Choosing a cat food for your cat

Live webinar date : 4th September 2019 8pm

There is no one right diet for all cats. The basic requirements are to be nutritionally complete and balanced and safe. The diet should be appropriate for lifestage, activity and body condition. It is difficult to determine petfood quality from the label, which has legally regulated information. Some terms, e.g. holistic, are meaningless. Larger companies’ petfoods are often backed by research and extensive quality control. Some diets include “functional foods” such as anti-oxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids. Commercial diets may include meat derivatives from animals slaughtered for human consumption. Homemade diets are frequently nutritionally incomplete, and raw feeding has risks.

Learning objectives

– Understand the term “complete and balanced”
– Know the lifestages of cats and how nutrition affects them
– Be able to body condition score your cat
– Understand the information on a catfood label, including the types of ingredients used in cat foods
– Understand the risks of homemade and raw foods

Speaker : Marge Chandler DVM, MS, MANZCVS, DACVN, DACVIM, MRCVS

Marge is a Clinical Nutritionist at Vets Now Referrals (Glasgow) and a private consultant in small animal medicine and nutrition. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Medicine).