What Do Abyssinians Eat?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Abyssinian, Cats, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the AbyssinianAbyssinians are predators. Please remember that as you are deciding what you should feed your new Abyssinian. If you don’t stick to this, your Abyssinian may reject your food offerings. If you’re giving your her food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you will have a difficult time getting your Abyssinian to eat.

What food you should serve to your Abyssinian.

Don’t ever forget that Abyssinians share recent ancestry with the biggest of felines — cheetahs, lions and tigers — so take that to heart as you’re feeding the Abyssinian. Never will you witness a mature puma on National Geographic eating an apple, chewing grass, or drinking milk in the wild. You also would never see a young tiger cub in the wild drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As absurd as these examples appear, that’s exactly what many people feed their Abyssinians. So you should not act surprised when your Abyssinian goes on a hunger strike. Abyssinians are unlike us and not like dogs. As far as their diet is concerned, they rarely deviate, and you must realize that. Abyssinians take in almost exclusively proteins and fats in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also eat fruits and vegetables. A person would probably end up with a lot of ailments if she tried to live on the Abyssinian’s recommended diet. Abyssinians are not at all the same as people and they are not little dogs. Often you’ll find people who feed their Abyssinians just like they feed themselves and their dog, although the Abyssinians diet is much more restrictive. Given that dog food is predominantly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be deadly to your Abyssinian if fed consistently. Abyssinians should not eat carbs and can’t process them well. Abyssinians will develop extreme obesity problems from carbohydrates, which can lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that Abyssinians must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Satisfying Your Abyssinian’s Appetite

Make sure any food you buy for your Abyssinian meets the requirements prescribed by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Satisfying those guidelines guarantees that the Abyssinian is getting the correct nutrition. Feel free to pay no attention to marketing terms such as “gourmet”, ” premium”, ” super-premium”, and “natural” which have no set definition. Always feel free to ask the veterinarian which food he recommends. After you’ve decided, let your Abyssinian do a taste test. If your Abyssinian likes the food and doesn’t have any gastrointestinal issues (such as gas) later, you’ve made a good choice. However, if the Abyssinian doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be prepared to give options. If the Abyssinian does not like the food you have fed him, a dangerous hunger strike may be imminent. If she ever decides to a hunger strike, your Abyssinian runs a high risk of death or liver failure at the least. If you do need to change from one food to another, introduce the new food little by little, in small quantities over about a week. This makes it easier for your Abyssinian to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Abyssinian Feeding Time, Portion Size, and Snacks

Just how much food will your Abyssinian need? The answer may surprise you. For instance, is your Abyssinian a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Abyssinian had sterilization surgery? Both of these answers are vital in establishing your Abyssinian’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to request advice from your veterinarian, who will identify your Abyssinian’s ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Take charge and ask your doctor about your Abyssinian’s weight and food. Once you know how much food your Abyssinian needs, stick to it. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Abyssinian will get used to it and stay at her healthy weight. For Abyssinians, it’s difficult to lose weight once they get obese. Once you’ve gotten this info from the doctor, it’s time to set up the Abyssinian’s meals. Abyssinians like to eat all throughout the day, so it’s just best to leave meals out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can put out half in the morning before leaving for work and the other half in the evening. Don’t go overboard with treats, either. The more treats they eat, the less room they’ll have for their real nutritional requirements.

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