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Cat Health Problems and Your Cats Diet

Cat health problems are typically a result of your cat’s diet and a lack of exercise. As cat owners, we need to be aware of our cats activity. If your cat loves to chase it’s toys, and bursts off into other parts of the house, and runs up his scratch post, he is probably getting adequate exercise.

On the other hand, if he is lounging constantly, and looks more like an overstuffed pillow, he probably needs a little less food,and more exercise. This type of cat needs you to encourage his activity. Get him moving with string toys he can chase, or maybe use one of those laser pointers (keep away from the eyes) shine it around the floor and up the walls- our cat Ziggy goes nuts for this.

common dietary health problems

Cat Health Problems and Your Cats Diet

  • Feline Diabetes- Is a treatable disease, that caused when the hormone insulin is unable to balance glucose (blood sugar) levels in the blood stream. Early symptoms include frequent urination, loss of energy, weakness in the hind legs, greater appetite, and weight loss
  • Kidney disease- Also known as renal failure
  • Urinary system problems
  • Constipation

Many cat health problems can be handled at home after you read “Veterinary Secrets Revealed” by Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM

Watch for these signs to know if your cat is getting sick

  • unusual behavior changes
  • loss of appetite or difficulty eating
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • coughing
  • eye, nose, or ear discharge

In the event of a medical emergency, see your vet immediately.

A Good Diet Can Control Most Cat Health Problems

The foods that some people are feeding their cats’ can contribute to cat health problems. Let it be known that dry food or kibble as it also known, should not be what your cat is fed. Cats are instinctively carnivores. They are not big water drinkers because their natural meat diet provides 70 percent of the water they need.

If you can, and have the time,it’s our opinion raw meat diet is best. This however is not always an option. The next best option is to feed your cat a canned premium cat food that does not contain corn based ingredients. and is primarily made from all meat, and no by-products.

Also available are some great organic cat foods that may help reduce some cat health problems. Make sure the foods you decide on contain mostly meat and very little if any grains. Another important note is not to feed your cat seafood more than once a week being as cats are carnivores and too much seafood can upset their system.

Take Note

When making the switch from dried to canned, or a raw diet, it’s best to do it slowly, generally over the course of one week. Take away the dry gradually and start with a small amount of canned or raw food. Start with a small amount of new food to see how she likes it. If she takes it, treat her to a little more. An 8-10 pound cat can usually eat 3-4 ounces, two times a day. If your cat is stubborn about the switch go ahead and mix in a little more of the food she’s been eating. As an owner don’t get discouraged, your cat will make the adjustment. Make sure your cat does not go longer than 24-48 hours without eating.