Veterinary medicine is advancing all the time, and it has been increasingly recognised that nutrition can play an important role in managing disease as well as maintaining health. The first prescription diet was made by an American veterinary surgeon, Dr Mark Morris, in 1948. Now there are numerous veterinary cat food brands. If you have been recommended a veterinary cat food, read on for more information about these special diets. Once you know what you need, you can order online through our shop for quick delivery and free returns!
Veterinary cat foods, or prescription diets, are foods that have been specifically formulated
to provide optimal nutrition for various health concerns. Many medical conditions can be
helped or managed by your cat being provided with a special balance of nutrients. Some
examples include hypoallergenic diets and weight-loss foods.
Most prescription diets can be bought in either wet or dry form. There are some health
conditions where the higher water content of wet food may be helpful, such as urinary and
kidney diets, and some conditions where the dry option may be more appropriate.
Ultimately, the goal is to provide optimal nutrition in whichever form your cat will eat it. You
can read more about the benefits of wet food and dry food if you are unsure.
Your vet might recommend a veterinary cat food for:
● Kidney care – sadly, kidney disease is common in older cats. It can be difficult to
manage, but using a prescription diet to provide the correct balance of protein,
nutrients, and hydration is important.
● Digestive problems – finding the correct food is a huge part of treating digestive
problems such as IBD and food sensitivities/allergies in cats.
● Urinary health – crystals forming in the urine can lead to urinary stones, which are
painful and can cause life-threatening urinary blockages. Urinary diets are designed
to maintain your cat’s urine acidity at the right level to prevent stone formation.
● Allergies and skin disease – dietary management can improve skin health, boost
healthy hair growth and manage food reactions.
● Weight control – prescription diet foods can change your cat’s metabolism to hasten
● Diabetic control – diet is a huge part of good diabetic management for cats, and
veterinary recommended diets can help manage insulin and sugar levels.
● Other conditions – there are many other health problems, such as arthritis, heart
disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, and some cancers that may benefit from
It is important with any new diet to make the change gradually, as a sudden shock to the
gastric system can cause tummy upsets. Change over to the veterinary recommended cat
food over the course of several days, slowly increasing the amount of the new food and
decreasing the amount of the old.
Most veterinary cat foods are designed to be fed as a sole diet. Adding in treats, other diets,
or table scraps can make them less effective, so try to keep them as the only food source.
Prescription diets are to be fed under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon. Your vet can
advise on the best veterinary cat food brands and types for your cat’s individual health and
nutritional needs, so it is important that your vet is involved in the decision process. These
prescription diets are available through your vets, but you can also buy veterinary cat food
online, with authorisation from your vet.
Remember, buying at FirstVet gives you weekday delivery in 1-3 days, free shipping over
£39, and a free returns policy!