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Cat Nutrition - How Nutrition Affects Your Cat's Overall Health

How does nutrition impact the health and well-being of my cat?

It makes a big difference. Nutrition impacts pretty much everything. Poor nutrition will lead to poor health, and there are diseases we can prevent by having good cat nutrition and a well-balanced diet.


Dr. Ben Larson
Berry Farms Animal Hospital - Cupola Animal Hospitals

What are the nutritional requirements for a cat?

The basics and big categories will be water, a protein source, fats, vitamins, and minerals, and all generic cat food brands will cover those bases, excluding the water.

Will my cat's nutritional requirements change throughout their life as a kitten, adult, and senior cat?

Absolutely. Kittens require more calories than an adult cat, even if the cat's been spayed or neutered. Senior cats don't need near as many calories, and they even require some different vitamins and minerals. So their nutritional requirements do change throughout their life.

What are some signs and symptoms of poor cat nutrition in your pet?

One big one would be a poor, dull hair coat, as that can signify poor nutrition. Your cat might also experience some urinary issues, diarrhea, skin disorders, and even hair loss.

What are some common food allergies in cats, and how can I tell if my cat is suffering from them?

The most common food allergies in cats will be protein sources–chicken and beef will be the most common allergies, and you'll know because it'll usually arise in skin issues. The cat will be very itchy, may get ear infections, and may lose hair.

When it comes to cat food, what and how much should I be feeding them?

That goes back to the question previously, too. The cat’s food will change throughout their life, so I would talk with your veterinarian and see how much to exactly feed your cat, because, again, if it's a kitten, they may need more than if your cat's 10 or 12 years old, or they may need less at that point.

What should I do if I have questions regarding my cat's nutrition?

Talk with your veterinarian about it. Every cat is going to be different. There may be some metabolic or some other diseases going on. The veterinarian can help coordinate with you on what the best diet is for your cat; they can figure out the exact amount to feed and help make your cat healthier overall.

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