When switching your cat to any new food, gradually introduce it over a 10-14-day period. Mix it with your cat’s former food, gradually increasing the proportion until only the new food is being fed.
You can tell if your cat is the ideal weight when you can feel, but not see his ribs. To be sure of his ideal weight consult the Veterinary Surgery.
Keep fresh water available at all times.
If you are switching from a canned food to a /dry food, expect your pet to drink a lot more water, most commercially produced tinned food is made up of over 80%, which provides a large amount of drinking water for your cat.
The best way to measure the quality of a pet food is to measure what goes in compared to what is passed out. Many inexpensive pet food, provide a lot of filler’s which may make it look good value, but a lot of the food is not utilised by the animal and there is more to clean up afterwards.
If your pet refuses to eat for more than 48 hours, discuss the problem with us immediately
If you are feeding a premium or commercially prepared pet food, it is not necessary to give any additional supplements; in fact this may do more harm than good.
Most feeding guides on pet food are to be used as a guide only. Our veterinary surgery will advise you on the most appropriate amount for your cat.
Therapeutic Nutrition for your cat - An overview
We have over time; become used to advances in medicine for ourselves and in changes in Veterinary medicine for our animals, new drugs for treatment and the management of diseases, new types of surgical procedures. An area which has become significant in it’s area of research in Veterinary medicine is: Therapeutic nutrition, In fact therapeutic nutrition for cats is known to have been researched as far back as 1948 in the United States by a Vet called Dr Mark Morris. He created the first Prescription Diet product, registered trademark of Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Since then therapeutic Nutrition has grown to be an important component of Veterinary Medicine with innovative products that give sick and disease prone dogs and cats nutritional support during and after therapy
Different health problems require different forms of nutritional support. Amazingly researchers at Hill’s Pet Nutrition were the first to recognise the link between successful therapy and supportive nutrition, years before researchers in human medicine reached the same conclusions
- A variety of formulas are available to support your cat including:
- Adverse reactions to foods
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gastro intestinal disease
- Pancreatic disorders
- Cancer care
- Liver disorders
- Kidney disease
- Weight control
- Dental health
- Urolithiasis (bladder stones)
- Urinary Tract disease
- Pre- and post-surgical conditions.
If your cat is diagnosed as having a disease or nutrition related disorder, it is comforting to know that, in many cases, a change in diet really can help to manage and control the problem.
Help with switching your cat's food
If we have recommended a change in your cat’s food and he has been a creature of habit, you may need some help in switching to a new way of eating.
Gradually introduce the new food over a 10–14-day period, unless instructed otherwise by the Veterinary Surgeon. Mix the new diet with your cat’s former food, gradually increasing the proportion until only the new food is being fed.
Do not supplement your cat’s new food unless instructed otherwise by your vet. Do not feed treats, snacks, table scraps, leftovers, or any food other than that which the Veterinary Surgeon recommends.
Keep a clean bowl of fresh water available at all times.
If your cat has trouble giving up his familiar food
Warm canned food to body temperature (but not any hotter), before feeding.
Hand feed the new diet for the first few days.
If your cat refuses to eat for more than 24 hours, discuss the problem with the Veterinary Surgeon immediately.
If you are still experiencing difficulties, please discuss these with the Veterinary Surgeon.