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Which Is Better For Your Cat, Dry Food Or Wet?

Have you been feeding your cat dry food but wondering if she would be healthier with wet? Maybe you’ve stayed away from wet food because it’s much more expensive and requires more trips to the store to buy a bunch of small cans, pouches, or plastic trays rather than one big bag. You also have […]
Are picky feline eaters born that way or inadvertently taught by their owners to turn up their noses at food?

Once a Picky Eater, Always a Picky Eater?

Does it sometimes seem like your cat is such a finicky eater that she is taunting you by turning up her nose at what you feed her? Do you worry that she is not getting enough calories to keep up her health? Do you keep switching her food in the hope that you will finally […]
A voracious appetite in a cat can be psychological or physiological.

Dear Doctor: New cat’s insatiable appetite

Q. After a number of months, we have taken in a feral cat who finally seemed to want to live “on the inside.” We are glad for that but are surprised at how ravenous he always seems to be. He scarfs down his food and never refuses a treat. Having had and observed cats for […]
“I would have preferred fish.”

So You Want to Make Your Cat’s Meals Yourself

Following are just a few of the erroneous statements found online to try to scare people into thinking that commercially prepared cat food is bad for their pets. “Our cats…are slowly and progressively getting sick and dying from commercial pet food.” “By providing their pets with commercially available dry and moist foods…pet parents are lulled […]
Yes, but is the amount of kibble in the scooper correct?

Measure Food By Weight, Not Volume

Do you weigh your cat’s food before feeding it or measure it out in a cup or serving scoop? If you’re like most people, you go the serving scoop route, which measures food by volume. But it’s very hard to make sure you’re giving the correct amount that way. Research has shown that measuring by […]
TRIXIE Fun Board

Feeding By Food Puzzle

You do your best to make sure your cat is pampered and enjoying the good life. But you may be overlooking her innate prey drive and need for a challenge that goes beyond what a dangled feather can offer. Food-containing puzzles that require feline strategy and focus will help satisfy her urge to hunt for […]
A cat-sized water fountain may be just the thing.

When Your Cat Needs to Drink More Water — But Won’t

Most of the time you don’t need to worry about whether your cat is drinking enough water. Setting out a bowl for her is usually enough. But a number of medical conditions increase a cat’s water requirement. One of them is kidney disease. Cats with kidney disease aren’t able to concentrate their urine as much […]
They may put up with this, but they’d probably rather eat away from each other.

Is the more expensive food the better one?

Q. I always feel a little guilty for feeding my cat plain old kibble from the supermarket. Some of my friends buy much more expensive brands from pet shops. Should I be rethinking my choice of cat food? Kelly Delia Bloomfield, Michigan Dear Ms. Delia, A. This is a common question. The short answer is […]

Because the Clerk at the Pet Food Store Recommended It

Would you ask someone who works at the supermarket which foods you should buy to stay healthy? If the answer is no, then you know not to ask the clerk at the pet store which food to feed your cat every day. But not everybody makes the connection. We hear people say all too often […]
It is much more complicated for a cat to be a healthy vegan than a person.

Can Cats Be Vegans?

A number of companies now manufacture vegan diets for cats. They don’t contain any meat, eggs, or dairy products. One such company advertises on...
The Guaranteed Analysis numbers can be absolutely dizzying.

Why Comparing Cat Foods Is So Difficult

Look at the package of almost any food intended for people, and you will find a Nutrition Facts label. It tells you at a...

What to Do If You Think Cat Food Made Your Pet Sick

Every so often, there is a media report about a pet food recall that occurs in the wake of animals becoming sick. The news...