Feeding Your New British Longhair.

Posted by on Oct 10, 2005 in British Longhair, Cats, Pets | Comments Off on Feeding Your New British Longhair.

What to feed the British LonghairBritish Longhairs are predators. Never forget that as you are pondering which food your British Longhair should eat. If you don’t adhere to this, your British Longhair may seem like a picky eater. You will have difficulty getting your British Longhair to eat if you’re giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc.

What should British Longhairs eat?

You must always keep in mind British Longhairs are closely related to the fiercest of cats — tigers, lions,and pumas, etc. — so keep that in mind while feeding the British Longhair. Never will you see a mature panther on National Geographic eating an apple, chewing grass, or drinking milk in the wild. Nor would you observe a cheetah cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As ludicrous as these examples sound, that’s how many owners feed their British Longhairs. Don’t be surprised when your British Longhair goes without eating. British Longhairs are unlike us and different from dogs. As far as their diet is concerned, they are very strict, and you must always keep this in mind. British Longhairs take in almost exclusively fats and proteins in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also get nutrition from fruits and vegetables. If we ate like British Longhairs, we’d develop heart disease by age 20. Although they’re a member of your family, does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. It’s not uncommon for owners to treat their British Longhairs the same way they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and remain healthy. Given that dog food is mainly carbs, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your British Longhair if fed continuously. British Longhairs should not eat carbs and can’t process them. British Longhairs will develop extreme weight problems from carbs, which can lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that British Longhairs must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Delighting Your British Longhair’s Palate

When you’re choosing food for your British Longhair, verify the label states it meets the requirements defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That ensures that the food meets at least the bare minimum dietary requirements of your British Longhair. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” super-premium”, ” gourmet”, and “premium”, as there is no guideline that defines them. You can always ask the vet what food she recommends. After you have made a choice, give your British Longhair a taste test. If your British Longhair eats it with no issues and appears to relish it, it is a great food for her. If the British Longhair doesn’t appear to enjoy it, on the other hand, it’s necessary to go back to square 1. British Longhairs will sometimes prefer to go on hunger strikes as opposed to eat something they don’t tolerate, and these strikes are harmful. If she decides to stop eating, the British Longhair runs a high risk of liver failure or death. Don’t change foods haphazardly, either. Be sure you introduce the new food a little at a time over about a week. This makes it easier for your British Longhair to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Snacks, Portion Size, and Feeding Time for British Longhairs

How much should you feed your British Longhair? The answer might enlighten you. For instance, is your British Longhair an indoor or outdoor cat? Has your British Longhair been spayed or neutered? These both play a huge factor in nutritional requirements. The solution is to get a recommendation from your veterinarian, who will figure out your British Longhair’s best weight and daily calorie requirement. Once you find out how much food your British Longhair needs, stick to the plan. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your British Longhair at her healthy weight. It’s difficult to help overweight British Longhair lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at its proper size. The next step is to set up your British Longhair’s meals. British Longhairs enjoy small meals during the day, so expect to leave food out so she can come and graze whenever hunger strikes. You can put out half in the am before leaving for work and the other half when you return. Keep snacks to a minimum. The more snacks they get, the more they might stray from their core diet.

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