Feeding Your Persian Cat

Persian Cats Are Carnivores.

Persian cats are carnivores of the highest order. “No kidding” you say. OK, so I did not expect that to surprise anyone. But really – here is the deal. Persian cats need meat proteins – not veggies and fruit - so if you are a vegetarian-like thinking person – you may not want to make a Persian cat a member of your family.

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“I WANT MEAT – NOW!”

Your new Persian kitten, even at a few months, MUST HAVE MEAT – and lots of it for their size. Here are a few suggestions.

CONSULT your veterinarian. No matter how much you know, you will need a good small animal vet from time to time.

FEED at regular times. We feed twice a day and our Persian cats love it. They almost always eat well, even when schedules force the feedings a bit closer together.

DON’T WORRY about missing an occasional meal. There will be times when your Persian kitten will not want to eat, just like we occasionally are not hungry. A word of CAUTION here though – young kittens love to eat, so if they miss eating a morning AND an evening meal, you may should check with your vet.

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Oh – yecch
Not THAT stuff again!

DRY or WET? Both can be beneficial, especially when a specific purpose is indicated. We feed both and each has a specific purpose. We use a high quality canned wet food mixed 50-50 with a high quality raw meat for the main dish and dry food for them to take as they like.

WET FOOD. A high quality canned food for kittens will have a high fat content. As they grow older, the fat content should decrease while the protein and fiber content increase. Good quality raw meat can be purchased from most pet stores or even a zoo supplier. Professionally prepared raw meats will contain a mixture of muscles, organs, bones, and supplements to ensure proper nutritional balance.

DRY FOOD. We prefer a mix of three dry cat foods – one specifically for intestinal health, one high fiber to minimize hairballs, and one for flavor. I prefer one part hairball, two parts intestinal health, and four parts flavorful, all high quality pet foods thoroughly mixed together. Intestinal health foods are usually prescription diet foods obtainable from your vet.

DON’T OVERFEED. Yes – we know – you love your new Persian kitten and he/she keeps wanting more. DO NOT DO IT!!! Habits of a lifetime are established when young. Remember – Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it. A good rule of thumb is MAXIMUM one ounce per pound of body weight the first year tapering to 0.9 or 0.8 after one year. That is 5-7 ounces for a seven pound cat.  Don’t you dare raise a fat lazy unhealthy Persian cat.

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“Get me a bowl of ice cream, honey.
No – I don’t care what flavor”

LISTEN to your vet. Anytime you are unsure about how much or how little or what kind to feed – consult the experts. You and your cat will be happier and healthier for it.

I feel good. So good. I got YOU!

I feel good … So good …
I got … YOU!
dah – da – dah – da – dah

Thank you for visiting Cats of Persia and becoming a member of our Persian kitten extended family. To contact us, visit our contact page at http://www.catsofpersia.com/contact/.

 

 

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