What Foods To Feed Your New Devon Rex?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2007 in Cats, Devon Rex, Pets | Comments Off on What Foods To Feed Your New Devon Rex?

What to feed the Devon RexDevon Rexs, like other felines, eat meat. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what you should feed your Devon Rex. If you don’t adhere to the intended diet, your Devon Rex will become a finicky eater. By giving him non-meat based foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc., you can have a difficult time getting the Devon Rex to eat.

What should Devon Rexs eat?

Remember Devon Rexs share a recent common ancestor with the largest of felines — panthers, lions and tigers — so keep that in mind while feeding your Devon Rex. You wouldn’t witness a full grown lion on Animal Planet eating an apple, drinking milk or chewing grass in nature. You also would never see a cougar cub in the wild drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t the mother. As preposterous as these examples sound, that’s what many owners feed their Devon Rexs. So you should not be surprised when your Devon Rex goes hungry. Devon Rexs are not like us and unlike dogs. With respect to their nutrition, they are very inflexible, and owners must always take that into consideration. Devon Rexs eat almost exclusively proteins and fats as opposed to omnivores like humans who also eat vegetables and fruits. If we ate like Devon Rexs, we’d have serious health issues at a young age. Just because they’re a part of the family, does not mean they should eat like you or the dogs. Often you’ll find families who feed their Devon Rexs just like they feed themselves and their dog, although the Devon Rexs diet is much more limited. Since dog food is so full of carbohydrates, a dog’s diet can be deadly to your Devon Rex if fed consistently. Devon Rexs should not eat carbs and can’t process them well. Many times, when you see an oversized domestic Devon Rex it’s because she was given a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Too many carbs over an extended period also puts them at risk of diabetes. The long and short of it is that Devon Rexs must avoid carbohydrates at all cost.

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Pleasing Your Devon Rex’s Palate

Before deciding on a specific food for the Devon Rex be sure it is deemed acceptable by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. This guarantees that the food meets at least the minimum dietary requirements of your Devon Rex. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” gourmet”, ” premium”, and “super-premium”, as there is no standard that defines them. You can always ask your vet what food he recommends. Once you’ve decided, let your Devon Rex do a taste test. If your Devon Rex likes the food and doesn’t exhibit any gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea) afterward, you’ve chosen well. If the Devon Rex does not seem to enjoy it, on the other hand, you should go back to square one. Devon Rexs would sometimes prefer to go on a hunger strike as opposed to eat something they don’t like, and such strikes are harmful. If she commits to a hunger strike, the Devon Rex runs a high risk of liver failure and death. Don’t switch foods haphazardly, either. Be certain you replace the old food little by little in small amounts over the course of a week. This prevents your Devon Rex from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.

Snacks, Feeding Time, and Portion Size for Devon Rexs

How much food does your Devon Rex need? Well that depends on some factors you might not expect. As an example, is the Devon Rex a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Devon Rex been neutered or spayed? Answers to both of these questions affect your Devon Rex’s dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your Devon Rex’s doctor, who will establish your Devon Rexs ideal weight and daily calorie count. Take charge and ask your vet about your Devon Rex’s weight and food. Once you figure out how much your Devon Rex needs, stick to it. It may seem like it’s not enough, but it will keep your Devon Rex at his ideal weight. For Devon Rexs, it’s difficult to shed weight once they get overweight. Next, schedule your Devon Rex’s meals. Devon 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 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 Devon Rex treats, keep them to a minimum. Don’t let treats dilute their nutrition. Just like with people, you don’t want them on a diet of salty things.

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