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Nutrition Center - Blogs

The Usefulness of Lysine Supplements for Cats Under Scrutiny

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Herpesvirus infections in cats (also called feline viral rhinotracheitis) can be a big problem. Most cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. Usually, the illness that results looks a lot like the human cold. Infected cats...

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Are Fish Flavored Cat Foods Causing Hyperthyroidism?

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I am all too familiar with hyperthyroidism. It is one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) diseases of cats. I’ve diagnosed many of my patients with the condition, including two of my own cats. First some background. Hyperthyroidism...

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How to Make Homemade Treats for Cats

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Do you have a little extra time on your hands now that the holidays are over? Do you want to give your cat a special treat to celebrate? I’ve put together a couple of recipes for homemade cat treats that are healthy but distinctive enough...

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Is Too Much Salt Dangerous for Cats?

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Have you heard about the new salt warning that is going into effect in New York City? According to National Public Radio: From now on, the New York City Health Department says chain restaurants with 15 or more locations must display...

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Why Are Cats Such Picky Eaters?

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If your house is anything like mine, holiday leftovers are taking over the refrigerator. Why not share the wealth and give your cats a treat? Good luck with that! Scientists are starting to get to the bottom of just why cats can be so...

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What to Feed a New Cat

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I just adopted a new cat! Our old girl, Victoria, died a few months ago. Truth be told, I was enjoying life without litterboxes and did not feel in need of a new feline friend.But what was I to do when the “perfect” cat for...

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What Type of Water Bowl is Best for Cats?

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Some owners spend a lot of time thinking about how much water their cats are drinking, and for good reason. A number of feline health conditions are associated or treated with increased water consumption. Chronic kidney disease decreases...

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Cat Food for “Real” Cats

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I’ve been noticing a trend in the cat food aisle over the last few years. The diets on display are described in terms that you might find on the menu of the hot, new restaurant that just opened up down the block. Here are a few examples...

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Using Diet to Treat Arthritis in Cats

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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. While I might consider using NSAIDs for short...

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Are You Overfeeding Your Cat?

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Cats… they’re small and tend to spend a most of their day sleeping. What does this mean? They need tiny meals. But many owners have trouble feeding their cats so little, even when a failure to do so inexorably leads to obesity. So...

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Feeding the Finicky Cat

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Why is it that some cats will eat a particular food one day and then turn their nose up at it the next? Sometimes these cats are sick, even if symptoms aren’t readily apparent. Cats are good at blaming the last food they ate as...

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The Truth About Grain-Free Cat Foods

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Do you feed a grain-free diet to your cat? Why? The most common reason I hear goes something like this: Cats are carnivores and their natural/ancestral diet contains almost no grain, so cat foods should not contain grain. There’s...

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Five Tips for Feeding Kittens

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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. 1. Do Not Wean Too Early For the first four weeks or so of life, mother’s milk...

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

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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