You have decided to get a kitten, and the choice fell on the Scottish Fold breed. And before you pick up the fluffy ball of his home, I met with the cat-cat-mom and dad. So you can imagine how it will look your treasure when he grows up. The place where the family pet will live, already endowed with a bed and bought a mountain of toys. Excellent! But to pet up healthy and strong, you must also take care of his nutrition. It is about how to properly feed the scottish fold, we will cover in this article.
What kinds of power are there?
To lop-eared kitten (as, indeed, for other breeds), there are three types of power:
Feeding prepared food;
Feeding on the mixed type.
In the first case of the Scottish kitten fed exclusively on natural products, in the second - only the prepared food, and the third - combine the two previous types of feeding. In order for you to be able to accurately determine the type of food for the cat, look at each of these in more detail.
Natural food. How and what to feed the cat?
The first thing you need to remember all the owners of Scottish lop-eared - not all products that are used by man, useful for kittens. Ideal for feeding scottish fold approach boiled and finely ground chicken breast. Kitten, of course, will not, and from raw beef, but meat to feed it so it is not recommended.
It will only feed the cat properly cooked beef or chicken. Once a week you can give boiled liver, because it is very rich in trace elements and vitamins. To coat the cat was well-groomed and smooth, it definitely needs some chicken yolk. If the pet can eat it in its pure form - is remarkable. And if not - you will need to mix the yolk into mush at least twice a week.
To a growing body of Scottish kitten getting sufficient calcium in the diet of an animal must be cottage: 2-3 times a week for a small pet would be enough. Very well, if the kitten loves and other dairy products: low-fat sour cream, yogurt or fermented baked it will only benefit.
Some people believe that it is best to feed the lop-eared kitten cow's milk. This is not true. Milk can provoke intestinal disorders, so it is to replace it with cream in very small quantities. And do not forget that the milk or cream - it does not drink, and the food. You can not replace these products are usually pure water.
Kashi must be present in the diet of a kitten. It can be rice, buckwheat and oatmeal, boiled in water. Most kittens refuse to cereals, to draw their attention to this treat, it is mixed into the finely chopped boiled meat. Or cook grains on the fish broth.
Do not forget the vegetables. Boiled cauliflower, green beans, carrots - all this is very useful for growing cat. A pet that ate with gusto, mix vegetables with minced meat. By the way, the view that only need to feed the cat fish, absolutely groundless. In fact, for kittens this product is not very useful. Giving should be no more than a couple of times a month.
If you doubt that the body of a kitten learns all the necessary nutrients from foods, get a special vitamin and mineral supplements. As an offer pet treats children curds "Agusha." Do not forget to monitor the availability of drinking water in the bowl and make sure that all the products that you feed the cat was at room temperature.
Feeding ready forages
Choosing food ready for his Scot, prefer premium products. That its members will saturate the growing body cat with all the necessary minerals and vitamins. It may not be the cheapest food option, but in the finished feed is better not to save.
If the pet is still quite small, it is convenient to eat canned food for cats made in the form of a mousse. Later, when the kitten grows up, he was transferred to a dry feed, gradually mixing in it in a canned food. When your pet reaches the age of six months, he can offer canned meat slices with gravy. It is important that the Scottish kittens eating finished feed was always fresh drinking water. Do not forget to change it twice a day.
So we looked at the basic types of food. A lop-eared kitten eats at the third - mixed type? It's all very simple: feeding food prepared with natural foods. How to combine these two types, choose yourself, but remember - meat, vegetables and dairy products should be present in the diet of your pet at least twice a day.
Resist the urge to make a delicious meal for a kitten - do not salt it;
Large pieces before feeding better to cut, be sure to remove the bone;
Pork and lamb reserve for themselves - Scot these meats are not suitable;
And remember - the meat in its raw form is contraindicated. If you do not have time to boil it even pour over boiling water;
No matter how you looked at the pleading beautiful eyes from under the table, do not succumb to provocations and not to feed the kitten with ease! Our food is not useful and even more necessary for the animals;
Little kitten younger than six months need frequent feedings. Later, it may be accustomed to two meals a day;
All food cat should be fresh, and the water - clean;
Ice cream, sweets, sausages, fried and sour foods - all this is counter to your pet;
At night to eat a bowl, wash and clean. Then the cat will eat anything is not exactly spoiled. But a container of clean water have to be at night.
Now that you know how to properly feed the lop-eared kitten. In keeping with all of the recommendations, you can be sure that your pet really grow as beautiful and healthy as well as his parents.
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General rules for feeding
Feeding pregnant cat
Feeding castrated cat
Prepared food and natural food
According to statistics, today is cats are the most popular pets. And if until recently they performed a utilitarian function (catching mice and rats), it is now considered to be full members of the cat family and live with us for a reason, just because we love them. We, in turn, so humanize cats that sometimes this attitude is to their detriment. For example, many owners do not know how to feed the cat and limit its diet consisting exclusively of finished feed. Others do not bother to even buy special food and are served their pets that eat themselves.
