What Do Mekong Bobtails Eat?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Cats, Mekong Bobtail, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the Mekong bobtailMekong bobtails are natural predators. Always remember that as you are considering which food your Mekong bobtail should eat. If you deviate from her natural diet, your Mekong bobtail may seem like a picky eater. You may have difficulty getting your Mekong bobtail to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.

What do Mekong bobtails eat?

Always keep in mind Mekong bobtails share a recent common ancestor with the biggest of cats — lions, tigers,and jaguars, etc. — so take that to heart when you’re feeding your Mekong bobtail. Never will you witness a full grown lion on National Geographic drinking milk, chewing grass, or eating an apple in his natural habitat. Nor would you observe a cheetah cub in the wild drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal. As ludicrous as these examples are, that’s exactly how many owners feed their Mekong bobtails. Don’t expect your Mekong bobtail at home to be thrilled if that’s what you try to give to her. Mekong bobtails are not like us and unlike dogs. With respect to their nutrition, they are very strict, and you must be aware of this. Mekong bobtails consume almost entirely proteins and fats as opposed to omnivores like humans who also eat vegetables and fruits. If we ate like Mekong bobtails, we’d have serious health issues at a young age. 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 treat their Mekong bobtails like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of different foods and stay healthy. As a matter of fact, dog food can be deadly to Mekong bobtails over time because it fails to meet their nutritional needs and it’s usually loaded with carbohydrates, which Mekong bobtails can’t process well. Mekong bobtails get extreme obesity problems by eating carbs, which can lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that Mekong bobtails must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Delighting Your Mekong bobtail’s Palate

Make sure any food you purchase for the Mekong bobtail satisifies the guidelines set by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That ensures that the food satisfies at least the bare minimum dietary requirements of your Mekong bobtail. It’s best to just ignore marketing terms such as “super-premium”, ” premium”, ” natural”, and “gourmet” which have no standard definition. Ask the veterinarian which food (wet or dry) they recommend for the Mekong bobtail. Once you have selected the ideal food, it’s now the time to let your Mekong bobtail give the final say so. If the Mekong bobtail likes the food and doesn’t have any digestive issues (such as vomiting) later, you’ve got a keeper. On the other hand, if your Mekong bobtail doesn’t like the food, you need to be prepared to offer a different choice. Mekong bobtails will sometimes prefer to go on hunger strikes instead of eat some food they don’t enjoy, and these strikes can truly be dangerous. If he ever decides to stop eating, the Mekong bobtail runs a high risk of liver failure and death. If you ever need to change foods, bring in a different type of food a little bit at a time, in small amounts over a week. This makes it easier for your Mekong bobtail to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Mekong bobtail Portion Size, Snacks, and Feeding Time

How much food does your Mekong bobtail need? Well that depends on some elements you might not expect. For instance, is your Mekong bobtail an indoor or outdoor cat? Has the Mekong bobtail been sterilized? Both affect your Mekong bobtail’s nutritional requirements. Your best bet is to request more information from your vet, who will decide your Mekong bobtail’s ideal weight and daily calorie count. Once you find out how much your Mekong bobtail needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Mekong bobtail will get used to it and stay at his ideal weight. For Mekong bobtails, it’s difficult to lose weight once they get fat. The next step is to schedule your Mekong bobtail’s meals. Mekong bobtails enjoy small meals or snacks during the day, so expect to leave food out so she can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can give out half in the am before leaving for work and the other half when you return. Though you may enjoy giving your Mekong bobtail treats, keep them to a minimum. The more snacks they eat, the less room they’ll have for their core nutritional requirements.

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