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Nutrition Center - What's inside

6 Healthy Treat Ideas for Cats

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by Elizabeth Xu After a long day at work, chances are you’re happy to go home and play with your cat. We all want to make our pets happy, so your bonding time might include a few extra treats. However, cat experts caution that giving...

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Is Being a Fat Cat Really So Bad?

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By Ken Tudor, DVM Feeding the overweight cat is simultaneouslyboth the easiest and the most complex of tasks. With few exceptions—like theMaine Coonat the large end and the emaciated lookingSiameseat the small end—the ideal...

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How to Get a Sick Cat to Eat

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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. How to Get a Sick Cat to Eat The...

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Foods for Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

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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...

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Foods for Constipated Cats

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Constipation is a troubling and common digestive tract problem for cats. It occurs when the stool is too large and/or too firm to be expelled. Constipation is the likely culprit when a cat is straining in the litter box and produces few or no...

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Of Cats and Fish

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I was eavesdropping on a conversation between pet owners a few days ago that got me to thinking. The question they were debating was, “Why do we feed our cats fish?” The practice doesn’t make a lot of sense from a natural...

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Appetite Stimulants for Cats

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When one of my feline patients isn’t eating, I first try to determine why. Directly addressing the underlying cause (when possible) is essential if we’re going to get and keep the cat eating in the long run. But sometimes, resolving...

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4 Reasons Life Stage Diets Help Improve Cat Health

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Benefits of Age-appopriate Cat Food By Lorie Huston, DVM Balanced and complete nutrition is important for any animal. However, the nutritional needs will vary depending on the cat's life stage. For instance, the nutritional...

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What Food is Best for a Cat with Diabetes?

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The great majority of diabetic cats have what is called Type 2 diabetes. This means that, early in the course of the disease at least, they are still producing levels of insulin that should be adequate for normal body function. The problem...

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Feeding Cats with Pancreatitis

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Feline pancreatitis is a maddening disease. It is often difficult to diagnose, veterinarians are usually unsure of its underlying cause, and it can be resistant to treatment. Why then, should making recommendations about what to feed cats with...

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How Much Should Cats Drink?

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I’d like to take a look at this question in a couple of different ways. First, I used a well-regarded “calculator” to determine how much water a 10 pound, adult neutered dog and cat should take in per day. The results were: Dog:...

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Is Your Cat Always Hungry, or Obsessed?

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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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A Schedule for Feeding Your Kitten – A Healthy Diet for Growing

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Whether you are adopting a kitten, or your nursing cat’s little ones are weaning, you will want to choose the right foods and set up healthy eating habits now. Mealtime also gives you the chance to use food as a part of an environmental...

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Weaning Kittens: How and When

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What to Feed a Kitten By Terry Kaye Weaning a kitten is the process of transitioning the kitten from mother’s milk to solid food. It’s an important part of the kitten’s development, and needs to be done at the...

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Human Foods that Can Hurt Your Cat

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Many of the same foods that pose a health risk for dogs are also dangerous for cats. Why then is the topic of feeding human foods to cats so rarely discussed? My guess is that owners simply assume that a cat’s discriminating palate...

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Feeding Schedule for Kittens

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[video] By Lorie Huston, DVM Feeding your new kitten properly is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your kitten grows into a healthy cat. Choosing the right food for your kitten is one of the first things...

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How Much Should I Feed My Cat?

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Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to how much food your cat needs. How much a cat needs to eat depends on a variety of factors, including size, age, metabolic rate, the amount it exercises, and even environmental temperatures. In...

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How to Change Your Cat's Food Brand Quickly

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Switching Cat Food Due to Pet Food Recall, etc. By Jennifer Coates, DVM Changes to a cat’s diet should be made gradually. In fact, taking five to seven days to mix increasing amounts of the new brand of cat food in...

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Cats Are Different: How a Cat's Nutritional Needs are Different from a Dog's

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Our wonderful life-supporting planet is home to a remarkably diverse and complex spectrum of living organisms. And although all living things do share some common traits and similar biochemical pathways and cellular functions, there...

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Obesity in Cats and How to Put a Cat on a Diet

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[video] Ever wonder what to do about your overweight cat? Overweight and actually obese cats outnumber cats of normal weight and are being seen more and more commonly by veterinarians for various disorders. In fact, obesity in cats can...

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Choosing the Best Feeding Method for Your Cat

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Nurturing a cat is not always as easy at it looks from the outside. Suddenly, you find yourself in the cat aisle fretting over collars, shampoos, treats... And once you have finally picked the right food, you have to decide which method of feeding...

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Making Ends Meet While Eating Healthy - You and Your Cat!

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When considering the cost of feeding your cat along with all of your other expenses, it can be difficult to find that balance between what is best for your cat and what is best for your budget. Fitting everything into a tight budget can be a...

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Wet Food Diet: Is it Better For Your Cat?

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Tips for Feeding Your Cat In the wild, cats get most of their moisture from the animals they hunt and kill, but unless your cat is hunting mice and eating them on a regular basis, chances are it relies on you for all its food...

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