Home > Health > Eating and Nutrition

Eating and Nutrition

Why Does My Cat Chew or Lick Plastic Bags?

why does my cat chew or lick plastic bags?

Plastic bags are dangerous to your cat for so many reasons. If chewed, there’s a risk of choking and intestinal blockage. Playing with plastic bags creates a risk of strangulation and suffocation. Not every cat does this behavior but if your kitty does, it can be a seemingly endless battle to keep plastic bags out of reach. The Appeal of the Plastic Bag Each cat is different when it comes to the attraction to the plastic bag but there are some common reasons: Plastic bags contain lubricating chemicals known as ...

Read More »

Why Your Cat May Carry Food Away From the Bowl Before Eating

Why your cat may carry food away from the bowl before eating

You’ve set up the ideal feeding station for your cat. You picked the perfect bowl and maybe even put a placemat underneath to catch any food or water spills. You’ve done your research and picked top quality food for your cat. Instead of enjoying her meal at the feeding station though, your cat grabs a chunk of wet food or several pieces of dry food in her mouth and dashes off to another location to finish eating. When she has swallowed that food she comes back to the bowl, takes ...

Read More »

How to Feed Different Diets in a Multiple Cat Household: Eight Quick Tips

how to feed different diets in a multiple cat household: 8 quick tips

  Living in a multiple cat household has so many wonderful rewards and benefits but it also comes with a few challenges. One of those challenges many cat parents face on a daily basis is how to manage feeding time. It can become a struggle to keep one cat out of another cat’s food bowl. A cat parent begins to feel more like a kindergarten playground monitor or even a traffic cop whenever mealtime comes around. The mealtime routine can get even more complicated when one or more cats must ...

Read More »

Overweight Cats: It’s an Epidemic

Why Are There so Many Overweight Cats? A story out of Nashville (where I live) received national media attention. It concerned Buddha, an extremely overweight cat who was rescued from Metro Animal Control by Penny Adams, a volunteer at the Cat Shoppe. Buddha had been relinquished by his cat parents due to family issues. His weight? 31.4 pounds, which is more than twice the weight of an average cat. Penny rescued him while visiting Metro Animal Control to take pictures of cats available for adoption. She brought Buddha back to the Cat ...

Read More »

Transitioning Your Cat From Dry Food to Wet Food

Cats are creatures of habit and making any type of significant change can be tricky. Making a food change requires extra care because of the potential health complications that can occur if done incorrectly or abruptly. Why Would You Make a Change to Wet  Cat Food? There are many reasons why you might want or need to make this change:       Before Making the Change From Dry Cat Food Unless your veterinarian has prescribed a specific formula or brand of food, take time to research which food would ...

Read More »

Why Your Cat Might be a Picky Eater

why your cat might be a picky eater

Do you consider your cat a picky eater? Have you offered several brands and varieties of food only to have your cat turn up her nose at each and every one? Perhaps your cat has successfully eaten one type of food for days and then suddenly rejects it. Regardless of whether you’re feeding wet food, dry food, premium, raw or homemade, many cat parents have been faced with finicky eater syndrome. What causes it? There can be several reasons why your cat becomes a picky eater. Fixed Food Preference in ...

Read More »

Why Does My Cat Need a Puzzle Feeder?

why does my cat need a puzzle feeder

I’ve written before about the value of incorporating puzzle feeders (food-dispensing toys) into your cat’s daily life but if you’ve been reluctant to try it or are confused about how to begin, this article will take you through it step-by-step. What’s a Puzzle Feeder? A puzzle feeder is simply a food-dispensing toy. The cat figures out what movement of the toy is required to get a food reward and a game is born. You cat doesn’t technically “need” a puzzle feeder but for many cats, it can be a very ...

Read More »

How Appealing is Your Cat’s Water?

Water is important to the health of your cat and how you present and serve it can have a big influence on whether kitty drinks it or rejects it. Here are six tips for making sure the water you serve is appealing: 1. Freshness of Your Cat’s Water Refill the bowl with fresh water on a daily basis. Cats are very sensitive to taste and if the water stands too long it will start to taste stale. Food and dirt particles can accumulate in the water which can affect taste ...

Read More »

Why Your Cat Doesn’t Have a Sweet Tooth

do cats have a sweet tooth?

A video from the American Chemical Society offers an explanation as to why cats don’t seem to care for sweet flavors. The video was produced at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Apparently, it all comes down to kitties having a broken gene.   We’re sorry but Pam is unable to respond to questions or remarks posted in the comment section. If you have a question about cat behavior, you can find many answers in the articles Pam writes for the website as well as in her best-selling books.    

Read More »

Create a Peaceful Mealtime for Your Cat

For your cat, mealtime should be healthy, tasty, peaceful and secure. Many cat parents focus on the first two things but don’t pay enough attention to the last two. When your cat walks over to the food bowl she shouldn’t have to worry about whether she can eat in peace or whether she’s going to have to deal with a threat. So, in addition to making sure you put good quality, tasty food in her bowl, make sure you’ve created an appealing and secure feeding station. Cats Don’t Eat in ...

Read More »