Canna-Pet Natural Cannabinoids Review – Spider One Year On

I wrote a post on Canna-Pet’s natural cannabinoids back in September last year and how they have helped my boy Spider, and thought I would write a quick update on how he is doing now.

Spider has been on Canna-Pet for about a year now, and the adenocarcinoma that my vet removed from his ear a year ago has shown no signs whatsoever of growing back, even though she told me that it “may be back in a year or so”.  His kidney values have also improved, which is quite a miracle in a cat that has been in kidney failure for the last two years! This is surely in part due to Canna-Pet, but also helped by a supplement called Renafood which I give him once a day.

Apart from that, Spider’s fur has become extremely soft, he is more cuddly and responsive/vocal than ever, and his loud crying in the middle of the night only happens occasionally now. He has also become more active again – behaving like a much younger cat!  See this video of him jumping after his ping pong ball. 🙂

All in all, I am extremely pleased with these developments, and would recommend Canna-Pet to anyone who has tried just about anything, but nothing has helped, for their cats or dogs with cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, digestive tract problems, allergies and skin conditions, to name just a few.

Click Here to check out their website for more info. 


17 Year Old Spider The Cat Takes Canna-Pet Natural Cannabinoids

In March 2015, my boy Spider was diagnosed with kidney disease. Being in its early stages, there was still a lot of hope, but of course, the condition is not reversible and will eventually get worse. However, there are quite a few things we can do to slow down the progression.

The first thing I did, was put all 3 kitties back on a raw BARF diet. Some sources say that the high protein count in raw meat is not good for cats with kidney disease, but I mix the meat with raw pumpkin and I also give Spider a supplement call Renafood once a day.  This apparently worked very well because by the end of last year, his kidney values had stayed the same and not got worse. But age creeps up on all of us, and a year after his initial diagnosis, his kidney values did show some deterioration – but he’s still ok!

Then in June of this year, Spider had to have a malignant tumour (an adenocarcinoma) removed from his right ear, but this at least is a tumour that has only a low chance of metastases….


On my many Google searches for “miracle cures”, I came across Canna-Pet, which are capsules for pets filled with natural cannabinoids made from hemp, and decided to order a 2 month supply of their Canna-Pet Advanced for Small Pets.

Being a medical cannabis user myself because the 24/7 pain I suffer from fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis cannot be easily killed by even the strongest painkillers, I thought “wow, this might just help Spider as well!”.

Canna-Pet’s products are made exclusively from hemp, a non-psychoactive plant which represents a natural cannabinoid source for pet supplements. A study of pet owners using Canna-Pet for their cats and dogs showed that there was a lot of improvement in their pets, treating conditions such as allergies, digestive tract problems, seizures, muscle spasms and inflammatory illnesses. In many cases it also slowed down the re-growth of cancer cells and reduced vomiting and nausea.

A week into taking the pills, Spider suddenly started acting like a new cat! He stopped his constant howling in the middle of the night (every night), something which regular veterinary meds could not help with, and he now eats better than ever, is so much more cuddly and even more playful than before. The above mentioned tumour has also shown no signs of growing back yet.

I am so pleased and amazed that Canna-Pet is helping Spider so much – his quality of life is now back to what it was before he became ill. I am not deluding myself that Canna-Pet is a cure for all of petkind’s ailments, but I do believe that it helps give my beloved kitties the chance of a better quality life in their old age – hopefully right until the day they pass over the Rainbow Bridge…


Hinterland Herb Co. – Worst Customer Service Ever – Avoid this Company

It has come to my attention via my good friend of mine, that a U.S. company called Hinterland Herb Co. have behaved in a truly unbelievable way, after being contacted by her about wishing to buy their organic catnip from their Etsy shop.

When being told the rather steep price of their product, my friend said that she could buy organic catnip from Amazon for a fraction of the price they quoted. After that, Hinterland Herb got really nasty, calling her “cheap” and saying “if your cat chokes and dies on the sawdust they add as filler, or ingests some of the toxic pesticides that is often present on the cheap junk, rest assured in knowing that it is only $40 or so to get a new cat. Good that you saved a few bucks.“, followed by calling her “a lying cat murderer“!

Read the Full Conversation HERE (.pdf 97kb)

This is totally unbelievable and any company treating potential or existing customers like that should be reported and avoided at all cost!

My friend did some research on the company and could not even find a full address where they are based, nor a phone number, which makes one wonder how legit these people really are. But at least she found the name of the owner is Larry Peters.

Well, Larry… I think you either owe my friend (and whichever other customers you have insulted with your disgusting behaviour) an apology, or you should simply stop trading altogether.  Any company who wants to stay in business, simply does not say nasty things like this to their customers! It’s a sure fire way to shut you down, because know that word gets round very quickly on the internet and social media these days…



Cats of Jerusalem – My Catty Vacation in Israel

On my trip to Jerusalem last week, I wasn’t prepared how many wonderful kitties I would meet – I almost didn’t miss my own 3 rascals at all (but don’t tell them!).

On the 3rd day of my holiday, I also got the chance to do a bit of volunteering at the JSPCA (Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and experience first hand how they work to help the animals over there – and they are really doing an amazing job!

Below are just a few piccies as a taster, but CLICK HERE if you want to see all the cat pictures on Flickr which I took of the street cats and JSPCA cats last week.


STOP Animal Mistreatment, Abandonment and Neglect in the Canary Islands

Finally! A useful website that will help you make a denuncia regarding mistreated or abandoned animals in Spain!

Here in Lanzarote and the Canary Islands it´s particularly bad because nobody seems to be enforcing the law.

The site is in Spanish only.



My Article on The Feral Cats of Lanzarote

Woot! Fame at last! I have been published. 😉

Recently Catster emailed me asking me why I don´t write for them? So as a first effort, naturally, I chose the subject of the feral kitties on the island I live on and the charity work that 9 Lives Lanzarote does.

