Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition
Opie’s pictorial at Feline Urinary Tract Diseases is a ‘must see’ for any cat caregiver who insists on feeding dry food. A cat consuming a predominantly dry food diet does drink more water than a cat consuming a canned food diet, but in the end, when water from all sources is added together, the cat on dry food consumes approximately half the amount of water compared with a cat eating canned food. Put another way, a cat on a canned food diet consumes approximately double the amount of water consumed by a cat eating dry food when all sources are considered. Before you get too confused and frustrated when reading this section, I will say at the outset: I would much rather see a cat eat any canned food versus any dry food – regardless of quality level of the canned or dry food. Regarding making cat food: People often overestimate what it takes to make a nutritious meal for their cat and assume that it means slaving away in the kitchen every day.
We do not know all of the causes of this complex disease but what we do know is that many diabetic cats cease needing insulin or have their insulin needs significantly decrease once their dietary carbohydrate level is decreased to a more species-appropriate level than that found in many commercial foods. Many veterinarians prescribe expensive diets such as Purina DM and Hill’s m/d but you can do much better for your cat by feeding other more nutritious – and lower carbohydrate – canned foods. For optimal dental health, a cat should not be eating either canned or dry food since neither food type promotes a healthy oral cavity but we have to work with what is practical in a typical home setting and feeding a cat a ‘whole carcass prey’ diet is not terribly practical – even if it would be great for their teeth. Allowing a cat to go without food – especially an overweight cat – for a long period of time can be quite dangerous and may result in hepatic lipidosis. Once your cat is on a schedule of meal-feeding instead of free-feeding, try feeding a meal of canned food only.
Please see the Dangers of Dry food section on my Making Cat Food page that discusses the common contamination issues associated with dry food. If you are interested in preparing your own cat food, see Making Cat Food.
Smart, Sensible Solutions
My eight pets have been eating Viand food for about a year. They eat a raw food diet in the A.M. and Viand in the P.M. My 15-year-old cat had kidney problems, was losing weight and vomiting every day. After starting the raw meat and…. – Sharon Tarkington West Sacramento, CA.
Callie Jean Crytzer, a traditional Siamese cat, on a new chair we had just bought. I was ready to feed her and she was meowing for Viand, which she has been fed for her whole life. She was purchased from Applecat Acres,, in Newville, Pa. She was…. – Jan Crytzer Natrona Heights, PA. I spent a lot of time working with my holistic veterinarian and nutrition counselor trying to find a dry food to supplement the raw meat diet I feed my two cats and two dogs, and we determined Viand to be the only one that met our strict standards that the…. – Tracy Moon San Francisco, CA.
As you know, I breed Bengal cats and have been using Viand for over 6 years. During that time, I have seen some remarkable things. To begin with, several of my cats have had F.U.S. Two of my females and one of my males had been having constant problems with…. – Sincerely, Jeanne Lee Mauasian Dynasty Cattery 98 Woodland Avenue Rutherford, NJ 07070 804-2539. I am one of those people who turned to holistic remedies, specifically diet, as a last resort rather than a first resort.
It was more by default than design, but nevertheless, another case that Viand gets wherein the patient is already wracked by treatments. My cat Elton was 10 years…. – Alison Kruk and Elton! Fairfax Station VA. I am one of those people who turned to holistic remedies, specifically diet, as a last resort rather than a first resort. My cat Elton was 10 years…. – Alison Kruk and Elton!
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Cat & Dog Prescriptions
From flea prevention to arthritis relief, pets often need medication at all stages of their lives. Walmart’s Pharmacy department carries pet medications at Every Day Low Prices, putting the prescriptions you need within reach so you can keep your dog or cat happy and healthy for a long, well-loved life. The process for using the Pet Medications portion of our online pharmacy works the same as it does for standard human medications. You may be able to mail in the pet medication prescription, have your vet call in the prescription or have an e-script sent in. As with all prescription-strength pet medications, you’ll need a valid prescription from a licensed veterinarian to obtain medications for your pet.
While you can administer some over-the-counter medical solutions to your dog or cat, it’s important to do your research and consult a trained, qualified veterinary medicine professional before deciding what medications you can give to your animals and in what doses. If cost is keeping you from getting the meds your pet needs, check in with our pharmacy staff in store or over the phone to see what prices are available for the medications you need. We carry major pet prescription medications and brands plus a range of generic options. Issues like worm or parasite infection, flea infestation, skin conditions, organ disorders, wound care, behavioral disorders and arthritis relief are all covered in the range of drugs we offer through the Pet Medications section of our pharmacy. Because prescription medications are handed down from your vet, you may not need to make big choices as to what medications to give your dog or cat.
After you get your pet’s medication filled through the Walmart Pharmacy, you’ll want to follow dosage and administration instructions exactly. If you’re having trouble getting your dog or cat to take pills as instructed, head over to Walmart’s Pet Supplies section, where you’ll find soft treats and pill pockets that you can use to mask the flavor, size and shape of your pet medications, which will likely do the trick and get your four-legged family members to take their meds without a fuss.