Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they can’t tolerate grains in their food. We, at Nickel Plate Mills, recommend only grain-free diets for cats. With our cat food, kitten food is not necessary. The foods we carry are good enough for all life stages.
At Nickel Plate Mills, we also recommend wet food for all indoor cats. Including wet food as part of your cat’s regular diet will help prevent bladder crystals from forming. Outdoor cats rarely get this disorder because they are able to kill and eat mice, etc. Natural prey provides plenty of liquid that indoor cats miss out on.
We do not recommend buying cat food just because the bag states that it is “hairball formula” or an “indoor cat formula”. It is far more important to find great ingredients and then supplement with a natural hairball control product. For indoor cats, the same applies. Stop by and talk to us about your cat, we’ll be glad to provide nutrient and lifestyle-based information and options.
Raw diets for cats can prevent 7 of the top 10 reasons that cats go to the vet each year. In our opinion, the raw diet is the best way to feed your cat (or dog for that matter).
More reasons to feed your cat a raw diet:
For more information, click on the Primal Website link below.
- It’s less expensive than canned food.
- Urine odor is eliminated from the litter box.
- It promotes clean teeth and healthy gums.
- Soft silky coats with reduced shedding.
- Stools are reduced by 50% - reduces clean up and litter costs.
MINIMAL VACCINE USE
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
938 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those cats where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It's a matter of professional judgment and choice.
|Age of Kittens
|8 - 9 weeks
||Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, Rhinopneumonitits Virus (FVRCP)
|12 - 13 weeks
||Same as above
|24 weeks or older, if required by law
||Rabies (e.g. Merial Purevax™, recombinant)
||Rabies, same as above but separated by 2-3 weeks from FVRCP)
Perform vaccine antibody titers for panleukopenia virus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See
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