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story summaries and links to news published elsewhere

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NomNomNow leads the fast-growing human-grade pet food category

11/1/2019  "Pet food retailer NomNomNow Inc. is no longer a young pup.

The direct-to-consumer brand has rapidly evolved over the past four years from a startup that produced its products in co-founder Zach Phillips’ apartment into the fastest-growing online pet retailer, which generated an Internet Retailer-estimated $47.5 million last year. NomNomNow helped create the fresh pet food category when it positioned its products as healthy, portion-controlled alternatives to traditional pet food." - Digital Commerce 360

Diet essentials for your kitten

12/6/2019  "Just like their big cat cousins, kittens are true carnivores. Their teeth, tongue and digestive systems are specially designed for eating meat. As carnivores, kittens need lots of protein and a complex balance of nutrients. Also, because they grow so fast, kittens need different levels of certain nutrients compared to adult cats, including the right ratio of calcium to phosphorus. To give your newest addition to the family a balanced and nutritional diet, Whiskas helps you understand the essentials needed for your kitten’s diet." - germistoncitynews.com

Pet Doc: What your cat needs in its diet - Taurine

12/2/2019  VIDEO: "Pet Doc Dr. Dennis Larsen said it's important for cats to get a certain ingredient in their diet. "Taurine is an amino acid, which is the building block for proteins. Taurine is needed in multiple areas for your cat to maintain normal body functions. "Taurine is not present naturally in all foods and if your cat happens to be eating a diet low in taurine, eventually it will develop a deficiency." - NTVabc

Finding consensus on the best way to feed your cats

11/30/2019  "The good doctors and specialists at the American Association of Feline Practitioners make it clear that it is not only what we feed our cats that makes them healthy, but also how we feed them. The AAFP is an organization of veterinarians dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice, continuing education and evidence-based medicine." - Moscow-Pullman Daily News

What’s in a label? Ingredients to avoid in your pet's food

11/7/2019  "We’ve become a nation of label readers for the food we feed our family, and many animal lovers are extending that to their pet's food. But not everyone knows what ingredients to watch, avoid and look for – or if they should be reading labels at all." - Yahoo Lifestyle

Can Cats Eat Dog Food?

11/2/2019  "Some cats will eat whatever food they can find, while others will turn their nose up at their dish if they don’t get their favorite brand. For the ones that will eat anything, you have to make sure they aren’t getting into food that isn’t made for cats." - Reader's Digest

Pet Talk - Eating Your Greens: The Basics of Cat Grass

10/31/2019  "When confronted with the topic of healthy eating, we, as humans, are frequently reminded of the importance of including daily greens in our diets. Does your cat’s diet need the same? Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, discusses the basics of cat grass that every cat owner should know." - Courier Journal

The trend of feeding dogs (and cats) raw meat could put us all in danger

10/18/2019   "In 2018, a team of veterinary scientists noticed an odd trend among a sample of Swiss dogs and cats. In a group of 64 animals, over half carried spectrum beta-lactamases (EBSL)-producing germs. These germs are a problem for pets and people alike. EBSL are enzymes that can make certain antibiotics not work, and in turn, they underlie the signature move of antimicrobial resistant bacteria." - inverse.com

‘Severe risk’ from resistant bacteria in raw pet food

10/17/19  "Researchers found strains of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in 62.7% of raw meat-based pet foods purchased in Switzerland. In the journal "Royal Society Open Science." University of Zurich scientists wrote that the prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and salmonella in raw meat pet foodoses a "severe health risk," especially to infants, the elderly, pregnant or immunocompromised individuals." - PetFoodIndustry.com

How to help pets maintain healthy weights

10/11/2019   "Many pet owners would never intentionally harm their companion animals. In fact, pet owners often go above and beyond to ensure their animals are well cared for and content. However, many well-meaning people may be inadvertently harming their pets with something they provide each and every day: food. Obesity is on the rise among pets." - HomeTownFocus

The Very Best Diet for Cats, According to Vets

10/08/2019   "Though you wouldn’t necessarily think so, a cat’s diet is actually very particular. They’re what’s referred to as “obligate carnivores,” which means they must eat high amounts of meat in order to nourish their bodies and live happy healthy lives. To help you navigate the world of cat diets, we asked experts to weigh in." - Reader's Digest

Can Cats Eat Cheese?

