Frequently Asked Questions - Cats
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Star Milling’s pet foods are preserved with Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols – alpha, beta, gamma and delta isomers), Vitamin C, and propionic acid, which is a natural mold inhibitor. We do not use preservatives such as BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin.
Dogs and cats have different nutritional requirements. Cats are true carnivores, so they require more protein than what is generally found in dog food. It is okay if cats eat dog food occasionally, but they may become malnourished if dog food is their main source of nutrition.
It is normally safe for dogs to consume cat foods, but it is not recommended for optimum nutrition.
You can use a hairball paste, which you can give your cat every other day. Most cats love this and will lick it right off your finger. Another option is fiber, such as pysillium, daily. Pre-measured veterinary capsules are available.
Taurine is an amino acid essential to the health of your cat. Lack of taurine in a cat's diet can lead to blindness, dilated cardiomyopathy, and other serious health problems. Ultra Balance Cat Food has tuarine because it is important and cats lose taurine quickly. Meat is the best source of taurine and is one reason why cats should not be put on vegetarian diets.
Raw fish: Certain types of raw fish can cause cats to suffer from a thiamine deficiency, which can cause anorexia, abnormal posture, weakness and even death.
Raw meats: Raw diets are increasing in popularity, but it is best not to feed your cat raw meat. Many raw meats contain parasites, and diets high in raw meat do not provide the proper balance of nutrients a cat needs.
Two possibilities are diabetes or a decline in kidney function. Both are more common with older cats.
Diabetes occurs when a cat's body does not make or recognize insulin. Therefore sugar is not used by the body for energy. Separately, sometimes older cats’ kidneys wear out and do not function effectively. Both diseases are controllable. Taking steps to counteract these issues can make your cat much more comfortable.