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post #1 of 23
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HI Group: Just had a few questions, I have read a few post on here mention a product called Missing Link. And I wanted to know a lot more about it. It is for vitamins I guess and helps stops so much shedding and dry skin. There are a few of them, I have found out on the market. What one is best for giving the cat back their silky hair, and stops the shedding? Here are the list of what is out there for cats. Missing Link All Vegetarian Formula, Missing Link Feline Formula. Does anyone know which one of these is best for giving a great cote and stops shedding?


Francine
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
HI Group: Just had a few questions, I have read a few post on here mention a product called Missing Link. And I wanted to know a lot more about it. It is for vitamins I guess and helps stops so much shedding and dry skin. There are a few of them, I have found out on the market. What one is best for giving the cat back their silky hair, and stops the shedding? Here are the list of what is out there for cats. Missing Link All Vegetarian Formula, Missing Link Feline Formula. Does anyone know which one of these is best for giving a great cote and stops shedding?


Francine
i've used it, but didn't see that much of a difference... but i use a fairly high quality food anyway. i think it's a good supplement, but for my cats, didn't think it was worth the money. you might try cod liver oil - it's less expensive, the cats usually like it, & it should help with coat/skin health. probably won't stop shedding, but i don't think anything really does...
post #3 of 23
I use Misssing Link Feline RX formula (only available from the vet).

While it has a lot of benefits, I should warn you, it does not do all it says it will, and it's shelf life, when properly stored, is only 4 months.

Unless you have cats recovering from illness or surgery, I, personally, do not feel it is worth the money.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by laureen227
i've used it, but didn't see that much of a difference... but i use a fairly high quality food anyway. i think it's a good supplement, but for my cats, didn't think it was worth the money. you might try cod liver oil - it's less expensive, the cats usually like it, & it should help with coat/skin health. probably won't stop shedding, but i don't think anything really does...
I am with Laureen on this ... I tried it with my kidney girl and saw no difference ... a good quality can with raw and a human / animal multi did it for her...

What are you feeding?? is the shedding ongoing >??
post #5 of 23
I haven't used it, but was pretty amazed when I saw it at Petsmart the other day with a new low price of right around $5, instead of the regular price of ~$11.
post #6 of 23
I use Missing Link Feline for my cats, Missing Ling Canine for my dogs, and Udo's Choice (same manufacturer) for myself.

I find non rancid essential fatty acid supplements to be the single greatest thing I can do for myself, and feel no differently for my animals. I can literally see and feel the difference in myself in myriad ways. Essential fatty acids contribute to the integrity of the cell walls in every body system and body function. The only question one should be asking is whether the EFA's are non rancid or not.

Heat, light, and air cause EFA's to degrade. So the manufacturing, shipping, and retail display of said products is crucial to whether or not they retain their beneficial properties.

Liquid EFA's in bottles or capsules that are non refrigerated at any stage go rancid extremely quickly, so that rules out cod liver oil, fish oil capsules, etc.
Processing renders EFA's rancid, so commercial pet foods don't cut it either. Even if the EFA's are sprayed on in the very last stage of production the foods are still transported in hot trucks and stored in warehouses.

The Missing Link pet products were designed precisely to fill the void in EFA products for animals. The manufacturing process, the packaging, the product form- all were designed the way they are for a reason- to be able to deliver non rancid EFA's to consumers without need for refrigeration in shipping and display.

I sound like a commercial, I know. There is a whole lot of information available to anyone who wants to pursue the topic further... the book "Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill" by Udo Erasmus is widely considered to be an excellent introduction to the topic.

I found this online interview with him- it is a good place to start if you only have a moment.
http://www.positivehealth.com/permit...iews/udo12.htm
post #7 of 23
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My guys coats are shiny and don't look bad at all. It is just pretty much the shedding I am trying to take care of. They have been at it for the past month and a half now. And even before that they had hair on most of my clothes and furniture. Just not as bad as of late. I know it is shedding season. But I just thought there would be a product out there that would help with this annoying side to my guys. I have been a cat owner for years, and have no intention on getting rid of them just because of something like this. But I got married a year ago, and my husband is allergic to my guys. Now he loves the cats too, so no worry there. But he keeps getting on me to do something. Poor guys eyes are all puffy and red, and he sneezes so much. LOL Any ways it only happens when I comb the boys or they get to running around the house and up on the furniture when he is around. I have gotten that pet solution that you just wipe on them to help out with those who are allergic to cats. But that isn't as good as they make it out to be. Now with them shedding so much, my husband is just going crazy.


Francine
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
My guys coats are shiny and don't look bad at all. It is just pretty much the shedding I am trying to take care of. They have been at it for the past month and a half now. And even before that they had hair on most of my clothes and furniture. Just not as bad as of late. I know it is shedding season. But I just thought there would be a product out there that would help with this annoying side to my guys. I have been a cat owner for years, and have no intention on getting rid of them just because of something like this. But I got married a year ago, and my husband is allergic to my guys. Now he loves the cats too, so no worry there. But he keeps getting on me to do something. Poor guys eyes are all puffy and red, and he sneezes so much. LOL Any ways it only happens when I comb the boys or they get to running around the house and up on the furniture when he is around. I have gotten that pet solution that you just wipe on them to help out with those who are allergic to cats. But that isn't as good as they make it out to be. Now with them shedding so much, my husband is just going crazy.


