What Should Snowshoes Eat?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Cats, Pets, Snowshoe | 0 comments


What to feed the SnowshoeSnowshoes are carnivores. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what you should feed your Snowshoe. If you deviate from this, your Snowshoe will seem like a picky eater. You can have a difficult time getting your Snowshoe to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.

What food you should serve to your Snowshoe.

Remember Snowshoes share a recent common ancestor with the largest of felines — lions, tigers,and pumas, etc. — so keep that in mind when you’re feeding the Snowshoe. Never will you see a mature puma on Animal Planet drinking milk, chewing grass, or eating an apple in his natural habitat. You also would never observe a young lion cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As silly as these examples seem, that’s exactly how many people feed their Snowshoes. Don’t expect your Snowshoe at home to be excited if that’s what you try to feed get her to eat. Snowshoes don’t eat the same way dogs or humans do. With respect to their nutrition, they are very strict, and you must always keep this in mind. Compared to what their owners should be eating, Snowshoes need to eat a high percentage of meat for fat and protein. If we ate like Snowshoes, we’d develop heart disease by age 20. They are not at all like people and they are not miniature dogs. Quite often, you’ll find people who feed their Snowshoes just like they feed themselves and the dog, although the Snowshoes diet is much more restrictive. In fact, dog food is deadly to Snowshoes over time because it does not meet their nutritional needs and it’s usually overloaded with too many carbs, which Snowshoes can’t process healthily. Snowshoes will develop extreme obesity problems by eating carbohydrates, which can lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that Snowshoes must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

important young Snowshoe care tips

Delighting Your Snowshoe’s Appetite

Make sure any food you purchase for the Snowshoe meets the requirements outlined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Satisfying the guidelines guarantees that your Snowshoe is getting the necessary nutrition. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “gourmet”, ” premium”, ” natural”, and “super-premium”, as there is no guideline that defines them. Always feel free to ask the veterinarian which food she recommends as well. After you’ve picked the ideal food, it’s now time to let your Snowshoe decide. If your Snowshoe eats it with no problems and appears to relish it, it is a great pick. If the Snowshoe doesn’t seem to tolerate it, however, you should go back to the drawing board. If the Snowshoe does not like the food you have fed him, a dangerous hunger strike may be next. If she decides to a hunger strike, the Snowshoe runs an extreme risk of liver failure and death. If you do decide to change foods, replace the old food gradually, in small amounts over a week. This prevents the Snowshoe from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Snowshoe Portion Size, Snacks, and Feeding Time

How much food will the Snowshoe need? There are many aspects that determine that answer. For instance, is your Snowshoe an indoor or outdoor cat? Has your Snowshoe been sterilized? Both of these answers are of utmost importance in establishing your Snowshoe’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to get advice from the vet, who will determine your Snowshoe’s best weight and daily dietary requirements. Once you learn how much your Snowshoe needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Snowshoe will get used to it and stay at his ideal weight. It’s hard to help an obese Snowshoe lose weight, so it’s best to keep yours at a healthy size. Next, set up the Snowshoe’s meals. Snowshoes like to eat all throughout the day, so it’s just best to leave meals out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can also put out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Don’t go overboard with treats, either. The more treats they eat, the less room they’ll have for their core nutritional requirements.

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