What Do Khao Manees Eat?

Posted by on Oct 25, 2005 in Cats, Khao Manee, Pets | Comments Off on What Do Khao Manees Eat?

What to feed the Khao ManeeKhao Manees, like other felines, eat meat. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what food you should serve to the Khao Manee. If you stray from this, your Khao Manee may reject your food offerings. You will have difficulty getting your Khao Manee to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.

What you should feed your Khao Manee.

Remember Khao Manees share much of their dna with the largest of cats — cougars, lions and tigers — so keep that in mind while feeding your Khao Manee. You will not witness a full grown cheetah on National Geographic eating an apple, drinking milk or chewing grass in the wild. Nor would you see a young tiger cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As absurd as these examples seem, that’s exactly what many owners feed their Khao Manees. Don’t act surprised when your Khao Manee goes hungry. Khao Manees are different from us and different from dogs. As far as their nutrition goes, they rarely deviate, and you must always keep this in mind. Khao Manees eat almost exclusively fats and proteins as opposed to omnivores like humans who also eat fruits and vegetables. A human would probably end up with a lot of problems if she tried to live on the Khao Manee’s recommended diet. Khao Manees are not at all the same as humans and they are not like little dogs. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to feed their Khao Manees like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of different foods and remain healthy. Since dog food is mainly carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can actually be deadly to your Khao Manee if fed for a long period of time. Khao Manees are not meant to eat carbs because they can’t process them. Khao Manees will develop extreme weight problems from carbs, which can eventually lead to diabetes. The long and short of it is that Khao Manees must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

young Khao Manee care tips

Satisfying Your Khao Manee’s Appetite

Make sure any food you buy for the Khao Manee satisifies the requirements defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That guarantees that the food satisfies at least the minimum nutritional requirements of your Khao Manee. It’s best to just ignore terms such as “natural”, ” gourmet”, ” super-premium”, and “premium” which have no set definition. You can ask your vet what food (wet or dry) they recommend for your Khao Manee. Once you’ve decided, let your Khao Manee do a taste test. If your Khao Manee likes the food and doesn’t exhibit any gastrointestinal upsets (such as gas) afterward, you’ve made a good choice. If your Khao Manee doesn’t seem to enjoy it, however, you should go back to square 1. Khao Manees would sometimes prefer to go on a hunger strike rather than eat some food they don’t tolerate, and these strikes are harmful. If she decides to stop eating, the Khao Manee runs a high risk of liver failure and death. If you ever need to swap foods, replace the old food little by little, in small quantities over a week. This makes it easier for your Khao Manee to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Khao Manee Snacks, Feeding Time, and Portion Size

How much food should you feed your Khao Manee? There are many elements that determine that answer. For example, is the Khao Manee a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has your Khao Manee had sterilization surgery? These both play a factor in nutritional requirements. Your best bet is to seek advice from your veterinarian, who will set your Khao Manee’s ideal weight and daily calorie count. Once you learn how much your Khao Manee needs, stick to the plan. It may seem like too little to you, but it will keep your Khao Manee at a ideal weight. It’s hard to help a fat Khao Manee lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at its proper size. Once you’ve gotten this info from his vet, it’s time to plan the Khao Manee’s meals. Khao Manees enjoy small meals during the day, so plan to leave food out so she can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can leave out half in the morning before leaving for work and the other half when you return. Don’t go overboard with snacks, either. The more treats they eat, the more they will stray from their core diet.

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