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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.

What to Feed a New Cat

I just adopted a new cat!   READ MORE

Nov 13, 2015 / (1) 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 / (1) 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 / (6) 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

Feeding the Finicky Cat

Why is it that some cats will eat a particular food one day and then turn their nose up at it the next?   READ MORE

Sep 04, 2015 / (1) comments

The Truth About Grain-Free Cat Foods

Do you feed a grain-free diet to your cat? Why?   The most common reason I hear goes something like this:   READ MORE

Aug 21, 2015 / (8) comments

Five Tips for Feeding Kittens

Good nutrition is essential if a kitten is to live a long and healthy life. The following five tips are key to getting kittens started off right.   READ MORE

Aug 07, 2015 / (1) comments

High Protein Diets Are Best for Weight Loss in Cats

Fat cats — they seem to be everywhere (at least to vets). We all know that if fat cats are to enjoy good health and a long life, we need to help them lose weight. READ MORE

Jul 24, 2015 / (1) comments

Cats with Cancer – What should they Eat?

Taking care of a cat with cancer is hard enough, but when his or her appetite begins to wane, questions about quality of life soon follow. READ MORE

Jul 10, 2015 / (2) 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.