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April 25, 2022

How to know when your cat needs functional nutrition

Our new cat-crafted meal toppers are different from the other offerings on our menu. Unlike our complete and balanced recipes, we formulated these toppers to supplement your cat’s regular diet and help address common health concerns.

But how do you know when your cat might need functional nutrition? Dr. Katja Lang, Made by Nacho veterinary consultant and Nacho’s lifelong vet, shared what you should look for when adding our new toppers to your cat’s diet.

As always, we recommend working directly with your veterinarian to address any health concerns.

Digestive Support Meal Topper

According to Dr. Lang, the digestive support topper is especially helpful for cats who are not having daily bowel movements or their stool is too dry or hard. “The digestive topper contains beet pulp, which is the fiber component of beets after removing the sugar. Beet pulp is a highly digestible fiber source and acts as a prebiotic to promote the growth of the good bacteria in the digestive system.”

Immune Support Meal Topper

 

“The immune support topper is important for cats prone to illness,” said Dr. Lang. But, she added, “Stress can predispose your cat to certain illnesses, so you can also use the topper in times of transition.” Changes, big OR small, can be stressful to cats (think: from a new guest to a new baby). Our immune support contains omega-3s to help reduce inflammation, vitamin C & E antioxidants help with tissue repair and fighting against pathogens (bacteria, viruses, etc.). Lastly, zinc helps improve the function of white blood cells – all extra important when the immune system is potentially compromised.

Bone & Joint Support Meal Topper

 

Dr. Lang recommends our bone & joint support topper especially for older cats. “Arthritis affects most older cats even if they are not showing clinical signs.” Signs of arthritis in cats can include decreased activity, decreased muscle tone, and difficulty jumping. Some symptoms can be very subtle, like your cat being less social or not using the litter box. In addition, younger cats with musculoskeletal injuries can also benefit from a joint supplement. “Cartilage covers the bone surfaces that form joints and act as a cushion along the joint fluid. Glucosamine and chondritis support cartilage damaged in arthritis, while the Omega-3s are important to reduce inflammation,” said Dr. Lang.  

Now that you have a vet’s perspective, which topper will you incorporate into your cat’s diet?

 

 

This post is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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