I hope you enjoy reading it, and feel free to leave a comment (and maybe even a donation for 9 Lives Lanzarote, hint hint….)

Here you go:



Lilies are deadly to cats – Important Info!

Please be aware that lilies are a deadly poison to cats and keep them out of your home or garden if you own cats.  More info and download the posters below (in .pdf format) HERE.  

Lilies kill cats

Lilies kill cats


How Civilised is a Country that Declaws Cats?

Did you know that to declaw a cat is not the same as clipping a cat´s claws?  That it actually means an amputation of the last digit of each phalanx, bones and all, usually done on the front paws, but in rare cases on all four paws?  You didn´t?  I guess it´s time to enlighten you then.

Declawing is a legal procedure that is routinely done to cats in the United States and Canada, often as part of a spay/neuter/declaw package, adding nicely to a veterinary practice´s profits. Even though lately vets that practise this operation advertise using laser which apparently is “much cleaner” in terms of the actual surgery and easier for the cat afterwards, the thought that these “butchers” have the best interests of the cat in mind is extremely doubtful. There is absolutely nothing, and I repeat nothing, of benefit to the cat having its wonderful weapons chopped off, but will leave it to walk on painful tiptoe stumps for the rest of its life, not to mention other problems it will most likely develop due to trying to compensate for the loss of its fingertips.

Preventing your cat from scratching your furniture, yourself or your children/dog is one of the main excuses for having cats declawed in the US and Canada. The fact remains: this is what (some) cats do. Anyone who has ever grown up with cats in countries where declawing is illegal will have had cat scratches at some point, some more serious than others, and if you are a cat owner this is simply a fact of life.  Whether it´s during play or when a cat is teased by a young child, it is the cat´s natural instinct/defence to use its claws. I am lucky to have 3 cats that are very well tempered, but even though they have 2 scratch trees and one big, seemingly indestructible, sisal rug that they are allowed to use at their leisure, I still sometimes find them using part of the sofa or the office chair to sharpen their “nails”, and I still get scratched every now and then.  Cause that´s what cats do

Declawing seems, to me, to be the result of a lazy, ignorant and capitalist society that would rather maim an animal and make a profit from it (vets) than educate and spend time training and teaching cats from a young age, or use alternative measures like we would use in Europe, such as bi-weekly nail trimmings or glue-on nail caps (i.e. SoftPaws).  Flawless furniture seems to be more important than a cat´s welfare in these so-called civilised countries. Which brings me to the next point. 

The fact that the majority of landlords in the US and Canada demand in their rental contracts “if you have a cat it has to be declawed”, doesn´t give cat owners much of a choice in many cases. The simplicity of rental contracts in Europe which either state “pets allowed” or “no pets” on the other hand, is laid out in black and white and without the possibility of a cat suffering any abuse. But then, that is because in most European countries declawing is illegal.  

So how dare these so-called advanced Western societies inflict this pointless, purely cosmetic, cruelty on another living being, and moreover, legally?! That is what declawing is: CRUEL. And UNNECESSARY

Change never happens overnight, not even in a decade or two in most cases, whether we like it or not. However, slow advances have been happening over the last 15 years, since I was first shocked finding out about declawing in the US and Canada. More and more people are raising their voices thanks to the internet with many anti-declaw petitions collecting signatures of outrage. Vets in 8 local governments in California including Los Angeles and San Francisco recently declared a ban on declaw ops recognising the practice as inhumane, and US Senators are speaking out to have it banned in their State – so all hope is not lost!

In the end it´s the whole “system” as a whole that needs to change in the US and Canada though, meaning *all* veterinaries´ mentalities towards welfare v. profit, as well as landlords´ and property owners´ mentalities. We need more politicians who care about animal welfare rather than votes, and people who decide to get a cat realising that a cat scratch and less than pristine furniture are simply part of the wonderful life that we share with our feline friends.

Only then will they realise that its claws are one huge part that makes a cat truly a cat.

Please watch this great informative video of US veterinarian Dr Karen Becker informing us to find alternatives to declawing.

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Feline Eating Disorders – Is there such a thing?

Just like humans, all cats are different.  This also means that they have different tastes in food and different eating habits.

None of my three cats has what I would call “normal” behaviour towards food.  Lugosi is “the feline dustbin”, Ruby eats and picks at her meals like a bird, and Spider…. well, the latter is the most finickity eater out of the lot.

Once I have put food down for all three, Spider is always the one that sniffs and then sticks his nose up and walks off. One way around it is to encourage him by putting a little food on my finger and letting him lick it off.  But even then, it´s kind of a game, where he sniffs at it, backs away slowly, and then sniffs at it again about 3 times before he decides to gently stick his tongue out and eat it. After repeating this a couple of times, he only eats a tiny bit, and walks off again. At other times, he will only touch his food when it´s served on the floor.  Yes, you heard right.  The floor.  No plate or bowl. Tsk!

The problem is that I feed them raw food these days because it is simply much healthier than the sh*t that goes into even the special food that can be bought from the vets. And because it´s raw, I can´t leave it out all day and it needs to go back into the fridge after half an hour. Lucky for the cats, I am currently unemployed apart from a bit of web design from home, so I am being used like a well-trained human yoyo, forever going back and forth taking their food out of the fridge and then returning it after they had a few bites to eat!

Feel free to comment with your own experiences of your cats´ eating habits.  I would love to hear about it. 🙂

P.S.: My kitties´ raw food diet is supplemented with a fantastic powder called “My Natural Cat” that contains all the vitamins and minerals that cats need, available from my wonderful friend Felice at Feline Instincts.

Spider munching raw chicken
Spider munching raw chicken

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