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What is the best nutrition for your adult cats and dogs?

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Cats are meat eaters and need diets that are high in animal protein. They need amino acids like taurine, arginine, methionine, and tyrosine that come from an animal source. The food you choose for your cat should also have fat, which provides energy and vitamins A, D, and E.

Dogs must have water, protein, fat, carbs, and some vitamins and minerals to be healthy. The amount of food they need will depend on the dog’s size and activity.

Animals that are pregnant or have recently given birth will need a high-calorie food. Cats often lose weight as they nurse their kittens, so they need to gain as much as 50% of their pre-pregnancy weight before they give birth.

SOURCES:

Association of American Feed Control Officials: “Selecting the Right Pet Food.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Feeding Your Cat.”

International Cat Care: “Feeding Your Cat or Kitten.”

National Research Council of the National Academies: “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Dog Nutrition Tips.”

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: “Vegan Dogs -- a healthy lifestyle or going against nature?” “When your baby isn’t such a baby anymore -- when to switch to adult foods.”

American Kennel Club: “Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Senior Pet Care (FAQ).”

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “2015 Obesity Facts and Risks.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 7, 2018

SOURCES:

Association of American Feed Control Officials: “Selecting the Right Pet Food.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Feeding Your Cat.”

International Cat Care: “Feeding Your Cat or Kitten.”

National Research Council of the National Academies: “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Dog Nutrition Tips.”

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: “Vegan Dogs -- a healthy lifestyle or going against nature?” “When your baby isn’t such a baby anymore -- when to switch to adult foods.”

American Kennel Club: “Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Senior Pet Care (FAQ).”

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “2015 Obesity Facts and Risks.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 7, 2018

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