7/4/2019  "Whether you’ve given your cat some cheese and he seemed to like it, or your cat looks at you like he wants a bite whenever you have cheese around, a commonly asked question is: Can cats eat cheese? We did some research so we could dig into this topic. " - PetGuide.com

- Dietary Supplementation -

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CBD pet supplements may affect dogs and cats differently

11/15/2019  "Cannabidiol (CBD) supplements and additives for pets rank high on the list of most popular, and promoted, dog and cat product trends. However, the scarcity of research on how CBD affects dogs and cats matches the abundance of marketing. A scientist with one hemp CBD oil-infused pet treat and supplement company, ElleVet Sciences, collaborated with other researchers from several universities to examine how CBD intake influenced dogs’ and cats’ blood composition, as well as the animals’ behavior." - PetFoodIndustry

The Vegan Question

Should Your Cat Be Vegan?

11/8/2019  This story is only available if you have a Wall Stree Journal membership. - WSJ

Vegan cat diets could cause 'sudden death'

10/25/2019  "Vegans are being warned not to feed their pets cruel and “dangerous” plant-based diets, with vets warning they could cause blindness and even “sudden death”. While dogs, like humans, are omnivores and could “in theory” survive on a plant-based diet, cats are “obligate carnivores, which means they are dependent on a meat diet and cannot be healthy or survive without it”, said RSPCA scientific officer Dr Sarah Zito." - news.com.au

Vets Warning Vegans Not To Put Their Cats On A Plant-Based Diet

10/24/2019  "When a person decides to become a vegan, they will usually have read up on enough information to give them an informed choice. They will know what they're getting themselves into and will understand how to make up the nutrients necessary to have a wholesome diet. However, that's not really the case when you do it for a cat." - LAD Bible

Cats can thrive without meat, vegan cat owner says

[Doug's Note: I do not endorse the position held in this story at all. Cats are obligate carnivores, and as such need meat.]

10/24/2019   "Auckland vegan Aya Oba says her cat is healthier and happier on a vegan pet food diet. However, a vet has warned against feeding a cat only vegan food long term, saying it was difficult for cats to get the essential nutrients they need. Oba had noticed an improvement in her cat's health since ditching meat, and said her vet was happy with her cat's health on the vegan diet." - Stuff

Why you should stop pushing your vegan diet on your pet

10/17/2019   "Are you trying kept or sticking to a strict vegan diet? Perhaps the whole family went gluten-free to support a family member struggling with an intolerance, and you’re thinking you should get your dog or cat on the program as well. But, before you start your pet on a new trendy diet that’s making you feel great, it’s important to ask: Does this diet reflect what I want, or what my pet actually needs?" - Yahoo! lifestyle

Should my cat be vegan? Why alternative diet trends can be dangerous for your pet

10/07/2019   "Millions of people embrace new diet and nutrition trends every day, but experts from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine urge people not to assume what works for them will also work for their pets. "People just want to do what's best for their pets, but when they apply human diets to their animals, it doesn't always work out well," said Dr. Valerie Parker" - PHYS.org

- Obesity -

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Yes, house cats are getting fatter — and it's all your fault

11/19/2019  "A fat cat named Cinderblock on an aspirational mission to slim down has become a darling of the internet, but felines everywhere should likely be joining her in the battle against the bulge. "Yes, cats are getting fatter," said Kären Marsden, owner of Edmonton Holistic Veterinary Clinic. "They are, unfortunately. They're very, very well fed." - CBC

Famous overweight cat fights to lose weight

12/4/2019  "She weighs almost twice as much as a healthy cat should. And it's made her famous.  This is Cinderblock. And a few months ago she went viral for something a lot of humans can relate to - refusing to exercise. “I think it’s gone straight to her head. I mean, honestly, she demands like five times more brushing than she used to. It’s wild,” said Jason. He had no idea it would go viral." - 8KPAX

UK’s ‘fattest cat’, weighing over 9kg, goes on a diet

11/21/2019  "An adorable black-and-while tubby tabby dubbed Britain’s fattest cat has been put on a strict diet after she shocked rescue staff with her unusual weight. The four-year-old Paisley weighs in at a whopping 9.5kg, double the weight of a healthy cat." - TodayOnline

