Cat Food: March 2008 Archives

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Herbal treatment for cats' illnesses seems like a good idea, but beware of the risks. The truth is, most herbal remedies sold for cats are formulated for dogs and are actually toxic to cats. Cats can become really sick or even die with prolonged use.

Pretty scary huh?

It seems that cats process toxins and chemicals very different than dogs do, so even if it says it is safe for cats, you need to look out for....

The final word on supplements. Do cats need supplements? or is this just something that health conscious humans think their cats need?

There are basic requirements that your cat needs daily to live a healthy life. Good quality proteins and amino acids are essential, especially taurine, without it, your cat will likely die or suffer serious medical conditions such as heart disease.

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Then there are vitamins and minerals that cats need in the proper ratio and in the proper form. And of course, Essential Fatty Acids - yes cats need fish oil too! Maybe that's why they like fish so much!

So with all these requirements, how do you know if your cat is getting enough? The bottom line is talk to your vet about it. So here are some guidelines for answering the question, do cats need supplements?

Ok folks, serious stuff here. For the second time in recent months, Hartz is performing a voluntary recall of one of their cat related products.

According to the press release, Hartz believes that there may be concerns with bottles of Vitamin Care for Cats within a certain lot; they may have Salmonella.

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Salmonella is a serious health concern for cats. If you give your cat the Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, you might want review the bottles for lot code SZ 22771, UPC number 32700-97701. According to Hartz, this effects 739 bottles. If you can't find the lot code or UPC number on your bottle, you should stop using the product just in case.

If your cat is exhibiting symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea or fever; you should contact your vet right away.

Kudos to Hartz for reacting very quickly on this one. You can call them at 1-800-275-1414 if you have any questions or concerns.

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