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Nutrition Nuggets
Your cat's nutrition is important for a healthy & happy life. petMD experts help you to know what to feed your cat, how much food to feed, and the differences in cat foods, so your cat gets optimum nutrition.

Cat Nutrition Nuggets

Nutrition Nuggets is the newest offshoot of petMD's Cat Nutrition Center. Each week Dr. Coates will use her expertise and wisdom to blog about the intricacies of cat nutrition.

Encourage Food Intake Even in the Face of Illness

I’d be willing to bet that most of you who read this blog do not own Holstein bull calves. Neither do I, but one of the joys (and challenges) of being a veterinarian is the fact that we get to deal with multiple species of animals. While I don’t expect I’ll ever treat a calf again (it’s... READ MORE

Dec 28, 2012 / (2) comments

How Much Food Does a Cat Need?

With the holiday weekend beginning, Dr. Coates is taking some much deserved time to spend with her family this week. Please enjoy one of our favorites from June on the topic of determining the right amount of food to feed to your cat.   READ MORE

Dec 21, 2012 / (3) comments

Counting Calories for Cats (and Dogs)

I ran across a potentially useful tool for dietary planning a few days ago that I want to share with you. It’s called the SuperTracker Food-a-Pedia and it’s put together by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of their MyPlate campaign aimed at helping Americans make better nutrition... READ MORE

Dec 14, 2012 / (2) comments

Older Cats and Protein – A Delicate Balance

Cats are true carnivores, and as such, they have relatively higher requirements for protein in their diets than do dogs. READ MORE

Dec 07, 2012 / (5) comments

Probiotics for Feline Health

A couple of weeks back, we talked about how high protein/low carbohydrate diets in kittens altered the microbial population of the gastrointestinal tract — specifically, how eating this type READ MORE

Nov 30, 2012 / (2) comments

Pancreatitis in Cats

Over on the canine edition of Nutrition Nuggets, I used Thanksgiving as a reason to talk about pancreatitis in dogs. READ MORE

Nov 23, 2012 / (2) comments

Genetically Modified Organisms – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are becoming an ever more present part of our human and pet food supply. Have you thought about what that might mean for the health of all of us? READ MORE

Nov 16, 2012 / (2) comments

The Importance of Digestibility for Cats

Today I’m going to talk about an important pet food characteristic — digestibility. READ MORE

Nov 09, 2012 / (1) comments

Is High Protein All Good for Kittens?

Conventional wisdom these days seems to support feeding cats high protein/low carbohydrate foods. Cats are carnivores, after all. Studies have shown that these types of diets are certainly beneficial for certain health conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus), but I tend to be wary of blanket statements... READ MORE

Nov 02, 2012 / (2) comments

An Obesity Paradox?

Human medical doctors and researchers have stumbled upon an interesting conundrum they call the obesity paradox. It goes something like this. Obesity is bad. It predisposes us to a wide range of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. But, if a person happens to develop some types of chronic... READ MORE

Oct 26, 2012 / (1) comments






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... graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. In the years since, she has practiced veterinary medicine in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is the author of several books about veterinary medicine and animal care, including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms, Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian .

Jennifer also writes short stories that focus on the strength and importance of the human-animal bond and freelance articles relating to a variety of animal care and veterinary topics. Dr. Coates lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and pets.