Health

What to do About Hairballs?

What to do About Hairballs?

What are hairballs anyways? We don’t own cats – I’ve been severely allergic my whole life, so I’ve never been exposed to them. I’ve heard of hairballs and always assumed it’s hair swallowed by the cat when they are grooming that doesn’t get digested properly... »

Cat Life Spans

Cat Life Spans

Our companion animals have much shorter life spans than humans. Our main objective is to give our dogs and cats the longest and healthiest life we can through good nutrition, healthy exercise and proper veterinary care. The average cat lives to around twelve years of age, but it can vary greatly by ... »

Sources of Protein for Cats

Sources of Protein for Cats

In our previous post on the protein needs of cats we recognized that most veterinary nutritionists recommend a higher level of protein for cats than for dogs.   Protein sources typically found in cat food include: Chicken Turkey Fish Lamb   While these are excellent sources, it’s imp... »

How Old is My Cat?

How Old is My Cat?

Both cats and dogs age differently than humans. It used to be said that a dog aged seven years for each human year. That’s not exactly true as dogs age much more rapidly in their early years. The same is true for cats. The following provides a good guideline for estimating your cat’s age... »

Protein Needs of Senior Cats

Protein Needs of Senior Cats

Our last post was on the protein needs of cats. It’s important to note that senior cats have slightly different nutritional needs, just as kittens do. Kittens need slightly MORE protein than adult cats and contrary to conventional wisdom out there, senior cats protein intake does not necessari... »

How Much Protein do Cats Need?

How Much Protein do Cats Need?

The SlimDoggy family doesn’t have any cats, so we’ve been spending time learning as much as we can about cat nutrition. One thing that was interesting for us to learn was that cats need an even higher level of protein in their diets than dogs. Cats are still carnivores where dogs, the op... »

What Human Foods Can Your Cat Eat?

What Human Foods Can Your Cat Eat?

During the holiday season we see lots of articles about what foods your pets shouldn’t eat. We thought we’d take the opposing view and talk about humans foods that are safe for your cat!   Human Foods cats CAN Eat: Fish: Cats love fish and it is an excellent source of protein and ot... »

Preventing Diabetes in Cats Pt.2

Preventing Diabetes in Cats Pt.2

A few weeks ago we wrote about an organization dedicated to early detection of diabetes in cats. Today we want to provide some tips and advice on preventing diabetes in your cat. Type II diabetes is the most common in cats and is most common in neutered male cats that are overweight and eat a diet h... »

Do cats sweat?

Do cats sweat?

Most of us know that dogs don’t sweat like humans do…they release heat by panting and maybe through the sweat glands in their paws…but what about cats? I never see cats panting – do you? So does that mean they don’t sweat? Cats are pretty cool…so maybe they don... »

Is My Cat Sick?

Is My Cat Sick?

Keeping our pets happy and healthy is every pet owners responsibility. The “happy” part is typically easier than the “healthy” part. A new toy, a yummy treat, a belly rub – all those things help keep your pet happy. We can feed them right, make sure they get exercise, b... »

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