Angell Pets has a tradition of supplying quality natural pet foods, based on the natural diet of the particular animal. We have just increased the range further with the introduction of our own brand APL grain free complete food for cats and natural cat treats.
Cats are obligate carnivores and must eat meat to live a healthy life. The amino acid Taurin is only found in meat and cats must have this in their diet. Therefore healthy cats should be fed a high protein, meat based diet. Have you looked at the ingredients and analysis of your cats food? How much actual meat is in the bag. With some very well known supermarket brands (and virtually all supermarket own brands) the answer is very little. Meat and animal derivatives is not meat. It is whatever is left after you have used the actual meat and the bones and cartilage of the carcass (usually termed “meal”). Often the protein content of the food is made up of wheat or maize gluten (the protein element of grain), a cheap and inferior source of protein, as there is not enough meat protein present.. For more details and a comparison CLICK HERE.
Angell Pets APL range now includes Turkey grain free, high meat content cat food and high meat content poultry treats. This is alongside our existing, highly popular APL grain free dog foods.
Angell Pets has bred and sold fancy rats since we opened. They are a popular pet for good reason. They are relatively easy to care for, friendly, inquisitive and intelligent and seem to thrive on interaction with their owners. Many owners however are unaware of the history of their pet.
Nowadays most people in the UK would think of the rat as a native species. Far from it. Domesticated rats derive from the brown rat (Rattus norvegius). This species only arrived in Britain around 1720 so it has only been here for just under 300 years, that’s only 150 years longer than the grey squirrel (from the USA) and a over a thousand after the rabbit (Romans soldiers kept them for meat, bringing them from Spain). Despite this, current population estimates are a minimum of 6.5 million (more than that if you include sewers, tips and post breeding numbers).
A common misconception voiced when people see rats in the shop is that they were responsible for the plague. Well for the black death (1300s) and bubonic plague (1600s) which each killed a third of the nations population, they have an excellent alibi – they weren’t even here (in fact they hadn’t even completed their march across Europe from their Asian homeland by then).
The animal responsible for the major plagues in the UK was actually the black rat (Rattus rattus) or “ship rat”. Black rats (originally brought over by the Romans in ships) are now quite rare in mainland UK, restricted to only two colonies in coastal areas and a population of around 1300. Part of the reason for the decline of the black rat is habitat – black rats like empty buildings with plenty of food, like warehouses and docks, which have disappeared or been converted into flats. Brown rats prefer agricultural land although they obviously do well in urban settings too. Also the black rat is smaller and a lot of predators will selectively feed on smaller rodents (studies show that owls prefer to eat mice and voles and any brown rats taken tend to be smaller juveniles). Cats (over 10 million owned cats in the UK) too will tend to take easier, smaller prey leaving the black rat at a disadvantage. In the end the larger (and more carnivorous – they will kill smaller rodents) brown rat has been able to out compete its smaller, more vegetarian relative.
Brown rats were originally domesticated by the rat catchers. Keen to show they were good at their job and promote their services they would keep one alive in a cage. Obviously they wanted one that wouldn’t try to rip their face off at the earliest opportunity so would select the tamest and breed from them. Over time others took to keeping rats, always selecting for tameness and the domestic fancy rat was born. Now rats are bred for colour, coat, ear shape etc. and fancy rat societies abound.
So one invasive alien species that arrived around 2000 years ago with the Romans (from India originally) has been largely pushed out by another arriving 1700 years later. Just goes to show that although most would agree that invasive species can cause major problems, sometimes there are potential benefits. After all we don’t really have the plague in the UK anymore and we wouldn’t have one of the best small animal pets there is.
The British Veterinary Association and British Small Animal Veterinary Association have been encouraging pet owners to avoid smoking for the benefit of their animals. This comes in the wake of the new legislation banning smoking in cars containing an under 18 years old passenger.
No one is calling for smoking in front of animals to be banned but the relevant bodies are using the timing of the legislation to remind owners that their pets also suffer with smoke in confined spaces; like cars and living rooms.
There is good scientific evidence that smoking does cause an increased risk of respiratory cancers in dogs and lymphoma in cats. Also however birds are very susceptible to airborne pathogens and pollutants. Toxins in smoke from tobacco and other substances regularly smoked will diffuse into water and could then effect fish.
A study sponsored by a pet charity showed that dogs that lived with owners who smoked in the house had high levels of nicotine in their hair, dogs that lived with owners who didn’t smoke had low levels and dogs that lived with owners who only smoked in the garden had intermediate levels. So there is a direct correlation between smoking and the presence of airborne toxins in the systems of animals.
It is now well known that one of the impacts of passive smoking is cancer. Imagine how you would feel if the cancer that ended the life of your own pet was due to smoking. Just one more reason to quit and stop rewarding the directors and shareholders of tobacco companies for killing us (and our pets) off I suppose.