So many kind words from apartment therapy!
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“Quoting Marie, any list of great pet stores supporting apartment life will have to take into account that the savvy, “go to different stores for different products.”
Whiskers is a far cry from the posh, high end poodle spas in the West Village. Specializing in natural food and remedies for for all pets, this “holistic” East Village gets rave reviews and has a “full service” website:
Hazel says: Whiskers has an excellent selection of holistic products, great staff, delivery, AND open on xmas … Plus a kitty “rescue ranch”!
Lisa says: My favorite pet store in the city, by far, is the estimable if uncreatively named Whiskers…
The owners are incredibly knowing about holistic petcare, and very generous with that knowledge. They have an amazing selection of byproducts-free (pet)food. And they deliver–even to Brooklyn!”
Shopikon reviews Whiskers! Good summary of what we do.
“Whiskers Holistic Pet Care is much more than a quirky pet store. Owners Randi and Phil Klein opened the shop on E. 9th St. in 1988 and have been on a mission to educate pet owners about alternatives to mainstream pet care practices ever since. Whiskers focuses primarily on cats and dogs, but they also provide information about caring for birds and other small creatures.”
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“One day while walking home from work, I came across this “holistic” pet shop called “Whiskers.” There was a whole section of herbal remedies and supplements that I had never seen before. The man who was working in this section asked me if I needed help. I told him that my cat was dying of diarrhea and wondered if he had any remedy for it. He said “yes.” He told me not to buy anything in the store (I immediately trusted him!) and to go to the supermarket, buy some chicken breast and sweet potato, cook them well, and blend them in equal parts into a mushy food. He told me to give this and nothing else to my cat for three days (my other cat could eat it too). He said that this would bind his stool and give him his appetite back. I had nothing to lose so I did it. At first, the cats sniffed this mysterious orange stuff and walked away. But they came back later, hungry and curious. They ate it. They ate it for three days. And lo and behold, my cat’s diarrhea disappeared. I ran back to that store and hugged that man. “What should I do now?” I asked him.
He then instructed me to start changing them over to a raw diet and to simply stay away from canned food. That’s right. Raw meat. No grains, no fillers, no salt, no by-products or parts, no broth, no gelatin, no fish, no flaxseed… just meat – as they were meant to eat (a few veggies too, but they aren’t necessary). There were some commercial brands of raw food that were quite good or I could give them my own. I decided to try the frozen stuff first to see if they could tolerate it. (Tolerate it? They’re felines! This is what their bodies have evolved to digest!).
Okay, okay… so there is a happy ending. My cats have been eating raw meat ever since. That was about 5 years ago. Since then my cats have both gained weight. Their coats are shiny and silky. They are more energetic today than they were 10 years ago. Neither of them has had a UTI or diarrhea or anything. They go to the vet once a year for check-ups and my Vet marvels at how Nelson has recovered and how beautiful they both look.
The best part is that they behave like hunters – little lions that they are.”