Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Nutrition Center - Blogs

The Effects of Diet on Bladder Stones in Cats

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-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. Now, a cat is just about equally likely to develop...

READ MORE

Feeding Your Cat to Avoid Hairballs

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Intravenous Feeding in Cats

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Feeding to Prevent Diabetes in Cats

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

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

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

What is Taurine?

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

How to Switch from Dry to Canned Cat Food

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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,...

READ MORE

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

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

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

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Diets for Helping Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

5 Tips for Picking Out Treats for Cats

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Protein Levels in Cat Foods May Be Too Low

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Senior Cats Need More Calories

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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....

READ MORE

Are Some Dry Cat Foods Better Than Canned?

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats – Monitoring Nutrition is Essential

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

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...

READ MORE

Foods for Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

When I was a veterinary student, I was taught that dietary fat and gastrointestinal disorders were often a bad combination. The rationale behind this had to do with the fact that fats are often considered to be the nutrient class that is most...

READ MORE

Figuring Out Carb Levels in Cat Foods

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Given the controversy surrounding carbohydrates in the diets of cats, you’d think it would be relatively easy to determine how many carbs a particular food contains, but that’s not the case. Cat foods that adhere to the...

READ MORE

Choosing Your Cat's Food Should Be Convenient

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Dedicated cat owners are a heterogeneous group. I have met some whose lives are focused on their fur kids. Others still love their cats, but have additional interests and/or responsibilities that can distract from their cat’s care. I suspect...

READ MORE

What Kind of Meat By-Products Are in Your Cat's Food?

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

I recently saw the results of a survey that asked 852 consumers what ingredients were legally permissible in the meat by-products that are included in many cat foods. The responses took me by surprise: 87% — Internal Organs 60%...

READ MORE

Feeding Cats with Idiopathic Hypercalcemia

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Idiopathic hypercalcemia in cats is a vexing condition. We don’t know what causes it (although theories abound), symptoms may not be present until cats are severely affected, and in many cases, treatment is not all that successful. To...

READ MORE

Feed Your Cat More to Encourage Weight Loss

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

I cringe whenever I see an obese cat. Enabling feline obesity is almost like putting a gun to a cat’s head in a game of Russian roulette. Sure, he or she may dodge the diabetes or hepatic lipidosis “bullets,” but play the game...

READ MORE

If Cat is Shedding a Lot, Try a Different Food

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

I just bought a new couch. It’s brown with tan and orange accents. One guess as to what color my cat is. She’s a calico – or for those of you unfamiliar with that term — brown, tan, and orange. If you think that was accidental,...

READ MORE

Nutritional Supplements for Cats with Liver Disease

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

In the last Nutrition Nuggets for Cats, we talked about Feeding Cats with Liver Disease. Today, let’s touch on the use of nutritional supplements (nutraceuticals) to help manage liver disease. The North American Veterinary Nutraceutical...

READ MORE

Feeding Cats with Liver Disease

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Your veterinarian has just informed you that your cat has liver disease. You want to do what’s best for your feline friend so that he can live comfortably for as long as possible. Your vet may have recommended medications to treat the...

READ MORE

What Makes Cats Carnivores?

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Cats have unique behavioral, anatomical, and nutritional characteristics that demonstrate their carnivorous nature. Although cats are able to digest some plant products, their physiology is best supported by the nutrients found in animal tissue. A...

READ MORE

Nutrition Questions
Answered By

Q. I have been told a high protein diet could help my dogs seizures is there any truth in this please

A. Seizures can be caused by a variety of things such as epilepsy, toxicity, brain lesions...

Read More
View All the Questions