What You Should Feed Your New Korat.

Posted by on Mar 24, 2004 in Cats, Korat, Pets | Comments Off on What You Should Feed Your New Korat.

What to feed the KoratKorats are predators. Never forget that when you’re trying to decide what you should feed your new Korat. That may explain why the Korat rejects the meals you give him. If you’re giving your him food that is not meat or formulated from meat products, you can have a hard time getting the Korat to eat.

What food you should serve to the Korat.

Always remember Korats share a recent common ancestor with the biggest of cats — tigers, lions,and jaguars, etc. — so keep that in mind while feeding the Korat. You won’t ever see a mature panther on Animal Planet eating an apple, chewing grass, or drinking milk in nature. Nor would you observe a tiger cub in nature drinking milk from a cow, or any other animal. As ludicrous as these examples seem, that’s how many owners feed their Korats. So you shouldn’t act surprised if your Korat goes without eating. Korats are different from us and not like dogs. As it pertains to nutrition, they are very inflexible, and as an owner you must be aware of this. Korats consume almost entirely fats and proteins in contrast to to omnivores like humans who also eat fruits and vegetables. If we ate like Korats, we’d develop serious health issues at a young age. Although they’re a part of the family, does not mean they should eat what you and the dogs eat. Often you’ll find people who feed their Korats the same way they feed themselves and the dog, even though the Korats diet is much more specific. In fact, dog food can be fatal to Korats over time because it does not meet their nutritional requirements and it’s usually too high in carbs, which Korats can’t process well. Korats will develop severe obesity problems from carbs, which can eventually lead to diabetes. The Korat’s digestive system is not designed for carbohydrates. They are to be avoided.

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Pleasing Your Korat’s Appetite

Make certain any food you purchase for your Korat meets the standards defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Satisfying those standards guarantees that your Korat is receiving the right nutrition. It’s best to just ignore marketing terms like “premium”, ” gourmet”, ” super-premium”, and “natural” which have no standard definition. Ask your veterinarian which type of food (wet or dry) is best for the Korat. Once you’ve picked the best food, it’s now time to let your Korat give the go ahead. If the Korat enjoys the food and does not exhibit any digestive issues (such as vomiting) afterward, you’ve made a great choice. If your Korat does not seem to enjoy it, on the other hand, you should go back to square 1. If your Korat doesn’t tolerate the food you have fed him, a harmful hunger strike may be next. If she commits to stop eating, the Korat runs an extreme risk of liver failure at a minimum and at worst death. Don’t switch foods abruptly, either. Be sure you introduce the new food a little bit at a time over the course of a week. This makes it easier for your Korat to accept and reduces the chances of somach discomfort.

Korat Portion Size, Snacks, and Feeding Time

Just how much food does your Korat need? There are many factors that determine that answer. As an example, is your Korat an indoor or outdoor cat? Has your Korat been neutered or spayed? These both play a factor in dietary requirements. Your best bet is to consult your Korat’s doctor, who will figure out your Korats ideal weight and daily calorie requirement. Once you know how much your Korat needs, stick to the plan. It may seem like it’s not enough, but it will keep your Korat at a healthy weight. It’s difficult to help overweight Korat lose weight, and it’s easier to keep yours at its ideal size. The next step is to schedule the Korat’s meals. Korats enjoy small meals during the day, so expect to leave meals out so he can eat whenever hunger strikes. You can also put out half for the morning and the other half for the evening for a little portion control. Although you might enjoy feeding your Korat treats, do so rarely. The more treats they get, the less room they’ll have for their core dietary requirements.

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