What food can be given to a Scottish kitten
I introduce all new owners of graduates of my cattery in advance with recommendations for keeping and caring for a Scottish Fold kitten. The more the lifestyle of the kitten in the new house looks like in the mother’s cattery, the easier the adaptation of the kitten after the move will be. Over time, you can make changes in the usual lifestyle of your Scottish Fold kitten, but at first we recommend that you follow the recommendations.
FOOD. Clean and fresh water should ALWAYS be freely available. The best water dish. heavy and ceramic, sturdy glass. Water containers must be washed and refilled every day.
Dry industrial food of a super premium or holistic class, appropriate for the age and breed of a kitten, should always be freely available. The use of complete feed is ideal. The kitten will not eat more than it needs. I do not recommend using wet canned food as a permanent food (there is very little meat. there is no more than 4% in the meat composition).
IT IS POSSIBLE: Natural products can be given 1-2 times a day: beef, horse meat, poultry, chicken, turkey (hearts (you can have a pork heart, beef and poultry), red meat, necks, day-old chickens) must be raw and frozen (in the wild cats do not cook their own breast for lunch anywhere), fermented milk products, quail eggs. Please be careful when introducing new foods into your kitten’s diet. Be aware that some pigmented ingredients in a kitten’s diet can affect coat color, especially in silvers.
DO NOT: It is strictly forbidden to feed the kitten with stale products, sausages, salty and sweet foods, pork, lamb, butter, condensed milk, fatty sour cream.
During the period of active growth, starting at the age of 1 month, all growing kittens can be given preparations with glucosamine to ensure the full development of bones and joints. Taurine, biotin and L-lysine and other vitamins and minerals are important supplements to the Scottish Fold kitten’s diet. Get quality vitamins.
You can grow fresh Scottish kitten grass (wheat, oats, special cat mix, or parrot food). You can use sawdust to grow greenery, not soil. Firstly, it is safer, and secondly, it is more hygienic, and thirdly, you can immediately throw a lump of sawdust entangled in roots into the trash after the cats have nibbled all the greens.
Remember that some houseplants can be hazardous to your kitten’s health.
RESTROOM. I use lumpy litter like Pi-Pi Bent and a house tray or quality open trays with wide rims to prevent the litter from scattering when the cat digs in the litter box. The use of filler greatly facilitates cleaning the house and caring for the kitten.
After bringing the kitten home, first of all, put it in the tray and do not be discouraged if the kitten does not immediately use it. Repeat the potting procedure every hour. Usually the kitten starts fussing and meowing when it wants to go to the toilet. If the litter box is in the toilet, keep the door ajar at all times. It is best to install a cat door in the bathroom door. If the kitten goes to the toilet in the wrong place, remove the dirt and treat this place with Antigadin, UrinOff, Nature’s Miracle, baking soda with 9% vinegar solution or any detergent with citrus scent. Our choice for cleaning organic dirt. soda and vinegar.
PLAYING AND COMMUNICATION: Daily communication with people and active play are very important for the physical and emotional development of the kitten, he must have enough space for outdoor games. It is necessary to have a scratching post in the house, it is advisable to have a special house-complex. The kitten should have its own sleeping place, although it may prefer to sleep in different parts of the house, including in a person’s bed. Favorite toys of kittens: hanging rabbit legs, balls, fake mice, toys with catnip, flies with feathers, fur or leather. Homemade broom, small parts from children’s toys, styrofoam, electric wires, plastic bags and Christmas tree rain can be deadly for a kitten.
SAFETY: The wires must be hidden from the kitten. He can start playing with them if he has few special toys and if he is not given enough attention. Do not leave your kitten indoors with unprotected windows open. It is advisable to have special nets or bars on the windows in all rooms where the kitten has access, including balconies and loggias. In case of living outside the city, it is advisable to build a special outdoor enclosure for the kitten or not let the kitten walk alone and without a harness.
CHILDREN in the house: kittens from my cattery grow up in a family with two children of different ages, they know how to play and communicate safely with them. Please explain to your children how to play with the kitten (you cannot hurt, scare, hit, grab onto different parts of the body sharply). Teach children to handle the kitten correctly. When a kitten turns into an adult large animal, it will be uncomfortable and painful to be picked up incorrectly.
