What Do Exotic Shorthairs Eat?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2007 in Cats, Exotic Shorthair, Pets | Comments Off on What Do Exotic Shorthairs Eat?

What to feed the Exotic ShorthairExotic Shorthairs are natural predators. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what food you should serve to your new Exotic Shorthair. If you don’t stick to this, your Exotic Shorthair may seem like 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 Exotic Shorthair to eat.

What you should feed your Exotic Shorthair.

Always remember Exotic Shorthairs share much of their dna with the fiercest of cats — cougars, lions and tigers — so keep that in mind while feeding the Exotic Shorthair. Never will you witness a mature lion on Animal Planet eating an apple, drinking milk or chewing grass in nature. You also would never see a panther cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As preposterous as these examples appear, that’s exactly what many owners feed their Exotic Shorthairs. So you should not expect your Exotic Shorthair at home to be thrilled when that’s what you try to give to him. Exotic Shorthairs don’t eat the same way humans and dogs do. With respect to their nutrition, they rarely deviate, and owners must realize that. Exotic Shorthairs take in almost entirely proteins and fats in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also get nutrition from fruits and vegetables. A human could end up with a lot of problems if she tried to live on the Exotic Shorthair’s diet. Although they’re a part of the family, does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. Unfortunately, it’s common for owners to feed their Exotic Shorthairs like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and stay healthy. Given that dog food is mainly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be deadly to your Exotic Shorthair if fed for a long period of time. Exotic Shorthairs should not eat carbs because they can’t process them well. Many times, when you see an extremely heavy domestic Exotic Shorthair it’s because she was forced to eat a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts them at risk of diabetes. The long and short of it is that Exotic Shorthairs must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Pleasing Your Exotic Shorthair’s Appetite

When choosing food for your Exotic Shorthair, make sure the packaging says it meets the minimum requirements defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That guarantees that the food meets at least the basic nutritional needs of your Exotic Shorthair. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “super-premium”, ” gourmet”, ” natural”, and “premium”, as there is no guideline that defines them. You can ask the veterinarian which food (wet or dry) they recommend for your Exotic Shorthair. After you’ve picked the best food, it’s time to let your Exotic Shorthair make the final decision. The food is a keeper if your Exotic Shorthair likes it and doesn’t exhibit any noticeable discomfort later. On the other hand, if the Exotic Shorthair doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be ready to provide a different solution. If the Exotic Shorthair doesn’t enjoy the food you have fed him, a dangerous hunger strike is possilbe. If she decides to a hunger strike, your Exotic Shorthair runs a high risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. Don’t switch foods abruptly, either. Be certain you replace the old food a little at a time over about a week. This helps prevent your Exotic Shorthair from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Exotic Shorthair Snacks, Portion Size, and Feeding Time

How much food will the Exotic Shorthair need? The answer may enlighten you. As an example, is the Exotic Shorthair a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Exotic Shorthair been neutered or spayed? These both play a huge role in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your doctor, who will establish your Exotic Shorthairs ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Once you know how much your Exotic Shorthair needs, stick to the plan. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your Exotic Shorthair at her ideal weight. For Exotic Shorthairs, it’s hard to lose extra weight once they get overweight. The next step is to plan the Exotic Shorthair’s meals. Exotic Shorthairs like to eat all throughout the day, so it’s just best to leave meals out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can leave out half in the morning before leaving for work and the other half in the evening. Although you may enjoy giving your Exotic Shorthair snacks, do so infrequently. The more snacks they get, the less room they’ll have for their real nutritional requirements.

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