pets through alternative medicine--now you can, too!

Many pet owners are turning to holistic medicine for the long-term health benefits it offers their loyal companions. Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way draws upon the combined experience of the country's best holistic veterinarians and gives us invaluable information on herbology, acupressure, massage, and vitamins and diet for our cats, including

The most nourishing (and least expensive) food for a long and healthy life
Special diets for each stage of your cat's development
Homeopathy, herbals, and other nontoxic, noninvasive treatments
The startling truth about vaccinations, booster shots, and antibiotics
Healing those distinct problems of the eye, skin, and hair
New hope for distemper, diabetes, cancer, and many other conditions
The hard facts on commercial cat food
And much more!

Everything you need to know for giving your cat the makings of a great life is here--including reassuring case histories and a directory of members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. With this life-giving reference, you will indeed Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This very interesting look at a growing trend in veterinary medicine, not to mention medicine in general, covers holistic approaches to all health aspects of pet cats. Following up on her 1993 Keep Your Pet Healthy the Natural Way (a volume on dogs is to follow), Lazarus explores the most current alternative therapies and preventive care for all phases of feline life. The author consulted with numerous veterinary practitioners, most of whom are the country's most experienced in alternative medicine, and quotes these doctors throughout the text. The first section consists of four chapters on the preventative component of maintaining a cat's health, including a long discussion on the best diets for the different times in a cat's life. The second part covers natural ways of treating various illnesses, including infectious diseases, heart and internal organ problems, and cancer. The author makes the important point that no treatment should be undertaken without consulting a veterinarian, and an extensive list of holistic veterinarians with their areas of expertise will be a very useful part of an interesting book. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Drawing on the expertise of veterinarians with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, this book focuses on holistic ways to prevent disorders, such as cancer, generally considered inevitable. Natural therapies differ from traditional drug and surgery treatments in three ways: they tend not to have the negative side effects of drugs, they rebuild the total health of the body, and they are often less expensive. The most important natural therapy is a preventive diet, and Lazarus (Keep Your Pet Healthy the Natural Way, 1986) presents steps for shifting from "fake" commercial foods to raw meat, eggs, grains, and vegetables. Elsewhere, he covers natural remedies and alternative therapies. A useful state-by-state list of holistic veterinarians is included. This work, together with Richard Pitcairn's Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Rodale, 1995), makes a strong contribution to collections on holistic pet care.‘Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Do you know what is in meat meal, the major constituent of dry dog food?... Urine, fecal matter, hair, pus, meat with cancer and T.B., etc."1 --Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M. When the moist foods came out, we figured they must have a very strong preservative, because they need no refrigeration. Many of them do have a very strong preservative--formalin. Formalin is such a good preservative, in fact, that undertakers use quite a lot of it." --Thomas A. Newland, D.V.M. (in 1981) When I started out as a veterinarian, I too told everybody. 'Yes, sure, the commercial foods are all fine. Go ahead and use them. Your cat will thrive.' But I was brain dead at the time." --John Fudens, D.V.M. How Commercial Pet Foods May Be Killing Your Cat--and Why If someone suggested you feed your cat rust every day, you would think the person was quite mad, wouldn't you? But maybe you do just that without knowing it. How about feeding her two substances that scientists use in laboratories to create brain defects in animals? How about taking a bottle marked POISON, with a skull and crossbones on its label, and sprinkling that over her food? If you feed your cat packaged or canned "nutritionally complete" pet foods--as so very many people in this country do--you may be giving her not only all of the above poisons but a number of others. This information may surprise you, because commercial food manufacturers--and even many veterinarians--tell us these foods are the "best" way to feed our pets. However, read on and see what researchers and nutritional veterinarians have to say. What Is In Commercial Pet Food That Shouldn't Be? To begin with, let us look at what commercial pet foods are composed of in general. In 1975 the Pet Food Institute said: "Forty percent of all pet food is meat