OTHER ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE: At first, do not leave the kitten alone with other animals. In the presence of old residents, try not to pay attention to the new tenant until they accept him. Wipe your animal and novice with the same cloth every day, and iron them often with one hand to blend in the animal odors. Keep in mind that a new hierarchy of relationships will be established between the animals for some time. If it seems to you that the adaptation process has been delayed, be sure to contact the Breeder!
HEALTH: do not use medications without consulting the Breeder! Aspirin, Albucid, Paracetamol are strictly prohibited. Annual vaccination is obligatory! Two weeks before vaccinations, deworming with Drontal Cat, Cestal Cat or Milbimax preparations should be carried out in an age-appropriate dosage. For preventive purposes, deworming should be carried out 4 times a year. Treatment for exoparasites is carried out 2 times a year.
TRAVELING: We recommend purchasing a plastic carrier that is approved for transporting animals on the plane and that fits the size of an adult Scotsman. To travel by public transport (plane, train), you will need to obtain a veterinary certificate of vaccinations in your veterinary clinic based on the entries in the veterinary passport. Bring a new carrier with you and your kitten will go to your home in complete safety!
CASTRATION: If your kitten is not intended for breeding, then most likely he will move into your house already neutered. Neutered animals are distinguished by better health, shiny and long hair, calm demeanor, they do not mark their territory. Non-castrated animals are more prone to diseases of the genitals, their appearance may deteriorate (thinness, hair loss), they may be less friendly to people and other animals due to hormonal surges. details can be found in the next section on castration and sterilization. on our website.
Before you start breeding, think that this is a very difficult and painstaking work that requires serious preparation, large regular financial costs and deep knowledge in the field of felinology and veterinary medicine, that you will have to take responsibility for the fate of future offspring.
IMPORTANT: no matter how hard you try to follow our recommendations, remember that a change of scenery is stressful for a kitten. Therefore, at first after the move, it is possible that the kitten will try to hide in a secluded place, he may have a slight indigestion due to a change in drinking water, he may refuse food. These are temporary phenomena that should not cause your concern, but which must be notified to the Breeder.
We hope that our recommendations will be useful to you. Please, first of all, contact me for all questions and doubts that may arise in connection with caring for your pet. Our common task with you is to ensure a decent quality of life together for people and cats.!
From one month to six months
Caring for a Scottish Fold or straight kitten from the second month of life changes: by this time the animal has its first teeth.
- The fast-growing organism of Scots requires high-calorie food, so egg yolks mixed with minced meat are introduced into the feed of kittens at this age. Stop boiling vegetables, rub them on a fine grater, or grind them raw in a blender.
- Including breast milk, the total amount of food consumed by the kitten should not be less than 120 grams per day. From the age of two months, animals begin to accustom themselves to industrial feed. It is important to monitor their quality and choose according to the age of the animals. Dry food is soaked in water or milk.
- At 3 months old, Scottish kittens are completely transferred to food and weaned from mother’s milk. At this age, breeders start giving out babies. Once in the hands of a new owner, animals should not feel a sharp change in the composition of their diet. This can disrupt their digestive system. The result is vomiting, diarrhea.
- Feeding becomes 6 times a day. The daily amount of food consumed does not exceed 180 grams. Dry food for Scottish Fold and Straight kittens is no longer soaked. By the age of 3 months, the animals have fully formed the dentition. Boiled meat is no longer ground, but cut into small pieces.
- To replenish the body of the Scots with the necessary vitamins, meat is mixed with mashed raw vegetables. The bran is added to this mixture. Along with vegetables and meat, cereals boiled in water are included in the diet.
- At the age of 4–5 months, Scottish kittens should eat about 240 grams of feed per day. They eat 4-5 times a day. The diet is not fundamentally changed, but the proportion of products in it is changed. poultry, rabbit and beef are added to the food for half-year-old Scottish Fold kittens. You do not need to cut their pieces into small pieces. Coarse cuts of meat contribute to the development of the jaw of animals.
- The amount of meat in the diet should be at least 160 grams per day. Porridge boiled in water is enriched with pieces of raw vegetables, minerals and vitamins, which are added to the product in the form of a mineral complex purchased from a veterinary pharmacy. Straight and lop-eared kittens, transferred to industrial feeding, should receive only food from one manufacturer that is appropriate for their age. From the 5th month of life, the Scots begin to give them sea fish.
