What Food You Should Give To Your Oregon Rex.

Posted by on Apr 5, 2007 in Cats, Oregon Rex, Pets | Comments Off on What Food You Should Give To Your Oregon Rex.

What to feed the Oregon RexOregon Rexs are carnivores. Always remember that as you are deciding what food you should serve to your Oregon Rex. That may explain why the Oregon Rex seems like a finicky eater. If you’re giving your her food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you may have a hard time getting your Oregon Rex to eat.

What you should feed your Oregon Rex.

Don’t ever forget that Oregon Rexs are closely related to the biggest of cats — cheetahs, tigers and lions — so take that to heart while feeding the Oregon Rex. Never will you witness a mature cheetah on Animal Planet chewing grass, drinking milk, or eating an apple in the wild. Nor would you see a young puma cub in the wild drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As absurd as these examples are, that’s how many people feed their Oregon Rexs. So you should not expect your Oregon Rex at home to be pleased when that’s what you try to give get her to eat. Oregon Rexs don’t eat the same way dogs and humans do. As far as their diet is concerned, they are very strict, and owners must always keep this in mind. Oregon Rexs eat almost entirely proteins and fats as opposed to omnivores like humans who also get nutrition from vegetables and fruits. If we ate like Oregon Rexs, we’d develop heart disease by age 20. Just because they’re a part of your family, does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. Many times, you’ll find owners who feed their Oregon Rexs the same way they feed themselves and their dog, although the Oregon Rexs diet is much more limited. As a matter of fact, dog food can be deadly to Oregon Rexs over time because it does not meet their nutritional requirements and it’s usually too high in carbohydrates, which Oregon Rexs can’t digest properly. Often, when you see an oversized domestic Oregon Rex it’s because she was fed a diet high in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Oregon Rex’s digestive system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.

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Pleasing Your Oregon Rex’s Palate

Be sure any food you buy for the Oregon Rex meets the standards set by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That ensures that the food meets at least the bare minimum dietary requirements of your Oregon Rex. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” super-premium”, ” gourmet”, and “premium”, as there is no standard that defines them. Ask your vet what food (wet or dry) is best for the Oregon Rex. After you have made your choice, let your Oregon Rex do a taste test. The food is a keeper if your Oregon Rex likes it and doesn’t exhibit any noticeable discomfort later. If your Oregon Rex doesn’t appear to tolerate it, however, it’s necessary to go back to square one. If your Oregon Rex doesn’t like the food you have fed him, a harmful hunger strike is possilbe. If she commits to stop eating, the Oregon Rex runs a high risk of liver failure and death. If you ever need to change foods, introduce the new food a little bit at a time, in small quantities over a week. This helps prevent the Oregon Rex from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Snacks, Feeding Time, and Portion Size for Oregon Rexs

Just how much food does the Oregon Rex need? There are many things that determine that answer. As an example, is your Oregon Rex a house cat or a yard cat or hybrid? Has your Oregon Rex been sterilized? Both of these answers are of utmost importance in determining your Oregon Rex’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your vet, who will figure out your Oregon Rexs ideal weight and daily dietary requirements. Once you learn how much food your Oregon Rex needs, stick to the plan. It may seem like it’s not enough, but it will keep your Oregon Rex at her ideal weight. It’s hard to help an obese Oregon Rex lose weight, so it’s best to keep yours at a healthy size. Once you’ve gotten this info from your veterinarian, it’s time to set up your Oregon Rex’s meals. Oregon Rexs 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 put 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 snacks they get, the less room they’ll have for their real dietary requirements.

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