What Do Cornish Rexs Eat?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2008 in Cats, Cornish Rex, Pets | 0 comments


What to feed the Cornish RexCornish Rexs are natural predators. Never forget that as you are deciding what food you should serve to your new Cornish Rex. That might be the reason the Cornish Rex seems like a picky eater. By giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc., you may have a difficult time getting your Cornish Rex to eat.

What food you should give to your new Cornish Rex.

Always remember Cornish Rexs share recent ancestry with the largest of felines — lions, tigers,and pumas, etc. — so take that to heart when you’re feeding your Cornish Rex. You will never see an adult cougar on National Geographic drinking milk, eating an apple, or chewing grass in nature. Nor would you see a lion cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As ludicrous as these examples are, that’s exactly what many owners feed their Cornish Rexs. Don’t be surprised if your Cornish Rex goes hungry. Cornish Rexs don’t eat the same way dogs and humans do. As far as their nutrition goes, they are very strict, and owners must always take that into consideration. In contrast to how humans eat, Cornish Rexs need to eat a lot of meat for protein and fat. If we ate like Cornish Rexs, we’d develop serious health issues at a young age. Cornish Rexs are not at all the same as people and they are not little dogs. Often you’ll find families who feed their Cornish Rexs the same way they feed themselves and their dog, although the Cornish Rexs diet is much more restrictive. Given that dog food is predominantly carbs, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your Cornish Rex if fed for a long period of time. Cornish Rexs should not eat carbs because they can’t process them. Many times, when you see an oversized domestic Cornish Rex it’s because he was forced to eat a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Cornish Rex’s system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

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Delighting Your Cornish Rex’s Taste Buds

Before deciding on a specific food for your Cornish Rex make certain it is deemed acceptable by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. That guarantees that the food satisfies at least the basic nutritional needs of your Cornish Rex. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” super-premium”, ” premium”, and “gourmet”, as there is no standard that defines them. Always feel free to ask the vet which food he recommends as well. Once you have decided on the optimum food, it’s now the time to let your Cornish Rex give the go ahead. The food is a keeper if your Cornish Rex likes it and doesn’t exhibit any noticeable discomfort later on. On the other hand, if your Cornish Rex doesn’t like the food, you need to be ready to provide a different solution. If the Cornish Rex doesn’t enjoy the food you have fed him, a harmful hunger strike may be next. If he ever decides to a hunger strike, the Cornish Rex runs an extreme risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. Don’t swap foods haphazardly, either. Be sure you replace the old food little by little in small amounts over about a week. This makes it easier for your Cornish Rex to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Snacks, Portion Size, and Feeding Time for Cornish Rexs

Just how much food does the Cornish Rex need? It depends on some factors you might not expect. For instance, is the Cornish Rex an indoor or outdoor cat? Has your Cornish Rex been sterilized? Both of these answers are crucial in determining your Cornish Rex’s nutritional requirements. Your best bet is to consult your vet, who will figure out your Cornish Rexs ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Take the initiative about asking your vet about your Cornish Rex’s food and weight. Once you find out how much food your Cornish Rex needs, stick to it. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your Cornish Rex at his ideal weight. For Cornish Rexs, it’s hard to lose weight once they get fat. Once you’ve gotten this info from her doctor, it’s time to plan the Cornish Rex’s meals. Cornish Rexs like to eat small portions during the day, so plan to leave bowls out so she can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can give out half in the am before leaving for work and the other half in the evening. Don’t go overboard with treats, either. The more treats they eat, the more they will stray from their core diet.

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