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.
Many people hear the word “alpha” and immediately think of harsh or dominating tactics to get a dog to behave or submit. This is definitely not the goal you want to keep in mind when working with your dog and becoming the alpha in her life.
One of the most important ways you can love your cat is to monitor what and how much he's eating. Whether you let him decide for himself when he eats, or you have scheduled feeding times, the decisions you make have an impact on his overall health.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.