First Gareth, now Wendyl wants to kill your cats

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My correspondent from yesterday writes about Wendyl Nissen’s wish to kill cats with natural flea treatment.

Dear Cam,

Further to my email yesterday I noticed that Wendyl has now changed her chocolate pudding in her Herald column so instead of 2 cups of sugar, it only has 1.5 cups… could be mere coincidence of course since it was pointed out yesterday.   But it was definitely two cups originally as I remember double checking all my calculations.

Anyway… I have come across yet another gem of wisdom from the Green Goddess which I thought you would also appreciate.   Unfortunately the family cat won’t appreciate her advice while its being poisoned to death by her “all-natural treatment 

“Summer is here and so are the fleas. You can reduce the incidence of fleas on your cats by combing them daily with a flea comb and feeding them my anit-flea powder. I believe that if you combine these two all-natural treatments you will greatly reduce the chance of fleas taking hold and you won’t need to pour chemicals on your pets.”   

100 g Brewer’s Yeast
30g garlic powder (not garlic salt!)
1 Tbs bran
1 Tbs wheatgerm

Whizz together in a food processor and feed 1 tsp per day per cat. I just throw about half a cup in with a box of biscuits and give it a good shake up.

Type “garlic and cats” into Google and take your pick of the endless pages of search results that warn against feeding your cat (or dog) garlic.   Garlic contains disulfides and thiosulfates which in turn causes haemolytic anaemia especially in cats, which means that red blood cells are burst open and destroyed.

Even pet insurance websites warn against garlic and suggest calling a pet poisoning hotline should your moggie or doggie eat even a small amount.

“as little as one clove of garlic can lead to toxicity in dogs and cats.”

Once Gareth Morgan finds out he will be investing millions to get this product to market in the New Year and providing it free of charge to SPCA branches nationwide.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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