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Nutrition at Cats & Critters

Nutrition There have been many recent advances in feline nutrition. It is strongly advised that you discuss your cat’s specific nutritional needs with your veterinarian to create the optimal nutrition plan. Unless directed otherwise by your cat’s veterinarian, cats should be fed a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. The majority of this diet, if not all of it, should be wet or canned food. Portion control is a necessity as cats commonly over ear, which leads to weight problems. Obesity in cats commonly leads to diabetes and arthritis. Our goal with nutrition is to extend the healthy lives of our companions.

Raw food diets (i.e. BARF diets), raise some significant health concerns. Often these diets are nutritionally unbalanced and will not provide the proper proportion of nutrients to assure a long and healthy life. Another concern is the potential for illness to both human and animal due to bacterial infection from improper handling or feeding of raw ingredients. It is important to note that many adult animals can be asymptomatic carriers of Salmonella and can transmit both E. coli and Salmonella bacteria to us as well as other pets. Other concerns are the potential for parasite infection from ingesting uncooked meat. Although fecal analysis would check for intestinal parasites, several potential parasites found in raw meat infect organs in the body and cannot be tested for with a fecal analysis.

As for all questions regarding nutrition and your pet’s health, your veterinarian is still your best source of information and will be happy to discuss any concerns on questions you may have.

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