However, domesticated cats remain is allowed, but not anyhow what, and predatory. And centuries-old existence with a man absolutely no impact on their needs to the food to which they are suited by nature. Of course, to decide what kind of food to regale your cat - dry food, or so-called naturalkoy - you decide. But I know that for a cat is helpful and what is harmful, it is necessary to any host. In addition, an adult cat (cat), a pregnant cat or kitten should be fed differently. What should be included in the diet of your pet? The different food for adult cats and young kittens? How to feed the cat, waiting for the offspring? Let's face it.
General rules for feeding
As we have said, the cats have not lost their predatory instincts and the need for food, typical of this order of mammals. What do cats eat in the wild? What they will produce. A booty of our ancestors of domestic cats were small mammals, birds, rodents and insects. What is remarkable, and wild and domestic cats eat their prey whole. So the cat food is not only meat, but wool, feathers, intestines and even small bones. And the cat with his trophy eats and what is in his stomach. Therefore, berries, cereals, roots and leaves (green) also become the food of wild cats. Note that the meat (protein) cat eats raw and vegetarian food (carbohydrates) is in the form of half-digested. That is the basis of this and should be calculated diet domestic cat.
Thus, in the diet of domestic cat should include animal and plant foods, most of which - it's meat, and extra - cereals and vegetables. However, there are some limitations. Thus, for example, it is considered to be useful for cats beef and poultry, but the pork to feed them is not recommended. Harmless cereals - is oatmeal, buckwheat, barley and rice cereal. Useful vegetables - non-starchy root vegetables (beets and carrots), as well as cabbage, zucchini and cucumbers.
With regard to the dairy food, the cats can be given only low-fat and unsweetened dairy products: yogurt, cheese, fermented baked milk. Sweet milk is perfect for feeding the little kittens and adult animals can cause indigestion. If your cat's body perfectly assimilates insipid milk, it is also possible to include in the diet.
With regard to the processing of products, such as meat and vegetables can provide either raw or cooked form, and cereal cooking porridge necessary. But here too it is impossible to have a cat, so it is grilled meat, and indeed any other fried foods. In general, the list of products that are taboo in the cat's diet is quite extensive. In addition to the fried foods should not be given to cats, smoked, marinated and pickled products. They are also contraindicated in spicy foods, spices and sweets. Do not absorbed by the body feline legumes (peas, beans, lentils) and potatoes. Do not feed your cat raw fish and offal, but in the form of boiled or steamed they can be included in the cat's diet.
Kittens, like human children, need special food. Firstly, their digestive systems are not suited for food suitable for adult animals. Secondly, in growing kitten very different requirements in an amount of proteins and carbohydrates. Third, as compared to adult cats babies other metabolism and other peristalsis. Therefore, it is important to feed a kitten food properly and in the right mode.
Diet - the first thing that distinguishes the feeding kitten. Some experts generally recommend to ensure toddler clock access to the bowl with the food, the opinion of other food ordered in a certain mode. If you share the first point of view, everything is simple: make sure that the baby during the day was enough food and water. If you are a supporter of the regime, then follow the system of reusable food kitten:
up to two months kitten to feed five or six times a day;
from two to four months of a kitten being fed four times a day;
six-month kitten can already translate into meals;
the eighth month of life, kittens begin to feed as an adult cat, twice a day.
Menus for the kitten is also different from the diet of an adult animal. Remember the famous slogan that stomach kitten less than a thimble? So the first difference for the kid menu - is the amount of food. Although these animals are rarely overeat, even at such a young age. The second condition for proper nutrition - a balanced menu. What to feed a kitten, so he would not hurt, and provide excellent health.
Lean meat and chicken. When raw, the only peremorozhennoe or scalded, scraping or entangled in a meat grinder. Kittens at the age of three months can be given meat, cut into small pieces. Boiled meat very young kittens are given in the form of puree or minced, older kids it is cut or dismantle the fibers.
Vegetables in any form. Starting solid foods must be cooked with vegetables, giving them with the meat. Gradually, you can teach a kitten to raw vegetables.
Marine fish only boneless and only boiled form. It is not necessary to give both meat and fish. Fish feed the kitten, it is desirable not more than once a day.
Cheese is very useful and must be present in the diet of a baby. Giving a low-fat cottage cheese kittens can and should be every day.
Sweet milk and yogurt - a mandatory component of the supply of kittens up to six months. Giving these products can be several times per day.
Eggs and cheese. This is certainly useful products for the growing organism, but they must be given not more often than once or twice a week.
Grass - an indispensable source of vitamins. And if your house has lodged a kitten, be sure to plant in a flower pot special cat grass. The kid will decide when and how much are the vitamins he needs. It is important to have a constant access to the pot with herbs.
And, of course, fresh water, to which the baby must also be permanent access.
