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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.

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

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Fatty Acids for Your Cat

I’m sure you’ve heard about some of the important roles that fatty acids play in the body and how important these nutrients are in a cat’s diet, but do you want to know more? READ MORE

Jun 26, 2015 / (1) comments

New Evidence Supports the Importance of Vitamin D for Cats

A recent study published in the online journal PLoS ONE shows how important vitamin D is, especially to sick cats. READ MORE

Jun 12, 2015 / (1) comments

Feed Spayed and Neutered Cats Right to Keep Them Slim

I just finished reviewing a large number of scientific papers that all try to explain why so many cats get fat after being spayed and neutered. READ MORE

May 29, 2015 / (0) comments

How to Get Cats to Drink More Water

Water is the most essential nutrient for all animals, including cats. READ MORE

May 15, 2015 / (1) comments

What to Do When a Cat Won’t Eat

Cats cannot go long periods of time without food. READ MORE

May 01, 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.