Cat Health

Written by Robert Mac
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Cat health is a major concern of veterinarians and cat owners alike, and for good reason: 40% of America's cats suffer from obesity. Many animal lovers blame generic cat food for poor cat health, as those brands generally contain lower-quality ingredients and unnatural additives. Choose an organic cat food if you are concerned about feeding your pets certain ingredients their bodies weren't designed to process.

Your cat's overall health is affected by a number of factors--heredity and exercise, for example--but the one you have the most control over is diet. Almost half of the cats in this country are overweight, and an improper diet is the main culprit. Luckily, there are many companies that are improving cat health by creating better cat foods and snacks.

Some Cat Health Concerns

Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) is a common cat problem, and vets blame poor pH levels in cat food as the main cause. Another cat health concern is taurine: a cat's carnivore diet requires taurine to digest meats, and a diet without it may lead to blindness. Many organic pet foods have proper acidity levels and taurine for cats, as well as other nutrients that mass-produced foods sometimes ignore.

Using products such as shampoos and salves that contain organic ingredients is another way to improve cat health; some cats are allergic to the synthetic ingredients of flea and tick powders, for instance. Exercise is probably the best way to improve a cat's obesity, but won't have a great effect if it's still eating an empty-calorie diet. The simplest and most responsible way of promoting good cat health is through a nutritious diet.

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