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5 Tips for Picking Out Treats for Cats

My cat has me well trained. Every evening she arrives in the kitchen for her treats. If I don't conjure them up quickly enough, she is not shy in expressing her irritation – vocally at first and then as the situation becomes more urgent (from her point of view) by placing all of her six pounds directly underfoot. I invariably acquiesce at this point to save one or both of us from injury. Credit: Thinkstock Since treats are a daily indulgence for many cats, it's important to put some thought into what makes a good cat treat. 1. Treats should be treats In my mind, a treat should be special... something that a cat looks forward to and relishes eating. I've heard nutritionists and...

A couple of weeks ago we talked about how, unlike many other species, cats need more protein when they enter their golden years (around 12 years of age). In the process of researching that article I came across some disturbing information. The recommendations for minimum protein levels in cat food put forth by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the National Research Council (NRC) may be too low. Credit: Getty The NRC's recommended allowance for protein in adult cat food is 50 g/1,000 kcal metabolizable energy (ME). For kittens, it is 56.3 g/1,000 kcal ME. Now don't go looking for these sorts of numbers on cat food labels, they're not there. What does appear on...

Senior Cats Need More Calories

Anybody out there have an old, skinny cat? Veterinarians see them on a daily basis. Sometimes we reach a causative diagnosis - kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders are all common culprits. At other times, however, a cat may lose weight but appear to be normal in all other regards. What's going on in these cases? Credit: Shutterstock Of course it's always possible that a health work-up missed something. For example, a cancer may be too small to find, GI disease will often go undiagnosed without biopsies, or kidney function may be declining but not yet reached the point where blood work and/or a urinalysis are abnormal. Putting those...

I often hear owners and veterinarians (myself included) say that canned food is generally better than dry for cats because the former is higher in protein. Well... I was doing some research for a previous post on feline nutrition and stumbled upon something interesting. In some cases, dry food has more protein than canned, even when comparing similar products made by the same manufacturer. Credit: Thinkstock The first case I found involved a prescription, gastrointestinal diet made by a major manufacturer. Their canned variety contains 43.2% protein on a dry matter basis (meaning after the water has been removed, a necessary calculation when comparing dry and canned foods). Their dry...

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...