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27 Nov 2004

Dry or tinned food for kitten?
I'll be receiving my Bengal kitten soon. Most of the breeders on the internet recommend high protein pellets as opposed to tinned/wet cat food. Will the kitten be getting enough moisture/fluid in it's diet, with dry food only. I was of the belief that a cat's food should contain a high percentage of fluid?
I also read that onions & choclate are toxic to cats. If so, why is this?
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

You can use either dry or wet catfood, as long as it is a high-quality catfood.

Cats do not have all the enzymes to breakdown drugs and poisons as dogs do. As a result, cats are more likely to be poisoned by onions, which will result in blood breakdown. Chocolate is probably equally poisonous to cats and dogs, but must be consumed in significant amounts. Dark chocolate is more likely to be poisonous than normal chocolate.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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