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Feeding a cat that has cancer

Friday, April 6, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats with cancer often lose their appetite and getting them to eat can be a challenge. Without nutritional support, they can lose weight so fast that it is hard for them to recover from the disease. The dietary needs of cats with cancer are not fully understood but experts recommend certain guidelines. Reduce the amount of simple carbohydrate and highly digestible protein in the diet and include more Omega 3 fatty acid.  Don’t forget about water, this is most important nutrient. Offer moist food that smells great, warm it up and keep the animal’s environment calm and quiet. If your sick cat won’t eat, your veterinarian may suggest medications to increase appetite or if that fails, the use of a stomach tube.

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