A diet that includes homemade food and industrial food is called mixed feeding. It is ideal for the care and nutrition of adult Scottish Straight and Fold cats and cats and allows you to balance the diet as much as possible.
Remember that excessive calorie intake causes obesity in animals. According to the rules:
- you can not feed natural and industrial feed at a time;
- feed of different origin needs to be fortified.
With mixed feeding of castrated cats and neutered cats, fish and salt are excluded from the feed.
With age, Scottish cats may develop obesity or urolithiasis and obesity if not properly cared for. Home feeding should be perfectly balanced with natural foods. The diet includes:
- Lean meat. Scottish kittens are fed them daily in the form of minced meat, which, after cooking, is stored in the freezer for at least 24 hours. Before giving the minced meat to the Scots, it is poured over with boiling water.
- Fish. It is given to kittens in the form of fillets, boiled in salted water for 20 minutes, once a week. Among the permitted varieties are hake, sea bass, carp.
- Porridge. They are boiled in water. For cooking, use buckwheat, barley and wheat groats. It is recommended to include cereals in the feeding ration 3-4 times a week and mix them with meat.
- Vegetables. Depending on age, kittens are given cooked or raw foods 3-4 times a week. Pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, beets, broccoli are best.
- Fruit. Many kittens love pears, apples, bananas and grapes. Do not feed them to animals more often than once a week.
- Milk and fermented milk products. Fermented baked milk, kefir, cottage cheese and cream can be given up to 1 year old 1-2 times a week. Products should not be too high in fat.
- Grass. Finely chopped stems mix well with porridge.
It is important to enrich natural feed with vitamins. Lack of them leads to loss of coat shine and shedding. Natural feeding can be done in two ways:
- Immediately put the daily norm of food in the cat’s bowl. the kittens themselves regulate the norm of their nutrition.
- Use the portion feeding method.
New natural products are included in the diet of animals consistently.
What to feed and how to care for a Scottish Fold kitten
Many owners do not know how to feed Scottish Straight and Fold kittens, but the same diet can be used to care for Scottish Fold and Scottish Straight. When choosing it, the peculiarities of the digestive system of animals of this breed and their age are taken into account. The main condition is nutritional balance.
After 6 months
Six month old kittens are considered adolescents, and their bodies continue to form up to two years old. Scots are fed at this age 4 times a day. Some of them go on to eat 2 or 3 times a day on their own. Cats start to estrus after 6 months, during which they have a decrease in appetite.
At the age of 6 to 9 months, Scottish kittens eat 180-200 grams of food per day. The daily feed rate should be 3-5% of their body weight. Dill, parsley or special cat grass are starting to be included in the food for Scottish Fold and Straight cats and cats over 8 months old.
The first month
A mother cat does not always have enough milk to feed her offspring. Save babies from starvation in such cases with milk formula.
Until the Scots reach the age of two weeks, it is given to Scottish kittens every 2-2.5 hours. For 3-4 weeks, the interval between feedings with milk formula is increased to three hours.
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All complementary foods for kittens under 1 month of age should be soft. You can feed the Scottish Fold and Straight kitten during this period:
- cereals boiled in water and diluted with milk;
- boiled, ground and diluted chicken with bottled water;
- grated boiled vegetables.
This food is suitable for daily consumption. Once or twice a week, you can give kefir, fermented baked milk or curds. The bowl should always be filled with clean, bottled water. You need to change it at least 1 time a day.
How to Take Care of a Scottish Fold. Feeding Your Cat
Scottish Folds are eaten at this age at least 8 times a day. Food intended for them should be at room temperature.
Choosing food for a Scottish kitten
How to feed a kitten, accustoming to dry food
If you really had to, accustom the baby to the new food gradually. Over the course of several days, little by little adding complementary foods:
- Day 1: Offer the cat 75% of the usual food and 25% of the new food.
- 2nd day: the cat menu should be 50×50% of both types of food.
- 3rd day: feed the baby at the rate of 25% of the old and 75% of the new ration.
- 4th day: completely transfer the animal to the new menu.
How many times a day to feed is individual. A small kitten (2 months old) has teeth erupting with might and main, it grows quickly, and the stomach is smaller than a thimble. You will have to feed often and in small portions. To keep your baby healthy and playful, buy only high-quality kitten food.
