What You Should Feed Your Burmilla.

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in Burmilla, Cats, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the BurmillaBurmillas eat meat. Always keep that in mind as you are deciding which food your Burmilla should eat. If you deviate from this, your Burmilla may seem like a picky eater. You can have trouble getting your new Burmilla to eat if you’re giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc.

What you should feed your new Burmilla.

Remember Burmillas share recent ancestry with the fiercest of cats — lions, tigers,and panthers, etc. — so take that to heart when you’re feeding the Burmilla. Never will you witness a full grown leopard on National Geographic chewing grass, drinking milk, or eating an apple in his natural habitat. You also would never see a puma cub in nature drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal. As preposterous as these examples seem, that’s exactly how many people feed their Burmillas. Don’t be surprised if your Burmilla goes hungry. Burmillas are not like us and different from dogs. With respect to their nutrition, they rarely deviate, and as an owner you must be aware of this. Burmillas eat almost entirely fats and proteins as opposed to omnivores like humans who also get nutrition from vegetables and fruits. If we ate like Burmillas, we’d develop serious health issues at a young age. Even Though they’re a member of the family, that does not mean they should eat like you or the dogs. Often you’ll find owners who feed their Burmillas the same way they feed themselves and the dog, even though the Burmillas diet is much more restrictive. Since dog food is so loaded with carbs, a dog’s diet can be deadly to your Burmilla if fed day in and day out. Burmillas are not meant to eat carbs and can’t process them well. Burmillas will develop severe obesity issues by eating carbs, which can lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that Burmillas must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Satiating Your Burmilla’s Taste Buds

Make certain any food you purchase for your Burmilla meets the requirements prescribed by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This ensures that the food meets at least the bare minimum nutritional requirements of your Burmilla. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” premium”, ” super-premium”, and “gourmet”, as there is no guideline that defines them. You can always ask the doctor which food she recommends. After you’ve selected the ideal food, it’s now the time to let your Burmilla decide. If your Burmilla eats it with no problems and appears to enjoy it, it is a good pick. However, if your Burmilla doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be prepared to offer a different choice. Burmillas often will go on a hunger strike instead of eat some food they don’t enjoy, and these strikes can be dangerous. If she commits to a hunger strike, the Burmilla runs a high risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. If you ever decide to switch foods, introduce a different type of food gradually, in small quantities over a week. This makes it easier for your Burmilla to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Portion Size, Feeding Time, and Snacks for Burmillas

How much should you feed the Burmilla? That depends on some aspects you might not expect. As an example, is your Burmilla an indoor or outdoor cat? Has the Burmilla been sterilized? These both play a role in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to seek advice from your veterinarian, who will decide your Burmilla’s best weight and daily dietary requirements. Be proactive about asking your doctor about your Burmilla’s food and weight. Once you know how much your Burmilla needs, stick to it. It may seem like it’s not enough, but it will keep your Burmilla at a ideal weight. It’s difficult to help an obese Burmilla lose weight, so it’s best to keep yours at its ideal size. The next step is to schedule your Burmilla’s meals. Burmillas enjoy small portions throughout the day, so plan to leave bowls out so she can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can also leave out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Don’t go overboard with snacks, either. Don’t let treats dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, you don’t want them consuming too much salt.

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