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A Cat’s Tale: Meowing for the right kind of food

Many Filipino pet owners feed their cats scraps from their own plate. It’s time to break this bad habit. Experts warn that table scraps are not scientifically formulated for pets and can upset a cat’s digestive system, which could lead to diarrhea, vomiting and appetite loss.

The voice of US pet food brands, Pet Food Institute, along with the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines, through their Well Fed, Well Nurtured Campaign, encourages pet owners to administer their pet’s diet, as guided by expert advice, to ensure the overall health and well-being of their pets.

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Every cat owner needs to keep in mind that cats are carnivores. Cats require nutrients found in animal-based proteins like taurine and omega-3 fatty acids. If their feline companion is fed only vegetables or plant-based proteins like asparagus, peas and potatoes, it will not receive a well-balanced diet. Cats that do not consume the right nutrients found only in meat and other animal tissues can develop serious health problems including heart failure and blindness.

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Nutrients consumed excessively can be dangerous as well. Too much vitamin A can cause a serious debilitating condition in cats in which the spine hardens, and excessive intake of vitamin D cause a dangerous health condition such as rickets and osteomalacia, or the softening of bones resulting to muscle and joint pains and bone fractures. To ensure that cats get the right amount of vitamins and other nutrients, and thereby avoid such health problems, pet owners should turn to a trusted, complete and balanced commercial cat food. This is vital to a cat’s health and well-being. It should be noted that giving pets a nutritional supplement when they are fed a complete and balanced diet is discouraged. Supplements are given to address any signs of medical issues. However, pet foods are already formulated to meet all the nutritional requirements cats need. For a healthy cat that is fed with commercially-made pet foods, providing any additional multi-vitamin supplements is unnecessary. It’s always best to discuss any medical concerns to a veterinarian and get any recommendations on what type of supplements cats can benefit from.

In choosing the right kind of food, pet owners must assess the age and weight of the pet to determine which pet food product suit the cat’s nutritional needs. Commercial pet food available in the market come in a wide array of flavors that cats can enjoy, based on their taste preferences. Contrary to popular belief, milk is not recommended for cats. Most adult cats are lactose intolerant and therefore will develop gas, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems if they consume milk and other dairy products. Make sure to provide plenty of water for your cat’s proper hydration.

Timely and regular communication with your veterinarian will help you maintain your cat’s health and well-being. Cats aged less than 10 years old are recommended to have vet check-ups annually. Senior cats that are over 10 years should have at least two vet visits every six months. It is also important that pet owners incorporate vaccination and medical examinations for blood and urine as part of the pet’s integral healthcare.

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To complement the proper feeding regimen in sustaining a healthy body and sound mind for your beloved feline, an adequate amount of physical activity should be provided. Try spending a few 10 to 15-minute play time with a ball of yarn or a toy mouse for them to catch. This will optimize the body and brain functions of the pet.

Giving your pet trusted commercial US pet food produced with the highest of standards, combined with proper exercise, is the formula for long, healthy lives for pets. Pet Food Institute has a longstanding commitment to deliver the most reliable expert assistance through its Well Fed, Well Nourished campaign. A wholesome and nutritional diet for pet is key in achieving a long and lasting companionship between the pet and pet owner.

Psychotherapist Judy Strull's pet cat and assistant Peach

Psychotherapist Judy Strull’s pet cat and assistant Peach

About the Pet Food Institute

PFI is the voice of the U.S. pet food industry and represents the companies that make 98% of U.S. pet food. PFI is the industry’s public education and media relations resource, representative before the U.S. Congress and state and federal agencies, organizer of seminars and educational programs, and liaison with other organizations. PFI represents the companies that make 98 percent of U.S. dog and cat food. PFI is dedicated to promoting the overall care and well-being of pets, and supporting initiatives to advance the quality nutrition for dogs and cats. For more information on PFI and proper pet nutrition, visit www.petfoodinstitute.org.

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Arcane: League of Legends: Netflix Review

Rating: *****/*****

League of Legends a very popular video game that’s been around for over a decade has now been adapted into an animated series on Netflix.  The series, Arcane: League of Legends was just released on November 6, 2021 and starring Hailee Steinfeld.  As a person who doesn’t play LoL, I was very surprised by Arcane’s story and the quality of the animation.  The title theme song is by Imagine Dragons and soundtrack is very cool.

Rottentomatoes gives the series a 100% score!  Here’s what they say:

“Newcomers should be equally enthralled by Arcane’s compelling narrative, richly developed characters … “

 Critics Consensus

“Arcane makes an arresting first impression, combining a spectacular mix of 2D and 3D animation with an emotionally compelling story to deliver a video game adaptation that could become legendary.”

Well then, this is a must see for me!  Now out on Netflix

… zen

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ALBUM REVIEW: Red (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

RATING: ★★★ / ★★★★★

You probably don’t need to be reminded of why Taylor Swift has decided to release re-recordings of her previous albums, starting with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) last year and now with Red (Taylor’s Version). However, if you somehow missed one of the biggest music controversies in recent history, here’s a quick summary: in 2019, talent manager Scooter Braun acquired the record label Big Machine and as part of the deal acquired ownership of the master recordings for the first six studio albums by Taylor Swift. Swift has been trying to buy the masters to her songs for years but she’s been offered nothing but unfavorable conditions — therefore, as a countermeasure, she is re-recording all of her six albums and so far has released two.