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How to feed a kitten 1, 1.5 and 2 months
The water should be clean, fresh, change the water every day and scald the water container with boiling water. Raw frozen beef. (for a kitten at least 30 grams, for an adult cat. 100-120 grams). Chicken or beef offal (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys) in raw (frozen) or boiled form. 2-3 times a week.
For the development of a tailed pet, balanced cat food is what you need! Your pet will not refuse a delicious chicken, turkey or fragrant rabbit with pieces of trout and green beans. At first, give the little cat canned food. They contain 80% water, they are well absorbed and do not injure the fragile esophagus.
When switching to dry food, do not feed the kitten with leftover food from the table. Our Murziks, like children, quickly twist indulgences to themselves. But not all of them are beneficial:
- The kitten will constantly beg for a piece for itself as soon as you sit down at the table.
- Natural food is absorbed faster by the body, dry “requires” a plentiful drink to digest food. By changing food types, the stomach and intestines will not be able to quickly reorganize. As a result, metabolic disorders and disorders are provided.
Do not change the once selected feed for a new one, even if it has a similar composition of products. Each brand has its own blend and balance. Diet change can trigger allergies and feel unwell.
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What is the best cat food
Animal complementary foods are distinguished by quality and composition, conventionally dividing into three types.
- Economy and medium classes are feline “fast food”. It is made from cheap raw materials (soy, cellulose, cartilage) with a lot of preservatives, dyes, flavor enhancers, etc. catnip (analogue of valerian).
An example of economy class feed. Kitekat, Whiskas, Friskies, etc.
- Premium and super premium feeds are distinguished by a balanced formula of ingredients. With a lot of meat. No preservatives or fragrances. Their composition is thought out to the smallest detail, and specialists work on recipes. Your kitten will be happy to devour such a treat every day. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.!
This class includes feed Hills, Josera, Nature’s Protection, etc.
- Hollistik. high-class food is well absorbed by the body of the cat. It is hearty and consists of natural products. Its high cost is offset by a small daily requirement for the animal. Manufacturers do not add flavors and flavor enhancers to the composition. If your mustachioed gourmet is accustomed to a fragrant delicacy, then he will not “appreciate” this benefit. For the time being, for the time being. until it gets used to.
Holistic, Chicken Soup, Wellness, etc. are in demand.
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Features of natural feeding
Let’s take a closer look at the list of permitted foods for breastfeeding.
- You have chosen lean meat, but how do you give it to your pet? Make minced meat and place in the freezer for about 24 hours. This is an excellent prevention of helminthic invasions. Before cooking, take it out and pour over it with boiling water. Cats should get meat on a daily basis as they are carnivores. You can diversify the menu with offal: chicken stomachs, liver, hearts. They must be boiled until soft. You can make pates from the liver.
- Very important for the growth of kittens and fish. You can’t offer river fish to Scottish Folds. There are a lot of sharp and small bones that can damage the delicate intestines of a cat. It is best to choose sea fish, hake, perch, carp. Make a fillet from the carcass, boil in salted water for about 20 minutes. Make sure that there are no bones left, only then offer the dish to your pet. Do not feed fish too often, once a week is enough.
- Give porridge with meat. It should be buckwheat, barley, wheat. Boil them until tender, you can add a little oil. Porridge should not be given daily, they are included in the diet 3-4 times a week.
- Also combine meat with vegetables. They can be given both cooked and raw. Choose foods your cat loves. Experiment, it can take a long time before your kitten gets used to the vegetables. Give them also 3-4 times a week.
- Milk and fermented milk products. There is no need to give milk after a year. It is poorly absorbed by adult cats. But fermented milk products are what a pet needs. Give fermented baked milk, kefir, cottage cheese, cream. Make sure that the fat content is not too high. Cottage cheese is enough 2 times a week, but the rest of the products about 3 times.
- Fruit will also be good for the Scotsman. But if the cat refuses the treat, do not insist. Usually pets are very fond of pears, apples, grapes, bananas. They must be entered into the menu once a week.
- Cats need grass for good digestion. Kittens are reluctant to eat it. Cut as small as possible, mix with cereals and vegetables. It is best to use fresh grass that you need to grow yourself. If this is not possible, purchase a special mixture at your veterinary pharmacy.
