What Do Russian Whites Eat?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2005 in Cats, Pets, Russian White | Comments Off on What Do Russian Whites Eat?

What to feed the Russian WhiteRussian Whites are natural predators. Never forget that when considering what food your Russian White should eat. If you don’t adhere to this, your Russian White will seem like a finicky eater. If you’re giving your him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you may have difficulty getting your new Russian White to eat.

How to serve to your Russian White?

Keep in mind Russian Whites are closely related to the fiercest of cats — tigers, lions,and leopards, etc. — so take that to heart when feeding the Russian White. You won’t see a mature leopard on Animal Planet eating an apple, chewing grass, or drinking milk in his natural habitat. Nor would you see a young leopard cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As outrageous as these examples are, that’s exactly what many owners feed their Russian Whites. So you should not expect your Russian White at home to be excited when that’s what you try to give to get him to eat. Russian Whites don’t eat the same way dogs or humans do. With respect to their nutrition, they are very strict, and you must always keep this in mind. In contrast to what their owners eat, Russian Whites need to eat a high percentage of meat for protein and fat. If we ate like Russian Whites, we’d have heart disease by age 20. Just because they’re a member of your family, does not mean they should eat like you and the dogs. Quite often, you’ll find people who feed their Russian Whites the same way they feed themselves and the dog, although the Russian Whites diet is much more restrictive. Since dog food is mainly carbs, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your Russian White if fed for a long period of time. Russian Whites are not meant to eat carbs and can’t process them well. Many times, when you see an extremely heavy domestic Russian White it’s because he was forced to eat a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts your Russian White at risk of diabetes. The Russian White’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

tips for taking care of young Russian Whites

Delighting Your Russian White’s Palate

When choosing food for your Russian White, verify the packaging states it meets the requirements prescribed by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Meeting those minimum requirements guarantees that the Russian White is getting the necessary nutrition. It’s best to just pay no attention to terms such as “premium”, ” natural”, ” super-premium”, and “gourmet” which have no standard definition. Ask the vet what food (wet or dry) they recommend for your Russian White. After you have decided, let your Russian White do a taste test. If the Russian White likes the food and doesn’t exhibit any digestive issues (such as vomiting) later on, you’ve made a great choice. If the Russian White doesn’t seem to enjoy it, however, you must go back to square one. If your Russian White doesn’t tolerate the food you have given him, a dangerous hunger strike may be next. If he ever decides to a hunger strike, the Russian White runs a high risk of death or liver failure at the least. If you ever need to change foods, replace the old food little by little, in small amounts over about a week. This makes it easier for your Russian White to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Snacks, Feeding Time, and Portion Size for Russian Whites

Just how much food does your Russian White need? The answer might enlighten you. As an example, is the Russian White a house cat or a yard cat or hybrid? Has your Russian White been sterilized? Both of these answers are critical in establishing your Russian White’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to get a recommendation from your vet, who will define your Russian White’s best weight and daily nutritional requirements. Once you know how much food your Russian White needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Russian White will get used to it and remain at his healthy weight. For Russian Whites, it’s difficult to shed weight once they get fat. The next step is to schedule the Russian White’s meals. Russian Whites like to eat all day, so it’s just best to leave food out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can also give out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Though you might enjoy feeding your Russian White treats, keep them to a minimum. The more treats they eat, the more they might stray from their core nutrition.

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