Cats, as a species, are strictly carnivorous. In many societies, they have been removed from their former free-roaming, active existence to a captive, indoor, sedentary one. They have also gone from consuming frequent, small meals of animals they could catch and kill to consuming prepared diets of human choosing.
Proper nutrition plays a key role in the prevention and management of many common feline endocrine disorders, including obesity, diabetes mellitus, and hyperthyroidism.
For more information, see this interesting blog post published last week in Cat Health News from the Winn Feline Foundation entitled, Cats: nutrition and lifestyle choices.
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