Water is essential to life, but is tap water harming your pet? To a certain extent the answer depends on where you live. Simply put, if the tap water isn’t fit for human consumption then it shouldn’t be given to pets. However, even for water that is certified for human use this question has a deeper implication because of water additives, such as fluoride. Chocolate, … [Read more...] about Is Tap Water Safe for Your Pets?
Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerance in Cats
Which of the following are signs your cat could have a food allergy or intolerance? a) Upset stomach b) Dull coat c) Itchy skin [You’ll find the answer at the end of this article!] Under estimated, overlooked, and under diagnosed: Pretty much sums up food allergy and food intolerance in the cat. This is a pity, because the effects are far reaching and yet once … [Read more...] about Understanding Food Allergies and Intolerance in Cats
What Is Taurine and Why Is It Important in a Cat’s Diet?
Taurine is often one of those words that rings a bell, but you can’t put your finger on why. Actually taurine should have a special place in the heart of every cat owner, because it’s what keeps your fur-friend’s heart and eyes healthy. It is taurine (or the cat’s dependence upon it) that makes felines ‘obligate carnivores’. This means it doesn’t matter what the cat’s … [Read more...] about What Is Taurine and Why Is It Important in a Cat’s Diet?
Is it Ok for Cats to Drink Milk?
Where did the idea come from, of cats drinking milk? Think about it logically. In the wild, a cat isn’t realistically going to have access to a cow’s udder. At what point did humans decide it was a good idea to put down a saucer of milk for their cat to enjoy? Milk is a food for young animals before they are weaned, and whilst some adult cats get away with drinking milk, … [Read more...] about Is it Ok for Cats to Drink Milk?
Role of Probiotics in Your Cat’s Diet
How healthy is your cat’s gut? If your cat uses a litter tray you’ll be well aware of any changes in your pet’s poop. There are many reasons why a cat produces anything other than the perfect nugget, ranging from medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease or pancreatitis, to a diet change or even stress. If you cat has a problem it might be she is already under … [Read more...] about Role of Probiotics in Your Cat’s Diet
The Dangers of Feeding your Cat a Vegan Diet
Being vegetarian or vegan is a personal choice, and often one that a person reaches out of their love and compassion for animals. But whilst you choose to eat a plant based diet, it is important to remember that your cat is an ‘obligate carnivore’ and they MUST eat meat. Unfortunately, no matter how good your moral intentions, feeding your cat a vegan diet is a recipe for … [Read more...] about The Dangers of Feeding your Cat a Vegan Diet
The Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Cats
You might associate the bright orange pumpkin with Halloween, but this tasty vegetable isn’t just for making Jack O’ Lanterns in October! Pumpkin is delicious and nutritious, and not just for us humans. Despite the fact that it’s not something they’d naturally eat in the wild, pumpkin has a surprising range of health benefits for cats and dogs. Digestive Benefits Pumpkin is a … [Read more...] about The Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Cats
What’s for Dinner? Feeding Your Cat
Just like humans, cats have their own personal tastes and habits when it comes to dinner time. Your cat may be a big fan of fish or turn his nose up at tuna, be a fussy eater or scoff down everything that’s put in front of him, but as domestic cats (particularly indoor cats) rely on us to feed them, it’s important that we get it right. Apart from making sure you feed your … [Read more...] about What’s for Dinner? Feeding Your Cat
Eating Disorders in Cats – Over Eating and Not Eating Enough
No two cats are alike, or will have exactly the same eating habits so before you determine whether your cat’s eating habits are consistent with an eating disorder, you first need to know what’s normal for your cat. If you free feed your cat (e.g. leave your cat’s food bowl out all the time) it can be difficult to monitor how much your cat is eating which is why we recommend … [Read more...] about Eating Disorders in Cats – Over Eating and Not Eating Enough
Tips for Feeding Your Cat on a Budget
With many of us feeling the pinch when it comes to household budgeting, feeding your cat may be one of the expenses that you want to cut down on. Cheap Isn’t Always Best There are a number of budget cat food options available on the shelves, but buying the cheapest possible cat food may turn out to be a false economy. As carnivores, cats need a diet high in protein and … [Read more...] about Tips for Feeding Your Cat on a Budget