Munchkins, like all felines, eat meat. Always remember that while contemplating what you should feed your new Munchkin. That may explain why your Munchkin seems like a finicky eater. You will have a hard time getting your Munchkin to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.
What should Munchkins eat?
Always remember Munchkins are closely related to the fiercest of felines — leopards, lions and tigers — so keep that in mind while feeding the Munchkin. You will not see a full grown jaguar on National Geographic chewing grass, drinking milk, or eating an apple in nature. You also would never see a puma cub in nature drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal. As absurd as these examples sound, that’s what many people feed their Munchkins. Don’t act surprised if your Munchkin goes without eating. Munchkins are different from us and not like dogs. When it comes to nutrition, they are very strict, and owners must be aware of this. Compared to how many other mammals eat, Munchkins need to eat a lot of meat for fat and protein. If we ate like Munchkins, we’d develop heart disease by age 20. Although they’re a part of the family, does not mean they should eat like you and the dogs. Quite often, you’ll find people who feed their Munchkins the same foods they feed themselves and their dog, although the Munchkins diet is much more limited. In fact, dog food is deadly to Munchkins over time because it does not meet their nutritional requirements and it’s often overloaded with too many carbohydrates, which Munchkins can’t digest properly. Often, when you see an oversized domestic Munchkin it’s because he was given a diet heavy in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The long and short of it is that Munchkins must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.
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Pleasing Your Munchkin’s Taste Buds
When you’re choosing food for your Munchkin, be sure the packaging states it meets the guidelines set by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Meeting those requirements guarantees that the Munchkin is getting the required food. You can ignore marketing terms such as “premium”, ” natural”, ” gourmet”, and “super-premium” which have no set definition. You can always ask the doctor what food he recommends as well. After you have decided, let your Munchkin do a taste test. If the Munchkin eats it with no problems and seems to enjoy it, it is a fine food for her. If your Munchkin doesn’t seem to enjoy it, on the other hand, you must go back to the drawing board. Munchkins will sometimes prefer to go on hunger strikes instead of eat food they don’t tolerate, and these strikes are dangerous. If she decides to stop eating, the Munchkin runs an extreme risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. If you do decide to swap from one food to another, introduce the new food gradually, in small quantities over a week. This prevents your Munchkin from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.
Feeding Time, Snacks, and Portion Size for Munchkins
Just how much food will the Munchkin need? The answer might enlighten you. For instance, is your Munchkin an indoor or outdoor cat? Has the Munchkin had sterilization surgery? These both play a factor in nutritional requirements. Your best bet is to consult your vet, who will establish your Munchkins ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Take charge and ask your vet about your Munchkin’s food and weight. Once you find out how much food your Munchkin needs, don’t deviate. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Munchkin will get used to it and stay at her ideal weight. For Munchkins, it’s difficult to lose it once they get overweight. Once you’ve gotten this info from the vet, it’s time to set up your Munchkin’s meals. Munchkins like to eat all throughout the day, so it’s just best to leave food out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can leave out half in the am before leaving for work and the other half in the evening. Don’t go overboard with snacks, either. The more treats they get, the less room they’ll have for their real nutritional requirements.
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