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HEALTH AND FITNESS
FOR OUR PETS

Every January 1st, as the old year turns into the new, thousands of people make the same resolution: to eat better or go on a diet to lose weight, to exercise regularly, and become more fit. When we speak about eating better, we generally mean eliminating high fat and sugar foods from our diet and eating more fruits and vegetables to attain a more balanced diet. Often we begin to take a daily multivitamin or we enhance our new healthy regimen with natural herbal supplements.

By the time February 1st rolls around, those who have stuck with their lifestyle changes are feeling more energetic, slimmer and happier. They look in the mirror and are pleased with their improved appearance; not only do they have better muscle tone and shape, but also their hair has more shine, their eyes are bright and their skin has a glow that only comes from a healthy lifestyle. All those benefits from one small decision and the will to carry through with that decision.

So what about your pet's health and lifestyle? Just like us, our pets can become addicted to highly refined foods with little nutritional value. They get out of shape through lack of exercise and poor diet too. The problem your pet has is that they aren't directly responsible for their own poor nutrition and out-of-shape body. You are. You are their caregiver, you make their food, you take them for walks and play with them in the house, and you provide their vitamins and supplements. The health of your pet is your responsibility and you can approach it in the same manner you approached your own revitalization.

Let's take a long honest look at your cat(s) and/or dog(s). Do they seem to have lots of energy to play? Are their eyes and attitude, bright and curious? Is their coat shiny and glossy with health? Is their digestion working normally? Often the first indicator of poor health with cats and dogs is their coats; they become dull and dry with whitish, flaky patches of skin sloughing off. If the poor health continues they may begin to scratch a lot, even scratching right through the skin causing reddish lesions and sore, scaly patches on their skin where the hair has been scratched away. Once you've eliminated parasitic problems like fleas or mange, this type of problem is usually due to poor nutrition. The second indicator of diminishing fitness or health is usually digestive complaints again brought on by poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

If you take a look at your pet(s) and see none of these indicators of loss of health, then you are doing the right things and taking good care of your furry friend. However, if you've answered any of the questions posed above with a "No," then you need to take some steps to improve the health of your pet. What steps should you take? Well, think of the steps you took to get yourself in shape and maintain your health and apply the same principles to your pet's health.

Begin by examining your pet's diet, is it nutritionally complete? There are many pet foods on the market today and while many boast of nutritional values, you may want to read labels and talk to your veterinarian or pet store consultant about the differences between the various offerings in order to make up your own mind as to which is the best for your pet. At CatSuŅ we don't feed our cats like little human beings, we feed them foods appropriate for the carnivorous species, which they are. For dogs we suggest a slightly less carnivorous diet, but still appropriate for a highly carnivorous species. Also keep in mind most pet foods on the market today are highly refined. In this case your pets are very similar to yourselves. If we eat a diet high in refined foods, even if they contain added vitamins and minerals, they just don't seem to have the same nutritional value or healthful effect as a natural source vitamin or mineral. How can your pet be completely healthy then, if all they are eating is highly refined foods? This is where an appropriate pet supplement can be very beneficial.

A daily, natural source supplement, that also helps to normalize and energize the digestion, can be extremely beneficial to your pet in the same fashion your daily vitamin and mineral supplement benefits you. Younger pets will maintain their energy and fitness and older pets will age gracefully, with good energy and a lot less health complaints with a natural supplement, such as one of the CatSu tonics and a good exercise routine.

I believe most of us would agree that our lives are much more enjoyable when we're healthy and have lots of energy. Don't we owe it to our pets to make sure their lives are just as enjoyable as ours?

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