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Nutrition Center - Blogs

What Foods Should an Old Cat Eat?

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Our cats are living longer than ever, which leads to the question, “What should old cats eat?” If we’re talking about cats who are truly nearing the end of their lives, I think the answer is “whatever they want.” Cats...

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Feed Cats Like They Eat in the 'Wild'

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Researchers have done a lot of work to determine what the feline “natural” diet looks like. The reason is simple. Many of the most common feline diseases we diagnose these days are linked to how and what we feed our cats. Obesity...

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Most Cat Illnesses Can Be Treated with Small Change in Diet

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Pets Best insurance Services recently published a list of the ten most common diseases in their insured cats for the last ten years: Renal failure (25%) Hyperthyroidism (20%) Diabetes mellitus (11%) Allergies (8%) Inflammatory...

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Cobalamin Supplements - When Do Cats Need Them?

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Does your cat have a chronic gastrointestinal problem? Has the response to treatment been less than optimal? If your answer to either (or both) of these questions is “yes,” your cat may need cobalamin. Cobalamin—or vitamin...

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Want Your Cat to Love You? Put Him On a Diet

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The numbers vary depending on what study you look at, but there is no doubt that cats in the United States are getting fatter. The latest National Pet Obesity survey estimates that 57.9% of our cats are overweight or obese, and the sad truth...

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How to Keep Your Cat’s Food Fresh

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You’ve researched your cat’s nutritional needs, compared brands, and purchased the best option for your favorite feline. Now the question arises: “What is the best way to store the food to keep it fresh and wholesome for as...

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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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