At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 282
'IN MY OWN DOG, LILY, CHANGING HER TO
OUR NATURAL FOOD WAS THE ONLY THING
THAT CLEARED UP HER ITCHY SKIN'
DITCH the junk
Choosing a food for your pet
may seem like a minefield. ere
are a few ingredients to look
out for - and some to avoid...
High meat content for cats;
for dogs, other ingredients
are also important, but good
quality meat is still vital
Fresh, whole ingredients
(including vegetables for dogs)
Omega-3 and 6 oils for
healthy skin, fur and joints
A broad range of vitamins
and minerals to support good
health and immunity
Taurine for cats (an essential
nutrient for heart and eye health)
Prebiotics (can help dogs
digest their food)
Meat meal or bone meal
used as fillers
Grains (especially for cats, but
some dogs are also intolerant).
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Urinary problems are
common in cats. If you
notice your cat is urinating
more frequently, in
smaller quantities or in
(outside the litter box),
you need to take him to
a vet immediately to get
him checked for urinary
infections, cystitis (an
ation o the urinary
tract leading to painful
urination) or struvite
crystals in the bladder
(potentially very serious).
Some cats are prone
to frequent bouts of
cystitis, especially anxious
individua s as its o en
triggered by stress.
ORGANIC MEAT IS
levels and diet
NOT ONLY GOOD FOR
can all help to
YOUR PET, BUT HAS
reduce the risk
o a flare-u .
STANDARDS FOR THE
to keep your cat's
fluid eve s u so
feeding more wet food
(rather than dry kibble)
may help to maintain good
urinary tract health,' says Henrietta.
'In the wild, cats get most of their
moisture from their diet. Domestic
cats aren't very good at drinking
enough - they need encouragement,
so a good- ua ity wet ood can he .
You can also encourage your cat to
drink more with water bowls and cat
fountains around the house.
'MY CAT'S FUR IS
DULL AND PATCHY'
'Cats love being clean, and spend up to
half their waking hours grooming
themselves,' says Henrietta. 'An
unhealthy coat - dry or greasy fur and
bald patches - is a sign in both dogs
and cats that they need attention.
'If your vet rules out medical causes,
poor diet could be the culprit. Make
sure you pet eats nutritious, balanced
meals. Cats require more protein than
dogs, so check the meat content on
the abe .
ega- atty acids ound
in sh oi s are a so i ortant or
Older (and overweight) cats can
nd it hard to groo the se ves due
to arthritis and poor mobility. A good
diet can also help with this. You can
help your cat with grooming by
brushing him daily, which can
also be a lovely bonding experience.
MAKING THE CHANGE
If you decide to change your pet's
diet to a healthier, more natural
one, don't do it overnight - a sudden
change can lead to tummy problems,
such as diarrhoea or constipation.
Start by mixing 25% of the new food
with 75% of his current brand. Over
one or two weeks, slowly transition
him to 100% on the new food.
You want your pet to enjoy his
meals, so it's important that the food
is palatable as well as healthy. Cats
especially can be fussy eaters, so take
the ti e to nd a variety he ikes.
'Only the best
for my boy!'
'When Henry was found as a
stray, he was in a bad condition.
He'd also contracted FIV (the
feline form of HIV) so his
immunity is compromised.
Good health starts with good
nutrition, so I wanted to feed
him a high-meat, grain-free,
low-additive, "complete" food,
to build him up and keep his
immune system strong.
'After lots of research, I chose
Lily's Kitchen. With a good diet
and plenty of TLC, Henry's now
in good shape, with a lush coat,
bright eyes and healthy teeth.
His immunity seems good, too.
And he loves his food!'
WORDS: CATHERINE FRANCIS, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
HER DOG, LILY