- Remember that natural food is not balanced in vitamins and microelements, so your cat will need feeding. For the first time, be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the composition and frequency of intake of dietary supplements. In the future, they must be applied once every six months. a year. Focus on the condition of your pet’s coat, as well as the level of activity. With a lack of vitamins, the wool will lose its shine and will shed very much.
All these principles will allow you to provide your cat with a decent.
The difficulties of such a diet are that it is necessary to prepare new portions every day, to maintain a balance and volume of food.
What shouldn’t be given?
We have analyzed in detail the rules of nutrition, discussed what can be given to Scottish Fold cats. Let’s now decide what they can’t.
- Food from the master’s table. Smoked meats, pickles, confectionery products are harmful to a small body.
- Milk for pets over a year old can be fatal.
- Poor quality feed. We have already said that they are made from low quality ingredients and only harm the “Scots”.
- Fatty meats: pork, lamb are difficult to digest and can lead to indigestion.
- Raw, unprocessed meat that may contain parasites.
- River fish is prohibited, as it contains a large number of small bones.
- Onions, potatoes are not digested by the body of a cat.
- Parsley, dill, cilantro. can push the cat away from food.
Fatty meats, pastries, pastries will lead to obesity of your pet, especially if it is castrated. Therefore, do not teach the cat to them from infancy. If you don’t know the taste of the dish, it is easy to refuse it.
Frequent consumption of sweet fruits is undesirable, as they can lead to diabetes in your pet.
You will learn more about the rules for feeding Scottish Fold cats by watching the following video.
The rules for feeding cats over a year old on natural food include several points.
- Meat should be present in the diet every day, at every meal. Choose lean varieties: chicken, rabbit, beef.
- Fish in the diet is needed 2 times a week. Desirable marine representatives with low fat content of meat.
- Give porridge about 3-4 times a week. It can be buckwheat, barley, wheat.
- Dairy products.
- Vegetables should also be on your pet’s menu. The multiplicity in the diet is the same as that of cereals.
- Fruit can be given in small amounts, preferably in the morning. Choose unsweetened fruits: apples, pears. Very rarely let your pet indulge in grapes.
- Give fresh herb daily. To do this, you can independently germinate wheat, green buckwheat. You can also purchase special herbs at pharmacies.
- On natural food, cats need supplements in the form of vitamins and minerals once every 6-12 months.
- It is forbidden to give cats food from your table, as well as pamper them with pastries, pastries.
When feeding with dry food, you will not have any difficulties. Manufacturers have fully taken into account the pet’s needs for nutrients, vitamins, minerals, supplements in the form of herbs. You will only need to comply with the dosage indicated on the pack.
If your pet is not a glutton, you can fill the bowl once a day in a volume equal to the daily dosage. But if your cat empties the bowl right away and asks for supplements, you need to fill the bowl just before eating.
The most important thing on artificial feed is constant access to fresh water. Since there should be a lot of it to digest crackers.
After a year, you need to decide whether you will neuter the kitten or not. If you have made the decision to sterilize, you first need to transfer the cat to special food and only then send the animal for surgery. With natural feeding, you will simply need to reduce the serving size and total fat content of the diet for a neutered cat.
From birth to 2 months, kittens feed on mother’s milk. Such feedings can be up to 7-8 times a day.
Very rarely, the mother of a cat does not have milk, or for some reason she abandoned kittens, then the responsibility for feeding falls on the shoulders of the breeder.
In the veterinary pharmacy, special milk mixtures are purchased, which must be fed every 2.5-3 hours, including at night, until the kittens reach the age of 14 days. Then every 3 hours up to 1 month.
During this period, milk is the basis of the diet, there should be no complementary foods. During the second month, babies already need water, and it is also allowed to give food other than milk. Pieces of new food should be small, be sure to soak in milk or meat broth. At 2 months old, Scottish cats continue to drink milk. The number of feedings is maintained up to 7 times a day.
If you have planned to feed the cat with dry food, then start accustoming to it right now. Remember to take good quality food, age appropriate.
From 3 months lactation in the mother stops. The number of feedings is still large and reaches 6 times a day. Food should be semi-liquid, milk can be given. From 4 to 9 months, gradually reduce feedings up to 4 times. Give more solid food, gradually increasing the density.
