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know your pet.

feeding tips for cats.

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Tips for Successfully Changing Your Cat's Diet.

  • Introduce the new food gradually. Start by mixing 25% new food with 75% old food, and slowly change the proportions over the next three days by gradually increasing the amount of new food and decreasing the amount of old food.
  • Watch your body language. Bringing a new food into your home, placing it into a bowl, and declaring that your cat had better eat it might cause your cat to go on an eating strike. It is better to introduce the new food to the cat using a pleasant tone of voice. Gently encourage the cat to try the new food.
  • Don't give in to demands. It is important not to give up too soon. During the initial two-day period, do not give your cat treats or table scraps. Cats train us as much as we train them. Giving in to their demands only reinforces refusal behavior and makes it more difficult to make a nutritious dietary change.
  • The biggest challenge in switching diets is seen when changing from a moist food to a dry food. If your cat continues to resist eating dry food, mix a little warm water with the food. You may even want to put the moistened food in the microwave for a few seconds. If you mix the food with water it is important to discard the uneaten portion after 20 minutes to prevent spoilage. The same rule applies for canned food. After the cat has become accustomed to the moistened food, you can wean him or her onto the dry food.

Feeding Tips for the Truly Finicky Cat.

Cats normally eat to meet their energy requirements. However, there is a tendency for humans to think that cats need variety in their diet. This actually is not true. Cats are carnivores whose ancestors ate meat in the wild. It is doubtful that a cat would choose to eat fish one day and chicken the next. Cats thrive on routine and should not tire of one particular flavor of food.

However, Iams recognizes that caring cat owners want to have the option of feeding their pet a more varied diet. Eukanuba and Iams foods offer a number of nutritional choices for your cat including dry and canned foods, naturally preserved diets, and options for overweight cats or cats with reduced activity levels. All Eukanuba and Iams Cat Foods are complete and balanced for specific lifestyles and life stages. Consult with your veterinarian or a Pet Professional at The Iams Company to discuss the best selection for your cat

More Feeding Tips.

  • If your cat does start eating less, do not assume that he or she is tired of the food. You many want to look for another factor that is probably causing some stress. Has another animal been added to the household? Has a family member left or died? Have the cat's surroundings changed, such as a move to a new house? When the stress is removed, your cat will probably go back to a normal diet. If your cat seems healthy, happy and lively, has a good coat and clear eyes, there is little cause for concern.
  • Cats have an uncanny ability to smell changes in the world around them. Even a new bowl can disturb a cat's eating habits. Some cats refuse to eat from a plastic or hard rubber bowl.

why does your dog chew?

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Buster chomps on your favorite shoes while his favorite toy bone is just a foot away. Is he crazy? Lazy? Here‘s the scoop.

Most dogs who chew–whether on shoes, facial tissues or table legs–are just looking for a diversion, says Wayne Hunthausen, DVM, director of Animal Behavior Consultations in Westwood, Kansas. ”Dogs chew to entertain themselves,“ Dr. Hunthausen says. ”Destructive chewing typically occurs between 4 and 18 months, when dogs are the most curious. Thankfully, most dogs grow out of it.“

Crunch and Munch.

A variety of chew toys can help reduce inappropriate chewing, though some dogs will gnaw no matter what. ”A puppy may tire of rawhide and want to explore new textures,“ Dr. Hunthausen says. ”Shoes and socks have an organic odor many dogs can‘t resist.“

Separation anxiety can also provoke destructive dog chewing. Rebekah and Patrick Repper of Sanford, North Carolina, were surprised when Annie, their 4-year-old Dalmatian/Bull Terrier mix, started snacking on furniture as soon as they left the house. ”We used a video camera,“ recalls Rebekah. ”Later we saw her gleefully ripping the stuffing out of our couch, like she was punishing us.“ The Reppers saved their belongings from further damage by placing Annie in a crate whenever they left. Inappropriate dog chewing can also be dangerous, since many household items are harmful to dogs. For more information on available pet behavior resources, visit Behavior Rx.