by-products and offal [wastes]." One would think that the other 60 percent would have to be better than that, but the Pet Food Institute goes on to say that the other 60 percent is grain and soy meal not used for human consumption because of foreign odors, debris, germs, and so on.2 You may remember the similar, even stronger statement by Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M., on the first page of this chapter. As we will discuss, today some nutritional veterinarians believe commercial foods are worse than ever. By the way, you may have noted that Dr. Belfield wrote of tumors being put in our pets' foods. More recently I read a vivid example of that fact. A veterinarian visiting a meatpacking plant asked why the tumors being cut out from the dead animals were stored in bins, rather than thrown away. She was told there was nothing to worry about. The tumors would never reach human consumption; they would all be used in cat and dog foods. Commercial pet foods contain a number of other "extra" substances, substances not present in natural foods and therefore foreign (toxic) to your pet's body. For instance: Sodium nitrite. You have probably heard that sodium nitrite, which occurs in such processed foods as hot dogs and bologna, can cause cancer in human beings. But did you know that as long ago as 1972 the FDA stated that this chemical is also potentially hazardous to pet health?3 That hasn't stopped commercial manufacturers from using it, however. You see, sodium nitrite is terribly important: It adds an artificial rosy color to some commercial pet foods. Manufacturers know that this makes a good impression on us; and we, after all, are the ones who shell out the money for these products. It is doubtful, however, that this pleasant red color makes much difference to your cat. Cats cannot see colors. Sodium nitrite isn't the only unnatural ingredient used  in commercial foods to add pretty colors for the enjoyment of cats who can't see them. You may see mention on the label of red dye #2, blue dye #3, yellow dye some other number. A popular commercial cat food, which features on the box a picture of very colorful kibble, is honest enough to list several dyes as among the ingredients. But, as mentioned elsewhere in this chapter, if dyes aren't listed as ingredients, that is no assurance they aren't in your cat's commercial food. BHA and BHT. Scientists use these chemicals on animals in research laboratories--to produce serious brain defects. These additives also produce kidney and liver problems as well as behavior problems in laboratory animals. Lead. Researching this new book, I found indications that lead is not so prevalent in canned cat foods as it was in 1981. At that time, researchers at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station had found that many canned foods contained so much lead that every time an animal ate six ounces of these foods he took into his body four times the level of lead potentially toxic to children. So, even if this terrible state of affairs has improved, we might ask why this amount of lead was ever allowed in the first place--and what else is presently being allowed that we don't know about. John Fudens, D.V.M., comments that "you might still find lead in some of those canned cat foods you can buy for about a dime. But I wouldn't feed those to a cockroach." Artificial flavorings. These are used to make fake food taste the way it would if it were real food. About 25 years ago a California physician, Benjamin Feingold, of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, came out with a radical theory that put his reputation on the line: Many children with autism, hyperactivity, and various other personality disorders could be controlled simply by removing artificial colorings and flavorings from their diets. His theory worked so well in practice that it has since been utilized even by some of the most orthodox physicians. Veterinarians practicing the new field of nutritional veterinary medicine have been calling for the removal of such artificial flavorings from pet foods. R. Geoffrey Broderick, D.V.M., once said: "These same substances that are known to cause children to be unsociable, unable to learn--to choose to spend hours at a time sitting and banging their heads against a wall--these are the substances that cause your dog or cat to be nervous, hostile, and full of anxiety." Salt. This substance, while it does occur in nature, is added in unnatural proportions to many processed foods. Sometimes, Dr. Broderick said in 1981, such foods contain "one thousand times" as much salt as occurs in the natural food the processed food is imitating. You probably know the strong role excessive salt plays in causing human hypertension and heart disease. It does the same thing in cats and is considered one of the main reasons these two diseases, virtually unknown in our pets until fifty years ago, are now top killers. Ethoxyquin. The first questionnaire response I received for this new book came from a veterinarian who referred to himself as basically orthodox. He wrote that he had been using my first book to start to