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Nutrition Center - Blogs

High Protein Diets Are Best for Weight Loss in Cats

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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. But what type of food is best suited to make that happen? A couple of recent...

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Cats with Cancer – What should they Eat?

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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. Watching a sick cat’s food intake is very important for two reasons: Cats will often lose...

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

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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? I’ve found a great resource for you —a...

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New Evidence Supports the Importance of Vitamin D for Cats

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A recent study published in the online journal PLoS ONE shows how important vitamin D is, especially to sick cats. As the authors explain: “vitamin D metabolism is altered in dogs and cats with a wide range of infectious, inflammatory...

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Feed Spayed and Neutered Cats Right to Keep Them Slim

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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. While the research was conducted using various methods and often came to different specific conclusions...

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How to Get Cats to Drink More Water

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Water is the most essential nutrient for all animals, including cats. Healthy cats will generally meet their need for water through a combination of what is present in their food and drinking from available sources, but maximizing water intake...

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What to Do When a Cat Won’t Eat

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Cats cannot go long periods of time without food. They are built to eat multiple small meals throughout the day, and when those meals stop for any reason (e.g., poor appetite secondary to illness) their physiology goes haywire. Fat is...

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Is Songbird Fever a Threat to Your Cat?

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I visited a farm this week and had the opportunity to watch their “barn cat” hunt. The object of her attention was a bird. Despite this little lioness’s obvious prowess, the bird escaped unscathed. I was happy for the bird,...

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Everything You Need to Know about Cat Food and Protein

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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. Protein plays many roles in a cat’s body. It is...

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Your Cat's Food Obsession May Be a Mental Disorder

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My cat, Victoria, is going bonkers. I just changed the type of canned food I’m giving herand she obviously loves it. After she’s eaten a mealshe simultaneously meows and licks her lips, producing an odd, garbled sound. It seems to...

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The Effects of Diet on Bladder Stones in Cats

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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. Now, a cat is just about equally likely to develop...

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Feeding Your Cat to Avoid Hairballs

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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 ownership. Cats bring up hairballs frequently...

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Intravenous Feeding in Cats

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When cats have illnesses that wreak havoc on their gastrointestinal system, it can be impossible to feed them. They often refuse to eat on their own, and “assisted” feeding methods like syringe feeding, nasogastric tubes, and tubes...

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Feeding to Prevent Diabetes in Cats

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Diet plays a huge role in preventing diabetes in cats. As is the case in people, most cats with the disease develop what is called type 2 diabetes, which is intimately related to the food we eat. Some cats do develop a different type...

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

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When cats feel poorly, they stop eating. When they stop eating, they feel worse and are even less likely to eat. This is a vicious cycle that needs to be stopped as soon as possible if a cat is to heal. The first step in the process is...

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What is Taurine?

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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? Taurine is an amino acid. For those of you who are interested...

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How to Switch from Dry to Canned Cat Food

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Cat owners need to decide whether they are going to feed dry kibble, canned food, or some combination of the two. People tend to pick dry food for its convenience and relatively lower cost, and some cats do just fine on a dry only diet. However,...

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Inprove Your Cats' Health By Letting Them 'Hunt' for Food

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I believe the biggest problems most cats face today are boredom, inactivity, and obesity. Think about it. We’ve taken a species whose ancestors spent countless hours each day procuring enough food to survive and moved them indoors with...

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Why a Diet Change Won't Fix Food Your Cat's Allergies

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When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say “that’s not possible, I changed his food and he didn’t get any better.” This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis...

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Diets for Helping Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

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Chronic diarrhea is an all too common problem for cats and their owners. In a perfect world, veterinarians would always be able to fully work up the case, come to a definitive diagnosis, and prescribe treatment that cures the diarrhea. But as...

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5 Tips for Picking Out Treats for Cats

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My cat has me well trained. Every evening she arrives in the kitchen for her treats. If I don’t conjure them up quickly enough, she is not shy in expressing her irritation – vocally at first and then as the situation becomes more...

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Protein Levels in Cat Foods May Be Too Low

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about how, unlike many other species, cats need more protein when they enter their golden years (around 12 years of age). In the process of researching that article I came across some disturbing information. The...

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Senior Cats Need More Calories

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Anybody out there have an old, skinny cat? Veterinarians see them on a daily basis. Sometimes we reach a causative diagnosis — kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders are all common culprits....

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Are Some Dry Cat Foods Better Than Canned?

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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...

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats – Monitoring Nutrition is Essential

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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. Phosphorous restriction...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

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