Peterbalds are natural predators. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what you should feed your Peterbald. If you don’t stick to this, your Peterbald may reject your food offerings. By giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc., you may have a hard time getting your Peterbald to eat.
What you should feed your new Peterbald.
You must always remember Peterbalds share a recent common ancestor with the fiercest of cats — lions, tigers,and jaguars, etc. — so keep that in mind when feeding the Peterbald. Never will you witness a mature jaguar on Animal Planet chewing grass, eating an apple, or drinking milk in the wild. You also would never see a young leopard cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t the mother. As silly as these examples appear, that’s what many people feed their Peterbalds. Don’t act surprised when your Peterbald goes without eating. Peterbalds are unlike us and different from dogs. As far as their nutrition goes, they are very inflexible, and owners must always keep this in mind. Peterbalds consume almost exclusively proteins and fats in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also need vegetables and fruits. If we ate like Peterbalds, we’d develop serious health issues at a young age. They are not at all the same as humans and they are not miniature dogs. It’s not uncommon for owners to feed their Peterbalds like they treat dogs, who can eat a variety of different foods and stay healthy. Since dog food is so overloaded with carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can actually be fatal to your Peterbald if fed day in and day out. Peterbalds are not meant to eat carbs because they can’t process them. Many times, when you see an oversized domestic Peterbald it’s because she was forced to eat a diet high in carbohydrates. This also puts your Peterbald at risk of diabetes. The Peterbald’s system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.
important young Peterbald care tips
Delighting Your Peterbald’s Taste Buds
Be sure any food you purchase for the Peterbald meets the guidelines outlined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This ensures that the food meets at least the bare minimum nutritional needs of your Peterbald. It’s ok to ignore marketing terms like “gourmet”, ” natural”, ” premium”, and “super-premium” which have no standard definition. You can always ask the vet which food she recommends. After you have picked the optimum food, it’s now time to let your Peterbald give the go ahead. If your Peterbald enjoys the food and does not show any gastrointestinal upsets (such as vomiting) later, you’ve made a great choice. If the Peterbald doesn’t seem to tolerate it, however, you should go back to square one. Peterbalds will sometimes prefer to go on a hunger strike rather than eat something they don’t enjoy, and such strikes can truly be dangerous. If she decides to stop eating, the Peterbald runs a high risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. Don’t switch foods haphazardly, either. Be certain you introduce a different type of food a little bit at a time in small amounts over the course of a week. This makes it easier for your Peterbald to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.
Snacks, Portion Size, and Feeding Time for Peterbalds
How much food does the Peterbald need? The answer might enlighten you. For instance, is your Peterbald a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Peterbald had sterilization surgery? These both play a factor in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to request a recommendation from the veterinarian, who will help you decide your Peterbald’s ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Be proactive about asking your doctor about your Peterbald’s food and weight. Once you find out how much your Peterbald needs, don’t deviate. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Peterbald will get used to it and stay at his healthy weight. For Peterbalds, it’s hard to shed weight once they get overweight. The next step is to plan the Peterbald’s meals. Peterbalds enjoy small meals during the day, so plan to leave meals out so he can eat when hunger strikes. You can leave out half in the morning before leaving for work and the other half in the evening. Don’t go overboard with treats, either. Don’t let treats dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, you don’t want them consuming too much salt.
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