Nutrition

Cats are carnivores. This means that they have to eat meat in order to stay healthy.  Plant protein is not an adequate source of protein.  Their bodies require much more protein to function properly than non-carnivores.  This means that choosing the right food is essential when creating a diet plan for your cat.  In general, a canned, high protein, low carbohydrate diet is best for most cats.

Weight management is a widespread issue in companion cats.  They are indoor and rarely exercise.  Add to the mix a dry kibble rich in tasty carbohydrates, and it's no wonder feline obesity is at an all time high. 

Overweight cats are at increased risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, breathing problems, and sanitary issues.  

The good news is, we can help!

We will weigh your cat, determine his/her body condition score (BCS), muscle condition score (MCS), and

calculate the recommended daily caloric and protein requirements to help develop a custom nutritional plan.  

Knowing how much to feed is essential... our goal is slow weight loss.  Rapid weight loss is dangerous to cats and can result in life threatening liver failure. 

If you're not already familiar with this site, please check it out... there is a lot of good info here!  https://catinfo.org/


Cat food is made up of these major components:  protein, fat, carbohydrate and water. When looking at foods that are low in carbs, it is important to pay attention to the protein and fat content.  Cats need protein, but protein is expensive. Some companies add extra fat and lower the protein to meet calorie requirements as a more affordable option.  But please be aware of this when looking at labels!  

 

Sometimes it is best to avoid commercial foods all together... we are supporters of BALANCED home cooked diets formulated with the assistance of a veterinary nutritionist, as well as BALANCED and properly handled raw diets. 

 

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