What Should Scottish Folds Eat?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2005 in Cats, Pets, Scottish Fold | 0 comments


What to feed the Scottish FoldScottish Folds eat meat. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what foods to feed the Scottish Fold. If you don’t adhere to this, your Scottish Fold may seem like a picky eater. You may have difficulty getting your Scottish Fold to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.

What should Scottish Folds eat?

Always keep in mind Scottish Folds share recent ancestry with the largest of felines — panthers, tigers and lions — so keep that in mind when feeding the Scottish Fold. You wouldn’t see 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 cougar cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As outrageous as these examples seem, that’s how many owners feed their Scottish Folds. So you shouldn’t expect your Scottish Fold at home to be ecstatic if that’s what you try to give to her. Scottish Folds are different from us and not like dogs. As far as their nutrition goes, they rarely mix it up, and you must be aware of this. Compared to how many other mammals eat, Scottish Folds need to eat a lot of meat for protein and fat. A person would probably develop many problems if he ate the Scottish Fold’s diet. Scottish Folds are not at all the same as people and they are not like little dogs. Often you’ll find people who feed their Scottish Folds just like they feed themselves and the dog, although the Scottish Folds diet is much more limited. Given that dog food is predominantly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your Scottish Fold if fed day in and day out. Scottish Folds should not eat carbs and can’t process them well. Many times, when you see an extremely heavy domestic Scottish Fold it’s because he was given a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Scottish Fold’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

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Satiating Your Scottish Fold’s Palate

Before you decide on a particular food for your Scottish Fold make certain it is deemed acceptable by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. This guarantees that the food meets at least the bare minimum dietary requirements of your Scottish Fold. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” super-premium”, ” premium”, and “gourmet”, as there is no guideline that defines them. You can always ask your veterinarian what food he recommends. Once you have decided, let your Scottish Fold do a taste test. If the Scottish Fold likes the food and does not show any digestive issues (such as flatulence) later on, you’ve nailed it. However, if the Scottish Fold doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be ready to offer a different solution. Scottish Folds will sometimes prefer to go on hunger strikes before they eat something they don’t enjoy, and such strikes are truly harmful. If he commits to stop eating, the Scottish Fold runs a high risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. If you do need to change from one food to another, replace the old food gradually, in small quantities over a week. This makes it easier for your Scottish Fold to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Portion Size, Feeding Time, and Snacks for Scottish Folds

Just how much food does the Scottish Fold need? That depends on some elements you might not expect. For instance, is the Scottish Fold a house cat or a yard cat or hybrid? Has your Scottish Fold been sterilized? These both play a huge factor in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your vet, who will figure out your Scottish Folds ideal weight and daily nutritional requirements. Once you find out how much your Scottish Fold needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Scottish Fold will get used to it and remain at her ideal weight. For Scottish Folds, it’s hard to lose extra weight once they get overweight. Next, set up the Scottish Fold’s meals. Scottish Folds enjoy small meals throughout the day, so expect to leave food out so she can eat when hunger strikes. You can give out half in the morning before leaving for work and the other half when you return. Don’t go overboard with treats, either. Don’t let snacks dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, too much salt is a bad thing.

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