June 2008 Issue

Homemade Diets: Use Care

Owners should undertake this task only with the guidance of a veterinary nutritionist. Here's why.

You likely consider your beloved cat to be a truly unique creature, and in many respects she may indeed be one of a kind. When it comes to her dietary requirements, however, she’s just like any other cat in the neighborhood — or in the world, for that matter. That is, all cats need a nutritionally sound and palatable daily diet, without which they couldn’t possibly exist for very long, let alone develop their distinctively individual personalities. The lack of nutritionally complete and balanced food intake can result in a wide variety of disorders that can have lethal consequences if ignored. Daily consumption of a nutritionally adequate diet will not, of course, protect a cat from injury or from the onset of many systemic illnesses. But it is likely to supply the resources that an injured or sick animal needs in order to respond well to medical or surgical treatment.

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