Stop Naughty Gnawing.

Save your shoes for walking. These tips can help your dog stop chewing:

  • Offer a variety of chew toys.
  • Don‘t leave young dogs unsupervised. Crating is OK for a brief period, but a special room or exercise pen is recommended if you‘ll be gone for a long time.
  • Never physically punish your dog for inappropriate dog chewing. Clap your hands when you catch him, then redirect him to a more appropriate object.
  • Exercise your dog often.

how to handle all the fur.

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Bred to Shed.

The main factor related to how much your dog sheds is what type of breed you own. Certain breeds, such as Poodles and Portuguese Water Dogs, hardly shed at all, and are especially well suited for people who suffer from dander-related allergies. But if one of these hypoallergenic breeds is not your dog of choice, then chances are you deal with some amount of shedding.

Bad Hair Days.

Many dogs are seasonal shedders. As the temperatures begin to drop, so does the fur. Dogs shed their summer coats in the fall as their winter coats come in. Brush your dog more often and be prepared to vacuum more frequently. This will keep that extra hair from becoming too unruly. Dogs will also go through their own version of spring cleaning. When the temperatures begin to rise in the spring, dogs will begin shedding that extra winter hair. Regular brushing and vacuuming will help you get through these ”hairy“ times.

Less shedding through nutrition?

Believe it or not, yes. Between the millions of strands of hair constantly growing, some breeds of dogs grow up to a total of 100 feet of fur per day! Now, while your dog may not boast those kinds of gaudy hair-growth numbers, the demands for constantly replacing fur are extreme. Thirty percent of a dog‘s protein needs go toward hair growth. If a dog is not receiving proper nutrition, the dog‘s body will put the protein he‘s receiving toward maintaining muscle mass, leaving the coat to suffer. A healthy, shiny coat is not only a sign of proper nutrition, but it also sheds less than an unhealthy coat. Premium dog food like Iams ProActive Health provides dogs with the nutrients they need to keep their coat healthy, which means less shedding.

High Time for Hygiene.

Brushing doesn‘t have to be a necessary evil. With a large dog, it‘s absolutely essential that you train your dog to enjoy brushing. Do this by offering frequent praise during the process, and maybe even a treat at the end. This is easiest done from the time your dog is a puppy, but older dogs can be taught to enjoy brushing as well. The importance of brushing cannot be understated. Be sure you‘re using the right kind of brush for your dog‘s coat. Breeds with thick undercoats need a specific type of brush, while longhaired breeds need a comb. Make sure you‘re using the right grooming tools for your dog. Last but not least, make sure to give your dog an occasional bath. Aside from the obvious benefit of having a clean, good-smelling pooch, your dog's coat will also benefit. Be warned though, bathing too frequently washes away the natural oil on his skin and coat, resulting in dry skin and, you guessed it, more shedding.

supplies for puppy training.

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Before you bring your puppy home, be sure you have the following dog training and general supplies:

  1. Premium pet food to get your new puppy off to a good start.
  2. Stainless steel, non-tip food and water bowls.
  3. Identification tags with your puppy’s name, your name, phone number and your veterinarian‘s name and phone number. A collar and a 6-foot leather or nylon leash that‘s 1/2-3/4 inches wide (consider using a “breakaway” collar with plastic clips that will unsnap in case your puppy gets hung up on something).
  4. A home and travel crate that‘s airline approved and will accommodate your puppy‘s adult size. This crate will serve as your puppy‘s new “den” at home, when traveling, or when riding to the veterinarian‘s office. His scent in the crate will provide comfort and a sense of security during these stressful times.
  5. Stain remover for accidental soilings.
  6. Brushes and combs suited to your puppy‘s coat; ask your veterinarian or breeder about an appropriate brush or comb for your dog.
  7. Dog shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  8. High-quality, safe chew toys to ease teething.
  9. Flea, tick and parasite controls.
  10. Nail clippers.
  11. Treats.

