Selkirk Rexs eat meat and meat only. Always keep that in mind as you are pondering what food you should serve to your Selkirk Rex. If you deviate from this, your Selkirk Rex will seem like a finicky eater. If you’re giving your her food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you will have trouble getting your Selkirk Rex to eat.
What should you feed your Selkirk Rex?
Keep in mind Selkirk Rexs are closely related to the biggest of cats — lions, tigers,and jaguars, etc. — so take that to heart as you’re feeding your Selkirk Rex. You wouldn’t witness an adult jaguar on Animal Planet eating an apple, drinking milk or chewing grass in his natural habitat. You also would never observe a lion cub in nature drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As ridiculous as these examples are, that’s exactly what many people feed their Selkirk Rexs. Don’t expect your Selkirk Rex at home to be excited when that’s what you try to feed her. Selkirk Rexs are different from us and unlike dogs. With respect to their nutrition, they are very inflexible, and owners must realize that. Selkirk Rexs eat almost entirely proteins and fats in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also get nutrition from vegetables and fruits. A person would probably end up with many problems if he ate the Selkirk Rex’s recommended diet. Just because they’re a member of the family, does not mean they should eat what you or the dogs eat. Unfortunately, it’s common for people to feed their Selkirk Rexs exactly like they treat their dogs, who can eat a variety of foods and remain healthy. Because dog food is mainly carbs, a dog’s diet can actually be deadly to your Selkirk Rex if fed consistently. Selkirk Rexs should not eat carbs and can’t process them. Often, when you see an extremely heavy domestic Selkirk Rex it’s because she was fed a diet heavy in carbohydrates. This also puts them at risk of diabetes. The Selkirk Rex’s digestive system is not designed for carbs. They are to be avoided.
tips for taking care of your Selkirk Rex
Pleasing Your Selkirk Rex’s Taste Buds
Be sure any food you buy for the Selkirk Rex meets the guidelines set by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). That guarantees that the food meets at least the minimum dietary requirements of your Selkirk Rex. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “gourmet”, ” natural”, ” premium”, and “super-premium”, as there is no guideline that defines them. You can ask the doctor what food (wet or dry) is best for your Selkirk Rex. Once you have picked the optimum food, it’s time to let your Selkirk Rex make the final say so. If your Selkirk Rex eats it with no problems and appears to relish it, it is a good choice. On the other hand, if your Selkirk Rex doesn’t like the food, you need to be ready to provide a different choice. Selkirk Rexs will sometimes prefer to go on hunger strikes rather than eat food they don’t enjoy, and these strikes are truly harmful. If she decides to a hunger strike, the Selkirk Rex runs a high risk of liver failure and death. If you ever need to change from one food to another, bring in the new food a little at a time, in small quantities over about a week. This prevents the Selkirk Rex from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty’s stomach.
Selkirk Rex Snacks, Feeding Time, and Portion Size
Just how much food will the Selkirk Rex need? It depends on some things you might not expect. For instance, is your Selkirk Rex a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has the Selkirk Rex been spayed or neutered? These both play a huge factor in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to get a recommendation from your veterinarian, who will identify your Selkirk Rex’s best weight and daily calorie count. Once you figure out how much your Selkirk Rex needs, stick to the plan. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Selkirk Rex will get used to it and remain at her healthy weight. For Selkirk Rexs, it’s difficult to shed extra weight once they get fat. Next, set up the Selkirk Rex’s meals. Selkirk Rexs like to eat all day, so it’s just best to leave meals out for them where it’s accessible all the time. You can give 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 more they might deviate from their core diet.
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