incorporate holistic medicine into his practice but doubted he knew enough yet to contribute to this edition. The one comment he did give, however, was that he felt I would find that commercial food manufacturers had "cleaned up their acts" since the first edition. Following a long tradition of veterinarians who don't specialize in nutrition, this doctor now believed that commercial foods would maintain animals' health. (Hoping, for the sake of all animals, that this doctor was right in his belief that some toxic substances had been removed, I skulked in my neighborhood reading labels, as I had done in 1981 for the first edition. No, everything I had mentioned before was still listed on labels. And it was only later that I found out, as I'll detail shortly, that a new law allows pet food manufacturers to put toxic substances into the foods without mentioning them on the label.) (Not all pet foods contain all the following harmful substances. Note also that this list does not comprise all the harmful substances that occur in various commercial pet foods.) To double-check myself, I asked Dr. Fudens if he thought commercial foods had got any better in the years since the first book. "You're kidding me," he said. "In my opinion and experience, commercial pet foods have recently got much worse than they've ever been, with the road kill and the diseased carcasses, and everything else they're putting in there." I took the same question up with Carvel G. Tiekert, D.V.M., founder and president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He pointed out that there had been a brand-new poison, ethoxyquin, introduced into many pet foods since the first edition, and he sent me an article by Gloria Dodd, D.V.M., from the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (August-October 1992). You may remember I said at the beginning of this chapter that you might very well unknowingly be feeding your cat every day from a bottle with a label featuring, in all capital letters, POISON, with an additional skull and crossbones as a warning for those who don't read English. I was talking about ethoxyquin. The article was actually a letter written by Dr. Dodd to a veterinary nutritionist responsible for pet food issues within the Food and Drug Administration. Previous to her letter, Dr. Dodd had run four years of research on ethoxyquin. She began this work when a breeder contacted her after suddenly losing four champion German shepherds in a row to liver cancer. The breeder had made only one change in rearing her dogs: She'd switched them to a new commercial food that had ethoxyquin as a preservative. Soon after, another breeder told Dr. Dodd that suddenly 82 percent of her puppies were dying. Many others came into the world dead to begin with, or were malformed. The only thing she'd done differently was to switch to the same pet food. One of the first facts Dr. Dodd unearthed was that the FDA allows a maximum of 5 ppm of ethoxyquin in human foods--which would seemingly indicate that the FDA knows it can be toxic--but allows up to 150 ppm in pet food. So it's okay for our beloved companions to eat thirty times more of this chemical than it's considered safe for us to take in. That might make some sense if our cats weighed thirty times more than we do, but obviously ... Maybe by now you've run off to check the commercial foods you give your cat and have noticed with relief that ethoxyquin isn't listed on the labels. Although I have recently seen this chemical mentioned on labels, Dr. Dodd states that many manufacturers who use ethoxyquin in their foods don't mention it. You may say, "I thought there was an FDA regulation that all ingredients had to be mentioned on the label." So did I. So did Dr. Dodd. Dr. Fudens addressed this issue in an interview with me. "This is what has happened in the last few years. Lobbyists for the pet food companies got a new pet food labeling act passed in Washington," he said. "There are only about five major producing companies, and they contract out their base meal to most of the other companies. These first companies put in their meat and whatever else--and then what goes on their label is only what they've added to the basic ingredients." Dr. Fudens sent me an article indicating that the "whatever else" he refers to as basic ingredients includes spoiled meat cuts, ground-up flea collars and "body bags" that come in with euthanized pets, and other ingredients I'd like to shield you from knowing about. "They're not required anymore to mention on the label any junk, garbage, or poisons that are in the basic ingredients unless they actually added it." These major producing companies then contract out their base meal to other companies. If the latter companies do not add any more poisons, ground-up flea collars, or whatever, "they can call the food all-natural or anything else they want to call it," the veterinarian says. "So if an enlightened cat owner tries to buy only commercial foods that say they're all natural, no preservatives, no artificial this or that," Dr. Fudens summarized, "the owner should realize that only God really knows what's in those foods." In