require a slightly higher level of protein, calcium, and taurine than
many other breeds. Choosing quality food and supplements is very important
for the cat’s health and quality of its coat. There are many choices
to be made and many factors affecting them and often not only one right
lifestyle and schedule is one of the factors in the decision. What do
you have time for? Are there other considerations?
cats own individual needs are also important. Does s/he not do well
on certain foods. Does s/he tend to over eat if food is left down.
are a number of quality dry foods available on the market, Friskies
and Meow Mix are not included in that list. You get what you pay for
in the foods that you buy. One thing you may need to watch out for is
the amount of corn meal in the food. Some cats are sensitive to corn
meal causing digestive problems, allergies, and hair loss. Some foods
I would recommend are Royal Canin, Natural Choice, Eukanuba and Max
Cat. Many of these brands also make quality, wet foods.
cat owners have taken a whole new look at what they feed their family
members. For some people the reasons may be esoteric but there is real
science that can support their premises. Cooking and processing foods
can reduce the quality of some nutrients found in them. Vitamins, minerals
and certain amino acids can all be affected. For this reason some people
have turned to natural raw foods as a way to avoid this problem.
you decide to leave the beaten path it's important that you do some
research. You may want to rely on research done by otheres by using
one of the many quality pre-made raw foods available on the market such
as Oma's Pride, Columbia RIver Natural Pet Food, Steve's Real Food and
are also a number of Yahoo groups dedicated to raw food diets. They
often have recipes for making your own raw food at home. This can be
especially economic if your property is zoned for agricultural use and
can raise your own chicken, rabbit, lamb or beef.
Richard Pitcairn has written an excellent book on homeopathic pet care
that also includes a section on raw food diets with recipes. It has
a number of sound advice for caring for you pet as well and I highly
recommend it. "Dr.
Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats."
It's available in many bookstores and online.
also keep a couple of food supplements around the house. Acidophilus,
Many Bengals need a higher level of calciums and taurine than are available
in most commercial foods. Felidae-T is a great source of calcium and
Taurine for your cat and is easy to obtain from Oasis. It's not suitable
for kittens however so I keep Taurine around to add to kitten formula
for younger animals.
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