Helpful Hints

  • Use stainless steel, non-tip food bowls, which won‘t break or absorb odors.
  • Toys with parts that squeak or whistle can be dangerous if swallowed.
  • For a comfortable collar fit, allow for two fingers of space between the collar and your dog‘s neck; consider using an adjustable collar.

maximize your cat’s lifespan.

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It’s common sense that feeding your cat a high-quality diet has its benefits. But when it comes to maximizing your cat’s lifespan, diet is only part of the equation. Read up on everything you need to do to ensure your cat lives happily for a long time to come.

Proper Diet.

Let’s start with something you do every day: feed your cat. There are several healthy options to choose from, so we’ll help you zero in on the formula that’s best for your cat. It’s important to note that cats are natural carnivores. Therefore, a formula with meat as the primary ingredient is a great place to start. Meat as a protein source has certain nutrients, such as taurine, that non-meat protein sources simply do not.

Medical Maintenance.

Regular visits to the veterinarian can help nip health issues in the bud. For instance, a vet will be able to tell if your cat is gaining too much weight and can recommend a diet and fitness program to get your kitty back to a healthy size.

You may even want to bring a fresh fecal sample along to your next appointment. Your vet can use this sample to search for ringworms. This tip can save you extra trips to the vet’s office in case your cat does not cooperate, so to speak, during her appointment.

Also, vets provide your cat with the vaccinations she needs to fight off diseases such as feline rabies. Some vaccinations are required annually, while others should be administered every three years. Your vet’s office can help you keep track of it all, so remember to schedule that appointment!

Overall Health.

Your cat relies on you for more than just healthy food and fresh water. She needs stimulation. Sure, cats love their independence, but let’s be honest, they LOVE getting attention. By playing with your cat for even 10-15 minutes a day, you are doing wonders for her lifespan. Some great games to play don’t even require fancy toys. Get a piece of string and tie it around a clean sock. Yank the string whenever your cat comes in close to investigate. Voila! Instant fun.

Cats don’t go on runs like dogs do, so keeping your cat active with games and toys is the best way to help keep her fit.

Follow these tips and your cat will be on her way to a long and happy life with you. You’re a great owner for taking the time to read this article. It shows how much you really care about her. Now step away from the computer and show your cat some attention!

cat training: don’t go there.

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You love your cat and your cat loves you. But you don’t eat out of your cat’s dinner bowl, and there’s a good chance you don’t want her eating off your table. Not to mention surfing your counters. Teaching a cat to stay off these desirable perches can be tricky, but the following cat training tips should help.

The Sport of Counter Surfing.

There are several reasons that cats love roaming countertops. The view from the top is a fantastic feline viewpoint. From there, your cat can scan a large portion of her territory, making her feel like the queen of the hill.

In addition to the good view, surfing the counters may also lead to finding a “tasty treat.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a healthy or safe treat. It’s perfectly normal for cats to scavenge for dropped food under the dinner table, but most people don’t want a cat that thinks the food sitting on the counter is their own private buffet.

Better Alternatives.

One way to keep your cat from roaming the counters and dinner table is to give her a better lookout point. A vertical climbing stand will give your cat a fun alternative. Putting it next to a window with a nice view will make it even more interesting for your kitty.

Cats instinctually enjoy stalking just about anything that moves. Like a lion on the top of a hill watching a herd of antelopes in the valley below, cats love having a perch to scan for potential prey�if only in their feline minds. A vertical stand serves this purpose, and helps keep your cat off of less desirable lookouts.

Breaking Habits.

If your cat is already accustomed to trouncing on your counters and dinner table, there are a couple of simple ways to curb her enthusiasm for doing so. One way to break the habit is to leave pots, pans and cookie sheets on the areas. Another simple solution that serves much the same purpose is to line the surfaces with aluminum foil. Cats do not like the feel of metal on their feet, plus the sounds pots and pans make when bumped are also very unappealing for cats.