her long, impassioned letter, Dr. Dodd gives many more chilling facts. I'm giving only a few of them. "I further learned from the Chemical Toxicology of Commercial Products," she writes, "that ethoxyquin has a toxic rating of 3 on a scale of 1 to 6." She explains that a rating of 6 means that fewer than seven drops of a substance produces instant death. The rating of 3 given to ethoxyquin means, the veterinarian says, that it can produce slowly developing depression, skin irritation, liver damage, convulsions, coma, and eventual death. Dr. Dodd states that the FDA approved ethoxyquin on the basis of a study conducted by its developer, Monsanto, over thirty years ago. She gives a number of specifics of what she calls the "slipshod" methods by which the study was conducted, concluding that "by today's standards of testing, [Monsanto's study] would be laughed out of the room." But wait a minute. Let's look at one of the results Monsanto had. Of the sixty-seven puppies who were born during the study, thirty-two died, a mortality rate of almost 50 percent. You may remember that it was exactly an abnormally high rate of dead puppies that prompted Dr. Dodd's four years of research into ethoxyquin in the first place. Dr. Dodd says, "The 'scientists' claimed the deaths were due to 'underdeveloped and weak puppies'!" I'm sure you don't need me to suggest to you that maybe those puppies were born that way not because of karma or a fluke of nature but because of ethoxyquin in their mother's diet. Dr. Dodd, who studied with medical physicians in Europe and in South America, used a state-of-the-art electronic machine developed in Germany to scientifically analyze ethoxyquin's effects in the body. She found the chemical implicated in--and I'm giving only a partial list here--poor quality of skin and hair, weight loss, obesity, nausea, diarrhea, allergies, and numerous internal stress reactions. (Dr. Dodd notes, "There's nothing more stressing to the body than being poisoned!") She also found hypothyroidism, overall accelerated aging of the organs, tumors, and cancer of the liver with metastasis to the pancreas and spleen. Some animals evinced strange behavior, such as incessant pacing or a "sudden development of a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde syndrome--quiet, loving pets changed to violently aggressive biting animals." Many of these were so violent that their owners euthanized them. In those animals whose organs were not irreversibly damaged, Dr. Dodd was able to get a good recovery response in part by using a homeopathic remedy that negates the effects of ethoxyquin. Euthanized cats and dogs. Am I telling you here that the commercial foods your cat eats may contain ground-up parts of her own "people" who were put to death because they were unloved or were diagnosed as too sick to go on living? Unfortunately, yes, I am. I won't comment any further on this particular fact. I'm sure you can fill in your own thoughts. What Isn't in Commercial Foods That Should Be? Advertising for most commercial pet foods states that the products have all the nutrients your cat or dog needs. But do they? If you were being paid to write ads for a cat food, would you stress that the food didn't contain any enzymes at all, even though enzymes are absolutely essential for every biochemical reaction in the body? Yet enzymes occur, as Dr. Broderick and other holistic veterinarians tell us, in not one single commercial pet food. You see, enzymes occur in raw foods. (That fact is one of the major reasons that nutritionists urge people to eat raw fruits and raw vegetables.) Dr. Tiekert adds that a major reason nutritional veterinarians object to table scraps for cats is that people will then be feeding their cats basically cooked foods. You probably won't find on your labels any mention of vitamin C. And yet, as we'll cover in following chapters, holistic veterinarians help prevent and cure a number of "unpreventable" and "incurable" pet problems with this vitamin. Cats--unlike people--manufacture vitamin C in their bodies, and this fact has traditionally led veterinary medicine to the conclusion that these animals don't need to get the vitamin from outside sources. However, this conclusion overlooks the fact that cats always used to get additional vitamin C from outside sources: in the foods they ate before the commercial foods supplanted their natural diet. It also overlooks the fact that some pets produce much less C in their bodies than others. Further, it overlooks the fact that today's new environmental poisons (including those in commercial pet foods) actually rob the body of substantial amounts of vitamin C. Animal behaviorists have pointed out that if your cat eats his own feces, he may not be a "bad boy"; he may simply be trying the only way he can think of to obtain some of the vitally important nutrients missing from his "nutritionally complete" commercial pet food. Even when something that should be in commercial pet foods is in the foods, it may not be there in the proper biochemical form. For instance, that long list of minerals on some boxed or canned foods may look very