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What To Feed Your Cat

Cats can live off just fish right? Wrong.

Dr Chris explains why, and tells you what makes up the best feline diet.

"Nowadays cat food is a billion dollar industry, with a huge range of foods available. Despite all this, I constantly get asked 'What should I feed my cat, and how much?'

For a happy and healthy cat, variety is the key. A good combination of meats, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals will keep puss in tip top condition.

Did you know it's a myth that can cats can live on fish alone? In fact a diet of just fish can send them blind.

The way to go with cats, is dry or canned food, or a combination of both. Dry foods are more concentrated so you need less and the food lasts longer. Canned foods are around 80% water, which is a lot, but it can be a good way of keeping up their hydration.

Modify their diet with age. Younger cats need more protein and calcium while older cats need more joint supplements, fibre and antioxidants."

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.