Constipated Cats

Figure 1. A normal stool is Type 4; anything below that is moving toward constipation. A surprising number of cats have problems with constipation (abnormal accumulation of feces and difficulty defecating), and similar but more serious conditions such as obstipation (complete obstruction of the colon by feces) and megacolon (damaged nerves and muscles in the colon causing an inability to defecate). Constipation is uncomfortable, even painful. Constipated cats may defecate (or try to) outside the litterbox, because they associate pain or discomfort with the box itself. Other signs ...

2015-12-17T16:08:02-07:00

Feline Diabetes Basics

By Jean Hofve, DVM Has your cat been diagnosed with diabetes? Are you looking for the most accurate and up-to-date information on this condition in cats? Are you interested in alternative treatments? Do you want to know how to prevent the disease from developing? The following information is excerpted from my ebook,  Feline Diabetes: Your Comprehensive Guide from a Holistic Veterinarian. What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a chronic health condition, in which the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin, and/or the body becomes resistant to insulin, causing blood glucose to ...

2014-09-20T11:41:13-07:00

Switching Foods

By Jean Hofve, DVM The spice of life is variety, or so they say. If that's true for people, what about our dogs and cats? I love the commercial where the lady puts down a bowl of new dog food, and the dog shoves it under the rug. The voice-over intones, "(Our food), every day." It's very clever advertising, intended to put all of your pet food dollars into just one manufacturer's pocket. But the concept is all wrong. For many of us, our animal companions are our children. So ...

2013-07-07T11:40:36-07:00

Why Cats Need Canned Food

Cats are true carnivores, requiring a meat-based diet for optimal health. Their natural diet is prey, such as rodents, rabbits, lizards, insects, and birds. These prey consist primarily of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar and fiber) content. Cats are exquisitely adapted to utilize protein and fat for energy. Cats lack the metabolic pathway that humans and dogs use for processing carbohydrates. While cats can digest and utilize a small amount of carbs, cats, the excess gets turned into body fat. Given that more than ...

2015-04-06T09:24:32-07:00