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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.
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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

Choosing Your Cat's Food Should Be Convenient

Dedicated cat owners are a heterogeneous group. I have met some whose lives are focused on their fur kids. Others still love their cats, but have additional interests and/or responsibilities that can distract from their cat’s care. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in the middle of this continuum.   READ MORE

Jun 27, 2014 / (3) 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

Feeding Cats with Idiopathic Hypercalcemia

Idiopathic hypercalcemia in cats is a vexing condition. We don’t know what causes it (although theories abound), symptoms may not be present until cats are severely affected, and in many cases, treatment is not all that successful. To make matters worse, idiopathic hypercalcemia seems to be increasing... READ MORE

May 30, 2014 / (1) comments

Feed Your Cat More to Encourage Weight Loss

I cringe whenever I see an obese cat. Enabling feline obesity is almost like putting a gun to a cat’s head in a game of Russian roulette. Sure, he or she may dodge the diabetes or hepatic lipidosis “bullets,” but play the game long enough and the cat almost always comes out a loser.   READ MORE

May 16, 2014 / (5) comments

If Cat is Shedding a Lot, Try a Different Food

I just bought a new couch. It’s brown with tan and orange accents. One guess as to what color my cat is. She’s a calico – or for those of you unfamiliar with that term — brown, tan, and orange. If you think that was accidental, you must not have had firsthand experience with how... READ MORE

May 02, 2014 / (1) comments

Nutritional Supplements for Cats with Liver Disease

In the last Nutrition Nuggets for Cats, we talked about Feeding Cats with Liver Disease. Today, let’s touch on the use of nutritional supplements (nutraceuticals) to help manage liver disease.    READ MORE

Apr 18, 2014 / (3) comments

 

 

 

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ABOUT NUTRITION NUGGETS

JENNIFER COATES, DVM

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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.

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