FLEA ALERT

Summer time (we can possibly mention that concept now) is the favourite time for cats to come home smothered in fleas!

Putting brewers yeast in the cat’s food and combing essential oils though the coat can act as a great flea deterrent.

Regular daily or even twice daily flea-combing is important, so long as you dispose of your ‘catch’ effectively. Electric flea combs may help.

Intensive vacuum-cleaning with a powerful vacuum cleaner, in areas frequented by your cat(s), is also important.

If you are not vigilant and diligent, a flea infestation of your home can follow, which can be a real nightmare. Fleas can multiply at a prodigious rate.

Chemical applications on the animal or in the home can be a risky business and we advise clients to avoid these if at all possible. The toxins can affect humans (esp. toddlers and children) and can be residual in your home environment.

Our main website (over 600 pages of information and opinion on animals, animal welfare and alternative medicine) is at: www.alternativevet.org

www.alternativevet.org/cats.htm and www.alternativevet.org/aromatherapy.htm

You may also be interested in: www.naturalfeeding.co.ukwww.holisticvetmed.co.ukwww.veterinary-holistic.co.ukwww.holistic-vet.co.uk

 

Food Waste Scandal

Waste not – want not

We’re all in this and each of us could do a lot more to prevent or reduce it.

A few facts one can glean from a little research on the topic:

In the UK last year, we threw away an estimated ~20  million tonnes of food!

Household are responsible for an estimated ~7.2 million tonnes of food waste in a year, at a cost of about £12 billion. The rest of the waste comes from suppliers and retailers.

If we put together all the food thrown away in the UK and USA, we could feed all the world’s starving people.

Take a look at: http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/about-food-waste

http://www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk/cgi-bin/go.pl/conferences/detail.html?conference_uid=255

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/08/food-waste

http://www.foodawarecic.org.uk/food-waste-statistics.htm (2008 figures)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_waste_in_the_United_Kingdom (dated figures)

At home, we do throw stuff away but it is all organic and vegetarian, so it is either composted (to recycle in the garden for another year) or, if edible, fed to our animals. However, this is still food that someone else could have eaten!

Just think of all the trucks that could be filled by 20 million tonnes of food!

Why not visit www.alternativevet.org – over 600 pages of information and opinion on alternative medicine, animal welfare etc.