Francine
Drs. Foster&Smith has some items for shed control & allergies - you might check them out. they also have some articles.
post #9 of 23
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Does the missing link need to be refrigerated before you buy it? Or is that only after you open it?


Francine
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
Does the missing link need to be refrigerated before you buy it? Or is that only after you open it?


Francine
it is shelf stable till opening... i do suggest reading all the ingrediants...
post #11 of 23
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Sharky

I found the site, and have been doing just that. Thanks for the suggestion though. Do you think there is something wrong with this product?

Francine

Here is the site if any one wants it. http://www.designinghealth.com/indexDHI.html
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by laureen227
Drs. Foster&Smith has some items for shed control & allergies - you might check them out. they also have some articles.
Whats the difference between these products and Missing Link? How can I tell wich one is better?

Francine
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
Sharky

I found the site, and have been doing just that. Thanks for the suggestion though. Do you think there is something wrong with this product?

Francine

Here is the site if any one wants it. http://www.designinghealth.com/indexDHI.html
Sharky is probably objecting to the garlic. as far as the difference between all the products are, check the labels. i was thinking that the topical applications might work better for what you're wanting them to do, since the problem seems to be allergies. check out this article. besides dietary additions, there are several other suggestions to help.
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
I know of the problem with garlic, but I don't find it to be as bad as others have said. Here is the site for Missing Link, they explain about the garlic comment pretty well. I have been giving my dogs garlic for a few years now, and have had them into the vet annually. I have never had any test that came back saying bad things.


Francine.
post #15 of 23
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Oh yeah here is the site to look up this info on. LOL opps

http://www.designinghealth.com/FAQ1.html/FAQ1.html
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
Oh yeah here is the site to look up this info on. LOL opps

http://www.designinghealth.com/FAQ1.html/FAQ1.html
ok, i did a search for garlic on the site & found what i was looking for...garlic can cause anemia. while this may not happen to your kitty, some people would prefer not serving it at all due to this risk.
post #17 of 23
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It only causes it in larger amounts, and what you give to them won’t even come to a dangerous amount. The web sites explains that. Plus as I said I have never had a problem with it. I was told when my guy was having problems with bowl movements to use garlic to help clear up his annel glands, so he could go again. That advise came from my vet, and Pippen is a Chi, he only weighs 4.5 lbs. My Mom and I have been using it for years on our animals. I don’t blame you for erring on the cautious side, but I just see that they have done there work. They have looked into it. And studied it, so I trust that they know what they are saying.

Francine
post #18 of 23
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I will be going away from the computer starting the 10th. But will be back on the 17th. I will try and look in on this subject later this weekend. But don't know if I can get my relic of a computer to get me on here. I am at work right now. Yeah for good computer at work. LOL God bless


Francine
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
It only causes it in larger amounts, and what you give to them won’t even come to a dangerous amount. The web sites explains that. Plus as I said I have never had a problem with it. I was told when my guy was having problems with bowl movements to use garlic to help clear up his annel glands, so he could go again. That advise came from my vet, and Pippen is a Chi, he only weighs 4.5 lbs. My Mom and I have been using it for years on our animals. I don’t blame you for erring on the cautious side, but I just see that they have done there work. They have looked into it. And studied it, so I trust that they know what they are saying.

Francine
it's okay with me if that's what you want to do. i was just trying to explain why Sharky would object to garlic as an ingredient. i did read the link you posted.
post #20 of 23
Laureen was right the one part is the garlic... one is alfalfa which can cause tummy upset and one well known company removed it from the cat foods for that reason... the other is molassess ( it is sugar ) yes like brown sugar it has some vitamin and minserals but kitty aint able to metabolize it ..

It is a great product for sick and injured animals but it didnt pass my vets inpection... My results when I did use it were not measureable.... Try cod oil salmon oil olive oil they all yeild results
post #21 of 23
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Sharky, wont that leave my cats and dogs hair too oily? My dog Belle already has a problem with her coat getting oily. I don't want to have to give her a bath all the time. But it is the only thing I know of that gets rid of the oil problem for now.


Francine
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by frawri
Sharky, wont that leave my cats and dogs hair too oily? My dog Belle already has a problem with her coat getting oily. I don't want to have to give her a bath all the time. But it is the only thing I know of that gets rid of the oil problem for now.


Francine
No , you only give about a tablespoon a week in there food ... If she is oily check the shampoo you use and get one with tea tree oil (NOT FOR USE ON CATS)
post #23 of 23
Its good for sick animals. My dearly departed Ares showed wonderous signs of help when we used it (convential methods did not work) and regular washing to heal an eye infection when he was a wee baby.
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