Animal health: how a healthy feline diet can improve animal welfare
Every cat owner wants a beautifully conditioned animal, but few customers realise that this starts on the inside. What your client doesn't know is that the outer condition of their cat is a direct reflection of what he/she is eating. Cats are one of the few domestic animals that remain true carnivores. Do customers complain that their kitty still brings home the odd ‘present’ in the form of a small bird? This is because a cat, left to its own devices, will hunt for prey to meet its nutritional needs.
What diet should you recommend?
To ensure a healthy feline diet, cats need a good range of protein. Most dry foods can’t supply this, whereas ‘wet’ or canned food has a better ratio of meat content. This kind of diet also allows customers to feed their cats at particular times: once or twice a day should be plenty. This improves dental health too. Helping customers to see the effects of a bad diet on their cat can go a long way to ensuring good feline health. However, it isn't always possible to catch this in time. So when a bad diet has taken its toll on a cat's health, using ultrasound imaging can be a real benefit. Take a look at our imaging solutions today to find a diagnostic tool that will suit your customer base.
What about raw food?
Raw food is fast becoming a popular choice, with cat-owners reporting better animal health as a result. However, it requires research and preparation to ensure that a cat maintains a healthy feline diet. Many cat owners investigate raw pet-food options offered by companies who claim to supply the full range of nutrition, but don't read the small print. Our vets report higher rates of liver disease and associated dietary problems in cats on raw food diets who are not getting the full range of nutrition. We are able to offer advice on how best to deal with this new phenomenon, and supply the ultrasound imaging tools to help get these cats back on track.