impressive. However, those minerals are very likely to be unchelated minerals. These tend to pass right through the body without ever being used. Feeding your pet (or yourself) unchelated minerals can therefore be tantamount to not feeding her (or yourself) any minerals at all. Chelated minerals, according to Richard J. Kearns, D.V.M., not only are absolutely essential in and of themselves, but also are necessary to help the body use vitamins. Therefore, unchelated minerals can sometimes seriously impair the function of the vitamins your pet gets. Moreover, unchelated minerals can sometimes store themselves in the body and help cause such modern-day problems as arthritis. The reason for this lack of chelated minerals in pet foods is simple. As Dr. Broderick has pointed out, the unnatural forms of minerals "are a lot cheaper." Now, what about the iron listed on your pet food's label? Well, as we have said, nutrients occur in different forms. Under the heading "iron," for instance, medical dictionaries list almost thirty different forms. One type of iron commonly used in pet foods is iron oxide. This form is more commonly known as rust. Then there is magnesium. This mineral is sometimes even announced on the label in the correct proportion to calcium, a subtlety not bothered with in some supplements for human consumption. (Too much calcium in relation to magnesium--and vice versa--can cause bone and joint deteriorations such as arthritis. The doctors Goldstein emphasize that the wrong calcium-magnesium ratio also can be a cause of neuromuscular problems.) However, as Dr. Broderick has pointed out, the form of magnesium most commonly used in pet foods is the inexpensive magnesium oxide. "Since very little magnesium oxide can be utilized by the body," he said, "it is virtually impossible for the animal to absorb the correct magnesium-calcium ratio, even when the proportion in the box or can is correct." In other words, even the best processed foods can be a direct cause of the new animal disease, arthritis. What Exactly Is Meant by the Term Natural Foods? Simply put, an animal's natural foods are the ones his body organs and structures are best equipped to utilize. Through evolution, the bodies of cats have superbly adapted to maintain health on the foods that were most easily available to them in the wild. These foods are called the cat's natural foods. It goes without saying, of course, that the foods our pets' bodies have evolved to thrive on throughout millions of years are not the processed commercial pet foods that have been manufactured for only the past fifty years. Cats simply did not lug boxes of dry pellets around the wild with them, and they didn't take their prey home in a can. Nor was their prey stuffed with the dyes, preservatives, and other harmful additives we have shown are contained in today's pet foods. As we have said, these commercial pet foods have been around for only about fifty years. This is not nearly enough time for a species to rebuild its body to utilize new foods for health. Three major diseases of today's pets are cancer, heart disease, and arthritis; yet in the millions of years cats ate their natural diet, cancer, heart disease, and arthritis were virtually unknown. (Scientists have ascertained this by studying well-preserved skeletons of wild cats, as well as veterinary records prior to fifty years ago.) These three diseases are also, of course, the main killers of human beings; again, these diseases were virtually unknown in human beings until we started tampering with our own food one hundred years ago. What were cats evolved to eat? There is no controversy here among scientists: Cats are basically carnivores, animals who naturally eat raw flesh.  (Please don't assume that you can't possibly feed your pet his natural diet because it contains meat. As we will show in chapter 2, it can cost you less to feed a healthful, natural diet than you are presently paying for even the less expensive harmful commercial pet foods. animals may have been eating meat for a few million years, there has not yet been enough time for our systems to have evolved to accept animal protein as a natural substance.) Those of you who are interested in nutrition may point out at this juncture that human beings are supposed to have evolved to be meat eaters, too, but that in the last thirty years medical science has discovered that animal fat--and animal protein--can be detrimental to human health. The last part of that statement is quite correct: A growing number of authorities state that animal food is at least a contributing factor to a number of our serious disorders. However, while we human Let's compare a cat's carnivorous body with ours to see how the cat is adapted to be a meat eater, while we are not. Open your cat's mouth and take a look at his teeth (provided, of course, you have a sweet-tempered cat who will let you do that). You will notice that all your cat's teeth are a lot sharper than ours. You will notice also those two extremely long teeth to each side, top and bottom. (Even in my six-pound tabby cat they looked ferocious.) Now, why don't we have teeth