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Feeding Practices of Cat Owners

Mar 18, 2008
Laflamme, D. P., S. K. Abood, et al. (2008). "Pet feeding practices of dog and cat owners in the United States and Australia." J Am Vet Med Assoc 232(5): 687-94.

The objective of this large telephone survey was to determine what and how dog and cat owners feed their pets. A random selection of pet owners were surveyed in multiple U.S. locations and 1 location in Australia. Over 1100 respondents provided data on feeding practices for 635 dogs and 469 cats. Over 98% of cat owners fed commercial food for at least one-half of the nutritional intake. In addition, 29% of cats received at least one-half of their diet from commercial canned foods, and 13% of cats were fed non-commercial foods as part of their main diet. Veterinarians were cited as the most common source of information on pet care and nutrition, but 16% of cat owners cited the internet and other media sources as their primary source of information.
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Related articles:
Michel, K. E. (2006). "Unconventional diets for dogs and cats." Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 36(6): 1269-81, vi-vii.
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Wakefield, L., F. Shofer, et al. (2006). "Evaluation of cats fed vegetarian diets and attitudes of their caregivers." J Amer Vet Med Assoc 229(1): 70-73.
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