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Cat Nutrition Nuggets

Nutrition Nuggets is the newest offshoot of petMD's Cat Nutrition Center. Each week Dr. Coates will use her expertise and wisdom to blog about the intricacies of cat nutrition.

Arthritis in Your Cat – The Best Treatment is Not (Always) Medicine

You may be surprised to learn that cats have a much higher incidence of arthritis than we ever knew. A recent study showed that up to 60-90 percent of all cats (young and old) exhibited radiographic changes consistent with osteoarthritis. The most telling signs of arthritis in cats are behavioral changes.   READ MORE

Jan 24, 2014 / (2) comments

Can You Keep Your Cat Healthy On A Vegetarian Diet?

In response to my Can Cats be Vegetarians post, Ludmila Marshal commented that a study published in 2006 came to different conclusions than the one I referenced questioning the nutritional adequacy of vegan cat foods.   The study Ms. Marshal is talking about is entitled "Evaluation of... READ MORE

Jan 03, 2014 / (1) comments

Can Obesity Be Beneficial for Some Diseases?

Human medical doctors and researchers have stumbled upon an interesting conundrum they call the obesity paradox. It goes something like this. Obesity is bad. It predisposes us to a wide range of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. But, if a person happens to develop some types of chronic... READ MORE

Dec 27, 2013 / (2) comments

Is There Enough Protein in Your Cat's Food?

We’ve spoken many times about the importance of including adequate amounts of protein in a cat’s diet, but all protein is not created equal. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for owners to determine whether the percent protein that appears on a food’s guaranteed analysis will actually... READ MORE

Dec 20, 2013 / (2) comments

Diet Related Thiamine Deficiency in Cats More Common Than Thought

Say what you will about the pros and cons of commercially prepared pet foods, but one fact is indisputably true; they have all but eliminated the incidence of diseases related to nutritional deficiencies in dogs and cats who eat them. In my almost 15 years as a practicing veterinarian, I can’t... READ MORE

Dec 13, 2013 / (2) comments

Using Math to Compare Carbs in Canned Cat Food and Dry Food

Whenever the topic of feeding cats comes up, a few points always seem to arise.   Cats should eat high protein, moderate fat, low carbohydrate foods. For some individuals (e.g., those prone to obesity, diabetes mellitus, and many disorders of the kidneys and lower urinary tract) canned... READ MORE

Dec 06, 2013 / (2) comments

The Right Foods for Cats with Cancer

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:   READ MORE

Nov 15, 2013 / (1) comments

Is Your Cat Fat? Toss the Treats

I don’t like fat cats. I have nothing against them personally, but when I see one in practice I can’t stop myself from thinking about the myriad ways those extra pounds will likely shorten their lives and/or diminish their enjoyment of what time they do have left. Perhaps a more nuanced way... READ MORE

Nov 08, 2013 / (1) comments

How the Right Cat Food Can Help Prevent Bladder Stones

One of the nice things about diagnosing bladder stones (uroliths) in cats is that the three main types are amenable to prevention, and sometimes even treatment, through diet.   READ MORE

Nov 01, 2013 / (1) comments

Why Exercise May be the Best Medicine for Your Cat's Diabetes

I just finished listening to a podcast produced by the Public Radio show Science Friday called the “Fallacies of Fat.” In it, Dr. Robert Lustig talks about diet, exercise, weight loss, and health and how they are not all related in the ways that you might think.   READ MORE

Oct 25, 2013 / (1) comments