Manhattan Veterinary Group
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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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.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Manhattan Veterinary Group is open Monday through Friday 8AM-7PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-5PM. If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 212-988-1000. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Manhattan Veterinary Group
240 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075

Please click here for directions to our location.

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Animal Medical Center
510 E. 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065
212- 838-8100
Open 24/7/365
www.amcny.org

Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists
One West 15th Street (off 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
212-924-3311
Open 24/7/365
www.Fifthavevetspecialists.com

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