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DO NOT FEED YOUR CAT CORN BASED DRY FOOD
Corn based dry cat food has been implicated in the following cat illnesses:
Feline Urinary Tract Disease
Inflammatory Bowl Disease
Enamel erosions of teeth (cavities)/Gum disease
Contrary to common opinion, dry cat food causes rather than prevents dental plaque, tarter and cavities.
Some cats will not eat canned cat food. If your cat won't eat canned cat food or if you are feeding a large number of cats and cannot afford canned food, then you must feed a cat food that has MEAT, CHICKEN, LAMB OR TURKEY (NOT BY PRODUCTS) listed as the FIRST ingredient on the label. INNOVA, WELLNESS, EAGLE PACK, CALIFORNIA NATURALS, PTIZM, NUTO-MAX AND COTCO'S KIRKLAND are reasonably good dry cat foods. However, DO NOT fre-feed your cat. Pick the food up after eathing.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. A GOOD CAT FOOD TODAY MAY BE A BAD CAT FOOD TOMORROW. INGREDIENTS CHANGE.
AVOID feeding grocery store dry foods because these products contain little or no meat and are too high in carbohydrates. Cats must have meat protein to stay alive and healthy.
READ THE LABEL BEFORE BUYING CAT FOOD. MEAT OF CHICKEN MUST BE THE FIRST INGREDIENT (NOT BY-PRODUCTS.) NEVER FEED DOG FOOD TO A CAT.
CORN IS COW FEED, NOT CAT FEED. CHECK THE INGREDIENTS ON THE CAT FOOD LABEL. CORN MUST NOT BE THE FIRST INGREDIENT! CHICKEN ORLAMB OR TURKEY MUST BE FIRST!
This information comes from a series of lectures on feline medicine at the Western States Veterinary Conference (Feb. 16-20, 2003,) a veterinary conference attended by over 12,000 American and Canadian veterinarians.
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