The ideal feed for this transitional period when feeding ready-made feed will be wet canned food, to which croutons from dry food are added.
At this age, it is also important to comply with the dosage indicated by the manufacturer, as well as to choose food by age.
Cottage cheese is allowed to be given no more than once a week, as it contains an excessive amount of calcium and, most likely, will lead to straightening of the ears in Fold Scots. But give the rest of the fermented milk products more often, about 3 times a week. From 10 months, it is already possible to transfer the cat to the adult diet 2-3 times a day. On a natural diet, give milk, cottage cheese is allowed more often from now on.
The basis of the diet is meat; it is necessary to give cereals and vegetables. Be sure to give herbs fresh, in the form of a finely chopped supplement. When feeding dry food, choose the right manufacturer. This should not be a mass market, it is desirable to purchase premium feed. Divide the daily allowance by 2-3 times, pour into a bowl before eating. Ensure constant access to fresh water.
What to feed Scottish Fold cats?
A cat or a Scottish Fold cat appeared in your family, and immediately the question arose about the pet’s diet. After all, a properly selected menu is a guarantee of your pet’s health, so it is so important to know how many times a kitten eats a day, and what should be included in every feeding at home.
Industrial feed overview
Dry food is devoid of all of the above disadvantages. You don’t have to stand at the stove every day, coming up with new combinations of dishes. In adulthood, cats independently regulate the amount of food eaten at a time, and babies need to fill a bowl several times a day. When feeding croutons, it’s easy to make sure your cat doesn’t overeat. Also, you do not need to add special supplements to the cat’s diet. Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, grass and fiber have already been added to commercial feed. Another undoubted plus of such a diet is a decrease in the volume of feces.
In order for you to be completely sure of the quality of the feed, you must carefully read the composition indicated on the pack. Look for manufacturers that add natural meat in the form of dried fiber. High-quality food should not be free of foreign impurities, such as dyes, flavor enhancers, flavors. All this is present in the feed of the mass market. They are made from low quality ingredients. For cats, it’s like chips and crackers for humans.
Elite premium food, on the other hand, is perfect for your Scotsman. This can be: Pronature, Purina, Royal Canin and a special series for kittens Royal Canin Size nutrition Mini Junior, Hills and Hills Science Plan Puppy Kitten. for babies, Eukanuba Puppy Junior Small Breed. only for the smallest.
It is desirable that these feeds be produced in Europe or America. There is a strict selection of quality.
Buy kittens special food that is age appropriate. Do not exceed the dosage indicated on the pack.
In order to transfer the baby to “crackers”, a transitional period is required. At first, cook weak meat broths and soups, where soak the crackers completely. This option is suitable for a 2 month old kitten. Over time, slightly change the consistency and by the sixth month, crackers should come across in the food. The full transition should be made by 9-10 months. From a year on, there will be food for an adult cat. To ensure that your cat does not have difficulty digesting industrial feed, provide him with water.
Place a bowl for liquid next to the food bowl. Change the water every time you eat. Its attenuation, as well as flowering, is unacceptable.
Menu and diet for Scottish cats
The food is served in pieces. small or large if the animal can tear them apart. Minced meat, jellied meat and liquid food are not suitable for healthy Scottish cats.
Below is a menu of natural food, which is preferable. Let’s list the foods that should be included in the diet of an adult cat. So, what can you feed lop-eared and straight-eared cats??
About gluten intolerance in cats
Some people and cats suffer from gluten intolerance. gluten from wheat, rye, oats (sprouted grass from oats does not count) and barley. For some, gluten can cause diarrhea, for others. constipation, for others. inflammation of the intestinal walls and other unpleasant symptoms. The diagnosis is not easy because diagnostic methods are ineffective. It is difficult for people to give up gluten, because everyone loves baked goods, and it is very easy for cats.
The site “MURKOTIKI” recommends cat breeders to make a discount on the possibility of gluten intolerance in a pet and not initially accustom him to products containing gluten. In particular, we are talking about wheat, because there is more gluten in it. That is, no loaf and pasta in the diet. In addition, it is harmful even for cats that do not have gluten intolerance.
