Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, a healthy diet is perhaps the best way you can contribute to your Pet's prolonged good health. But what makes a healthy diet and how can you tell if what you are feeding your Pet is indeed healthy? Knowing the basic nutrients your Pet needs is a good start.
Your Pet's basic nutrient needs
There are times when your cat's diet may need an extra boost from vitamins and supplements.
Supplements are available to address a number of health needs including:
Skin & Coat -- if you've ruled out fleas as a cause of your cat's excessive itching, the most likely culprit is dry skin. A supplement rich in essential fatty acids will help & Read more �
Think about the regular care we receive throughout our life time from pediatricians, dentists, physicians, allergists, ophthalmologists, and so on. Why settle for anything less for your Pet? Now think about the fact that Pets age an average of seven years for every one of ours--and it's clear why regular care is so critical.
The first clay-based kitty litter was originally marketed as poultry nesting material. Ed Lowe of Cassopolis, Michigan, created a clay pellet mixture called Fuller's Earth, but local farmers weren't buying it. On a cold January day in 1948, Kay Draper - desperate because the sand that she used to fill her cat's litter box was frozen solid - gave Lowe's & Read more �
Is your cat at risk?
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) can be spread through the placenta before birth, through the mother's milk, or from an infected cat, usually through bite wounds or breeding. Keeping your cat indoors and away from infected cats is the best way to avoid the risk of FIV infection. Keeping your Pet indoors also minimizes the chances & Read more �
Obesity in cats is becoming an ever-increasing problem as cats become more popular pets. Better quality diets such as premium advanced nutrition foods, while good for the overall health of your cat, can lead to obesity if the cat is an overeater. And while living indoors keeps your cat safe from loss, injury and disease, they may not be getting & Read more �
Feline Toxoplasmosis is a intestinal parasite that can infect cats that eat small animals, birds, or other sources of raw meat that contain the Toxoplasma cysts. In the cats intestine, the cyst stages develop into eggs. The eggs are shed in the cat's feces, where they develop further. When material containing the eggs or cysts are eaten by the cat, & Read more �
Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) is a disease of the urinary bladder and urethra in cats. Female cats develop signs of cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). These symptoms can include: Frequent urination, passing small amounts of bloody urine, and sometimes, cats will urinate outside the litter box.
Male cats show signs of cystitis and may show signs of urethral obstruction. Urethral & Read more �
Indoors-Only is Best
Researchers estimate that indoor-only cats live almost twice as long as cats allowed outdoors. The single best way you can ensure that your cat has a long, healthy life is to keep it indoors. The following are just a few of the many dangers your cat will face if you let it outside.
Affected cats are either born with Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) or they acquire it, usually by inhaling or ingesting the virus. Younger cats and cats with weakened immune systems are more likely to get the disease. Keeping your Pet indoors helps prevent exposure.