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Pet health: Cat nutrition

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by

A cat with cat insurance eats a meal.

Posted by: HR
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As cat owners, you’ll hear a lot of debate about what to feed them. There are “dry vs. wet” food, “raw vs. cooked,” and “store-bought vs. homemade” debates going on. But probably the biggest discussion between cat owners and vets has been how much to feed your cat.
How much should you feed your pet to ensure proper pet health?

Overfeeding is one of the biggest contributors to pet health issues. Obesity in cats and dogs shortens life spans and is the cause of serious health problems.

According to Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DAVIM, DACVN, professor of medicine and nutrition at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee, “Obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in cats.” Bartges says pet health issues, including diabetes, arthritis, urinary tract and heart disease can result from obesity.

So how much should your cat eat every day and how often should he be fed?

• Check with your vet: Your vet is the best person to determine what’s right for your cat’s breed, body type, age, etc.

• Most recommendations say 24 to 35 calories a day per pound of the cat’s weight: This should keep the cat in a healthy range.

• Cats do better with feeding twice a day: Older cats often do best with their food provided in several small meals a day.

As a responsible cat owner, provide good cat health by keeping your cat’s weight within normal range. Cat insurance can help defray your vet bills, but good preventative care can also help keep those costs down.

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