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    Feeders for Multi-Cat Households and Tips for Feeding Multiple Cats


    If you have more than one cat, feedings can get rather interesting. You might even say it feels like… herding cats (*ba dum tsss*).

    Some cats need to eat more, some less. Some might have a special diet. Some might be grazers, while others like to hoover their food up all at once. Regardless of your particular combination of kitty eating needs or styles, it’s important to know how to approach meal time with multiple cats so that every cat gets enough to eat, but not too much; and eats what they’re supposed to eat, but not what they’re not. If you’ve ever had to juggle different types of foods or quantities of food for multiple cats, you’ve probably felt the stress that comes with it.

    Good news though! You’re not alone, and the trials and tribulations we here at Preventive Vet, as well as other cat owners, have endured means that we’ve got some good tips and even different feeding and “feeder” options that can help you de-complicate your multi-kitty meal time. Won’t that be nice!

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    Topics: Cat Aggression, Feeding Bowls, Cat food

    The Best Cat Food Bowls and Interactive Feeders to Delight Your Kitty


    Feeding cats is easy, right? Just grab a cat bowl, pour in some kibble, refill as bowl gets low, and you're done. Right? Well, umm... not really.

    Not all "cat bowls" are created equally, nor are all cats created equally. Two things are (almost) universal though: The first is that "free feeding" a cat in the manner described above is a pretty sure recipe for obesity, "scarf-and-barf," urinary obstruction, and a host of other problems for your cat. And second is that most cats are natural-born hunters, and they LOVE to work for and play with their food! And you can use that to your (and their) advantage to help provide environmental enrichment and prevent a whole lot of problems.

    As a general rule, meal feeding is a far better way to feed your cat and it's also a good idea to have a good portion of their calories come from a high-quality, high-protein/low-carb wet food diet. But those are topics for another time. This article will help you figure out what to feed (and water) your cat from; i.e., the types of bowls (or even non-bowls) that will be best for your cat, regardless of what you're feeding them, or how often you're doing so. And there's also an easy bonus trick for how to quickly, inexpensively, and effectively disinfect your cat's bowls included at the end.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Food, Water Bowls, Water, Cat food

    My Cat Won’t Drink: How Much Water Cats Need & Dehydration Prevention


    Is your cat drinking enough water? Honestly, there’s probably a good chance that you don’t really know because you rarely, if ever, actually see them go drink from their bowl.

    Like many of cats’ peculiar quirks, their drinking habits (or lack thereof) trace back to their early days as desert hunters. These ancient cats would get most, if not all of their water from their prey, such as mice and other rodents. 

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    Topics: Excessive drinking, Water Bowls, Water, Cat food

    14 Human Foods You Shouldn’t Give to Your Cat


    OK, so most cats won’t gobble up people food as ravenously as a dog. And heck, most cats will even turn their nose at foods that would cause a dog to sacrifice a limb in exchange for a nibble. 

    But that doesn’t mean cats will never partake in some human food, should the opportunity present itself. Actually, there is enough misinformation about cats that many people inadvertently give them foods they think are nutritious and delicious, but in actuality might send the cat’s stomach for a whirl — or maybe worse.

    The following foods are best if they’re only used as treats, or kept away from your cat entirely. 

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    Topics: Cat Diet, Grape Toxicity, Cat Treats, Alcohol toxicity, Cat food

    My Cat Won’t Eat! How to Stimulate Your Cat’s Appetite


    The common theory is that cats are just picky about food.

    They turn their noses at their bowls for no other reason than to drive their people to an early grave or insanity — or both. If you’ve ever dealt with a cat that seemingly refuses to eat, it’s easy to feel like their only pleasure in life is to psychologically torture you and waste all of that expensive food you were sure they’d love.

    And you are certainly not alone in feeling a little crazed and helpless sometimes. As for that theory about cats just being picky, it’s somewhat true, but there’s a whole lot of nuance.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Diabetes in Cats, cat health questions, cat health issues, Pancreatitis, Obesity, Loss of appetite, Feeding Bowls, Cat food

    Are Dented Pet Food Cans Safe?


    Botulism Is A Potential Risk

    You return home from the pet food store or your vet’s office with a case of your pet’s food only to realize something that you hadn’t realized when you first picked up the case… one (or several) of the cans is dented! You recall hearing something about Botulism and dented cans and wonder if the food in the dented can(s) is safe to feed to your dog or cat.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dogs, Cats, Dog Food, Cat Tips, Pet food, Cat food

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