What Food You Should Give To The Brazilian Shorthair.

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Brazilian Shorthair, Cats, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the Brazilian ShorthairBrazilian Shorthairs are carnivores. Always keep that in mind as you are deciding what you should feed your Brazilian Shorthair. That might explain why your Brazilian Shorthair seems like a picky eater. If you’re giving your him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you may have difficulty getting the Brazilian Shorthair to eat.

What food you should give to your new Brazilian Shorthair.

Remember Brazilian Shorthairs share recent ancestry with the fiercest of felines — lions, tigers,and cheetahs, etc. — so keep that in mind while feeding your Brazilian Shorthair. You won’t see a mature tiger on National Geographic eating an apple, drinking milk or chewing grass in the wild. Nor would you observe a jaguar cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As absurd as these examples sound, that’s exactly what many people feed their Brazilian Shorthairs. So you shouldn’t expect your Brazilian Shorthair at home to be thrilled when that’s what you try to feed him. Brazilian Shorthairs are not like us and different from dogs. As far as their nutrition goes, they are very strict, and owners must always take that into consideration. In contrast to how some other mammals eat, Brazilian Shorthairs need to eat a lot of meat for fat and protein. A human could develop many problems if he ate the Brazilian Shorthair’s recommended diet. They are not at all like humans and they are not miniature dogs. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to treat their Brazilian Shorthairs exactly like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of different foods and stay healthy. Given that dog food is so full of carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your Brazilian Shorthair if fed for a long period of time. Brazilian Shorthairs are not meant to eat carbs because they can’t process them well. Many times, when you see an oversized domestic Brazilian Shorthair it’s because she was fed a diet high in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Brazilian Shorthair’s digestive system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.

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Satisfying Your Brazilian Shorthair’s Palate

Before you decide on a particular food for the Brazilian Shorthair be certain it is recommended by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. Meeting their minimum requirements ensures that the Brazilian Shorthair is getting the right nutrition. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “premium”, ” super-premium”, ” gourmet”, and “natural”, as there is no standard that defines them. Ask your veterinarian which type of food (wet or dry) is best for your Brazilian Shorthair. After you’ve selected the optimum food, it’s now the time to let your Brazilian Shorthair make the final say so. If the Brazilian Shorthair eats it with no problems and seems to relish it, it is a great pick. If your Brazilian Shorthair doesn’t seem to enjoy it, on the other hand, you should go back to the drawing board. Brazilian Shorthairs often will go on a hunger strike as opposed to eat food they don’t like, and such strikes are harmful. If she ever decides to a hunger strike, your Brazilian Shorthair runs an extreme risk of death or liver failure at the least. If you ever decide to change foods, replace the old food gradually, in small quantities over a week. This prevents your Brazilian Shorthair from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Brazilian Shorthair Feeding Time, Snacks, and Portion Size

How much should you feed the Brazilian Shorthair? There are many things that determine that answer. For instance, is the Brazilian Shorthair a house cat or a yard cat or hybrid? Has the Brazilian Shorthair had sterilization surgery? Both affect your Brazilian Shorthair’s nutritional requirements. The solution is to request more information from your vet, who will help you figure out your Brazilian Shorthair’s ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Take charge and ask your vet about your Brazilian Shorthair’s food and weight. Once you learn how much your Brazilian Shorthair needs, don’t deviate. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your Brazilian Shorthair at her ideal weight. For Brazilian Shorthairs, it’s difficult to shed extra weight once they get obese. Once you’ve gotten this info from your doctor, it’s time to set up the Brazilian Shorthair’s meals. Brazilian Shorthairs like to eat small meals or snacks during the day, so expect to leave meals out so he can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can also put out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Keep snacks to a minimum. The more snacks they get, the less room they’ll have for their core dietary requirements.

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