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Created by the same web-author as Cat News Now®, CatFoodIngredients.com is a Cat Lover's Educational Website where you will finally hear some TRUTH about canned cat food, and you'll learn a lot of other cat-things along the way! ......... Here's a page you won't want to miss - 57 Bad Cat Food Ingredients


About Doug Hines, publisher of Cat News Now®


Doug Hines...

Doug Hines is an ex-Navy, ex-Motor Yacht Captain who, in retirement, has become a prolific website author. In addition to Cat News Now®, he also publishes two other websites - CatFoodIngredients.com (see below) and The NEW CellularRestorationDiet.com. His 'other time' is spent caring for his three cats - Bubby, Mindy & Grady (pics below). Doug has also extensively studied nutrition for both humans and cats - for years. You can reach Doug using the contact form below.

One of my favorite quotes: "Go to the animal shelter for a cat and you're a Saint. Go to the woman's shelter for a new girlfriend and everyone looses their mind." - Brian Smith, Facebook group iHeartCats


Ahimsa - the Basic Tenet of my Life

Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word meaning 'not to injure' and 'have compassion for' all living beings. I live by the basic principle of 'Ahimsa' (harmlessness) - the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain tradition of nonviolence toward living beings.

There is so much cruelty and hardship in this world, much of it imposed by our very nature of being alive. If we are to live and prosper we must eat something, be it plant or animal. In so doing we inflict pain, suffering and death upon other individuals. Plants and animals are sentient beings. They respond to stimuli and exhibit properties we commonly describe as 'feelings'. If you think that characterization doesn't apply to plants as well as animals you are ignorant of current scientific study. (google Clive Baxter)

While recognizing that, to continue my existence in this dimension, I must inflict pain, suffering and death upon other beings, I choose to diminish the amount of that hurting. Since I can live a healthy life by eating a plant-based diet, while knowing full well that I am hurting plants, I decided to stop a great portion of the hurt I was inflicting by not eating animals and their byproducts. I came to realize that I can personally, consciously, save thousands of sentient animals from pain, suffering and death by not eating them.

I choose to enable life for all animals.

"Much more than a diet, veganism is a way of being, an ethical commitment, which recognizes the equality and interconnectedness of all life." -Doug Hines

Adopting a vegan diet is a stepping stone to bringing a whole new way-of-being into existence. All of the significant challenges of our world... everything... including ending disease and health problems, ending world hunger, water shortages, animal exploitation, economic troubles, environmental destruction, global warming, ending war... all of it... will fade away and be solved naturally in choosing a vegan way of being. We can literally return to Eden.

Change your diet, change your body, change your mind and spirit. Enter a new way of living in a new world - a world that works for all - human and non-human alike.

"Having empathy and compassion for animals is the very key to human transformation. Just be love, and everything else will follow" -Doug Hines

Best to you, and thank you for visiting my website.  -Doug Hines




Here's an article I wrote for Pictures-of-Cats.org which gives you a glimpse into my cat-life

Read the original story here

Caring For Cats In Uncertain Times

3/29/2020   Sifting through the litter box of my mind I can’t help but wonder when its all going to end. My financial world that is. That’s the constant worry in my life.

Everything I say below is not said so that you might take pity on my situation. Rather, it is to show you that you are not alone in your struggle to care for your pets during this topsy-turvy, merry-go-round life we are all living today.

Like you, I constantly worry about being able to pay for food, litter and vet bills.

I’m a senior citizen living solely on my social security check with no other income. My monthly check isn’t too great either. Because I earned so little money throughout my lifetime, I don’t get as big a check as most people. I worry about how I’m going to pay the rent next month.

I live alone. I’m a U.S. Navy veteran and I’ve lived through the last two years battling cancer, the gory details of which you don’t even want to hear.

Oh I’m clear that I am responsible for my current situation. I have made decisions in my life which have led to this moment of uncertainty. I am the one who has gotten himself into this mess.

Personal financial responsibility isn’t the only thing involved either. I am responsible for three, innocent, little beings – my cats. Bubby, Mindy and Grady are something to live for. They are gifts from the Gods on High, if you believe in such a thing.

Each cat, having their own individual personality, needs to be cared for. I can give them an abundance of love, but the more earthly necessities of food, litter and vet bills are a constant worry for me.

How can I provide for my cats and make their lives safe?

