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  • The various stages of reproduction – heat (estrus), pregnancy, lactation, and weaning – provide unique stresses to the body. Each provides specific nutritional concerns that should be addressed to maximize both queen and kitten health.

  • The various stages of reproduction – heat (estrus), pregnancy, lactation and weaning – provide unique stresses to the body. Each provides specific nutritional concerns that should be addressed to maximize the health of both mother and puppy.

  • Feeding cats doesn’t have to be mysterious. By recognizing a few key concepts and attributes of cats we can create a very reasonable feeding plan for them.

  • Feeding dogs doesn’t have to be mysterious. By recognizing a few key concepts and attributes of dogs we can create a very reasonable feeding plan for them.

  • Nutrition plays an important role in determining the health and longevity of cats. Here is an overview of how to ensure your cat receives the right nutritional formulation.

  • Good eating habits are critical for your dog’s health. This article gives an overview of how you can maintain a high quality of life for your dog by making the right nutritional choices.

  • Cats are considered to be adults by the time they are 1 year old. It is not uncommon for them to live up to 20 years or longer. Once they reach 7 or 8 years of age, however, cats are considered to be “senior citizens,” and age-related diseases and metabolic changes begin to emerge.

  • Dogs are generally full grown at about 1 year of age (a bit older for giant breeds, such as the Great Dane). They are considered middle aged by 5 to 7 years of age. In between is the young adult life stage. Other than obesity, dental disease, and osteoarthritis, unless there is some unusual medical crisis like cancer, this is typically a healthy period of a dog’s life.

  • Because cat foods are so palatable now, it is not as common to find a feline picky eater, but it can happen. It appears that for some cats, providing lots of variety—different flavors, styles, and textures—can overwhelm a cat with choices. For some cats, too much of a good thing (e.g. lots of food variety) is not necessarily a good thing!

  • Ferrets are true carnivores and cannot handle a diet containing more than 4% fiber. There are several good commercial ferret foods available that are dry foods.



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