What Food You Should Give To Your New Siberian.

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What to feed the SiberianSiberians are predators. Always remember that as you are contemplating what foods you should feed the Siberian. If you don’t stick to the intended diet, the Siberian may become a picky eater. If you’re giving your him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you will have a difficult time getting the Siberian to eat.

What to feed your new Siberian?

Keep in mind Siberians are closely related to the biggest of felines — jaguars, tigers and lions — so take that to heart as you’re feeding the Siberian. You won’t see an adult puma on Animal Planet drinking milk, chewing grass, or eating an apple in the wild. You also would never observe a young jaguar cub in the wild drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal. As preposterous as these examples seem, that’s how many owners feed their Siberians. So you shouldn’t be surprised if your Siberian goes on a hunger strike. Siberians don’t eat the same way dogs or humans do. When it comes to nutrition, they are very strict, and owners must always take that into consideration. In contrast to how many other mammals eat, Siberians need to eat a lot of meat for protein and fat. If we ate like Siberians, we’d develop serious health issues at a young age. Although they’re a member of your family, does not mean they should eat what you or the dogs eat. Many times, you’ll find people who feed their Siberians the same foods they feed themselves and their dog, even though the Siberians diet is much more specific. Because dog food is mainly carbs, a dog’s diet can be fatal to your Siberian if fed for a long period of time. Siberians should not eat carbs because they can’t process them well. Often, when you see an overweight domestic Siberian it’s because he was fed a diet high in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Siberian’s system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.

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Pleasing Your Siberian’s Taste Buds

Make sure any food you purchase for the Siberian satisifies the requirements prescribed by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Satisfying the guidelines guarantees that the Siberian is receiving the required nutrition. It’s ok to pay no attention to marketing terms such as “gourmet”, ” premium”, ” natural”, and “super-premium” which have no set definition. You can always ask the veterinarian what food she recommends as well. Once you’ve picked the ideal food, it’s now the time to let your Siberian give the go ahead. If your Siberian enjoys the food and does not display any digestive issues (such as nausea) later, you’ve nailed it. However, if the Siberian doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be prepared to offer a different solution. Siberians will sometimes prefer to go on a hunger strike before they eat something they don’t enjoy, and these strikes can be harmful. If she commits to a hunger strike, the Siberian runs a high risk of liver failure or death. If you do decide to change from one food to another, bring in a different type of food little by little, in small amounts over a week. This makes it easier for your Siberian to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Snacks, Feeding Time, and Portion Size for Siberians

Just how much food will the Siberian need? That depends on some aspects you might not expect. As an example, is your Siberian an indoor or outdoor cat? Has the Siberian been sterilized? These both play a factor in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your vet, who will determine your Siberians ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Be proactive about asking your vet about your Siberian’s food and weight. Once you know how much food your Siberian needs, don’t deviate. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Siberian will get used to it and stay at her ideal weight. For Siberians, it’s hard to shed pounds once they get obese. The next step is to plan your Siberian’s meals. Siberians enjoy small servings during the day, so expect to leave food out so she can come and graze whenever hunger strikes. You can give out half in the morning before leaving for work and the other half in the evening. Keep treats to a minimum. The more snacks they eat, the less room they’ll have for their core dietary requirements.

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