like that? Because our teeth haven't evolved to be the teeth of natural meat eaters. They aren't sharp enough to kill another animal and tear it--raw--to pieces. Take a look at your cat's nails. Unlike a dog, a cat tends to hide his nails so as not to harm friends. But if you've just angered him by poking around his feet too much to find those nails, you've seen that they are very long. Women who try to grow long nails for cosmetic purposes know that human nails will break, no matter how well they're nurtured, long before they get as long as a cat's. You see, the nails of your cat have evolved to this length so that he, again, can kill and tear apart his natural food: animal flesh. But the most important anatomical difference between our natural meat-eating pets and ourselves is the length of the intestines. Meat, in the presence of heat, tends to putrefy and send out poisons. Of course, intestines in any animal's body carry a lot of heat, so the shorter the intestines--that is, the quicker the meat can pass through the body--the less harm it's going to do to the body. Our intestines are very long; therefore, it takes a lot of time for animal food to make its way through them. The length of time, then, that such food is exposed to the heat of our bodies is more than ample to allow it to putrefy and send toxins through our systems. A cat, again, does not have this problem. His intestines are quite short, even considering the fact that his body is smaller than ours. Thus, cats--unlike us--have been carefully designed by nature to thrive healthily on meat. For this reason--and for all the other reasons we have detailed in this chapter--we are doing our pet's body a great disservice when we feed the animal the unnatural new commercial foods. The story of the nutrient called taurine is an illustration of how natural food can maintain health, while unnatural food does not. Natural foods contain within them a number of helpful nutrients (such as taurine) that were unknown until a comparatively short time ago. Nutritional authorities believe that many others are still unknown. (Only by eating natural foods can you and your pet be certain to get the whole complement of nutrients, known and unknown, that have in the past protected our ancestors from such ailments as cancer and heart disease.) The search that uncovered taurine began because scientists were puzzled by a new disease that was striking cats with increasing frequency: progressive retinal atrophy, a condition that leads to total blindness. Dr. Broderick once gave a dramatic medical description of this disease. "You look in a healthy cat's eyes," he said, "and you see the optic disk with blood vessels radiating out from it." (These blood vessels carry blood and all necessary nutrients to the eye, and in this way keep it alive.) "But when you look in the eyes of a cat with this disease, the optic disk looks like a saucer set apart from the rest of the eye, with no blood vessels. In other words, you see this shiny globe looking back at you unseeingly; the cat is stone blind." When researchers recently discovered taurine, they discovered also that a lack of this substance causes at least some cases of the "new" disease, progressive retinal atrophy. Taurine occurs naturally in meat. Cats, of course, always ate an abundance of meat when they were left to their own devices in the wild. Now that taurine has been discovered, it has been added to most commercial cat foods. But for many pets the addition came too late. The question remains: How many other presently unknown nutrients necessary to pet (and human) health are not included in unnatural foods? The next chapter will tell you how you can prevent the grim diseases considered inevitable in today's processed-food-fed cat by feeding your cat his natural, healthy diet. As I have said, this diet should cost you less every week than the commercial foods you may presently be using. Be advised, however, that over the years the natural diet may end up costing you more--because your pet will probably live many more years to enjoy it. One last word: You may at this point be vowing you will never, never, never feed raw meat to your cat because you have heard so much in recent years about the danger to us from parasites in undercooked meat. That danger is to us--not to natural carnivores. Again we're back to considering that our cats' bodies evolved to be quite different from ours. Trust that nutritional veterinarians will explain in more detail in the next chapter why raw meat is not harmful to our cats. For now, just let me give a basic clue as to why a cat is not affected by parasites while we are. Our bodies' basic pH balance is alkaline; our cats' bodies are basically acidic, the exact opposite of alkaline. Imagine what happens to a parasite if it's plopped into a body full of acid. References 1. Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M., Let's Live , April 1980. 2. Frances Sheridan Goulart, Let's Live , October 1975, p. 44. 3. Ibid. Excerpted from Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way by Pat Lazarus All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.