FOOD & NUTRITION

Dear Doctor – Can I feed dog food to cats?

Q My husband and I live in an elderly community, with plenty of pet lovers. Our neighbor recently lost her toy breed dog,...

Flavonoids in Cat Food

Hyperthyroidism and diet According to the Morris Animal Foundation, researchers at the University of Georgia are in the process of completing a study on whether certain cat food ingredients can cause feline hyperthyroidism, a common ailment in middle-aged and older cats. Research so far has found that flavonoids - plant proteins found in commercially available cat food - activate cultured feline thyroid cells as effectively as a cats normal thyroid-stimulating hormone. This suggests that flavonoids may interfere…

Choosing the Best Cat Treats

Many of us maintain a little stockpile of our favorite snacks in a cupboard somewhere. And plenty of pet owners feel that their beloved...

Cat Treat Math: The 10% Calorie Solution

You may be asking: What exactly does it mean to keep treats to 10 percent or less of your cats daily calories? A little math: If your cat weighs eight to 10 pounds, for example, she will require about 200 to 250 calories per day, depending on how active she is, according to Dr. Heinze. That means treats should be no more than 20 to 25 calories. …

Dear Doctor – A young cat who suckles

Letters to Tufts Veterinarians - A Tuna Fish Diet, Suckling Habit

Choosing Your Cats Food

You may regard your cat as a truly extraordinary creature - and even like a family member - and she may indeed be special in terms of her coloring, temperament, distinctive behavioral patterns and so forth. But in at least one respect, theres nothing at all unique about her. Like all other cats, big or small, male or female, playful or aloof, her good health depends on her consumption of a nutritionally sound and palatable…

When Its Okay to Switch Cat Food On Your Own

If your cat has chronic diarrhea - and your vet has ruled out medical conditions such as kidney or liver disease, and doesnt suspect an allergy - you may just try switching to another cat food. It may not matter which one. One study found that cats with chronic diarrhea often improve with diet change - it doesnt matter what you change them to, says Dr. Heinze. …

Beware: Allergy Diets That Arent What They Claim

What out for these pitfalls in commercial diets marketed for cats with allergies, says Dr. Heinze: Diets for cats with allergies that arent. The marketing can be inappropriate, says Dr. Heinze. The package may say something like venison and potato but when you look at the ingredients, its venison and potato plus chicken and duck. Even if the ingredients are limited, it may contain common allergenic foods such as chicken or fish. …

What Are Novel Protein Diets for Cats?

If your cat has signs that may signal an allergy - skin problems that arent related to fleas or environmental allergies, or digestive problems such as chronic diarrhea or vomiting that doesnt have other causes - your veterinarian may recommend a special diet.

Tips to Encourage Your Cats Appetite

Cats with kidney disease often have changes in appetite - either decreased appetite or changes in food preferences. Below are tips to improve their eating: You should introduce any new diet gradually. Feed smaller meals more frequently. Warm canned food, and add homemade low-sodium chicken or fish broth to kibble. (Note: even commercial low sodium broths are too high in sodium.) …

Another Reason Why Our Cats Are Increasingly Obese

Are cats emotional eaters? Dedicated and doting owners are usually blamed when their pets are overweight - but new research indicates that some cats and dogs are actually emotional eaters. These animals consume more calories than they need simply to cope with boredom or stress. Emotional eating can become a problem for cats and dogs, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior. A lack of activities, stimulation or exercise - coupled with…

Probiotics for Your Cats Stomach?

Have you tried a probiotic on your cat to see if it would settle her stomach and relieve either constipation or diarrhea? If so, did it work? If not, veterinary researchers arent surprised. The evidence behind currently marketed probiotics, supplements that contain supposedly good bacteria to help an overactive or sensitive gut adjust, is pretty limited, says J Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM.