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5 Things You Didn't Know About Cat Health


5 Things You Didn't Know About Cat Health

Did you know that you could be harming your cat’s health without even realizing it? It turns out that most people aren’t aware of the 5 things they’re doing wrong when it comes to caring for their cat’s health. Learn what they are, plus more facts about your cat’s overall well-being, by reading the following article.

1) Cats Are Carnivores

Cats are carnivores, which means they require a lot of animal-based protein in their diet. Proteins contain amino acids that help maintain body tissue and a healthy immune system. Cats who don’t get enough protein can develop kidney disease, stunted growth and other health problems. One way to ensure your cat is getting enough protein is to feed it canned or raw meat – or both. The water content in canned food and fresh meat helps keep kitty hydrated, which prevents dehydration and makes for healthier overall function. Another benefit: Canned food and raw meats typically have less carbohydrates than dry food does.

2) Vitamins Will Keep Them Healthy

Cats don’t need to consume a lot of calories to maintain their weight and health, so in many cases, foods with fewer calories are better for them. Low-calorie diets can also help your pet lose or maintain weight, which can also make it easier for her to be active and lead a healthier life. If you have questions about how much of which nutrients your cat needs, ask your veterinarian. They can also suggest specific diets that will give your cat what she needs without sending her into calorie overload.

3) The Importance of Animal Protein

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that unlike humans, dogs and other omnivores, they need high amounts of animal-based protein in their diet. However, many pet owners may not realize that even if you feed your cat a complete and balanced diet (meaning one with all of its essential nutrients), it still may not be enough. Cats need taurine (an amino acid) from animal protein, says Dr. Coates. Most commercial cat foods contain taurine as an added ingredient—but cats eating homemade diets can become deficient without it. Because many commercial cat foods contain too much plant protein and carbohydrates in relation to their animal protein content, your feline friend could experience weight gain or difficulty losing weight.

4) A Matter of Taste

 it comes to cat food, taste is a big deal. After all, cats can be picky eaters. If your cat isn’t drinking or eating enough of her daily food, that's a pretty good sign that she doesn’t like it, says Dr. Coates. If you’re worried about your kitty not getting enough nutrition from her current food, then talk to your vet about different options.

5) Hygiene Is Important

Cats are fastidious by nature and can be picky about what they eat and how they use their litter box. Remember that most cats groom themselves to keep clean, so it's important to keep them as clean as possible on a daily basis with regular brushing and baths. Cat nails should also be trimmed regularly (and never declawed) in order to protect your pet from injury. And don’t forget kitty litter! Make sure you have a cat litter box on hand—your feline is counting on you!

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