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The Rising Cost of Pet Food

Its no secret that gas prices are on the rise. So is just about everything else, including pet food. The U.S. Bureau of Labors Consumer Price Index reports that pet food prices for the second quarter of 2008 rose by eight to nine percent. While thats not as much of an increase as milk or gasoline, consumers are still seeing the most significant price increase in pet food in years. What gives?"If you look at the rising cost of pet foods, its all because of the cost of grains," says Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, assistant professor of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine. "All of the grains such as corn and rice that are used to make pet food have gone up in price, so pet food prices had to rise as well. And that cost has to be passed on to the consumer." Pet owners like Teri Grohl have noticed. Grohl, an administrative assistant for a high-tech company, spent a portion of her $600 stimulus check on food and cat litter for her three cats, ages 12, six and two.

The Homemade Diet

In March 16, 2007, Menu Foods, Inc. initiated a recall of pet food processed at two of its facilities and sold under multiple brand names. By early April 2007, more than 40 cat food products were included in the recall. As a result of this widespread recall of pet food, many pet owners are concerned with the safety of their cats food and have turned to their own kitchens for alternatives.

Help for People and Pets

Life has gotten hard for Beth since her car accident. She is still confined to a wheelchair following multiple surgeries and a series [IMGCAP(1)]of skin grafts. Her children (whom she raised on her own) are all grown and gone, so Beth has only her beloved gray and white cat, Charity, to help her get through daily life at home. …

The Feline Digestive System

Diarrhea, vomiting and loss of appetite are the major signs of trouble if your cat is suffering from digestive tract problems.

Megacolon and Diet

A very clean litter box can be useful in prevention. But once diagnosed, your cat will likely need a specific dietary regimen.

Vomiting: A Danger Sign?

When vomiting lasts more than a week, it's considered chronic, and the culprit needs to be discovered. Here's why.

The Feline Sense of Taste

One thing is certain: Cats lack a gene that enable them to taste sweetness. Here are other neat facts.

Sensitive Skin and Diet

Incessant scratching is annoying for your cat and troublesome to you. But how can you tell if its her food thats the main culprit?

Safe Food Storage

Here are some common-sense rules for storing your cats food so that it remains fresh and healthful.

Feed Your Older Cat Well

Its better to tailor your aging cats nutrition to her individual needs and not her age. Heres why.

Food for Thought

Its important to choose the right food to meet all your cats nutritional needs.

She Wont Eat It Anymore!

If your cat is in good health, a change in her appetite may simply mean she wants a little variety.