What You Should Feed Your New Manx.

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010 in Cats, Manx, Pets | 0 comments

What to feed the ManxManxs are natural predators. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what food your Manx should eat. If you don’t adhere to her natural diet, the Manx may become a finicky eater. If you’re giving your him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you will have a hard time getting your Manx to eat.

Feeding your Manx.

Don’t ever forget that Manxs share much of their dna with the largest of felines — pumas, lions and tigers — so take that to heart as you’re feeding the Manx. Never will you witness a mature cougar on Animal Planet drinking milk, chewing grass, or eating an apple in his natural habitat. You also would never see a tiger cub in the wild drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As ludicrous as these examples are, that’s exactly how many people feed their Manxs. So you should not act surprised when your Manx goes without eating. Manxs don’t eat the same way humans or dogs do. With respect to their nutrition, they rarely deviate, and owners must be aware of this. Manxs eat almost exclusively proteins and fats in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also eat fruits and vegetables. A human would probably develop a lot of ailments if she ate the Manx’s diet. They are not at all like humans and they are not miniature dogs. Quite often, you’ll find families who feed their Manxs just like they feed themselves and their dog, even though the Manxs diet is much more limited. Since dog food is mainly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can actually be fatal to your Manx if fed day in and day out. Manxs are not meant to eat carbs and can’t process them well. Many times, when you see an extremely heavy domestic Manx it’s because he was fed a diet heavy in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Manx’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

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Satiating Your Manx’s Appetite

When choosing food for your Manx, verify the label states it meets the guidelines defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This ensures that the food satisfies at least the basic dietary needs of your Manx. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “super-premium”, ” premium”, ” gourmet”, and “natural”, as there is no standard that defines them. You can always ask your doctor which food she recommends as well. After you’ve picked the ideal food, it’s now time to let your Manx give the go ahead. If the Manx eats it with no problems and appears to relish it, it is a great food for him. However, if your Manx doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be ready to give a different choice. If the Manx doesn’t like the food you have given him, a harmful hunger strike is possilbe. If she commits to stop eating, the Manx runs an extreme risk of liver failure and death. If you do decide to change foods, introduce the new food a little bit at a time, in small quantities over a week. This makes it easier for your Manx to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Manx Feeding Time, Portion Size, and Snacks

How much should you feed the Manx? The answer might enlighten you. For instance, is the Manx a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Manx been sterilized? These both play a huge role in dietary requirements. The solution is to request advice from the vet, who will decide your Manx’s best weight and daily nutritional requirements. Take charge and ask your vet about your Manx’s weight and food. Once you figure out how much food your Manx needs, don’t deviate. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Manx will get used to it and stay at her healthy weight. For Manxs, it’s hard to shed extra weight once they get obese. Once you’ve gotten this info from your vet, it’s time to plan your Manx’s meals. Manxs like to eat small portions during the day, so plan to leave bowls out so she can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can also give out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Although you may enjoy giving your Manx snacks, do so rarely. Don’t let snacks dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, too much salt is a bad thing.

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