If you are using pre-packaged feedstuffs, please note: Manufacturers have already come up with gluten-free lines. These feeds are labeled “no grain”, “gluten free”, “grain-free”, “gluten-free” and the like. Such a line of feed is, for example, in Farmina ND, 1st Choice, Acana, Orijen, Trainer. This food is super premium and holistic.
In the case of natural food, everything is much simpler: do not add porridge made from wheat, rye, oats and barley, as well as a loaf to the meat. Actually, this is not recommended in any case.
Cats and fish are a well-established stereotype that has become the basis of more than one commercial. But, in fact, fish should not be a frequent guest on a cat’s table: once a week. no more. With an overabundance of fish food, kidney problems can develop, and the cat will also begin to prefer only fish products, neglecting more wholesome food.
Fish for cats can only be boiled seafood, river and raw are prohibited. First, such fish almost always contain parasites. Secondly, it contains a number of substances that negatively affect the absorption of useful elements. Even those owners who are allowed to eat raw meat do not feed cats with raw fish. Although there are some raw food aficionados who serve all foods unprocessed.
It is important to choose the right type of fish. It shouldn’t be overly greasy. And it is worth considering that many types of fish (carp, pike, bream, whitefish, smelt, minnow, chub, catfish, gukuchan, ide, herring, herring, capelin, sardinella, smelt, crucian carp, perch, tench, burbot, chebak, sprat. sprat, hamsa, soroga, bream, argentina) contain the enzyme thiaminase, which destroys vitamin B1. You can eat such fish, but not often. But you should not feed the fish of the cod family, because iron deficiency anemia and hair depigmentation develop from it. Well suited for cats are salmon fish (salmon, pink salmon, trout), as well as hake, catfish, mackerel, pilengas, tuna, etc.
Prohibited foods: what you can’t feed Scottish cats
And now about what is categorically impossible.
Do not under any circumstances repeat what is shown in the video. For the sake of a funny video, the hostess fed the cat with sweet ice cream.
Food additives (recommended product)
Bran and meal (buckwheat, flaxseed, etc.) can be added to the main diet. Pinching with food helps intestinal motility.
Dried kelp cleanses the body of toxins, helps to go to the toilet and enriches with iodine. It is enough to periodically add a pinch to food.
Vegetable oils (hemp, sesame, sea buckthorn, olive, pumpkin, but not sunflower) deliver vitamins to the body and aid in digestion. But we repeat, they are practically not absorbed, so it is better for them to prefer animal fats. Nevertheless, many owners note positive changes in the coat when adding vegetable oils to the diet.
Fish oil is an important food supplement (it contains fatty acids important for the cat’s body, including Omega-3 and Omega-6). It can be purchased as a supplement. Just keep in mind that fish oil quickly loses its beneficial properties after contact with air, so it is better to buy it in capsule form and open it one at a time before adding it to food. However, cats that regularly consume fatty fish do not need a separate fish oil supplement.
Attention, life hack! It happens that the frozen meat is over, but you did not have time to prepare a new one. Then you can buy deep-frozen meat in the supermarket, defrost it and serve it to the cat.
Dairy products (recommended product)
Low-fat fermented milk products (kefir, fermented baked milk, yogurt, unleavened cheese, whey, cottage cheese) are good for the health of cats: they contain a lot of protein, calcium and vitamins, and also help good digestion. Fatty milk, for example, sour cream, is undesirable to use in large quantities, because it can negatively affect the health of the pancreas.
Let’s talk about milk separately. It is undesirable to give it to adult cats. At about 3 months, they develop lactose intolerance. If you want to please your pet, because he loves this product, buy special cat milk or cream. Read more about milk in the diet of Scottish cats.
Bran (controversial product)
Porridge is not a recommended food for predators because practically not assimilated and even interfere with the assimilation of nutrients from other products. With frequent consumption of grains (cereals), cats are at risk of diabetes, urolithiasis, and thyroid problems. It is better to prefer bran to porridge.
A cat can also get cereals from special grass, which is germinated in a pot. The fees usually consist of wheat, barley, millet, etc. The herb is rich in vitamins, and also helps the cat to move the wool that has got into the gastrointestinal tract. If it is difficult to push it forward, then the cat vomits after the grass. and the hair comes out through the mouth. Therefore, every cat must have free access to herb. Just do not bring it from the street: there can be parasites and infections on the wild grass.