Once your cat has it in her mind that these locations are undesirable, and there are better alternatives for finding a high perch, the counter-surfing problem should become a thing of the past. Cat training takes time, so just be patient and remember to see things through the eyes of your cat as to why she’s so fond of these areas to begin with.

managing your cat’s weight.

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Obesity is a common problem in cats. Identifying the cause and following a total weight management program (which includes evaluating your cat and modifying her behaviors) can help with weight control and maintenance.


Obesity is an increase in body weight beyond skeletal and physical capability resulting from excess body fat. Obesity happens when the calories a cat takes in exceed how much she uses. This simply means that a cat eats more energy (calories) than she uses and stores the excess energy.

Important Nutrients.

Fat and Carbohydrates: Cats use fat as their primary energy source. An overweight cat stores fat more easily if the calories are consumed as fat rather than carbohydrates. Such a cat should be fed a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet to restrict calories.

Fiber and Fatty Acids.

A normal fiber level, provided in a moderately-fermentable fiber source, helps create and maintain a healthy gut. This is especially important to weight reduction. Some weight-loss products for cats dilute calories with high levels of fiber. High-fiber foods may reduce the digestibility and absorption of many nutrients, including fat. They reduce weight by basically providing poor-quality nutrition and can result in large, frequent stools and suboptimal skin and coat condition. Diets that provide an optimal balance of fatty acids help maintain your cat's skin and coat despite lowered fat levels.

Gradual Weight Loss.

The goal of a good weight management program should be gradual weight loss. This is especially important in cats. Severe nutrient restriction can result in hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver). This is one reason why you should involve your cat‘s veterinarian in the weight loss effort.

Per week, cats should lose 1% to 1.5% of their initial weight. A good way to begin a weight-loss program in cats is to reduce caloric intake by 30% of their personal maintenance intake, then decrease intake by 10% increments every 2-3 weeks until a 1% weight loss per week is achieved. Your veterinarian can help you figure out how much to feed your cat to lose weight, or follow the weight loss recommendations on the package. Cats who do not respond quickly should see their veterinarian for a special weight-loss program.

A total weight management program can lead to successful weight reduction in an obese cat. A complete evaluation by your cat’s veterinarian is always recommended. Remember, your help is essential to your cat’s success.

the glow of good health.

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Dietary Fats Give That Glow.

Studies have found that certain fatty acids play a critical role in canine skin and coat health. For some time, veterinarians and scientists have known that linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, is important for achieving and maintaining a full, glossy coat. But just because linoleic acid is good, consuming large quantities is not better.

Recent research shows that not the amount, but a precise balance, of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids is important. Supplying a dietary fatty acid balance (or ratio) of between five and 10 omega-6 fatty acids to every one omega-3 fatty acid can be key to a healthy skin and coat.

Balanced Nutrition for a Better Coat.

What’s the best thing you can do for your dog’s skin and coat health? Feed him a high-quality food packed with protein. Dogs are best fed as carnivores. They need protein and thrive on diets rich in animal-based protein sources.

Hair is actually 95% protein! Although coat growth varies by breed, the combined growth of all the hair can add up to 100 feet per day in some dogs. This means that nearly 30% of the animal’s daily protein requirement is used just for coat growth during some seasons.

If your dog’s skin seems thick or scaly, lacks elasticity, and you see hair loss, these may be signs of a nutritional deficiency. Check with your veterinarian and try feeding him a premium food.

Premium pet foods are carefully formulated to be complete and balanced, which means the food includes all the nutrients your pet needs. Ingredients in premium foods are highly digestible so your dog’s body uses the nutrients efficiently.

Less costly foods may contain lower-quality proteins. Though a bag of premium food may cost a bit more than other brands, you may be able to feed less, which minimizes the cost difference.

Working on the “Outer Dog”.

Regular grooming removes loose hair, dirt and mats and distributes skin oils. Grooming lets you check your pet closely, catching any skin problems early. Plus, your dog will love the attention!

