VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
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

Emergency Care  24/7


VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center
9901 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505 296-2982


In Case of Emergency......


1.  Remain Calm.
2.  Call Your Family Veterinarian First. If they are unavailable, call us at 505 296-2982.
3.  Tell us the nature of the problem. We will give you instructions on how to handle  your pet while enroute and give you directions to our hospital.


What is an Emergency?


Difficulty breathing
Unstoppable bleeding
Major trauma or injury
Shock
Inability to urinate or defecate
Heatstroke
Bloated or distended abdomen
Allergic reactions
Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure
Eye injuries
Inability to deliver puppies or kittens
Poisoning
 

Our ER Service is open 24/7 so we're here when you need us!

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