What Food You Should Serve To Your New Egyptian Mau.

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Cats, Egyptian Mau, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the Egyptian MauEgyptian Maus, like all cats, eat meat. Keep that in mind while pondering what foods to feed the Egyptian Mau. If you stray from this, your Egyptian Mau may reject your food offerings. You can have a hard time getting your Egyptian Mau to eat if you’re giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc.

What should Egyptian Maus eat?

Always remember Egyptian Maus share recent ancestry with the biggest of felines — tigers, lions,and leopards, etc. — so take that to heart when you’re feeding the Egyptian Mau. Never will you witness a full grown panther on Animal Planet chewing grass, eating an apple, or drinking milk in his natural habitat. You also would never see a tiger cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As outrageous as these examples are, that’s how many people feed their Egyptian Maus. So you shouldn’t expect your Egyptian Mau at home to be thrilled if that’s what you try to give to him. Egyptian Maus are not like us and different from dogs. As it relates to nutrition, they are very inflexible, and you must realize that. In contrast to how humans eat, Egyptian Maus need to eat a lot of meat for protein and fat. If we ate like Egyptian Maus, we’d have heart disease by age 20. Egyptian Maus are not at all like humans and they are not miniature dogs. Many times, you’ll find owners who feed their Egyptian Maus the same foods they feed themselves and their dog, even though the Egyptian Maus diet is much more strict. Since dog food is mainly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your Egyptian Mau if fed consistently. Egyptian Maus should not eat carbs and can’t process them well. Often, when you see an oversized domestic Egyptian Mau it’s because he was given a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts the Egyptian Mau at risk of diabetes. The Egyptian Mau’s system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

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Pleasing Your Egyptian Mau’s Appetite

When you’re choosing food for your Egyptian Mau, be sure the packaging states it meets the standards defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This ensures that the food satisfies at least the bare minimum dietary requirements of your Egyptian Mau. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “premium”, ” natural”, ” gourmet”, and “super-premium”, as there is no standard that defines them. Always feel free to ask the veterinarian what food she recommends as well. Once you have made a choice, let your Egyptian Mau do a taste test. If the Egyptian Mau eats it with no issues and seems to relish it, it is a good choice. However, if the Egyptian Mau doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be ready to provide a different choice. If your Egyptian Mau doesn’t like the food you have fed him, a harmful hunger strike is possilbe. If he commits to stop eating, your Egyptian Mau 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 about a week. This makes it easier for your Egyptian Mau to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Feeding Time, Snacks, and Portion Size for Egyptian Maus

Just how much food does the Egyptian Mau need? The answer might enlighten you. For instance, is your Egyptian Mau a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Egyptian Mau had sterilization surgery? Answers to both of these questions determine your Egyptian Mau’s nutritional requirements. The solution is to seek a recommendation from your doctor, who will set your Egyptian Mau’s ideal weight and daily nutritional requirements. Take charge and ask your veterinarian about your Egyptian Mau’s weight and food. Once you find out how much your Egyptian Mau needs, don’t deviate. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Egyptian Mau will get used to it and stay at her healthy weight. It’s hard to help overweight Egyptian Mau lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at its proper size. Once you’ve gotten this info from the doctor, it’s time to set up your Egyptian Mau’s meals. Egyptian Maus like to eat all day, so it’s just best to leave food out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can also leave out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Though you might like to give your Egyptian Mau treats, keep them to a minimum. The more snacks they get, the more they will stray from their core diet.

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