By Tony Buffington, Cheryl Holloway, Sarah Abood

Handbook of Veterinary Dietetics is a accomplished advisor to nutrition and feeding techniques for either fit and in poor health pets. innovations are according to real actual and dietary overview of sufferers and are designed to fulfill the desires of involved vendors and the sensible realities of the house atmosphere. dietary administration ideas deal with the actual well-being wishes of sufferers, giving attention to such matters as lifestyles levels, nutrition reputation, scientific reaction, and long term profit. the last word target is to advertise and maintain the dietary well-being of pets in a way that actively comprises the landlord and complements the standard of the human-pet dating.

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Cats that are receiving excellent-quality commercial diets do not require supplements. If the cat’s diet is defective in any observable respect, then that food should not be fed. The diet may also be deficient in inapparent ways. No reason exists to support manufacturers who produce defective diets. Some clients do not understand that cat foods that support gestation, lactation, and early rapid growth contain as much as three times the nutrient density needed for adult maintenance. This differs somewhat from the situation in humans, who consume a variety of natural foods.

Two major forms of canned food are produced for pets: “ration” type diets, which are made up of animal tissue, soy, and cereal grains, and “gourmet” diets, which primarily are made from some form of meat with vitamins and minerals added to produce a satisfactory diet. Gourmet products must be carefully formulated because meat alone is a poorly balanced, incomplete food. Animals in the wild also eat the viscera and bone of their prey, which results in a more balanced diet. Advantages and disadvantages of canned foods are similar to those of semimoist foods, with the additional disadvantage that if a can is opened and left out for a prolonged period, the food may spoil.

Most nutrition-related problems are avoidable if clients are taught early in their kittens’ lives about cat nutrition and feeding. Veterinarians should explain to their clients that because cats are carnivorous they are eaters of animals, not just eaters of muscle meat. The distinction is important because muscle meat by itself is deficient in many Chapter 3 Normal Cats 29 nutrients. The fact that cats are carnivorous means that it is not safe to attempt to make “vegetarians” of them. Many of the nutrients they require—for example, taurine, arachidonic acid, and vitamin A—are present only in animal products.

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