Feeding pregnant cat
If your favorite is waiting kittens, it is necessary to take care of her eating habits. Note that in the period of gestation kittens cat diet varies depending on the timing of pregnancy - at every stage of an expectant moms have different needs and the amount of food, and as part of the menu.
Already during the first two weeks the number of meals is increased to four times, and the volume of food by 10%. By the way, the amount of food is not increased due to the volume of servings, but due to the number of meals.
From the third to the seventh week and food volume increases by 50%. In this period of gestation kittens can be added and the amount of servings. However, it is important not to overfeed the animal, since at this time the cat can develop obesity, which is very adversely affect the health and mother and the health of kittens.
On the seventh week of pregnancy, your cat will start eating less, due to the increase in the size of kittens and increased pressure in the abdomen. From that time to reduce the amount of delivery portions, but increase the number of meals. And here is a complete rejection of cat food - a clear sign of the imminent birth of little kittens.
Regarding the composition of the menu of a pregnant cat, then it needs calories and rich in minerals and protein food. Veterinarians recommend to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in favor of protein foods and in any case not to raise the calorie from fat. What should include a menu cats, kittens hatched?
Half of the daily diet - boiled beef. In addition, be sure to feed the pregnant cat cottage cheese, yogurt, vegetables and cereals. A pregnant cat will also need to give egg yolk and boiled chicken. Natural food and drugs must be supplemented vitamins and minerals. If your animal is accustomed to feed ready, let him special feed for pregnant cats without additional vitamins and minerals. Some owners during pregnancy give food for cats and kittens. However, before taking such a decision, consult your veterinarian.
Feeding castrated cat
The big problem owners castrated animals becomes the risk of urolithiasis cats. That's why diet castrated cat is somewhat different from the usual feline menu. Diet remains the same, but the composition of the food has to change. Your task - to feed the castrated cat food with a minimum content of phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. In this case, the main condition for proper feeding - exclusion from the menu of the cat fish in any form.
The next thing you need to ensure your pet - drinking plenty of fluids, as castrated animals urinate much less, which also becomes a risk of urolithiasis. This is especially significant for the animals transferred to dry food. Therefore, many veterinarians recommend feeding castrated cat only natural food. If the cat is accustomed to dry feed, try to gradually replace it with wet canned food. And if it does not work, the dry granules soaked in milk or water.
Another risk after castration - the development of a cat obesity. Therefore, the animal can not overfeed and give him fatty foods. It should also pay attention to the calorie content of products, of which food is cooked, or the number of calories specified on the package with the finished feed. Do not be redundant and weekly fasting days. However, it is useful not only for the castrated animals.
They are at risk as the teeth and gums castrated cat. If your cat eats finished feed is no cause for concern. Such feeds contain nutritional supplements for the prevention of dental disease. And for castrated cat eating naturalkoy useful to include in the diet of meat, cut into large chunks. This will also prevent the development of gum disease and tooth decay.
Thus, natural food for neutered animals must not contain fish. Its basic structure - lean beef and chicken, cereals, cheese and vegetables. It is also possible to transfer the animal to a combined power and give him a full meal and prepared food.
Prepared food and natural food
Feeding cats so-called naturalkoy certainly beneficial use canned feed. Although manufacturers of prepared feeds argue that this food is balanced, and you will never be able to achieve the same balance when feeding cats naturalkoy, natural food benefits are undeniable.
Firstly, it is a natural cat food is genetically adapted. Secondly, a complete natural food prolongs the life of domestic cats. Thirdly, such a food does not contain artificial additives and preservatives, which are part of any finished feed. And fourthly, it is simply delicious. Imagine that your diet will consist entirely of canned food and crackers. How do you find such a prospect? So think before you begin to regale your cat dry food, no matter how high-quality and balanced it was.
To naturalkoy when feeding a balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, you need only remember the proportions: the major part of the diet of meat and dairy products, and an additional part of the diet - cereals and vegetables. Naturally, natural food to cook too, need according to the rules and in any case can not be considered naturalkoy food from his table.
If you prefer dry or wet feed ready, choose from them only the best quality and well-proven. By the way, guided by the preferences of the animal can not, because the flavoring can be addictive to the dry food and canned food. At the same time the food itself will not differ quality and balanced composition, and the animal will begin to stubbornly refuse any other food.
How food - dry or wet - give preference? There is no single answer: it is canned preserves. In this case, much more importantly - to acquire only high quality premium pet food. And let them significantly more expensive, but in a dry food you do not provoke your pet the development of urolithiasis, dermatoses, or gastritis.
Feed the super-premium and not suitable for everyday diet. The fact that they are intended only for the period of preparation of animals for exhibitions, and their main goal - to improve the appearance of the cat. It is also impossible to feed adult animals (except for pregnant cats) dry or wet food designed for kittens and vice versa. If we feed labeled age range, then stick to the manufacturer's recommendations.
But the final decision in favor of the kind of food or prepared foods to take you. After all, you are responsible for those who tamed.
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