It’s a bold move on Taylor’s part, but lucky for her, the re-recordings have done incredibly well especially with the re-recording of her 2012 album Red. On its first day of release, Red (Taylor’s Version) has broken two Spotify records: one for the most-streamed album in a day by a female and another for the most-streamed female in a single day both in Spotify history.

It’s hard to review an album like this when Red (Taylor’s Version) is, for the most part, just a recreation of the songs of Red. There are new songs, of course, but the majority of the tracks are simply re-recorded versions of her already existing songs. The Immaculate Collection by Madonna, this isn’t — save for All Too Well, there are no new instrumentals or parts of the song here, just plain re-recordings of her previous songs.

Unfortunately for Taylor Swift, some of the songs don’t really benefit from being re-recorded. The original version of We Are Never Getting Back Together, for instance, while far from Swift’s best song at least had the energy and emotion you’d expect a bitter break-up song like it to have. In the new version, Taylor Swift just sounds lifeless and bored, especially when it comes to her spoken lines.

It’s difficult to blame her when she’s expected to still give convincing performances of experiences she’s had over a decade ago. How do you expect a singer in her 30s to sing a song about how excited she is to be 22 and still make it sound as convincing as she made it when she was actually 22?

That being said, some of the songs also benefit from being re-recorded. There’s a sense of nostalgia added to many of these songs. Taylor Swift sounds older and, in a way, that adds even more emotional depth to some of her tracks. And for anyone not wild about these songs simply being re-recordings, Swift has six new “From The Vault” tracks which should be enough to tide you over.

All in all, Red (Taylor’s Version) doesn’t always work, but for Taylor Swift fans, it’s a way to listen to versions of her songs that are hers. It’s why the “(Taylor’s Version)” at the end of these songs are so important and it’s great to know Taylor Swift finally has versions of the songs she wrote which she can call hers.

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LADY CYCLISTS HIT THE ROADS AND SLOPES OF CEBU.

Cycling has been a growing sport and hobby for many years but it’s popularity has erupted since the Covid pandemic.  People biking to work and for recreation is an everyday sight in Cebu.  More and more are joining the ride.  Many are quite serious about cycling.  I know three ladies who are among those who’ve gone long distances across Cebu.

How did you get into serious cycling?  What was your motivation?

Blinky de Leon.  Event Host, Product Endorser & Influencer

“ I’ve been into cycling since I was a kid. A little backstory, I was around 10 years old when my dad surprised me with my first custom-made mountain bike. I still keep it until now, in fact I had it refurbished. It’s the most sentimental thing I ever received since it was his way/gesture to catch up with me after not seeing each other for almost 6 yrs. My dad is based in Germany and he also loves cycling and makes his own bamboo bike.”

 

“Just a year ago though, my friend Gazini randomly, out of nowhere, picked me up from home to bike with her to the South of Cebu. I felt really excited and motivated to get back on track because it’s very nostalgic and brings back so many great memories. And since then, the rest was history. We’ve been joining different groups, tried different routes and conquered different heights. I’ve met so many cyclists with very inspiring stories in the bike community who kept me feeling motivated too. I also look forward to the sights and the adventure that comes along with it.”

 

Yumz Mariot. Branding & Marketing Consultant

“I used to bike along with rock and wall climbing. I am lousy with ballgames which is why. Our usual route were Talamban and Mactan but one time, managed to ship gears all the way to Dumaguete for a quick ride to Valencia, the next town located at a higher elevation. Those were days when I did it for fun and what bike I was using did not matter.”

“Fast forward to 2021, a year after the pandemic lockdown began, I realized I have been lazy to do any fitness routine. Too caught up on juggling between house chores and Work from Home deliverables (I work as a Branding and Marketing Consultant), I started to feel my body needs to move as much as my brain does. A hysical fitness routine is as important as what I eat, or what I read or watch. So I decided to invest on a decent MTB, just very recently and got myself a much necessary restart. What motivates me even more is the area where I currently reside at. It is vast, fresh, green and safe for solo bikers like me.”

 

Prime Sarino. Digital Media Creative

“I started biking as a young teenager and I got the idea to start it as an adult hobby 3 years ago. I was already into running and I thought it would be great to venture into another outdoor activity to keep me occupied after work hours and weekends. I was set to travel for a year so I had to put aside the idea first but came pandemic. We were all forced to stay put and everything was put on hold. Cycling became my diversion. My cyclists friends invited me to quick and short rides. I enjoyed my first 50km ride and the sceneries and routes most of all. It also helped channel a positive mindset during the hard hit season of the pandemic. Not to mention it’s also another way to stay fit when we were forced into inactivity during the quarantine.”

Next in Part 2, we ask the ladies about their cycling experiences and memorable moments…

by: Zen

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