Pet Health Articles

  • Over 50% of cats in North America are either overweight or obese, so paying attention to the balance between activity and calorie intake is important

  • The population of mature and senior cats is increasing. In fact, 35-40% of cats in North America are at least 7 years of age, and it’s not uncommon for cats to live well into their twenties. Better nutrition, safer lifestyles, and improvements to preventive healthcare have contributed to this trend.

  • Newborn kittens are relatively immature at birth compared to many other mammals. The period of time they spend being nursed by their mother (queen) helps the newborn kitten transition from in utero nutrition to solid food.

  • Advances in veterinary awareness and diagnostics not only means cats are now living longer and with a better quality of life than ever before, but it also means the likelihood of diagnosing cancer during a cat’s life has increased.

  • The various stages of reproduction – heat (estrus), pregnancy, lactation, and weaning – provide unique stresses to the body. Each provides specific nutritional concerns that should be addressed to maximize both queen and kitten health.

  • Feeding cats doesn’t have to be mysterious. By recognizing a few key concepts and attributes of cats we can create a very reasonable feeding plan for them.

  • Nutrition plays an important role in determining the health and longevity of cats. Here is an overview of how to ensure your cat receives the right nutritional formulation.

  • Cats are considered to be adults by the time they are 1 year old. It is not uncommon for them to live up to 20 years or longer. Once they reach 7 or 8 years of age, however, cats are considered to be “senior citizens,” and age-related diseases and metabolic changes begin to emerge.

  • Because cat foods are so palatable now, it is not as common to find a feline picky eater, but it can happen. It appears that for some cats, providing lots of variety—different flavors, styles, and textures—can overwhelm a cat with choices. For some cats, too much of a good thing (e.g. lots of food variety) is not necessarily a good thing!

  • A gastrostomy tube is a small rubber tube that passes directly into the stomach through the skin and body wall of the cat's abdomen. It permits you to deliver food and water directly into the stomach.