What Do American Wirehairs Eat?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2004 in American Wirehair, Cats, Pets | 0 comments


What to feed the American WirehairAmerican Wirehairs are carnivores. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what to feed your American Wirehair. If you deviate from this, your American Wirehair may reject your food offerings. By giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc., you will have difficulty getting the American Wirehair to eat.

Feeding the American Wirehair.

Remember American Wirehairs share recent ancestry with the largest of felines — tigers, lions,and panthers, etc. — so take that to heart when feeding your American Wirehair. Never will you witness a mature cheetah on Animal Planet chewing grass, eating an apple, or drinking milk in the wild. You also would never see a puma cub in nature drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal. As silly as these examples appear, that’s exactly how many owners feed their American Wirehairs. So you should not act surprised when your American Wirehair goes hungry. American Wirehairs don’t eat the same way dogs and humans do. As far as their diet is concerned, they are very strict, and owners must always take that into consideration. American Wirehairs take in almost entirely proteins and fats in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also eat vegetables and fruits. If we ate like American Wirehairs, we’d develop heart disease by age 20. Although they’re a member of your family, does not mean they should eat like you or the dogs. It’s not uncommon for people to feed their American Wirehairs like they treat dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and stay healthy. Since dog food is mainly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can actually be fatal to your American Wirehair if fed for a long period of time. American Wirehairs are not meant to eat carbs and can’t process them well. Often, when you see an overweight domestic American Wirehair it’s because she was fed a diet high in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The American Wirehair’s system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.

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Delighting Your American Wirehair’s Palate

When choosing food for your American Wirehair, be sure the label states it meets the standards outlined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Meeting the minimum requirements ensures that your American Wirehair is getting the necessary food. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “premium”, ” super-premium”, ” gourmet”, and “natural”, as there is no guideline that defines them. You can ask your vet what type of food (wet or dry) is best for the American Wirehair. Once you’ve made a choice, give your American Wirehair a taste test. If your American Wirehair eats it with no problems and seems to enjoy it, it is a great choice. If the American Wirehair doesn’t seem to enjoy it, on the other hand, you must go back to square 1. American Wirehairs would sometimes prefer to go on a hunger strike instead of eat some food they don’t enjoy, and such strikes are truly harmful. If he commits to stop eating, the American Wirehair runs a high risk of death or liver failure at the least. Don’t change foods abruptly, either. Make certain you bring in the new food little by little in small amounts over the course of about a week. This prevents the American Wirehair from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Feeding Time, Snacks, and Portion Size for American Wirehairs

Just how much food will the American Wirehair need? Well that depends on some aspects you might not expect. For instance, is your American Wirehair a house cat or a yard cat or hybrid? Has the American Wirehair been sterilized? Answers to both of these questions affect your American Wirehair’s nutritional requirements. Your best bet is to consult your veterinarian, who will determine your American Wirehairs ideal weight and daily nutritional requirements. Once you figure out how much your American Wirehair needs, stick to the plan. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your American Wirehair at a ideal weight. For American Wirehairs, it’s difficult to shed extra weight once they get overweight. Once you’ve gotten this info from the vet, it’s time to schedule the American Wirehair’s meals. American Wirehairs like to eat small servings during the day, so expect to leave bowls out so she can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can also give out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Keep treats to a minimum. The more snacks they get, the more they might deviate from their core nutrition.

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