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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.

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.

The Usefulness of Lysine Supplements for Cats Under Scrutiny

Herpesvirus infections in cats (also called feline viral rhinotracheitis) can be a big problem. Most cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. READ MORE

Feb 05, 2016 / (1) comments

Are Fish Flavored Cat Foods Causing Hyperthyroidism?

I am all too familiar with hyperthyroidism. It is one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) diseases of cats. READ MORE

Jan 22, 2016 / (2) comments

How to Make Homemade Treats for Cats

Do you have a little extra time on your hands now that the holidays are over? Do you want to give your cat a special treat to celebrate? READ MORE

Dec 25, 2015 / (1) comments

Is Too Much Salt Dangerous for Cats?

Have you heard about the new salt warning that is going into effect in New York City? According to National Public Radio:   READ MORE

Dec 11, 2015 / (1) comments

Why Are Cats Such Picky Eaters?

If your house is anything like mine, holiday leftovers are taking over the refrigerator. Why not share the wealth and give your cats a treat?   READ MORE

Nov 27, 2015 / (2) comments

What to Feed a New Cat

I just adopted a new cat!   READ MORE

Nov 13, 2015 / (2) comments

What Type of Water Bowl is Best for Cats?

Some owners spend a lot of time thinking about how much water their cats are drinking, and for good reason. READ MORE

Oct 30, 2015 / (2) comments

Cat Food for “Real” Cats

I’ve been noticing a trend in the cat food aisle over the last few years. READ MORE

Oct 16, 2015 / (8) comments

Using Diet to Treat Arthritis in Cats

Managing arthritis in cats is difficult. The drug class that is the mainstay of treatment for both dogs and people—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)—can be quite toxic to cats. READ MORE

Oct 02, 2015 / (1) comments

Are You Overfeeding Your Cat?

Cats… they’re small and tend to spend a most of their day sleeping. What does this mean? They need tiny meals. READ MORE

Sep 18, 2015 / (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.