What Should Persians Eat?

Posted by on Aug 25, 2005 in Cats, Persian, Pets | 0 comments


What to feed the PersianPersians are carnivores. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what food you should serve to your Persian. If you don’t adhere to the natural diet, the Persian may seem like a picky eater. You may have trouble getting your new Persian to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.

How should you give to your Persian?

You must always remember Persians share recent ancestry with the largest of felines — tigers, lions,and cheetahs, etc. — so keep that in mind when feeding the Persian. You won’t ever witness a full grown tiger on National Geographic chewing grass, eating an apple, or drinking milk in his natural habitat. You also would never see a young jaguar cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As preposterous as these examples are, that’s how many owners feed their Persians. Don’t expect your Persian at home to be ecstatic if that’s what you try to give him. Persians don’t eat the same way dogs or humans do. As far as their diet is concerned, they rarely deviate, and owners must always keep this in mind. Compared to how some other mammals eat, Persians need to eat a lot of meat for fat and protein. If we ate like Persians, we’d have serious health issues at a young age. Although they’re a member of the family, that does not mean they should eat like you and the dogs. Many times, you’ll find people who feed their Persians the same foods they feed themselves and the dog, although the Persians diet is much more strict. As a matter of fact, dog food is deadly to Persians over time because it fails to meet their dietary requirements and it’s often too high in carbs, which Persians can’t process well. Persians will develop severe weight issues from carbohydrates, which can eventually lead to diabetes. The Persian’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

tips for taking care of the young Persian

Satiating Your Persian’s Palate

Prior to deciding on a specific food for the Persian make certain it is recommended by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. This ensures that the food meets at least the bare minimum nutritional requirements of your Persian. You can pay no attention to marketing terms like “gourmet”, ” premium”, ” natural”, and “super-premium” which have no set definition. You can always ask the doctor which food she recommends. After you’ve decided, let your Persian do a taste test. The food is a a great choice if your Persian likes it and doesn’t exhibit any noticeable discomfort later. On the other hand, if your Persian doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be ready to give a different food. Persians would sometimes prefer to go on hunger strikes instead of eat some food they don’t like, and these strikes can truly be harmful. If she decides to a hunger strike, the Persian runs an extreme risk of liver failure and death. Don’t switch foods haphazardly, either. Be certain you bring in a different type of food a little at a time in small amounts over a week. This makes it easier for your Persian to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Portion Size, Snacks, and Feeding Time for Persians

How much food will your Persian need? The answer may surprise you. For instance, is the Persian a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Persian had sterilization surgery? Answers to both of these questions determine your Persian’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to get a recommendation from your doctor, who will define your Persian’s best weight and daily dietary requirements. Once you learn how much your Persian needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Persian will get used to it and settle at his healthy weight. It’s hard to help overweight Persian lose weight, so it’s best to keep yours at a healthy size. The next step is to plan the Persian’s meals. Persians like to eat small meals during the day, so plan to leave meals out so she 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 treats to a minimum. The more snacks they get, the less room they’ll have for their real nutritional requirements.

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