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What to know about cat nutrition

Learn how to keep your cat healthier through diet.

Types of cat food

Dry food typically comes in large bags, so you don’t have to worry about running out of food very often. However, it’s important to keep in mind that cats who eat dry food need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Cats who eat wet food get a large amount of their daily water intake from it and may drink less when eating canned food. Look for a wet food with at least 75% moisture content.

What to avoid feeding your cat

As a general rule, you should avoid feeding your cat most human food because some human foods are toxic to cats and any human food can lead to excessive weight gain in cats. Avoid feeding cats grapes and raisins, nuts, onions, and bones.

How often to feed your cat

Kittens eat smaller meals so they typically need to be fed three or more times per day. As cats grow and begin to eat larger meals, it’s not uncommon for them to eat two meals per day. As long as your cat is maintaining a healthy weight and not experiencing any health problems, feeding an adult cat once or twice a day is enough.

Free-feeding vs. scheduled feeding

If your cat stays active and only eats occasionally throughout the day, you can leave a bowl of dry food out for them to snack on. However, some cats overeat when they have constant access to kibble, so it’s important to watch their weight if you free-feed. Feeding your cat set portions once or twice a day instead helps you control their calorie intake, but may not work with every schedule. Timed feedings are preferred if you feed your cat wet food.

How to get expert diet & nutrition advice

If you need help getting your cat or kitten on a healthy diet, Dutch can help. Our licensed vets can create a diet plan for your cat from the comfort of your home. Contact Dutch today to learn more about what to feed your cat, how often to feed them, and more.

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  • 2. Online vet visit

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  • 3. Prescriptions shipped free to you

    We’ll create a treatment plan to help your pet and deliver it direct to you.

  • 4. Ongoing care & follow-ups

    We’ll keep track of how your treatment plan is going & you can follow up as much as needed.

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What is a visit with Dutch like?

When booking a video call with a vet, you'll be asked a few questions about your pet’s health issue. Depending on the issue, you may also be asked to fill out a longer questionnaire about their symptoms and share photographs of them so our veterinarians can better understand what’s going on. You’ll then pick an appointment time that works best for you.

During your video call, one of our licensed veterinarians will talk to you about the symptoms your pet is experiencing, ask you questions, review your pet’s medical history if you’ve provided it, and answer any questions you have. The vet will ask to see your pet and their environment. And they may ask you to perform some simple checks on them if needed.

After your video call, the vet will send you a message with a custom treatment plan to help your pet feel better, including a link to buy any recommended prescription or over-the-counter medications. Place your order and we’ll ship it free.

Who is Dutch for?

Dutch is for dog and cat owners wanting a more cost effective and timely way to handle common pet issues. We eliminate the unnecessary vet visit as well as the stress related to getting your pet to the vet. The Dutch experience is designed to connect you with a vet via video call for general advice and recommended OTC product offerings. In certain states, vets may prescribe medication and therapeutics and our partner pharmacy will ship it right to your door.

What states does Dutch service?

As a Dutch member you can chat directly with a vet in all 50 states and access our OTC products.
If you are seeking prescription medication for your pet we currently offer telemedicine services in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

We will continue to service additional states in the coming months — stay tuned!