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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CAT IS HEALTHY?

To help keep them independent and wonderfully uncooperative, remember to check your C.A.T.S.

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SIGNS OF A HEALTHY APPETITE

  • GRAZING logo

    GRAZING

    Most cats like to graze on small, frequent meals because it mimics their natural hunting behavior - especially cats eating a dry food diet.

  • FAVORITES logo

    FAVORITES

    Your cat may develop a taste for specific textures, shapes, odors, temperatures, and food flavors, but they are not typically "picky" eaters and don’t often change their minds suddenly.

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    NO SURPRISES

    As we better understand cats, vomiting and frequent hairballs are considered abnormal and may be signs of underlying GI issues.

YOUR CAT’S APPETITE IS UNIQUE

You know your cat best. If you think something seems odd, bring it up to your veterinarian.

  • hunger strike

    If your cat isn’t eating, it’s not personal. They aren’t trying to spite you or go on a "hunger strike."

  • diet consisting

    A diet consisting of both wet and dry cat food gives your cat the benefit of more moisture in their diet, while helping to maintain their teeth and gums.

  • multiple cats

    If you have Opens a new windowmultiple cats in your home, you may have to be clever with where you place food bowls. It's not unusual for a heavier cat to bully smaller ones out of meals.

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY Opens a new windowDR. ANGELA HUGHES, GLOBAL SCIENCE ADVOCACY SENIOR MANAGER AT MARS PETCARE

 

As a professional researcher and veterinary geneticist, Dr. Hughes has spent her career sharing her expertise on pet health. Her work has been featured in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, PLOS One, PLOS Genetics and Large Animal Internal Medicine.

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