Feline Nutrition

Darwin’s Raw Cat Food: Feed Your Cat the Way Nature Intended

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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements. There are numerous benefits from feeding a raw diet to your cat, including improved digestion, reduced stool odor and volume, increased energy, ability to maintain ideal weight, better dental health, and better urinary tract health.Continue Reading

Review: What Cats Should Eat

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If you’ve read this site for any amount of time, you know I’m passionate about species-appropriate nutrition for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they need meat not just to survive, but to thrive. Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian and author with more than 20 years of experience in conventional and alternative veterinary medicine, has written about this topic a lot longer than I have. In What Cats Should Eat: Keeping Your Cat Healthy With Good Food, Dr. Hofve takes an in depth look at feline nutrition.Continue Reading

Report Sheds Light On Serious Problems in the Pet Food Industry

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I’m passionate about species-appropriate feline nutrition, and have written extensively about the topic. I maintain a small list of brands of raw or grain-free canned food that I’m comfortable recommending after doing thorough research. These are brands that I either currently feed Allegra and Ruby, or have fed them in the past.

The pet food industry, like the food industry in general, is not known for its transparency, so it can be difficult to obtain accurate and current information. This is why I’m so appreciative of organizations like the Cornucopia Institute, whose mission is to provide information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement. While their focus is on promoting justice for family scale farming, the work they do benefits the health of all living beings, from humans to animals to plants.Continue Reading

Cats on a Diet: Will They Still Love You?

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Last week we wrote about the obesity epidemic among America’s cats (58% of cats in this country are either overweight or obese) and the serious health risks of obesity. What makes this trend so disturbing is that it is created entirely by the guardians who love their cats. There are no obese cats in the wild. Our cats rely on us to make appropriate nutritional choices for them, and one of the biggest mistake cat guardians can make is to equate food with love.

Getting a cat to lose weight can be challenging. It may require making changes to a cat’s feeding schedule, changing the food itself, increasing the amount of time spent playing with the cat, and more. Read Weight Loss Tips for Cats for guidance on how to get your kitty to a healthy weight.Continue Reading

Majority of Cats in the US are Overweight or Obese

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The statistics are staggering: 58% of America’s cats are either overweight or obese. This trend has mirrored an equally disturbing increase in obesity among people. Overweight cats are facing the same health risks as humans, and what is almost as disturbing as the statistics themselves is that this problem is created entirely by humans. There are no obese cats in the wild. Obesity is the direct result of poor dietary choices for cats, free choice feeding, an overabundance of treats, and a lack of exercise.Continue Reading

Stella & Chewy’s Recalls Two Cat Formulas

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Pet food manufacturer Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling some of its products sold in the United States and Canada over concerns about the possibility of listeria. A recall of 990 cases of products was prompted by a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for dogs in 8.5-ounce frozen bags during routine surveillance testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.Continue Reading

Bravo Recalls Select Lots of Chicken and Turkey Blend Diet for Cats and Dogs

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Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs& cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination in a single package of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats (2 lb. chub only) made on 11/13/14 with a best used by date of 11/13/16.Continue Reading

The Right Diet for Cats with Cancer

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While cancer in cats is not as common as it in dogs, it is still one of the leading causes of death in older cats. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States along. And because cats are masters at masking illness, it is often harder to detect.

Cancer used to be a death sentence for cats, but recent advances in feline cancer research have made treatment possible in many cases. Just like with human cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, treatment options may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.Continue Reading

Review: Dinner PAWsible by Cathy Alinovi, DVM and Susan Thixton

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There is no doubt in my mind that processed food is just as bad for our cats as it is for us. Processed foods cause and aggravate inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to healing by bringing an increased immune response to the site of an injury or infection, but when inflammation becomes chronic, it damages the body and causes illness.Continue Reading