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A Tip From a Cat Expert – Dry Cat Kibble Are Carbs, Proceed With Caution

Tip From Cat Expert, DiAnna Pfaff-Martin. 

Dry Kibble Diet – While kibble is convenient, economical, and may meet the nutritional needs of our pets, most are higher in grain carbohydrates. If kibble is not proportioned a cat can gain weight and be at risk for diabetes. According to most veterinarians diabetic cats should only be eating a “primal diet”; a raw diet, or canned food only. According to Hills  nutritionists, Prescription TD is a clinically proven nutrition to reduce plaque, stain, & tartar buildup.

To learn about better cat nutrition, I recommend that you take a tour of on-line pet foods companies and read labels to educate yourself and visit a “specialty” pet food store in person. Many of the pet food brands may be unknown to you, but may have better ingredients than many of the popular advertised brands carried at larger chain pet supply companies.  If then, you consider changing brands, mix the old with the new food and slowly increase the percentage of the new product over several weeks to avoid upsetting a kitty tummy. In general, grocery store brands have less protein than premium and specialty brand foods and therefore changing the protein level and the brand abruptly can cause diarrhea, and or vomiting that could lead to an unnecessary vet visit.

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