Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Feeding your cat and their curiosity with Whiskas Meaty Nugget Taste Sensation

If you are a cat owner you will know the many  joys that come with being a kitty mom/dad you will also know all about the many quirks that any persuasion of the cat species encompasses and how complicated being a cat owner can be! 

For example; why is that all cats feel that their bowl is empty when it is still half full or why is it that they will always go and sit atop the lap of the person who is the only non cat lover in the room; so many welcoming laps and yet they must go to the one who doesn't want them there... why?

Cats are indeed strange creatures, we have 3 and my cats are fusspots of note we have bought both the most expensive food and the cheapest cat food products available, they are neither a fan of the most expensive or the cheapest in fact they have a taste range that nestles itself quite comfortably in the middle there, I have tried to buy other foods but to no avail and it's a struggle because I always want to ensure our kitties have a good diet that includes food that is rich with all the protein and essentials that they need, I have found all of this and more in WHISKAS®:

WHISKAS® has formulated a new dry food range that includes the Meaty Nugget Taste Sensation, the pellets contain a crunchy outer shell with a soft meaty center and our kitties love them

Dry food is just as important for your cat’s health as wet food. Dry food supports teeth and gums, contains fiber to aid digestive health, as well as protein for growth - essential for cats of all ages.

It is important to adjust the amount of food given to your cat to align with their level of activity and body condition. As a guideline, dry food should make up one third of their daily calories. Wet food, should then make up the other two thirds of their daily calorie intake.

I have to be honest we don't give our cats wet food everyday and when we do treat them their absolute favorite is tuna strait from the can, I swear they can smell it from a mile down the road already but if you have a fussy kitty like ours or you just want to try something new I highly suggest giving WHISKAS® a go, your kitties will thank you with purrs and cuddles (or not just because they are cats).

Once your cat has tried the dry WHISKAS® Meaty Nugget Taste Sensation, share how much they love it by posting your comments and pictures to our Facebook page @WhiskasSA using the hashtag #FeedTheirCuriosity.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Child mental health- Mental Health Day

I remember the first time I picked up a blade and held it against my skin and I remember the first time I picked up a box of pills and thought about taking them all at once.. I was 15;  was this the first time I had thought about it?  No!  Was this the first time I felt that alone or desperate? No!

Mental health and its importance has become a topic to be taken more seriously over the years, it is something that today can be more openly discussed but many people are still blinded to the enormity of the statistical facts surround mental health issues and the resulting affects thereof.

We live in a world that is as closed as it is open and as cruel as it is good we live in a world where people are encouraged to seek help and yet shamed at the same time, where help isn't as freely available especially to the less fortunate as our governments would like to believe and in many cultures mental health issues are still severely understood and seen as something evil or bad.

I have 2 special needs children who both suffered greatly with different forms of anxiety and who have both shown signs of depression- statistically children with special needs are more likely to show and experience symptoms/ signs and forms of depression and anxiety as well as self harm.  When Loghan was first diagnosed I remember reading up on the statistics and my heart sank, having 2 parents; their dad and I who already have mental health disorders/ learning disorders of our own it was an incredibly daunting thought that my own children may experience the pain and loneliness and the feeling of disconnection which I have.

After a year of working closely with our students and over the years of the boys being in various schools and visiting various doctors/ psychologists/ psychiatrists I have seen and heard stories that have broken my heart ten times over, I have met a boy who is the age of one of my own children who has attempted to take his life on more than one occasion and who has institutionalized more than once; a vibrant amazing boy with so much to give held hostage by the bullies he faced at school on a daily basis, I have seen tears and the pain of children who cannot understand why they cant just be 'normal' like the other kids because then they would have friends, many of these kids have reached out to teachers and have not received the help or attention they so desperately need, many are made to feel at fault or are excluded for their differences rather than encouraged, what does a child do when they are told to reach out and are shut down or when they are constantly told that they need to try harder to fit in when there is nothing wrong with them they simply function differently to their peers and they shouldn't be made to feel ashamed of that.

We need to talk to our children about mental health their own as well as that of their peers and loved ones.  We need to ensure that they know that they can reach out to us and that they will be heard, that it is ok to feel the way that they may feel but that they can work through it and you will get them the help they need if they need it and that if they ever have a friend that is displaying signs of mental health issues, depression or anxiety they need to reach out and help that friend to get the help they need and be part of their support.

WE can make the change, we can provide the help and support that our children need and encourage them to share that support and understanding with those around them, we can make ours and the voices of those who are no longer standing beside heard and we can create the awareness needed to change the perception of those who are not aware or do not see.

I came across an article that I think has some great points on how to broach this subject with your child and I would like to encourage my readers to take the time to do this because it is something that our children should all be aware of for themselves as well as others, mental health is so incredibly important and no one should ever be made to feel ashamed of their feelings or the state of their mental health.