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Feeding Cats With Liver Disease

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 underlying cause of the problem, if it has been identified. Proper nutrition is also vital. Credit: Thinkstock It is important to understand the role the liver plays in health and what happens when it is not functioning properly. The liver has many functions, including: 1. Absorption of food (through the digestion and transport of fats) 2. Removal of the by-products of digestion (e.g., toxins such as ammonia) 3. Production of proteins a. Blood clotting...

Foods That Cause Gas in Cats

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What Makes Cats Carnivores?

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. Credit: Thinkstock A small cat's behavior in the wild is quite unique from other well-known mammals. For instance, dogs and large cats hunt and consume large prey every few days. In contrast, domestic cats are more like their close relatives, the African wild cats, in that they hunt and eat small prey frequently throughout the day. RELATED: Taurine Deficiency in Cats A study of the anatomy of the cat shows many features that support a diet of...

Foods for Constipated Cats

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 stools, or those stools that do come out are dry and firm. Credit: Thinkstock Many conditions cause constipation in cats, including: Dehydration – caused by: –Disease –Dietary factors (e.g., inadequate water intake) –Medications GI motility problems – caused by: –Electrolyte abnormalities –Intestinal inflammation (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease) –Medications RELATED: Diarrhea (Long-term) in Cats Difficulty defecating – due...

Cat Eating Habits Explained

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