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The importance of diet in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is well established, but what is often overlooked is the fact that a cat's nutritional needs will change as the disease progresses. Credit: Thinkstock Phosphorous restriction is vital in any diet designed for cats with chronic kidney disease. The reason for this is simple. Phosphorous is excreted from the body through the urine, and when kidney function is impaired levels within the body begin to rise. The easiest way to keep blood phosphorous down is to restrict the amount that a cat takes in. RELATED: Foods for Cats with Chronic Diarrhea Early in the course of the disease, dietary phosphorous levels may...

Foods for Cats With Chronic Diarrhea

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 difficult to digest. Therefore, it's not too surprising that many of the diets recommended for cats with digestive disorders are relatively low in fat. Credit: Valeri Potapova / Shutterstock I'm not sure what the foundation for this recommendation is. Perhaps some of the underlying facts were "borrowed" from human or canine physiology, but research casts doubts on the "fat as boogeyman" theory ... for cats with chronic diarrhea, at least. RELATED:...

Figuring Out Carb Levels in Cat Foods

Given the controversy surrounding carbohydrates in the diets of cats, you'd think it would be relatively easy to determine how many carbs a particular food contains, but that's not the case. Credit: Thinkstock Cat foods that adhere to the standards put forth by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) must provide certain information on their labels. This includes the diet's minimum crude protein percentage, minimum crude fat percentage, maximum crude fiber percentage, and maximum moisture percentage. Note the absence of carbohydrates. RELATED: Choosing Your Cat's Food Should Be Convenient In the past, I haven't been too worried about the lack of a reported number for...

At the risk of upsetting my cat Murphy - who I'm convinced can not only read, but speed-read - here's the latest bulletin from the world of cat feeder facial recognition technology. Credit: YouTube/Meow B. The Bistro smart cat feeder, designed by a team called 42ARK out of Taiwan, is the sort of crazy idea that Just Might Work. Currently in crowdfunding stage, the device combines several different technologies to ensure your cat is eating properly. That's "properly" as defined by humans, not by cats, which is why I just let Murphy outside and am typing this in the closet. Like other automated cat feeders, the Bistro lets owners dispense measured amounts of food when kitty is home...

Dedicated cat owners are a heterogeneous group. I have met some whose lives are focused on their fur kids. Others still love their cats, but have additional interests and/or responsibilities that can distract from their cat's care. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in the middle of this continuum. Credit: Thinkstock If you are an uber-dedicated owner, you may have the time, energy, and money to home-cook your cat's food or make a special trip across town to the boutique pet store to buy a special diet. The rest of us, however, might do better to stick with a readily available brand of cat food. Why? Cats are notoriously resistant to changes in their diet and when you realize you're out...

Vegan Diets for Cats?

Vegan diets are, for some people, perhaps a good choice. But many of my veterinary clients ask about the potential for feeding their cats such a diet. In answer to that question, a vegan diet is a poor choice for your cat. Such a diet cannot provide all of the nutrients that your cat requires for health. Credit: Flickr/Antonio Maneira It's natural, in many ways, for a person who has made certain lifestyle choices to consider the same types of choices for their pet. In this case, if a vegan lifestyle and diet is important to you, your choice of pet cannot be a cat. There are many pets that you could choose that would thrive on a vegan diet but a cat is not one of them. Cats, as a species,...