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My 5yo Siamese Torti Point has never been able to eat CAT BISCUITS. When she does she brings them up. What do you recommend?

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Mike,

Truthfully cat biscuits (commonly called kibble in North America) aren't really the best possible choice for your cat's nutrition. They are highly processed and sprayed with fat to make them palatable. Some cats just can't tolerate the extra processing and additives. A high quality canned cat food is a good choice, but it must be fed in small meals several times throughout the day (2-3 times is average). Since today's domestic cats originated from Egypt where there wasn't much fresh water they evolved to get the majority of the moisture that their bodies need to function and be healthy FROM their food. Unlike other mammals such as dogs and humans cats don't have the same drive to drink large quantities of water so cats that are fed an exclusively dry food diet are at higher risk of developing health issues related to a state of chronic dehydration. Not to mention that dry food is often left out in larger quantities so cats that tend to overeat will often become obese. For more information on some great nutritional choices for your cat please feel free to check out the website my veterinarian referred me to when I was asking questions about my own cats and their nutritional requirements: www.catinfo.org - this website was created by a veterinarian who wanted to help educate cat parents about the unique nutritional needs of their feline companions.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in an way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

Education/Credentials
I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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