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.
Before we talk about how to get your cat to try something new, let’s talk about what to feed them. There are many different types of cat food available — dry food, canned, raw and fresh — and a few reasons why fresh food is worth the little extra work of transition.
Your cat's specific caloric and nutrient needs will vary widely based on age, size, breed, activity level, overall health, and other factors. All commercially-produced cat foods have to meet or exceed benchmarks for nutrients to be labeled as “complete and balanced foods” by AAFCO.
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.
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.
If you’re like most cat parents, taking care of the litter box probably isn't your favorite chore. Cats typically have at least one bowel movement a day but this varies depending on age, diet and health. Normal cat stool should have a long, round shape and a chocolate-brown color.
Noticing something fishy in the air? It might be your feline friend’s breath (yikes!). Sometimes your cat’s bad breath is harmless and sometimes it can be a result of underlying health issues.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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