A Second Reason Your Cat May Jump onto the Kitchen Counter
Q: I know that if a cat food has passed its expiration date it’s best to throw it out, but what about a “best by” date? That doesn’t seem as bad.
Pop quiz (a tale of two feeding scenarios):
Three in 10 cats over the age of 10 have chronic kidney disease, and that number rises to as many as eight in 10 for cats over the age of 15. That makes it one of the most common illnesses to befall our feline pets — and one of their biggest killers. But feeding the right diet can prolong the life of a cat with kidney disease, along with her quality of life.
At 10 weeks of age, your growing kitten might require about 90 calories per pound of body weight each day, says the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). But by the time he’s 10 months old and almost out of kittenhood, he may need as few as 36 calories per pound of body weight every day. The requirement is going to differ from kitten to kitten, but there’s a point at which your almost-fully-grown cat may need fewer calories than he did as a younger baby.
There’s a lot of cat lore out
there that people accept as the truth because it gets repeated so often. But frequently, what’s assumed to be true about cats isn’t. Here are six examples.