How Should You Feed Your American Bobtail?

Posted by on Dec 27, 2005 in American Bobtail, Cats, Pets | 0 comments


What to feed the American BobtailAmerican Bobtails love meat. Never forget that when contemplating what you should feed your American Bobtail. If you don’t stick to this, your American Bobtail may seem like a finicky eater. If you’re giving your her food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you will have a difficult time getting your American Bobtail to eat.

What should you serve to the American Bobtail?

You must not forget that American Bobtails share a recent common ancestor with the fiercest of cats — lions, tigers,and leopards, etc. — so keep that in mind as you’re feeding the American Bobtail. Never will you see a mature leopard on National Geographic drinking milk, chewing grass, or eating an apple in the wild. You also would never see a young panther cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t the mother. As preposterous as these examples appear, that’s exactly how many owners feed their American Bobtails. So you should not expect your American Bobtail at home to be thrilled if that’s what you try to give to make her eat. American Bobtails don’t eat the same way dogs or humans do. As far as their nutrition goes, they rarely mix it up, and you must realize that. Compared to how some other mammals eat, American Bobtails need to eat a lot of meat for protein and fat. A person would probably develop many problems if he tried to live on the American Bobtail’s diet. Although they’re a part of your family, does not mean they should eat like you or the dogs. Unfortunately, it’s common for owners to treat their American Bobtails exactly like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and stay healthy. As a matter of fact, dog food can be fatal to American Bobtails over time because it fails to meet their nutritional needs and it’s usually overloaded with too many carbohydrates, which American Bobtails can’t digest properly. Often, when you see an oversized domestic American Bobtail it’s because he was given a diet heavy in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The long and short of it is that American Bobtails must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Satisfying Your American Bobtail’s Taste Buds

When choosing food for your American Bobtail, be sure the label says it meets the minimum requirements prescribed by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That guarantees that the food meets at least the minimum dietary requirements of your American Bobtail. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “premium”, ” natural”, ” super-premium”, and “gourmet”, as there is no standard that defines them. You can ask the doctor what food (wet or dry) is best for your American Bobtail. After you have decided, give your American Bobtail a taste test. If your American Bobtail likes the food and does not show any digestive issues (such as gas) later on, you’ve made a great choice. If your American Bobtail doesn’t seem to enjoy it, however, you must go back to square one. American Bobtails would sometimes prefer to go on a hunger strike as opposed to eat something they don’t enjoy, and such strikes are truly harmful. If she decides to a hunger strike, the American Bobtail runs an extreme risk of death or liver failure at the least. If you do decide to change from one food to another, introduce the new food gradually, in small quantities over about a week. This helps prevent the American Bobtail from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

American Bobtail Portion Size, Snacks, and Feeding Time

Just how much food does your American Bobtail need? It depends on some things you might not expect. For instance, is the American Bobtail an indoor or outdoor cat? Has the American Bobtail had sterilization surgery? Both of these answers are crucial in establishing your American Bobtail’s dietary requirements. The solution is to request a recommendation from your veterinarian, who will set your American Bobtail’s ideal weight and daily calorie requirement. Take initiative about asking your veterinarian about your American Bobtail’s weight and food. Once you know how much your American Bobtail needs, don’t deviate. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your American Bobtail at his healthy weight. It’s hard to help an obese American Bobtail lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at its proper size. The next step is to set up your American Bobtail’s meals. American Bobtails enjoy small meals throughout the day, so expect to leave bowls out so he can come and graze whenever hunger strikes. You can also give out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Although you might enjoy feeding your American Bobtail treats, do so infrequently. Don’t let snacks dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, you don’t want them eating too much salt.

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