My seven-year-old tom cat needs a special diet to prevent urinary tract problems. I am a keen cook and wondered if I could make fresh cat food – but I’d need the right recipe. Any suggestions?
The challenge with home cooking for pets is to ensure that the recipe is nutritionally balanced, which is especially important if a special veterinary-type diet is needed. You can consult online veterinary nutritionists (for example, balanceit.com) who will provide appropriate recipes, liaising with your own vet when needed to check clinical details, and supplying special dietary supplements to ensure that the final meal provides everything your cat needs.
I often see posts on social media that disagree with vets’ advice on topics such as nutrition, vaccinations and parasite control, suggesting that vets give biased advice as they are motivated by making money. How can I be sure that this is not the case with my own vet?
Vets are governed by a professional code of conduct, which insists that the welfare of the animal must always be the priority. Why would vets working for charities offer precisely the same advice as private vets if profit was the motivation? The World Small Animal Veterinary Association issues independent, science-based global guidelines on important topics, including vaccination, nutrition, dentistry, pain management and animal welfare. Read these for yourself at wsava.org/guidelines
HOW MUCH DOES YOUR PET EAT?
The new SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect (from £119.99, surepetcare.com) allows a high level of control of your pet’s diet. Controlled by a smartphone app, the feeder only opens for your (microchipped) pet, and the integrated scales record how much your pet eats each day.
Whitefield is a three-year-old mongrel who has been in Wood Green for more than 150 days and is looking for a nice quiet home. Contact Wood Green on 0300 303 9333; woodgreen.org.uk.
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