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Cat Nutrition Center

Cat Nutrition Center

6 Healthy Treat Ideas for Cats
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 your cat too many treats can be harmful. “Obesity is a huge problem in both dogs and cats,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack, DVM, a veterinarian and veterinary...
Is Being a Fat Cat Really So Bad?
By Ken Tudor, DVM Feeding the overweight cat is simultaneously both the easiest and the most complex of tasks. With few exceptions—like the Maine Coon at the large end and the emaciated looking Siamese at the small end—the ideal target weight for most cats is approximately 10 pounds. Unlike with dogs, we know the exact size of the thin cat inside Garfield and how many calories he needs....
4 Reasons Life Stage Diets Help Improve Cat Health
Benefits of Age-appopriate Cat FoodBy 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 needs of a kitten are much different than the needs of an adult cat that leads a sedentary life. Conversely, as our cats age, their nutritional needs may change again. Here are...
10 Questions Every Pet Food Manufacturer Should Answer
Reviewed for accuracy on February 4, 2020, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM You should feel confident and comfortable with the pet food you have chosen to feed your furry family member. That means knowing who is manufacturing your pet’s food and making sure they can appropriately answer your questions. Asking the right questions is also a great way to determine a pet food company’s transparency and...
A Schedule for Feeding Your Kitten – A Healthy Diet for Growing
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 enrichment program to prevent boredom and promote training and exercise, all of which are critical to a cat’s long-term mental and physical well-being. Here...
Weaning Kittens: How and When
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 right time and in the right way. Normally the queen, or mother cat, will handle kitten weaning on her own. But when the queen has trouble producing milk, or when a litter of...
How Much Should I Feed My Cat?
How Much Should I Feed My Cat?
Image via Africa Studio/Shutterstock Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to how much cat 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 addition, the same volume of different foods can have varying caloric and nutritional contents, showing that a...
How to Change Your Cat's Food Brand Quickly
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 with decreasing amounts of the old brand reduces the chances that your cat will develop an upset stomach or refuse to eat. But what do you do when you have to switch your pet's food...
Cats Are Different: How a Cat's Nutritional Needs are Different from a Dog's
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 are many notable differences that make each creature stand out from the crowd. So even with the thread of sameness joining all the planet's life forms, diversity and...
Choosing the Best Feeding Method for Your Cat
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 cat food, you have to decide which method of feeding you are going to use. There are two main methods, both of which have their own benefits and drawbacks. Free FeedingFree feeding is when you fill a...