When bathing him, be sure to rinse thoroughly. Residue left on the skin can be irritating. You may want to follow the shampoo with a hair conditioner to control static electricity and add extra body or sheen.

During the summer, pay close attention to your dog’s skin and coat. Many dogs shed a winter coat and others face flea problems, so it’s a good time to evaluate your dog’s skin and coat condition to nip any problems in the bud.

feeding mature pets.

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Mature Dog Food: The Best Food for Ages Six and Older.

Dogs hit maturity around seven years of age (five years for larger dogs). As your pet ages, his activity level might slow down and common conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease may arise. ”It is important to monitor the eating habits of older pets,“ stresses Tom Carpenter, D.V.M., president of the American Animal Hospital Association. ”Generally, older pets require less protein, sodium and phosphorus. But your veterinarian needs to address this for your individual pet,“ he says, adding that semiannual vet visits are recommended for an older animal.

Some mature dogs are prone to obesity. To test whether your dog is at a healthy weight, move your hands along his sides. If you can feel his ribs (but don’t see them), he’s doing okay. But if you feel a fat covering or you visibly notice a rounded abdomen, he may be overweight.

If your dog is gaining or losing a lot of weight, slightly decrease or increase his daily feedings. A sudden change in weight or appetite may be a sign of disease, so you should check with your vet. Water is also essential. "Older pets are at a higher risk of dehydration," Carpenter says. Provide a clean bowl with fresh water at all times.

Aging cats may need special senior cat food.

More mature cats need the same kinds of nutrients as younger adult cats, but as their metabolism slows, the quantities of those nutrients and the ways in which they are provided may need to change.

Choose the right senior cat food.

To ensure proper nutrition and safeguard the health of your cat, select a nutritionally balanced and complete diet specifically formulated for mature cats.

Take your senior cat for regular–at least once a year–medical checkups.

Your veterinarian can talk with you about any special health problems that your pet has and the dietary changes that might be necessary. In many cases of ”old age“ diseases, special foods can be prescribed along with medication to help manage the conditions.

Watch your cat’s weight.

If you notice that your older pet is gaining or losing weight, tell your veterinarian. The doctor can check for medical problems that might be contributing to the weight change and recommend modifications in diet to correct the problem.

Watch the treats.

Older cats–and their digestive systems–are even more sensitive than the youngsters to the unbalancing effects of frequent snacks, treats and table scraps.

Keep fresh water in a clean bowl available at all times.

If your pet is not drinking, consider buying a pet water fountain, as running water is sometimes more appealing to cats.

Make food more appetizing.

As cats age, their senses of smell and taste become less acute, so pet food manufacturers have developed senior cat food with intensified aromas and flavors. You can try to make your older cat’s food more appealing by warming it to increase its smell or by adding bouillon or gravy.

nutritional management of hairballs.

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Why Make a Hairball Management Formula?

  • Most cats are susceptible to hairballs due to continual ingestion of hair during regular self-grooming.
  • Cat owners have told us that hairballs are one of their top concerns.
  • According to Iams consumer research, a number of cat owners said that they and their cats find hairball treatments to be an unpleasant experience.

How Were Our Hairball Management Formulas Developed?

Iams nutritionists were looking for a way to control hairball formation while maintaining optimal feline health and well-being. They evaluated risk factors for hairball formation in cats fed diets that varied in fiber source and content.

  • 98 cats were studied
  • 9 groups were fed test diets and 3 were fed control diets
  • Test feeding period was 6 to 7 weeks, following a 5-week
    control-feeding period
  • Total cat-days of testing = 9,968

These researchers found that feeding diets that contained a blend of beet pulp and cellulose was more effective at moving hair through the digestive tract, compared with the same diets containing beet pulp as the only fiber source.

  • 80 to 100% increase in fecal hair excretion with beet pulp/cellulose-blend diets, compared with the beet pulp-only diet.
  • By promoting the passage of hair ingested by the cat during normal self-grooming, an important risk factor for hairball formation is minimized.
  • Hairballs were not evident in cats fed the beet pulp/cellulose-blend diets.

