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Too little or too much: When cat nutrition is out of balance

Good nutrition isn't just about the ingredients — it's about the right balance of nutrients. Feeding a cat food that has an improper nutritional balance can either lead to or worsen a wide range of health issues.

Protein:

  • Too Little: poor growth
  • Too Much: can exacerbate existing kidney disease

Fat:

  • Too Little: flaky skin
  • Too Much: obesity leading to diabetes

Sodium:

  • Too Little: inability to maintain water balance. Anorexia, fatigue, hair loss
  • Too Much: hypertension, heart conditions, constipation, seizures

Calcium:

  • Too Little: spontaneous fractures
  • Too Much: bladder stones

Phosphorous:

  • Too Little: poor growth. dull coat.
  • Too Much: hardening of soft tissue; hyperparathyroidism

Dietary Fiber:

  • Too Little: constipation
  • Too Much: constipation

Vitamins:

  • Too Little: anorexia, poor growth, rickets (vitamin D)
  • Too Much: hypercalcemia (vitamin D) and skeletal deformities (vitamin A)

Magnesium:

  • Too Little: anorexia, regarded growth, muscle weakness
  • Too Much: struvite, bladder stones

The precisely balanced nutrition of all Hill's™ Science Diet™ cat foods falls within optimal range levels of all of the above nutrients.