Fat cats: how to get a lazy, obese feline into perfect shape

11/13/2019  "When the morbidly obese cat Cinderblock embarked on a weightloss journey two weeks ago, her one-paw-on-the-treadmill efforts to get trim went viral. Since the launch of her Cinder Gets Fit YouTube channelhe has gained 16,000 subscribers and dropped 0.2lb, thanks to her strict diet and exercise regimen. Pet obesity is a growing concern among vets in the UK and is linked to health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. "- The Guardian

British dogs, cats becoming more obese, survey says

11/13/2019  "The number of obese pet dogs and cats in Britain has increased to the point that some veterinarians now need specialized equipment to hoist them onto the exam table, a new survey says. Pet insurance provider Direct Line said British veterinarians have told the owners of 1.7 million dogs and 1 million cats over the past year their pet is overweight." - UPI

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Rise in Number of Obese Cats and Dogs Forcing Vets to Install Heavy Lifting Equipment

11/13/2019  "The rise in the number of obese pet cats and dogs in the UK is forcing vets to use heavy lifting equipment to avoid injury, figures show. A survey of 2,100 pet owners and vets, conducted by Direct Line pet insurance, has revealed that more than 1.7m dog owners and one million cat owners have been told that their pets are overweight by vets in the past year. This suggests that 12 per cent of pets are too fat, a figure which has risen from eight per cent two years ago." - Independent

Read NomNomNow's advice about 'The Right Weight Loss Diet for Your Cat

This is an Important Message:  "Depending on the size and breed of a cat, each one has a specific weight requirement that is best for a long, healthy life. Much like people, cats have different personalities when it comes to food, and some cats may seem eager to overeat. When cats are “free fed,” meaning they are given unrestricted access to a bowl of food at all times, excess pounds may arise quickly. While “food is love” is a nice sentiment, a better sentiment is making sure every cat has the right diet to sustain a long and healthy life. For pet parents with overweight or obese cats, finding the right diet is paramount." - Read More Here! - Be sure to scroll down the page.

No fat cats

11/12/2019  "Is your cat a little on the “heavy” side? Would Kitty be a good candidate for winning the “Fattest Cat Contest”?  Not only would it hurt Kitty’s feelings, it’s just plain unhealthy to be a fat feline. The pressure and stress of Kitty’s extra weight on her bones, muscles and internal organs could actually shorten her life span." - TheCounty

Animal obesity crisis looms as new research reveals 2.7million cats and dogs in the UK are overweigh

11/12/2019  "Do you have to drag your dog around the park rather than walk it? When your cat sees a mouse, does it turn over and go back to sleep? If so you may be one of the millions of pet owners contributing to an animal obesity crisis. Over the past year a million cat owners and 1.7million with dogs have been warned by vets that their pet is overweight, researchers revealed yesterday." - Daily Mail

Cinder-Block is the reluctant poster cat for a pet obesity epidemic, vets say

11/3/2019  VIDEO: "The video of Cinder-Block the obese cat went viral last weekend, a few days after her veterinarian posted it to Facebook: Sitting still at the edge of an underwater treadmill, the 22-pound feline moves one wet gray paw with the belt and meows plaintively to an off-screen vet tech encouraging her feeble workout.

Cinder-Block’s instant fan base had a word for her: relatable." - telegram.com

Obesity can have severe effects on cats

11/2/2019  "Obesity in cats is an epidemic in America. It is the most common preventable disease in cats with 30% to 35% of the feline population being obese. Half of cats aged 5 to 11 are over their ideal weight.

Obesity is defined as an accumulation of excess body fat. Felines are classified as overweight when they are 10% to 20% over their ideal body weight. They are considered obese when they are more than 20% above their ideal weight." - The Daily World

How can I get my fat cat to do more exercise?

