Dragon Lis are carnivores. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what you should feed your Dragon Li. If you don’t stick to this, your Dragon Li will seem like a finicky eater. You can have a hard time getting your new Dragon Li to eat if you’re giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc.
What should Dragon Lis eat?
You must never forget that Dragon Lis share recent ancestry with the largest of felines — tigers, lions,and leopards, etc. — so keep that in mind as you’re feeding your Dragon Li. Never will you see an adult jaguar on National Geographic eating an apple, chewing grass, or drinking milk in nature. You also would never see a puma cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As ridiculous as these examples are, that’s how many people feed their Dragon Lis. Don’t be surprised if your Dragon Li goes on a hunger strike. Dragon Lis don’t eat the same way humans and dogs do. As far as their diet is concerned, they rarely stray, and as an owner you must always take that into consideration. In contrast to how many other mammals eat, Dragon Lis need to eat a high proportion of meat for protein and fat. A human would probably end up with many ailments if she ate the Dragon Li’s recommended diet. Dragon Lis are not at all like people and they are not like miniature dogs. Often you’ll find owners who feed their Dragon Lis the same foods they feed themselves and their dog, even though the Dragon Lis diet is much more strict. In fact, dog food is deadly to Dragon Lis over time because it doesn’t meet their dietary needs and it’s often loaded with carbs, which Dragon Lis can’t digest properly. Often, when you see an extremely heavy domestic Dragon Li it’s because she was given a diet high in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts the Dragon Li at risk of diabetes. The Dragon Li’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.
care tips for Dragon Li kitten owners
Delighting Your Dragon Li’s Taste Buds
Prior to deciding on a specific food for your Dragon Li make sure it is recommended by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. This ensures that the food meets at least the basic dietary requirements of your Dragon Li. It’s best to just pay no attention to terms such as “natural”, ” gourmet”, ” premium”, and “super-premium” which have no standard definition. Ask your vet what type of food (wet or dry) they recommend for your Dragon Li. Once you’ve made your choice, give your Dragon Li a taste test. If your Dragon Li likes the food and does not show any digestive issues (such as stomach pain) later on, you’ve made a great choice. If the Dragon Li doesn’t appear to enjoy it, on the other hand, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. If the Dragon Li does not tolerate the food you have fed him, a harmful hunger strike may be on the way. If she ever decides to stop eating, the Dragon Li runs a high risk of death or liver failure at the least. If you ever need to switch from one food to another, replace the old food a little bit at a time, in small quantities over about a week. This helps prevent the Dragon Li from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.
Dragon Li Feeding Time, Snacks, and Portion Size
How much food will your Dragon Li need? There are many aspects that determine that answer. For example, is your Dragon Li a house cat or a yard cat or hybrid? Has your Dragon Li been sterilized? Both affect your Dragon Li’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to seek a recommendation from your vet, who will identify your Dragon Li’s ideal weight and daily calorie count. Take charge and ask your vet about your Dragon Li’s food and weight. Once you find out how much your Dragon Li needs, stick to it. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Dragon Li will get used to it and stay at a healthy weight. It’s hard to help a fat Dragon Li lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at its proper size. Next, schedule the Dragon Li’s meals. Dragon Lis like to eat all 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. Keep snacks to a minimum. The more treats they get, the more they will stray from their core diet.
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