Feeding Your Feline
Mar 09, 2011 07:20PM
Dr. Linda T. Stern, of Avian and Feline Animal Clinic, says cats are strict carnivores and have no nutritional requirement for carbohydrates; therefore, health problems can occur due to the high grain and/or carbohydrate content of both dry and canned formulations of most commercial cat food.
Cats were originally desert animals and do not have a strong thirst drive. “Water is essential to reduce kidney and urinary disease,” Stern explains. “Therefore, a quality low- to no-grain canned food is currently being recommended in my animal practice.” For the finicky, crunch-addicted kitty, she recommends select dry foods and offers various tips to introduce more water into the diet.
Rotation of brands and variety within brands is important for a feline’s nutritional balance. Stern states that because all the nutritional needs of cats are not known, no one diet can completely fulfill them.
For more information, contact Dr. Linda T. Stern, Avian and Feline Animal Clinic, 3300 Hartzdale Dr., Ste. 108, Camp Hill 17011. Call 717-730-3755 or visit AvianAndFelineHospital.com.