Cat Food and Hydration

pica disorder in cats
Cat Food and Hydration

Why Does My Cat Eat Things That Aren’t Food?

It sometimes feels like the human definition of food differs from that of your pet cat. It can seem strange when your feline refuses their dinner, only to eat things that aren’t food. It makes you wonder if this mealtime behavior is normal for a cat, or if a medical problem is responsible. Pica is a psychological compulsion to eat non-food items, including clothing, paper, plastic, and dirt. Many cats are predisposed to this condition, […]

how much protein does an older cat need per day?
Cat Food and Hydration

Is Too Much Protein Bad for Older Cats?

As cats grow older, they find it harder to digest food – particularly protein. However, that’s not to say that protein is bad for old cats. It’s a common misconception that all senior cats should be placed on a low-protein diet. Aging (but otherwise healthy) cats need just as much protein as younger cats, but the protein must be high-quality and easily digestible. However, it’s true that cats with kidney disease should consume smaller amounts […]

How Long Can a Sick Cat Go without Eating and Drinking?
Cat Food and Hydration

How Long Can a Sick Cat Go without Eating and Drinking?

A sick cat can go without food and water for a few days at best. If your cat is ill, then immediate action is required before it becomes a life-threatening situation. While it’s natural for cats to grow finicky and refuse food and water from time-to-time, prolonged refusal is abnormal. A cat can survive for about 2 weeks without food, but just 3 days without water. A cat that is ill or has a disease […]

easiest proteins for cats to digest
Cat Food and Hydration

What’s the Most Easily Digestible Protein for Cats?

Cats need a high-protein diet to survive, but consuming large amounts of protein can be harsh on cats with sensitive stomachs. It doesn’t help that the proteins found in many commercial cat foods are low-quality and somewhat difficult to digest. To prevent digestive problems, we’re often told to feed our cat ‘high quality’ or ‘digestible’ protein instead. Cat food that contains a single, identifiable protein (i.e., chicken) is more digestible than cat food that contains […]

sudden loss of appetite in cats
Cat Food and Hydration

10 Reasons for Decreased Appetite in Cats

Whenever a cat has lost interest in eating, alarm bells start to ring. Cats need to eat regularly to stay healthy. Felines are food-focused animals, and their small bodies hold little in the way of energy reserves. If your cat is refusing to eat all of a sudden, there will be an underlying reason. A sudden loss of appetite in cats can be due to fussiness, as felines can become bored with their food. Your […]

is watermelon safe for cats?
Cat Food and Hydration

Can Cats Safely Eat Watermelon?

Cats are indifferent to most fruits. This is due to their tongue’s lacking the taste buds that detect sweetness, rendering fruit tasteless to felines. One exception to this rule is watermelon, which many cats have a particular fondness for. As long as you remove the rind and seeds, watermelon is safe for cats. In fact, watermelon is healthy for cats. As well as being rich in vitamins and nutrients, watermelon is very hydrating. Most cats […]