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How To Choose The Right Food For Your Pet

Fat. Sugar. Salt. Pet food has many of the same unhealthy additives as human fare. The best way for people to choose the right food for their pets is to review pet food packaging.

Dr. Melissa Meehan outlines what to look for when choosing the best food products for your pet...

Top Tips

  • Be aware of your pet's needs. Growing puppies and kittens need more fat than adults. Whilst geriatric pets are less active and require less calories. However, both require the correct food for their age and breed to ensure they are getting the right nutrients and vitamins.
  • Carefully read pet food packaging specifications. Most brands create specific diets for different ages and breeds, which are outlined on the exterior label.
  • It is important to note that cat food cannot be substituted for dog food or vice versa. Different animals have very different needs and could become unwell if fed the wrong food.

Do your research to ensure that your pet is getting their dietary requirements. If still unsure about what to feed your pet you should consult a vet.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.