A healthy cat is a happy cat

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A CAT has a variety of nutritional needs that differ from those of a dog or other small animals. Cats have a high need for protein compared to dogs.
Animal based protein is a necessary component in a cat’s diet as it supplies essential amino acids, such as taurine. In addition to protein, your cat requires a proper balance of fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and water. Many nutritional experts feel that providing a variety of different diets/foods for your cat will help to provide optimal nutrition.
Why do cats like to eat grass? Domestic cats may look for grass,other greens. Some vets believe it’s to supplement their diet in order to clean their systems of furrballs or food that they should not have eaten. Cats may even eat plants out of curiosity. Owners should make sure that any plants that may be accessible to their cats are non poisonous.
Dietary Supplements – Multi vitamin supplements are available for those cat owners who wish to add to their cat’s diet. With a balanced diet of high quality cat food, these additions may not be necessary. If you feel your cat has special nutritional needs, be sure to research the benefits and possible harmful side effects of each supplement.
A cat that is provided a well balanced diet does not necessarily need the addition of nutritional supplements. Specific supplements may be needed, though, for specific medical needs. In these cases, the supplements should only be given with the guidance of a veterinarian, and closely monitored. Some owners feel the need to give kittens nutritional supplements. Check with your vet for advice.
At most, a multi-vitamin dosed properly will ensure that your kitten’s nutritional needs are being met. Some owners suggest the addition of supplements to the daily diet of elderly cats. However, it’s best to ask your veterinarian for advice on how to best care for older cats. Mineral oil is often suggested to prevent constipation by some owners, but it may do more harm than good. When providing supplements, always remember to check with your vet to determine the right amount necessary for the individual needs of your cat.

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