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6 Signs it's Time to Change Your Cat's Food
Choosing a cat food can be a painstaking process — so much so that some of us stick with buying the same cat food for our cat’s entire life. “The truth is,” says Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, “we now know our cat’s nutritional needs can and do change over time due to factors like their life stage, their overall health, and their activity level.”
What Age Should I Change My Cat’s Food?
When it comes to nutrition, there are three life stages which experts believe are important times in your cat’s life to discuss with your veterinarian. The first is the kitten life stage. During this period a cat food rated for “growth” is needed because it is specifically designed for kittens according to the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials, which sets standards for pet foods in the United States). “Kittens that are growing require kitten foods with a higher protein level and a higher calorie count…to meet their growth requirements,” says Dr. Lorie Huston. “If these nutritional demands are not met, your cat’s growth may be stunted and/or your cat may become ill.” Cat foods rated for “reproduction" or "gestation/lactation” are also a benefit for pregnant or lactating female cats.
The second life stage for which you should consult your veterinarian about nutritional changes is the adult life stage. “Obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in cats today,” says Dr. Huston. “One reason for this is improper life stage feeding. For example, [an adult] cat — especially one that leads a sedentary lifestyle — may become overweight or even obese if fed cat food meant for kittens.” Cat food labeled as "all life stage" can also deliver excessive fat and nutrients your adult cat does not require, as it is formulated for kittens; instead you should be looking for cat food rated “adult maintenance” by the AAFCO.
For the complete article on 6 Signs it’s Time to Change Your Cat’s Food, visit petMD!
5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Allergy Free this Spring
The spring season brings with it many allergens that affect both us and our cats. This is because most plants thrive during the spring.
Here, according to Dr. Patrick Mahaney, is how you can treat your cat’s allergies this spring.
1. Go to Your Veterinarian
Since there are so many conditions that can appear clinically similar to allergies, having your veterinarian examine your cat is an important first step. Diagnostics, including skin impression smear and scraping, and blood testing may be needed to determine the nature of the condition and the most appropriate treatments.
2. Bathing and Topical Treatments
Cleaning your cat’s skin surface and coat using a pet-appropriate shampoo helps remove environmental allergens, bacteria, oil, and other irritating substances. Full-body bathing or localized cleansing can be performed as much as twice daily depending on your cat’s needs. Besides shampooing, a leave-on-conditioner or veterinary prescribed topical treatment can help to manage your cat’s general or localized skin irritation and infection.
For the complete article on 5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Allergy-Free this Spring, visit petMD!
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