How Do Our Hairball Management Formulas Work?

The patent-pending fiber system (blend of beet pulp/cellulose) gently moves hair through the gastrointestinal tract while maintaining healthy digestion.

  • Beet pulp, a moderately fermentable fiber, promotes optimal intestinal health.
  • Cellulose helps to enhance the passage of ingested hair.

How Do Our Hairball Management Formulas Compare With Our Other Cat Formulas?

Our hairball management formulas provide the same high-quality nutrition and taste as our other adult formulas with the added benefit of reducing the risk of hairballs.

  • Both provide high-quality nutrition for adult cats.
  • Similar feeding amounts as our other adult formulas.
  • Excellent stool quality, skin and coat condition, and taurine status.
  • Great taste.

proper nutrition for puppies.

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What is DHA?

DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid important for neural development of young mammals.

DHA is a major structural component of the brain as well as the most abundant fatty acid in the brain. It plays a vital role in the development of the central nervous system and retinal function.

Sources of DHA.

Common dietary DHA sources include fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna and other seafood, eggs and organ meat. In pet foods, sources of DHA include fish, fish meal and fish oil.

Prior to weaning, puppies get DHA from their mothers. Mothers, both human and canine, transfer DHA from their body tissues to their offspring during pregnancy and lactation.

After weaning, puppies can obtain DHA for continuing neural development through diet.

Effects of DHA On Reproduction.

Recent Iams research provides evidence that the nutritional requirement for omega-3 fatty acids in dogs depends on life stage. These studies further show that a puppy’s fatty acid status is highly dependent on the status of the mother.* The puppy’s dependence on DHA from the mother is especially high during late pregnancy and the nursing period.

Effects of Diet On Trainability.

Over 30 days of testing, puppies from the enhanced-DHA group consistently out-performed the puppies from the typical-DHA group on the maze test. Results of the study indicated that puppies nourished on high DHA levels were more trainable.


Dietary DHA is critical for optimal neural development in puppies because DHA synthesis in the body is limited. Puppies nourished on diets with enhanced levels of DHA had improved trainability performance.

Our puppy foods are formulated with fishmeal and other high-quality fat sources to provide high amounts of DHA to support neural development and achieve an optimal 5:1 omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio.

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chicken: the complete protein source.

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Before you bring your puppy home, be sure you have the following dog training and general supplies:

Chicken is a key ingredient in our pet foods. As an animal-based protein, chicken helps maintain muscle structure and provides each of the amino acids essential to carnivorous animals. And chicken adds great taste.

What chicken ingredients are used in dog foods?

  • Common chicken ingredients include chicken, chicken meal, chicken by-product meal and chicken fat.
  • Chicken is flesh and skin without internal organs or feathers.
  • Chicken meal includes flesh, skin and bone that have been cleaned, dried, cooked and ground.
  • Chicken by-product meal is flesh, skin and internal organs (including intestines and bone) that have been cleaned, dried, cooked and ground.
  • Chicken fat, a high-quality energy source, provides essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid that can help support skin and coat health.

What is natural chicken flavor?

Another common chicken-based ingredient is natural chicken flavor, also called chicken digest. Natural chicken flavor adds palatability and nutrients. It is high-quality protein and fat material that has been reduced to amino and fatty acids to improve taste through an enzymatic process.

Why are internal organs and bone included in chicken by-product meal?

Internal organs are rich sources of protein, fats and minerals such as iron that are essential to dog health and add to the palatability of the pet food. Including some ground bone provides a good source of minerals, such as calcium. Some pet food manufacturers formulate their products without such ingredients to appeal to dog owners, rather than for optimal health of the dogs themselves. However, the nutritional needs of dogs are not the same as the nutritional needs of humans.

The IAMS Difference.

Dried (meal) chicken protein sources contained in our chicken-based foods undergo an extra refining process to further improve protein quality and contain each of the amino acids that are essential to pets.

best friend basics: pet must haves and ways to pamper them.

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