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privately owned, "cats" only boarding and grooming resort.
We have toys, supplies, premium foods and litters for cats and the
"Wow Meow Gallerie" of arts and gifts for cats and cat
lovers. We are located in Montrose at 1516 W. Alabama, Houston,
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FOR YOUR CAT
How Not to Have Big Vet Bills in Your Future
Nutrition - Obese Cats are not Healthy
It is very important to read the label of ingredients. There are
two lists on the packaging. One is percentages of protein, fat,
etc. The other listing is of the actual ingredients. Foods should
have protein as the 1st. ingredient and the more the better, i.e.
chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, et al. (healthy cats require more protein
than dogs). Fat, fiber and moisture will complete the makeup. Vitamins
should be there in good supply. Cats must have Taurine for good
eyesight and can only obtain this from their food. Omega 6 and 3
are especially good for skin and coat. Most foods will have ash
and magnesium, but these should be in very small amounts. If the
words by-products appear in the ingredient list; i.e. "chicken
or meat by-products" then you should avoid this food or request
more information from the manufacturer as this is a catch-all phrase
that can allow the manufacturer to put a lot of things into the
product that you don't want to feed your cat.
The foods with a goodmakeup are usually called premium foods and
are higher in price. Since premium foods have a higher nutritional
value you feed less food so price between the two is actually very
similar and the cat does not become fat from eating lots of carbohydrates
If the food contains by-products or is heavy in meal it is a bad
investment in nutrition for your cat and financially for you. Also,
there is a big element of buyer beware in all this. Many good companies
build up their name over time and are then sold to a large company
that makes a variety of food items for people as well as animals.
The new company oftentimes starts substituting their by-products
such as chicken beaks and feet and other waste materials from their
other manufacturing into the newly acquired premium pet food so
one should continue to read the labels over time.
By feeding wisely and watching your cats weight you should be able
to avoid future vet bills for diabetes and other problems which
are now becoming more common in today's cat population.
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