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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.

Is Songbird Fever a Threat to Your Cat?

I visited a farm this week and had the opportunity to watch their “barn cat” hunt. The object of her attention was a bird. READ MORE

Apr 17, 2015 / (6) comments

Everything You Need to Know about Cat Food and Protein

Informed owners know that protein is a vital part of their cat’s diet, but a greater understanding of protein is necessary to make good decisions about what to feed your cat. READ MORE

Apr 03, 2015 / (5) comments

Your Cat's Food Obsession May Be a Mental Disorder

My cat, Victoria, is going bonkers. I just changed the type of canned food I’m giving her and she obviously loves it. READ MORE

Mar 20, 2015 / (2) comments

The Effects of Diet on Bladder Stones in Cats

Bladder stones have long been relatively common in cats. In the past, the great majority of these stones were made out of struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate), but times have changed. READ MORE

Feb 27, 2015 / (1) comments

Feeding Your Cat to Avoid Hairballs

Live with cats for long enough and you’re bound to find a hairball on the floor (or in your bed, if you’re really unlucky), but hairballs don’t have to be a regular part of cat ow READ MORE

Feb 20, 2015 / (1) comments

Intravenous Feeding in Cats

When cats have illnesses that wreak havoc on their gastrointestinal system, it can be impossible to feed them. READ MORE

Jan 23, 2015 / (2) comments

Feeding to Prevent Diabetes in Cats

Diet plays a huge role in preventing diabetes in cats. READ MORE

Jan 09, 2015 / (2) comments

Getting Cats to Eat... Even When They're Sick

When cats feel poorly, they stop eating. When they stop eating, they feel worse and are even less likely to eat. READ MORE

Dec 26, 2014 / (3) comments

What is Taurine?

Whenever the topic of feline nutrition is discussed, the word “taurine” will surely come up, but do you really know what taurine is and why it’s important?   READ MORE

Dec 12, 2014 / (2) comments

How to Switch from Dry to Canned Cat Food

Cat owners need to decide whether they are going to feed dry kibble, canned food, or some combination of the two. READ MORE

Nov 28, 2014 / (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.