When we choose food for our pets, we want to believe we are getting the best we can afford. Unfortunately, advertising and product design can easily distort our view. It is not always the case that the most popular pet food is also the best food, because being superb at marketing is not the same thing as being good at making food.
Do you need to feed a specific diet to your senior cat? What do you think? Did your grandparents change their diet upon retirement? They might eat less to avoid some unhealthy foods, often because their doctor told them, but mainly, they do not shop at specialized senior grocery stores, nor do they buy meat or milk for oldies.
Among all the meats that are fed raw to dogs and cats, pork has received the most undeserved bad reputation. Our veterinarian colleague shared with us that her clients are afraid to give pork to their pets because they all have heard something from somewhere about pork being bad. But what is the truth? Can you give pork to your cat? Is raw pork dangerous to pets? And if you feed it, are there things to keep an eye on?
Do you give milk to your cat? Many people do. After all, it’s a delicious treat for cats. Unfortunately, giving milk to your cat often leads to developing signs of lactose intolerance, such as diarrhea and vomiting.
How much water should a cat drink? Regardless of the appropriate amount, your cat should have fresh drinking water available at all times. And if you suspect that your cat is drinking too little or too much? That is when it helps to know what is considered normal, although determining the amount is not as straightforward as you may expect.
There are many myths surrounding the field of cat nutrition, such as: your cat can receive balanced nutrition only from commercial cat foods, meat-by products are evil, and cats love to drink milk and eat fish. We will talk about milk sometime soon, but, in this article, you are going to learn why raw fish is not safe for your cat, if cats should eat tuna in oil, and finally, whether or not fish is a safe food for cats at all.
The best way to determine the proper nutrition for a domestic cat is to take a look at what cats normally eat in the wild. In this article, you are going to learn what sort of animals cats eat out in nature, and what these habits tell us about the diet of domesticated cats.
“How much should I feed my cat?” is one of the most common questions our clients ask. Veterinarians and cat behaviorists must often answer cat food-related questions, such as what is the best cat food, is dry food better for cats and others. The only straight answer to this question is: Provide your cat enough food to maintain healthy weight and not enough to gain excess weight. Isn’t that brilliant? But what does it mean?
More and more sources recommend avoiding meat byproducts in our pets’ food. They say we should check whether meat is the first ingredient and avoid grain and meat byproducts on the label. But is this true? Let’s talk about what byproducts are, whether byproducts are bad and whether you should avoid byproducts in your cat’s food.
In recent weeks we talked a lot about weight loss in cats, ending our discussion with a guide for creating and managing your cat’s weight loss. But there are several more things you can do to make your cat’s diet more effective and healthy. Find out about those in this article.