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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.
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Why a Diet Change Won't Fix Food Your Cat's Allergies

When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say “that’s not possible, I changed his food and he didn’t get any better.&rdqu READ MORE

Oct 31, 2014 / (0) comments

Diets for Helping Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea is an all too common problem for cats and their owners. In a perfect world, veterinarians would always be able to fully work up the case, come to a definitive diagnosis, and prescribe treatment that cures the diarrhea. But as we all know, this is not a perfect world.   READ MORE

Oct 17, 2014 / (1) comments

5 Tips for Picking Out Treats for Cats

Last reviewed on November 25, 2015   READ MORE

Oct 03, 2014 / (1) comments

Protein Levels in Cat Foods May Be Too Low

A couple of weeks ago we talked about how, unlike many other species, cats need more protein when they enter their golden years (around 12 years of age). In the process of researching that article I came across some disturbing information. The recommendations for minimum protein levels in cat food put... READ MORE

Sep 19, 2014 / (5) comments

Senior Cats Need More Calories

Anybody out there have an old, skinny cat? Veterinarians see them on a daily basis. Sometimes we reach a causative diagnosis — kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders are all common culprits. At other times, however, a cat may lose weight but appear... READ MORE

Sep 05, 2014 / (1) comments

Are Some Dry Cat Foods Better Than Canned?

I often hear owners and veterinarians (myself included) say that canned food is generally better than dry for cats because the former is higher in protein. Well… I was doing some research for a previous post on feline nutrition and stumbled upon something interesting. In some cases, dry food has... READ MORE

Aug 22, 2014 / (2) comments

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats – Monitoring Nutrition is Essential

The importance of diet in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is well established, but what is often overlooked is the fact that a cat’s nutritional needs will change as the disease progresses.   READ MORE

Aug 08, 2014 / (1) comments

Foods for Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

When I was a veterinary student, I was taught that dietary fat and gastrointestinal disorders were often a bad combination. The rationale behind this had to do with the fact that fats are often considered to be the nutrient class that is most difficult to digest. Therefore, it’s not too surprising... READ MORE

Jul 25, 2014 / (4) comments

Figuring Out Carb Levels in Cat Foods

Given the controversy surrounding carbohydrates in the diets of cats, you’d think it would be relatively easy to determine how many carbs a particular food contains, but that’s not the case.   READ MORE

Jul 11, 2014 / (1) comments

What Kind of Meat By-Products Are in Your Cat's Food?

I recently saw the results of a survey that asked 852 consumers what ingredients were legally permissible in the meat by-products that are included in many cat foods. The responses took me by surprise:   READ MORE

Jun 13, 2014 / (1) comments