Cat Nutrition & Training
Cats have specific nutritional requirements and their eating habits vary not only from dogs but also from cat to cat. Learn more about cats and all their nutrition and training specifics.
Your cat is leaving behind a trail of chemicals called pheromones, natural substances that share specific information amongst the same species of animal. Cats use pheromones to mark people, objects, and other cats and household pets as safe, important parts of their world—and to warn of potential dangers in their environment.
Cats in their most natural state are desert animals, and like most desert animals, they tend to get most of their water through the food they eat. Prey is high in moisture (up to 70%), and as a rule of thumb, the average cat needs 1 oz of water per pound of body weight daily.
Cats generally need a minimum of 4 ounces of water a day per 5 pounds of body weight. However, this can vary based on activity level, temperature, and other environmental factors. They can obtain this through drinking and through their diet.
There are a number of reasons for the fishy odor that we smell when our cats breathe on us. These range from disease processes like feline leukemia and stomatitis (a severely painful disease of the gum tissue) to oral foreign bodies and, most commonly - dental disease.
Reduced phosphorus diets have been very effective at improving the outlook for cats with CKD. In fact, cats that consistently eat diets designed to reduce kidney workload can live twice as long as cats that have had no dietary adjustments.
We see a lot of trends crossing over between human diets and pet diets: low-carb, grain-free, raw foods, antioxidant-rich, etc. After all, if it works in humans there’s a good chance it’ll have similar benefits for our pets, right? Sometimes, but not necessarily.
In addition to keeping themselves clean, cats instinctually keep their litter box clean as well. They do this by covering their urine and feces with loose litter. Therefore, when the smell of urine is coming from the cat herself, this can be cause for concern. The reasons and solutions of a urine smell vary from cat to cat.
Taking the time to peek at your cat’s stool is crucial. There are four common characteristics cat parents should keep an eye on that might indicate a health problem.
Whether you are considering free feeding, scheduled meal times, or a blend of the two, the single most important goal of any feeding plan should be to give your cat access to the appropriate nutrients and calories she requires.
Along with conventional treatments, many veterinarians prescribe L-lysine supplementation to cats suffering from respiratory problems or illnesses like the feline herpesvirus. But what is L-lysine, and does it help your cat or harm her?