What You Should Feed Your New Japanese Bobtail.

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Cats, Japanese Bobtail, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the Japanese BobtailJapanese Bobtails are carnivores. Always remember that while deciding which food your Japanese Bobtail should eat. If you don’t stick to his intended diet, your Japanese Bobtail will become a finicky eater. If you’re giving your her food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you can have difficulty getting the Japanese Bobtail to eat.

What do Japanese Bobtails eat?

Keep in mind Japanese Bobtails are closely related to the fiercest of felines — panthers, lions and tigers — so keep that in mind when feeding your Japanese Bobtail. Never will you see a mature panther on National Geographic eating an apple, chewing grass, or drinking milk in the wild. You also would never observe a puma cub in nature drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As ridiculous as these examples appear, that’s what many owners feed their Japanese Bobtails. Don’t expect your Japanese Bobtail at home to be ecstatic when that’s what you try to feed him. Japanese Bobtails don’t eat the same way dogs and humans do. As far as their nutrition goes, they are very strict, and owners must always take that into consideration. In contrast to what their owners should be eating, Japanese Bobtails need to eat a high percentage of meat for protein and fat. A person would probably develop a lot of ailments if she ate the Japanese Bobtail’s diet. Although they’re a part of the family, that does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to feed their Japanese Bobtails exactly like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and stay healthy. In fact, dog food is fatal to Japanese Bobtails over time because it doesn’t meet their nutritional needs and it’s often loaded with carbohydrates, which Japanese Bobtails can’t process well. Japanese Bobtails will develop severe weight problems by eating carbohydrates, which can lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that Japanese Bobtails must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Satisfying Your Japanese Bobtail’s Appetite

Make sure any food you purchase for the Japanese Bobtail meets the minimum requirements outlined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Satisfying their minimum requirements guarantees that your Japanese Bobtail is receiving the necessary nutrition. It’s best to just ignore terms like “premium”, ” natural”, ” super-premium”, and “gourmet” which have no standard definition. Ask your vet what type of food (wet or dry) they recommend for the Japanese Bobtail. Once you have picked the ideal food, it’s now the time to let your Japanese Bobtail decide. If the Japanese Bobtail likes the food and doesn’t have any gastrointestinal upsets (such as gas) afterward, you’ve made a good choice. However, if the Japanese Bobtail doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be ready to offer options. Japanese Bobtails often will go on hunger strikes instead of eat some food they don’t like, and these strikes are truly dangerous. If he decides to stop eating, the Japanese Bobtail runs a high risk of liver failure or death. Don’t switch foods abruptly, either. Make certain you replace the old food a little bit at a time over the course of a week. This helps prevent the Japanese Bobtail from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Japanese Bobtail Feeding Time, Portion Size, and Snacks

How much do you need to feed the Japanese Bobtail? There are many things that determine that answer. For instance, is the Japanese Bobtail a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Japanese Bobtail been neutered or spayed? Both of these answers are crucial in establishing your Japanese Bobtail’s dietary requirements. The solution is to request advice from your vet, who will help you identify your Japanese Bobtail’s ideal weight and daily calorie requirement. Once you learn how much food your Japanese Bobtail needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Japanese Bobtail will get used to it and settle at his ideal weight. For Japanese Bobtails, it’s difficult to get the weight off once they get fat. Once you’ve gotten this info from his vet, it’s time to schedule your Japanese Bobtail’s meals. Japanese Bobtails like to eat small meals or snacks during the day, so plan to leave bowls out so he can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can leave out half in the am before leaving for work and the other half when you return. Though you might like to give your Japanese Bobtail treats, do so rarely. The more treats they get, the less room they’ll have for their core dietary requirements.

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