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Cat Nutrition

Cat Nutrition

Family Veterinary Clinic offers a full range of veterinary care services for your kitten or cat. We focus on wellness and prevention, as well as care for when they are sick. Learn more about our feline-friendly services below or contact us today.

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Family Veterinary Clinic recommends feeding a high quality, age-appropriate, nutritionally balanced pet food for most pets. Pets with certain health conditions may require prescription diets. There is a lot of information out there, not to mention a plethora of pet food choices, which makes it a little scary when trying to decide what food is best to feed your pet. For this reason, we have compiled a list, which is not all encompassing, as that is a daunting task even for us, but lists some foods that we feel comfortable recommending. We never recommend feeding raw diets; handling raw meat can cause serious bacterial infections, like Salmonella, in people. Eating raw meat can lead to bacterial, protozoal, and parasitic infections in pets.

Homemade diets are an option but we would recommend consulting with a veterinary nutritionist as most recipes available in books and on the internet are nutritionally unbalanced and can lead to serious health issues.

Family Veterinary Clinic has some great food recommendations for your pet’s optimal health. Contact us today to learn more.

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Transitioning a Cat’s Diet

Remember that if you switch foods even within the same brand it is always wise to do a gradual transition over 7 days to decrease the chance of GI upset that usually manifests in vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Here is how to transition a diet:

  • For the first 2 days feed 75% of the original diet and 25% of the new diet
  • For the next 2 days feed 50% of each diet
  • For the next 2 days feed 25% original diet and 75% new diet
  • On day 7 your pet is transitioned to 100% of the new diet

For cats, it may take longer to transition their diets not because of GI upset but because they are sometimes fussier about their food choices.

Family Veterinary Clinic strives to offer the very best cat care. As a result, we give our feline patients the most comprehensive care available. Our staff understands your concerns and are here to help you with any questions. Family is in our name, that is why we treat yours like ours. Make sure to check out our informative blog to learn more about your cat.