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Choosing food for your feline – the more meat protein & moisture, the better

Tabby cat eating food from a bowl

For cats, the key words in choosing their food are PROTEIN and MOISTURE.

A cat’s digestive system is very different from a dog’s.  So do not assume that what’s good for your dog is also good for your cat.

While having a good protein-based diet is important for dogs, it’s especially important for cats.  Cats have higher requirements for proteins – and the amino acids found in proteins — than dogs.  A diet deficient in proteins can cause a wide range of health issues.  (Please note: Cats that have been diagnosed with kidney disease may be put on a protein restricted diet by their veterinarian.)

Do NOT reduce the protein in your cat’s diet on your own; always consult with your vet!

In addition to protein, cats need LIQUID.  Sources include wet or canned food as well as water.  Cats are notoriously poor drinkers so a quality dry food diet should be supplemented with canned or wet food.  Without adequate moisture, cats can be prone to urinary infections and are at increased risk of kidney disease later in life.  (Also look for foods that contain cranberry which promotes good urinary tract health.)  It is also helpful to add additional drinking areas.  I have two locations in my house with one of them being a drinking fountain.

The dry food provides the ability to “graze” throughout the day and also helps reduce dental tarter and plaque buildup.  Hard treats are also good (in moderation of course).


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Make informed decisions about pet vaccines

photoof dr putt vaccinating cat
Dr. Andrea Putt vaccinating a cat.

I have multiple cats and a dog at home.  And, as a pet owner, it can be challenging to keep up on all the latest information to keep pets healthy and happy.  One of these areas is vaccines.

There is a lot of discussion these days about which vaccines are good, which are bad, how often your pet should get them, should senior pets get them, should indoor cats get them and so on.  It can be confusing to say the least.  So that is why we decided to focus our third Pawsitively Healthy Workshop on this topic: Facts About Dog and Cat Vaccines. The workshop will be held on January 21, 2016.

In this workshop, Dr.  Andrea Putt of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital will talk to our neighbors about the pros and cons of vaccines and which are the ones your pet should not go without.  She will also talk about the fact that every pet is different – and so factors like age and your pet’s lifestyle — should weigh into your decision as well.

The bottom line is that making a decision about vaccines should be carefully considered and based on the facts.  So if you have every questioned the need for dog or cat vaccines, this workshop is for you.  We hope that you can join us! Click here to register.