Cat nutrition is an important thing for all pet owners to understand. There are many aspects to consider about the necessary dietician needs of your pet. Should you find yourself questioning your cat’s diet and overall nutritional health, it is time to consider nutritional counseling.
Nutritional counseling is exactly as it sounds. Whether for a human or any animal, nutrition is important. A professional specializing in nutrition will educate and inform cat owners about the importance of a well-balanced diet and cater to your cat’s exact dietary needs.
A balanced and nutrient-rich diet is key in the health of all living things, especially cats. You may not know, but cats have special dietary needs as they are obligate carnivores. They require meat to sustain a healthy life. Other needs, such as food allergies and congenital health issues, can also come into play when planning for your cat’s nutrition.
Dietary needs are different for every cat and tend to change over their lifetime. Obligate carnivores lack the needed metabolism to digest vegetables, therefore cats cannot be vegetarians. Cats and kittens require high protein diets with the right balance of amino acids.
Protein should be the main source of calories for cats. The right amount of protein can only be found in the tissue of animals. Cats need a diet with restricted carbs and high meat sourced protein. Less than 10% of your cat’s diet should be carbohydrates.
Your cat’s food should contain many vitamins to aid in their health. These include vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, and choline. These vitamins help a range of needs from metabolizing carbohydrates to aiding in normal blood clotting.
Almost all pets, including your cat, need about 25-30 calories per pound per day to maintain a healthy weight. They should not be gaining weight if a healthy diet is provided.
Obesity in cats is a major concern among veterinarians. It increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, joint problems, arthritis, and other medical conditions. A nutritional counselor can assist you in determining if your cat is at risk of obesity.
Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing extraordinary care to all pets in and near Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Chatsworth. We are equipped with the best in-house laboratory and digital radiography to provide you with quick and accurate results.
Our office, staffed with two great doctors, has provided over 19 years of service to the areas nearby Ventura County.
Dr. Ron Resnick has been in practice for more than 32 years. He has been named Simi Valley’s #1 Veterinarian. Dr. Resnick graduated from Tufts University and went on to teach at Harvard University. He has previously operated two other veterinarian hospitals with great success. In addition, Dr. Ron is one of the few in the area trained to perform Stem Cell therapy for dogs.
Dr. Alison Klee received her veterinarian degree at Michigan State University in 1992. She also holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Klee holds a special interest in feline health and is certified in dermatology. She is also certified in alternative medicine including acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteotherapy.
Our clinic is designed to provide you and your pet with routine services throughout normal business hours and emergency care after hours. We understand that problems may arise at the most inopportune times, but rest assured, we are here to care for your fur babies.
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The food and treats you feed your pets are essential to their health. At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital, we also know that nutritional decisions for your cat can be difficult. We believe a healthy weight is important to maintaining a long life for your animals, which is why we are proud to offer nutritional services to you. Call today to schedule your appointment for a healthy and happy pet!