Do you recommend an all-raw diet?

Dr. Omaboe does not recommend the feeding of raw organs, meat or eggs to cats.  He does, however, consider the feeding of some raw fruits and vegetables to be viable options, when done so under the supervision of a professional.

Is feeding organic foods a necessity?

Purchasing organic or conventionally grown meat and produce is, of course, up to the discretion of the cat owner.  However, Dr. Omaboe would like to point out that food is energy…a living source…meant to feed living beings.  When man interferes by introducing chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, that natural energy transfer is affected.  The nutrient content may, according to laboratory testing, remain the same, but there is more to food than its chemical constituents.

Can I devise my cat’s diet on my own?

We advise that you consult with a veterinary professional, like Dr. Omaboe, before beginning any new cat diet regimen.  Some of the most common homemade cat feeding mistakes that well-intentioned cat owners make are:

  • Complicated Diets.  It might seem counterintuitive, but less is better when it comes to cat food recipes.  A lot of ingredients, or a complicated feeding schedule, does equate to a balanced diet.  Recipes that include less than 8 steps are more likely to be easy to prepare and stick with.
  • Malnutrition.  A recipe not suitable for your cat, deviation from the recipe, or becoming lax in feeding habits over time can all cause a cat’s malnutrition.
  • Over-The-Counter Supplements.  OTC cat supplements might offer little more than a false sense of security.  They are not one-size-fits-all, and many are nutritionally incomplete, requiring a complementary diet.
  • Meat-Only Diets.  When the primary focus of a cat food diet is protein, other essential nutrients are lost.  Low calcium and heightened phosphorus levels can lead to health complications.  We think of cats as carnivores, but they are, in essence, omnivores.  No single food can offer rounded nutrition.
  • Bones as Mineral Supplements.  Bones (raw or cooked) often contribute to off-balance calcium/phosphorus ratios.  They are ineffective as dietary supplements, and can sometimes cause bowel obstruction, irritation, painful defecation, and intestinal perforation.
  • Trace Minerals Ignored.  Often, a cat’s need for iron, iodine, copper, and zinc is ignored.  Deficits in any of these elements can lead to cat health problems.
  • Mass-Produced Recipes.  Cookbook and internet cat food recipes do not take into consideration a cat’s age, weight, state of health, or level of activity.  There is no diet out there that is optimum for every cat.
  • Essential Nutrients Disregarded.  Cats need 38 nutrients for good health.  Tracking those nutrients is nearly impossible without help from a professional.  Additionally, some of those nutrients need to be replenished daily, while others are fat soluble (released by the body as needed).  Further, deficiencies can masquerade behind any number of symptoms, and can be difficult and costly to diagnose.
  • An Unbalanced Diet.  A feeding regimen can be devised using body weight, time period, or calorie calculations.  Determining the proper method should only be attempted with the help of a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist.
  • Cooking and Mineral Misunderstandings.  Studies have indicated that minerals are not destroyed by conventional cooking temperatures.  Only Vitamin C is destroyed.
  • Replicating a Wild Cat’s Diet.  Cats are scavengers.  Therefore, wild cats eat what presents itself, not what is best for them.  Their goal is to simply stay alive.  You want more than that for your cat, don’t you?

Could my cat be allergic to something?

It’s not uncommon for cats to be allergic to any number of substances.  Fleas, mites, pollen, dust, and food are common cat allergens.  And, a cat’s symptoms are not unlike those of a human.  A cat’s itching skin, sneezing, watery eyes, running nose, and swelling are uncomfortable, but treatable.  Visit our Seasonal Allergies page for more information.

Should I be concerned about my cat’s vomiting?

Vomiting is a symptom, not a cat illness.  The challenge can be in finding the cat’s health problem that is causing the vomiting.  If any of the following symptoms are present in your cat, or if the vomiting has been persisting for 48 hours or more, contact Cabinet Veterinaire International for a consultation.

  • Toxic substance ingestion (chemical, plant, medication, etc.)
  • Fever
  • Diminished appetite or thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

Should I be concerned about my cat’s diarrhea?

Like vomiting, diarrhea is a symptom, not a cat illness.  The challenge can be in finding the cat’s health problem that is causing the diarrhea.  If any of the following symptoms are present in your cat, or if the diarrhea has been persisting for 48 hours or more, contact Cabinet Veterinaire International for a consultation.

  • Toxic substance ingestion (chemical, plant, medication, etc.)
  • Fever
  • Geriatric cat (over 8 years of age)
  • Diminished appetite or thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Sensitivity when the abdomen is palpitated
  • Vomiting

Why is my cat dragging his rear on the carpet?

When a cat scoots, it’s a clear indicator of a problem.  The culprit is most likely anal glands that are in need of draining, or are infected or impacted.  These glands sometimes do not drain on their own, and assistance by a veterinary professional is needed.  Call us as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.  Scooting is an indicator that your cat is experiencing great discomfort.

What is Lyme Disease, and what are the symptoms?

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection, transmitted by ticks, than can cause joint pain, damage to the kidneys, heart, nervous system, and even paralysis.  Though these symptoms do not present themselves in all cats, prevention, in the form of a tick preventative is advised, as well as regular examination and removal of ticks that have attached to your cat.  A Lyme Disease vaccination for cats is also available.  When winter temperatures are moderate, ticks do not die, but live on to reproduce and continue to spread the Lyme bacteria.  So, in the absence of deep freezes, examination of your cats for ticks becomes even more important.  If your cat is diagnosed with Lyme Disease, it can be treated with an antibiotic.

Does Cabinet Veterinaire International allow post veterinary surgery visits?

If your cat is staying with us for an extended period, we will allow visits.  However, if your cat is scheduled for outpatient veterinary surgery, we discourage visiting.  In short-term stay situations, we have a limited amount of time to evaluate your cat for a safe return home, and your cat’s excitement at seeing you could compromise that evaluation.

Who can I call for emergency veterinary services?

7 days a week, 24 hours a day, Cabinet Veterinaire International’s staff is prepared to respond to emergency veterinary calls.  Our automated answering service will give you the opportunity to leave a message.  After leaving the message, please ensure that the phone number you’ve provided is not blocked or busy.  We ask that you only utilize this emergency vet service for actual emergencies.  Cat grooming, general cat health questions, and the scheduling of appointments for pet vaccines, spaying and neutering, and annual health checks do not call for an emergency response.  Kindly place non-emergency calls during our normal business hours (see our Home page).

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What other companies can you suggest for pet care services?

We are not associated with any outside pet service companies, but are happy to offer the following links, for your convenience.

An FYI for site visitors:  The above points are presented for informational purposes only, and are not intended for the purpose of diagnosing a cat’s symptoms.  Cat illnesses require attention by a veterinarian.