- Try different types of food to see if your cat likes a different brand or flavor.
- Warm the food slightly.
- Add a little bit of something with a strong odor - a little tuna juice or tuna fish, for example.
- Consider hand feeding - once in a while. Some cats will allow it, says Dr. Ross. You dont want to do it too much, though. Your cat can actually get an aversion to food - associate it with being forced to eat. Also, you dont want to get bitten, even if inadvertently.Consider hand feeding - once in a while. Some cats will allow it, says Dr. Ross. You dont want to do it too much, though. Your cat can actually get an aversion to food - associate it with…
[From Tufts March 2010 Issue]
Today, more than one-third of cats in the United States are overweight, posing many health risks and possibly contributing to shortened lives.
Ongoing research indicates that increasing protein levels and decreasing carbohydrates in feline diets play vital roles in preventing obesity and its related illnesses. One of these leading scientists, Debra Zoran, DVM, associate professor and chief of medicine at Texas A&M Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in College Station, presented her research at the June 2009 conference of The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Montreal, Canada.
[From Tufts July 2011 Issue]
Can you tell me if there is anything detrimental to feeding canned tuna to a cat? I have heard that there might be health issues.
Dear Kent: Your question is a good one. There is no harm in feeding canned tuna to a cat as a treat. However, because it is not complete and balanced with all of a cats daily nutrient needs, it should not be fed as a primary diet.
Do carbs make cats fat?
Q I am a long-time subscriber to Catnip, and a volunteer for feline rescue groups in my area. A large female recently came to us at a little over twenty pounds, and was described by our vet as a food-grazer. For the past three weeks under our care, she has been receiving one-quarter cup twice daily of a veterinarian-recommended weight reduction food, and she has lost just under one pound.
Some advice for weight loss
Q My cat, Buddy, is obese. He is very long, and weighs close to 29 pounds. Our veterinarian says we should try to get him down to 20 pounds. He has been tested for a thyroid problem, and it appears that this is not the issue.
My veterinarian consulted with a colleague, who thought it may be that Buddy is not able to process carbohydrates. Weve reduced Buddys total calories to around 325 per day.
Many premium commercial pet food manufacturers now include foods that offer novel proteins and limited ingredient, hypoallergenic and grain-free formulas. Most comply with AAFCO guidelines and are easily available in a variety of price points. Many cat owners prefer to pick one of these instead of buying a therapeutic diet from a veterinarians office - especially when the ingredients on the labels appear to be so similar.
According to Dr. Heinze, For a diagnostic trial, if youre trying to prove an animal does or does not have food allergies, you should never use an OTC diet, for a couple of reasons. For one thing, most of them that call themselves limited antigen ...