What Do American Shorthairs Eat?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2006 in American Shorthair, Cats, Pets | 0 comments


What to feed the American ShorthairAmerican Shorthairs eat meat. Please remember that when deciding which food your American Shorthair should eat. That may explain why the American Shorthair rejects the meals you prepare for her. By giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc., you may have a difficult time getting the American Shorthair to eat.

What should American Shorthairs eat?

You mustn’t forget that American Shorthairs share recent ancestry with the biggest of felines — cheetahs, tigers and lions — so take that to heart while feeding the American Shorthair. Never will you see an adult lion on National Geographic eating an apple, drinking milk or chewing grass in his natural habitat. Nor would you observe a young puma cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t the mother. As ludicrous as these examples are, that’s what many people feed their American Shorthairs. Don’t expect your American Shorthair at home to be pleased if that’s what you try to give make her eat. American Shorthairs don’t eat the same way humans or dogs do. As far as their diet is concerned, they are very strict, and you must always take that into consideration. American Shorthairs consume almost entirely fats and proteins as opposed to omnivores like humans who also eat fruits and vegetables. If we ate like American Shorthairs, we’d have heart disease by age 20. Even Though they’re a part of your family, that does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. It’s not uncommon for people to feed their American Shorthairs like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and remain healthy. Given that dog food is predominantly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be deadly to your American Shorthair if fed day in and day out. American Shorthairs should not eat carbs because they can’t process them. American Shorthairs get extreme weight issues by eating carbohydrates, which can eventually lead to diabetes. The American Shorthair’s system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

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Pleasing Your American Shorthair’s Taste Buds

When you’re choosing food for your American Shorthair, check that the packaging states it meets the standards prescribed by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That ensures that the food meets at least the basic dietary needs of your American Shorthair. It’s ok to ignore marketing terms such as “gourmet”, ” premium”, ” super-premium”, and “natural” which have no standard definition. Always feel free to ask the doctor what food she recommends. After you’ve picked the optimum food, it’s now time to let your American Shorthair make the final say so. If the American Shorthair enjoys the food and doesn’t exhibit any gastrointestinal issues (such as flatulence) later, you’ve chosen well. If the American Shorthair does not appear to tolerate it, however, you must go back to square 1. If the American Shorthair does not like the food you have fed him, a harmful hunger strike may be coming. If he ever decides to stop eating, the American Shorthair runs an extreme risk of liver failure and death. Don’t switch foods abruptly, either. Be certain you replace the old food little by little in small amounts over about a week. This helps prevent the American Shorthair from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

American Shorthair Portion Size, Feeding Time, and Snacks

Just how much food will the American Shorthair need? It depends on some aspects you might not expect. For example, is the American Shorthair a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has your American Shorthair been spayed or neutered? Both affect your American Shorthair’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your American Shorthair’s doctor, who will set your American Shorthairs ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Be proactive about asking your vet about your American Shorthair’s weight and food. Once you find out how much food your American Shorthair needs, stick to it. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your American Shorthair at his ideal weight. It’s difficult to help a fat American Shorthair lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at a healthy size. Once you’ve gotten this info from your veterinarian, it’s time to schedule the American Shorthair’s meals. American Shorthairs enjoy small meals or snacks during the day, so expect to leave bowls out so he can come and graze when hunger strikes. You can leave out half in the am before leaving for work and the other half when you return. Though you might enjoy giving your American Shorthair snacks, do so infrequently. Don’t let treats dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, you don’t want them consuming too much salt.

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