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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...

Home-Cooked Dog Food Diets

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder.com's "The Adopted Dog Bible." Preparing wholesome, healthy meals from scratch is an excellent way to be sure you know the health benefits of everything that goes into your dog's mouth. Credit: Getty Editorial Many dogs with allergies, skin conditions, or frequent gastrointestinal upsets respond well to a home-cooked diet. Relieving such maladies can stop your dog from developing nuisance behaviors that would prevent you from enjoying his company. But remember, it's crucial to your adopted dog's health that he receive the proper nutrients in the proper quantities. RELATED: Reading Dog Food Labels If you decide to cook all of his meals at home,...

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...

Help! Why Won't My Dog Eat?

Pet owners understandably become concerned when they think that their beloved companion is not eating enough. When I'm presented with a case like this, the first thing I do is try to determine if a problem truly exists. Sometimes owners mistake picky eating for not eating. As long as the pet is not too thin and is maintaining his or her weight, then caloric intake is fine. Conversely, if the pet is underweight or has been losing weight, we do have a problem. The challenge is to find out why the dog is not eating enough. Credit: Getty Creative A few questions will usually identify or rule out a problem with the food itself. If the owner purchases 40 pound bags of kibble for a 10 pound dog,...