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    Nutrition

    Is Dry Food Bad for Cats?

    Dry cat food (kibble) is perhaps just as common as wet cat food. But is it suitable for cats? Is it good for a cat’s health, or could it have long-term effects? Should you feed it or not? Is dry food bad for cats? It is. It doesn’t reflect a cat’s wild diet, is nutritionally unsuitable in more than one way, and can cause long term health issues like kidney disease and obesity. That applies despite it remaining popular and being frequently advertised. Instead, feed your cat wet cat food or raw cat food as these are more suitable choices. Pick a food with a minimum of grains and other…

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    Nutrition

    What is Free Feeding and Should I Do It?

    Free feeding is more natural for your cat than scheduled feeding; that’s why many cat owners feed their cats this way. But what are the problems with free feeding your cat, and how bad are they? Are they serious enough that you shouldn’t do it? What is free feeding, and should I do it? Free feeding is where a cat is given unlimited food that it can access at any time. Kibble is ideal for this, because wet food can go bad quickly; combination feeding involves unlimited dry food with occasional scheduled wet food. While most cats can regulate their own calorific intake, so are not in danger of obesity…

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    Nutrition

    What to Feed a Cat to Help It Gain Weight

    If your cat has lost weight, switching it to a new food or offering it high-calorie treats might help. But what should you feed it? What can you feed a cat to help it gain weight? Feed it unlimited food (free feeding), as cats like to trickle-feed throughout the day. Switch your cat to a new higher-calorie food using the 80/20 method if it refuses to eat. Offer it high calorie cat treats made of meat in the meantime. Check for reasons why your cat may have stopped eating, such as dental disease, bullying from other cats, or insecurity around the food bowl. Talk to your vet if you notice…

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    Nutrition

    Are Cats Lactose Intolerant?

    Cats love milk—just like the cat who got the cream. But is feeding cats milk safe, is milk good for cats, or can they experience lactose intolerance like us? Can cats have milk? Cats become lactose intolerant when they wean, i.e. when they stop drinking mother’s milk and start eating solid foods. That’s because its gut stops producing lactase, which is the same problem as is seen in lactose intolerant people. If the cat is continually fed cow’s milk by a person, however, it won’t become intolerant as its gut will still produce lactase. The signs of lactose intolerance in cats include gas, diarrhea and vomiting, but there are no…

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    Nutrition

    Homemade Cat Food Recipes

    Making your own cat food is an appealing idea. You can save money with cheap recipes, or make luxury cat food that’s great for their health. But it’s easy to go wrong. Can you make homemade cat food? You can, but be careful. It’s easy to feed your cat the wrong diet. Before you do, research what nutrients, vitamins and minerals a cat needs. Only then think about recipes and ingredients. Completely vegetarian and vegan cat foods are impossible because cats need taurine, which they can only get from animal sources. Below, we’ve covered a few popular recipes: what they contain, how to make them, and how they’re good for…

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    Nutrition

    The Real Ingredients in Kibble: What Scientific Studies Say…

    Dry cat food isn’t natural. In the wild, cats eat regular raw meat. When you look at a dried up, cooked cat biscuit it’s impossible to tell what’s in it without looking at an ingredients list. What’s really in kibble? It’s mostly made of meat, grains, vegetables and bulking materials. The exact ingredients differ between kibble manufacturers. There are usually additives too which provide vital nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals. The resulting ‘dough’ goes through a process almost like making a breakfast cereal. Dry food isn’t ideal for cats. Wet food is better, although dry food isn’t necessarily bad for them. You just have to make sure…

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    Nutrition

    Is It Safe To Feed Cats Raw Meat?

    Cats are carnivores, right? And in the wild cats eat raw meat to the exclusion of almost everything else. They certainly don’t cook their own food. That’s why people have started feeding cats raw meat. Should you feed cats raw meat? It’s both a good and bad idea. It’s good because it contains lots of water, is good for their dental health, and helps maintain a healthy weight in cats. But food poisoning, parasites from raw meat and poor diet balance are all potential issues. In short, err on the side of caution: stick to regular cat food. These issues are largely related to the way meat is processed by…

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    Nutrition

    Which Foods Are Poisonous To Cats?

    Cats are picky eaters, and rightly so. There are lots of foods which are bad for cats. If neither you nor your cat know better, you could give your cat diarrhea or worse! Which foods are poisonous to cats? Alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, dairy (if your cat is weaned), onions and garlic, raw eggs, raw dough, some raw fish, potatoes and green tomatoes and a few other things are all poisonous to cats. However, they are all bad to different extents, and most will only give your cat an upset tummy. The issue is that so much of our food is processed and unnatural for cats. Generally speaking, if the cat…

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    Health,  Nutrition

    Why Is My Cat So Skinny?

    Weight is such an issue in today’s world! It even affects our pets, too. Cats can get fat, but can get skinny too. When that happens, you have to assess the causes—because they could be serious. Why is my cat so skinny? If your cat is eating less food, it can lose weight slowly. Anxiety and oral health issues can make cats eat less. Illness and diseases, as well as parasites, can also make your cat lose weight. However, there are skinny cat breeds which are naturally slimmer than others. If you’re worried about your cat’s health, take it to the vet. Getting your cat to a healthy cat weight…