VCA Animal Hospitals
cat health and wellness

Proper Diet and Nutrition for Your Cat

Proper cat diet and nutrition is critical to the overall health and wellness of your cat. Cats have unique nutritional needs as obligate carnivores. There are many different types and brands of cat food. Your veterinarian can help you navigate the landscape of cat nutrition in order to help you pick the best cat food for your pet.

In order to ensure a cat’s basic requirements are being met, cats must eat food that is complete and balanced for their particular lifestage according to the guidelines set forth by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Cats must eat a meat-based diet in order to meet their higher protein requirements and specific nutrient requirements—such as taurine, certain fatty acids and vitamins— which are only present in foods of animal origin. Deficiencies of any of these essential nutrients may result in severe illness and even death in cats.

Cats with health issues may require a specialized cat diet. If your cat has a medical condition such as liver, kidney, bladder or heart disease, they often benefit from specific nutritional therapy to minimize the symptoms of their disease.

You should work with your veterinarian to determine the right amount of food to feed your cat. Obesity is a major health concern affecting over 50% of cats in the United States. Obesity is related to cat health problems such as pain and arthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and shortened life expectancy.

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

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