Savannahs are natural predators. Never forget that as you are considering what food your Savannah should eat. If you don’t stick to his natural diet, the Savannah may become a picky eater. You may have a difficult time getting the Savannah to eat if you’re giving him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products.
What should Savannahs eat?
You must always keep in mind Savannahs share recent ancestry with the fiercest of felines — lions, tigers,and leopards, etc. — so take that to heart as you’re feeding your Savannah. You wouldn’t witness a mature jaguar on Animal Planet chewing grass, eating an apple, or drinking milk in his natural habitat. Nor would you see a young tiger cub in nature drinking the milk of a cow, or any other animal that wasn’t his mother. As silly as these examples appear, that’s exactly how many owners feed their Savannahs. Don’t be surprised when your Savannah goes on a hunger strike. Savannahs don’t eat the same way dogs or humans do. As far as their nutrition goes, they rarely mix it up, and as an owner you must be aware of this. In contrast to what their owners should be eating, Savannahs need to eat a lot of meat for protein and fat. A person could end up with many problems if he ate the Savannah’s diet. Although they’re a part of the family, does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. Many times, you’ll find families who feed their Savannahs the same foods they feed themselves and the dog, although the Savannahs diet is much more restrictive. As a matter of fact, dog food is fatal to Savannahs over time because it does not meet their dietary needs and it’s often loaded with carbs, which Savannahs can’t digest well. Savannahs get extreme obesity issues by eating carbs, which can lead to diabetes. The Savannah’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.
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Pleasing Your Savannah’s Palate
Before you decide on a specific food for your Savannah be certain it is deemed acceptable by the American Association of Feed Control Officials. Meeting those requirements guarantees that the Savannah is receiving the correct food. Pay no attention to marketing “hype” terms like “natural”, ” gourmet”, ” super-premium”, and “premium”, as there is no standard that defines them. Always feel free to ask your veterinarian what food he recommends as well. Once you’ve made your choice, let your Savannah do a taste test. The food is a keeper if your Savannah likes it and doesn’t display any noticeable discomfort later on. On the other hand, if your Savannah doesn’t tolerate the food, you need to be prepared to offer a different solution. Savannahs often will go on hunger strikes rather than eat food they don’t tolerate, and these strikes can truly be dangerous. If he ever decides to a hunger strike, your Savannah runs a high risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. Don’t swap foods abruptly, either. Be sure you replace the old food little by little over about a week. This makes it easier for your Savannah to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.
Feeding Time, Snacks, and Portion Size for Savannahs
Just how much food will the Savannah need? The answer might enlighten you. For example, is your Savannah a house cat or a yard cat or both? Has your Savannah been sterilized? Both of these answers are crucial in establishing your Savannah’s dietary requirements. The solution is to seek advice from your doctor, who will help you set your Savannah’s best weight and daily nutritional requirements. Take the initiative about asking your vet about your Savannah’s food and weight. Once you figure out how much your Savannah needs, don’t deviate. Although it seems like it’s not enough, your Savannah will get used to it and stay at a ideal weight. For Savannahs, it’s hard to shed pounds once they get overweight. Once you’ve gotten this info from his doctor, it’s time to set up the Savannah’s meals. Savannahs 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 also give out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Although you might enjoy feeding your Savannah treats, do so rarely. The more treats they get, the more they will stray from their core diet.
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