Cats, Innovation, Pets

How to feed a cat: Consensus statement to the veterinary community

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) today released the AAFP Consensus Statement, “Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing” and accompanying client brochure to the veterinary community. The Consensus Statement, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, explores the medical, social, and emotional problems that can result from the manner in which most cats are currently fed. This statement focuses on “how to feed” because an often-overlooked aspect of feline health is how cats are fed.

This Consensus Statement identifies normal feeding behaviors in cats. It provides strategies to allow these normal feline feeding behaviors, such as hunting and foraging, and eating frequent small meals in a solitary fashion, to occur in the home environment — even in a multi-pet home. Allowing cats to exhibit these normal feeding behaviors regularly, can help alleviate or prevent stress-related issues such as cystitis, and/or obesity-related problems such as inactivity and overeating. Reducing stress with appropriate feeding programs can also help anxious cats, who in an attempt to avoid other pets in the household, may not access the food frequently enough and lose weight.

“Currently, most pet cats are fed in one location ad libitum, or receive one or two large and usually quite palatable meals daily. In addition, many indoor cats have little environmental stimulation, and eating can become an activity in and of itself,” says the Consensus Statement’s chair, Tammy Sadek, DVM, DABVP (Feline). “This current type of feeding process does not address the behavioral needs of cats. Appropriate feeding programs need to be customized for each household, and should incorporate the needs of all cats for play, predation, and a location to eat and drink where they feel safe.”

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181030110651.htm

 

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Veterinarians are using the Indoor Hunting Feeder

Veterinarians are not only recommending The Indoor Hunting Feeder to their clients, they are using it to feed their own cats

“The Indoor Hunting Feeder is an innovative and effective method to help cats lose weight, stimulates exercise and natural hunting behaviors.  I have been delighted with the effects on my own cat, who has become an expert indoor hunter!”

Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation; Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Canine Rehabilitation and Chinese Herbal Medicine; Director, Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine; The Animal Medical Center

The Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder is the first and only veterinary designed system to improve the most common undesirable behaviors in cats…

  • Scarf and barf
  • Waking owners at night to be fed
  • Aggression/destruction
  • Urinating outside of the litter box
  • Obesity
  • Boredom

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Nubia: Does Your Cat Wake You Up at 4am? Well… I may have a Solution! – Katzenworld

Hi everyone, It’s me Nubia here today! To discuss the habit of waking up the humans early in the morning (and to blackmail my brothers of course). And I am certain that they are not the only ones doing this. 😮 Oliver: What! Me? I never do that… Nubia: The pet camera says overwise… it […]

Source: Nubia: Does Your Cat Wake You Up at 4am? Well… I may have a Solution! – Katzenworld

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Special Award goes to MDC Exports

As part of its 60th birthday celebrations, International Cat Care presented a special award to Melvyn Driver of MDC Exports for ‘Innovations in Humane Cat Population Management’. Presented at the charity’s Annual Awards ceremony at Church House in London on 13th July, the charity wanted to recognise the huge impact which MDC Exports’ products have made in facilitating humane Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) projects internationally, with their range of cat traps, cat restrainers and cat transfer baskets.

During International Cat Care’s 60th year, the charity has been developing its work with unowned cats, and as part of this, it has been looking at best solutions for their care. Back in 1958 when International Cat Care was founded, stray and feral cat populations in London were regularly poisoned, shot or gassed. Melvyn Driver, then working in pest control, decided this was not the career for him and decided to build up a catalogue of humane animal handling equipment which would enable cats to be trapped and then released elsewhere. His company MDC Exports was soon contacted by people at the forefront of the Trap, Neuter and Return movement who wanted to use it for projects which were emerging as a humane way of controlling cat populations. The equipment was a game changer for the management of feral cats, allowing them to be trapped and returned rather than killed.

Melvyn has over the years gathered a team of quality engineers who work with him to develop products, integrating knowledge on cat behaviour from the welfare world with developments in materials, such as plastic-coated mesh. The products were tested in the field with people working to trap and neuter cats. Following on from the traps followed the Trap Transfer Retainers to simplify the process of getting the cat into a carrier ready for transportation and allowing the trap to be reset immediately.  Adding a restraining panel to develop the Trap Transfer Basket meant that the cat could remain in the same carrier until anaesthetised – removing the requirement for any conscious handling, meaning greater safety for the handler and less anxiety for the cat.

This equipment has stood the test of time and has facilitated humane TNR for so many cats worldwide. Apparently some which were purchased 40 years ago are still working today! The EeziSet Cat Trap is MDC’s best-selling trap and over 500 are sold every year. The company has also generously donated much equipment over the years to help those trying to help cats all around the world. This special award has been created to recognise the importance of these products and the hard work and dedication of Melvyn Driver and his colleagues.

(Press release copied from https://icatcare.org/press-media/mdc-exports)