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KEY POINTS IN FEEDING NORMAL CATS

(source Small Animal Clinical Nutrition by Hand et al)

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

Some important points to remember as a cat owner

  1. Proper nutrition and care throughout the life maximizes health, longevity and quality of care
  2. Cats are strict carniovores
  3. Cats prefer foods offered at body temperature (38.5oC) and poorly accept or reject foods served at temperature extremes
  4. Cats typically reach adulthood between 10 – 12 months of age
  5. Neutering reduces the daily energy requirement of adult cats by 24 to 33% compared to that of intact cats
  6. Sedentary, inactive, caged and older cats often have energy requirements very near or even below the average resting energy requirement of the average young adult
  7. Cats do not fully adjust water intake to the dry matter content of the food and, therefore, have reduced total water intake when fed dry foods
  8. Food ingredients and feeding methods contribute to the urinary pH produced by cats
  9. Food texture influences oral health and the palatability and acceptability of food for cats
  10. Cats are often considered as being senior at seven to eight years of age and geriatric or very old beginning at 10 to 12 years of age
  11. Older cats frequently have clinical or subclinical renal disease that can impair their ability to compensate for altered acid-base status resulting from metabolic and dietary influences
  12. The objectives of a good feeding program for feline reproduction are to optimize:-
    1. The health and body condition of the queen throughout the various reproductive periods
    2. Reproductive performance and
    3. Kitten health and development through the weaning period
  13. Continuous weight gain by the kittens is the best indicator of the queens lactation performance. Neonatal kittens should gain, on average, between 10 to 15 grams daily. Gains less than 7 grams per day are inadequate
  14. Most domestic shorthair kittens are weaned by 6 weeks of age, whereas purebred kittens are usually weaned around eight to nine weeks of age. Later weaning allows more time for kitten growth and immune system maturation, which may help reduce kitten mortality in the post weaning period
  15. Colostrums provides water, nutrients, growth factors, digestive enzymes and maternal immunoglobulins, all of which are critical to survival of neonatal kittens
  16. The ultimate goal of feeding kittens is to ensure a healthy adult. The specific objectives, however are to optimize growth, minimize risk factors for disease and achieve optimal health
  17. Treats are unnecessary but may be fed in small quantities (i.e. less than 10% of the daily intake). Milk is commonly offered to kittens as a treat. The amounts offered should be limited because intestinal lactase levels decline shortly after weaning.

In the event that your pet is showing signs of discomfort or is not its usual self we do recommended that your present your pet to us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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