I try to give my cats the best cat food possible – even if I can barely afford it. I’ve been studying cat health and nutrition for the last three years, and I have learned that a cat’s physiology dictates what kind of food a cat needs. Although they can exist for years on poor quality foods, cats thrive on species-appropriate, raw food. Cats are carnivores and they require meat to achieve maximum health.

Providing the best diet for my cats isn’t easy. Cost and convenience drive most cat caregiver’s purchasing decisions, and feeding raw is at the high end of both of those considerations.

Vet costs: As you all very well know, veterinary bills can be extraordinary. Regular checkups are costly, and emergencies are one of those things in life where you walk in, open your wallet and say “take whatever amount you want, just make my pet better”.

Grady just body-slammed Bubby to the floor in an ongoing fight to the death. They are only play fighting, but sometimes I just don’t know. I worry that one of them will scratch the other’s eye, and I’ll be running for the cat carrier and warming up the car for the trip to the emergency hospital. All the while I’ll be wondering how I’m going to pay for it all.

So how do I do it? How can i afford to keep my cats?

Like many of you I struggle to prioritize my financial life and put my cats before anything else. I wear socks with holes in them. I don’t eat the best foods. I don’t go out unnecessarily. (Even before current events where we talk about ‘social distancing’, I guess I was a professional hermit.) Some might say that I ‘economize’ or that I am ‘thrifty.’ Truth is I scrimp on everything to enable me to provide a good life for my cats.

We, as cat-caregivers/guardians/parents do what we have to do to benefit our cats. My hat is off to those of you who have more than – way more than – three cats. You are Saints.

I also applaud those of you who provide cat rescue services and/or community/feral cat care. May you be spoken of with honor.

I’ll do whatever I must do to keep and care for my cats. Somehow, Bubby, Mindy, Grady and I wound up sharing the same home on the same planet. That’s a miracle in itself. Maybe it will take another minor miracle just to keep us safe here.    - Doug Hines 



Here's another little thing I wrote recently - Not about cats - About social isolation

Finding Solace in a Little Chocolate Candy

I’ve found comfort during ‘social isolation’ in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (thins). I bet I’ve eaten a whole case of the candy in the last two weeks. The constant threat of death may be at my door, but I’ll have a smile on my face when I go. I justify the Reese’s by saying I don’t smoke, drink or run around with wayward women, and that justification sits fine with me. lol


Excuse me while I reach for yet another RPBC (thins).

I’m sure there must be some scientific study supporting my assertion that RPBCs are essential to my wellbeing presently. I try not to think about the expression I’ll have on my face when I go to buy more and the store shelf might be empty. Can one experience withdrawal symptoms without one’s favorite drug? I’m thinking so.

RPBCs are made by Hershey. Hershey, PA is only about an hour and a half from me. I can see myself rolling down my car window and saying “But Officer, I am on the road because I need an essential food item.” After I explain the situation I’m sure he or she will let me go on my way. After all… everyone understands Reese’s.

OMG… the bag is empty. WORSE… I just checked my stash, and there’s nothing left there either. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW???

It’s too late to go to the grocery store. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW???

I was hoping Hershey might sell case-quantities on their website, but no. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW???


Oh wait… I just remembered… there is a bag of Reese’s MINIS in my kitchen drawer. Let’s see… If I cut each mini in half the bag will last… oh the hell with it, I’ll just dive right in and suffer the consequences later.

At least I’ll have a smile on my face when I go.   - Doug Hines, CatNewsNow.com


Visit Doug's Other 'Cat' Website

Cat Food Ingredients .com

CatFoodIngredients.com is a Cat Lover's Educational Website where you will finally hear some TRUTH about canned, wet cat food, and you'll learn a lot of other cat-things along the way too!

You Can't Tell the Quality of a Cat Food by Looking at the Ingredients List Alone...

... BUT IT'S THE PLACE TO START.  The old saying 'You can't judge a book by it's cover' isn't exactly true in the context of judging cat foods. In this case, you CAN quickly come to a pretty decisive opinion about a food's quality by simply reading the ingredients list. Once you know what to look for, bad ingredients jump right out and grab your attention. But that's not the entire story.


Surprise! Here are Doug's Cats!


Doug's Cats - Bubby, Mindy & Grady

"I'm Proud of my Pride!"


And My Special polydactyl cat 'Pooky' who passed away


CatNewsNow.com would not exist without the financial support of my brother John R. Hines. Thank you brother.


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