Quick Tips: Dietary Cravings

Cravings have nothing to do with a cat's nutrient requirements. Some cats simply have unusual food preferences.

Posted: Mon Mar 3 00:00:00 PST 2003

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Many cats have cravings, which are defined as a desire to eat certain substances--some of which may be classified as food (for example, shrimp) and others (such as leather or plastic) perhaps not. Many people may think cats crave certain items because of a nutritional deficiency, but this is simply not the case. Cats, like humans, will more often eat what they like, not what they need. If you are feeding your cat food that is complete and balanced, and if it's eating sufficient quantities of it, your cat should be getting all the nutrients it needs. The complete and balanced commercial foods should constitute 85 to 90 percent of your cat's total food intake.
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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

6/29/2013 11:12:50 AM

thanks

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

1/8/2011 5:32:32 AM

important information, thank you very much

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/2/2009 3:20:05 AM

good article thanks

Donna    Austin, TX

7/7/2008 8:13:23 AM

I need an article that addresses how to stop a cat from eating plastic and litter made from pine shavings.

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