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Neighbor Shopping Tips to help pet owners navigate growing number of food & supplies choices

Midnight snacksDue to the growing number of choices and products, you might think that shopping for your pet is getting easier.  It’s not.

Dry, canned, raw, reconstituted, grain free?  Gravy, sliced, tidbits, pate? The choices when it comes to food alone are mind boggling.  What about cat litter – clay, clumping, corn, wheat, recycled newspapers?  And on and on.

To help our neighbors narrow down their choices before they shop, we have launched Neighbor Shopping Tips here on my blog.  We are hoping that our information will make shopping easier for pet owners —  wherever they shop.

There are lots of high quality pet products on the market today.  In many cases, the question is not so much, which products are best – but which products are best FOR MY PET?  Factors like your pet’s age, breed, and existing health issues all impact your choices of products.

In all cases, we are going to try to provide you with candid information to help you make good choices for your pet.  As a pet owner myself, I will draw on my personal experience with pet foods and products as well as that of my team members, many of whom are pet owners as well.  In addition, we learn a lot from all of you – so keep the feedback coming as you try new products!

These treats can help get cats with poor appetites eating again

Tasty ChickenDo you have a picky eater?  Sometimes, as cats age, just like humans, they can become less interested in eating and it becomes more difficult to find foods that they enjoy.  If you have a cat who turns up his or her nose at lots of foods, I have found that some treats can fill in for at least part of their regular food and can also jumpstart their appetite.

But first, let me point out that if you have a cat who is not eating, your FIRST STEP should be to make sure they have a thorough veterinary exam.  It’s important to find out WHY your pet is not eating and to see if there’s any type of underlying health issue that is affecting your pet’s appetite.  If your pet is not eating, make an appointment at your vet as soon as possible.

I have had pets that were diagnosed with chronic illnesses and/or are geriatric and do not want to eat their regular foods.  So once you know why your pet is not eating normally, you can consider how to get them eating again.

The treats that have really helped get calories into ill and older cats are Temptations by Whiskas for cats.  I have had the most success with the CHICKEN flavor.  These treats are made in Canada.  See more info at https://www.temptationstreats.com/  For a few of my cats who did not want to eat at all, I fed them Temptations in place of their regular food.  See the website for information on recommended quantity and food ingredients.

AS IN ALL CASES, CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE MAKING ANY DIETARY CHANGES.