10/19/2019  "Dear Pete, I keep my two-year-old cat indoors all the time, but she’s getting fat and I worry that she isn’t getting enough exercise. I have an indoor cat gym but she just lies around on it, and she barely gets out of breath when I use toys to play with her. How can I get her to burn up more calories?" - The Telegraph

Poor portion control adds to obesity crisis

10/11/2019   "As well as ensuring their pets are following a healthy diet full of nutritious foods, pet owners should also carefully monitor the food intake of their pets by paying close attention to portion sizes in order to avoid overfeeding, which is one of the biggest contributing factors to obesity." - Pet Business World

Paunchy Pet? Trade the High-Calorie Treats

10/06/2019   VIDEO: "It’s no secret the American palate loves rich, calorically dense treats. Unfortunately, our pets love them as well. October is Pet Obesity Awareness Month, and while it’s often an uncomfortable topic, fact remains that over half of America’s pet dogs and cats are overweight or obese. What’s more, nearly all of their owners incorrectly identify their pet's body condition as “normal.” - NBC6

How to combat that fat on the cat

10/05/2019   "Fat cats may be funny in cartoons but in real life the growing number of overweight or obese cats is no laughing matter... Fat felines are more prone to diabetes, liver disease, lameness and chronic skin conditions. Dental disease, and urinary tract issues are more common and obese cats are at risk if they require anesthesia or surgery. Their immune function is decreased, their mobility may be poor, and they have decreased exercise and heat tolerance." - 6NewsOnYourSide

How to tell if your cat is overweight

09/30/2019  "Is a little extra weight detrimental to your cat's wellbeing? One way to gauge excessive cat-chub is to look for a waist. I'm not joking." Read more here - Mic

Half of America's cats are overweight or obese

09/29/2019   "America has a fat cat epidemic. And it's not just the especially "chunky' 26*pound big boy BeeJay, who made headlines when he went up for adoption at a Philadelphia shelter..." - FOX NEWS

- Diabetes -

Pet Talk: If monitored, diabetic cats can have happy, comfortable lives

11/29/2019  "November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time that calls attention to the impact this disease has on millions of Americans and to the daily health choices we make. But while most associate diabetes with humans, many do not realize that our feline friends are also susceptible to the disease." - Denton Record-Chronicle

Is your cat diabetic? If so, this new study will pay for their treatments

11/25/2019  VIDEO: "If your cat has diabetes, there’s a new potential medicine that could be a game changer for your furry friend. “If we can just get enough cats in the study, that is what we are here for to let the public know. We need your animal in the study if they are diabetic,” said Dr. Kathy Vaughn with the Northside Pet Clinic in Jackson.  A new study is currently in the works to bring a new diabetic medication to shelves aiming to offer an easier option for your cats needs." - WLBT

Ask the Vet - Warning Signs of Diabetes in Cats

11/25/2019  "The warning signs of diabetes should be taken seriously, as diabetes is a complex condition that may lead to blindness if left untreated. Diabetes may manifest though a wide range of symptoms starting from increased urination and thirst to lethargy. Check with a qualified veterinarian if you notice one or several of these diabetes symptoms." - MacauDailyTimes

A Moment of Paws: Diabetes in pets is on the rise

11/21/2019  "November is National Pet Diabetes Month so this is the perfect opportunity to address this disease that not only affects humans but also our pets. 

Over the past few years, as I have walked through the three Animal Care and Adoption centers of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), I have noticed an uptick in the number of animals diagnosed with diabetes. But I am inspired by the following wonderful story." - Dorchester Reporter

What are the signs of diabetes in a cat?

10/14/2019   "In an era in the United States when up to 50% of domestic cats are said to be obese, it is appropriate to discuss the signs of Type 2 diabetes in domestic cats because obesity is a predisposing factor for all cats and Burmese cats may have a genetic predisposition. Male cats have twice the risk of females and at greatest risk are neutered male cats over 10 years of age and over 15 pounds in weight." - PoC

Joey: Caring For A Diabetic Cat

11/10/2019  "The signs of diabetes were there, such as weight loss, increased drinking and frequent urination.  I didn’t see the signs right away because he came to me malnourished and wanting to eat and drink as much as he could.  He was diagnosed a few weeks later after a blood test." - PetTraining

- CBD -

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CBD not Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for pet foods

12/2/2019  "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not classify CBD as generally recognized as safe (GRAS)." - PetfoodIndustry

13 CBD pet product companies warned by FDA

12/2/2019  "On November 25, the FDA announced that it sent warning letters to the CBD product makers." - PetfoodIndustry

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