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Rules for Feeding your Cat

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·         Use fresh human quality lean meats
·         Meats are best served raw and at room temperature
·         Vary the source of your cat’s proteins
·         Fats are provided by the inclusion of sardines and other beneficial oils and fats
·         Dark meat in chicken and turkey provides higher levels of some nutrients
 
Fibre
 
  • Additional fibre will not normally be required, but if your cat is constipated, add a small amount of ground pysllium.

 Food Scraps
 
  • It’s OK to share some of your meat food scraps with your cat—but watch their weight gain
  • NO cooked bones!

Tinned Cat Food
 
  • Your kitten has had tinned cat food mixed with his meat meals.  
  • You should continue this so that tinned food makes up between 15 and 20% of each meal.  
  • Commercial tinned cat food is about 70% water, so if you have an over-weight cat, feeding tinned cat food is one way to reduce weight!

How Much Should you Feed your Cat?
         
  • You should feed according to your cat’s age, weight, activity levels and health.
  • Use the following table as a guide.  
  • Young kittens grow fast and need lots of nutrients to help grow big and strong.
  • Be stricter about feeding quantities once your kitten is over 9 months of age
  • Feed enough to keep him strong and healthy, but not enough to produce a fat over-weight cat
  • But don’t starve him—he is, after all, a large to medium well-muscled, active animal!
 

Cat Weight (kg)Kitten 3 mths (cupKitten 5 mths (cup)Adult Active (Cup)Adult Moderately Active (Cup)Adult Older Inactive (cup)
1.01
1.511


2.01.51.75.5.5
2.5

1.75.5
3.0

1.75.5
4.0

1.51.75
5.0

1.51.75
 How Many Meals each Day?

  • Your Oz Catz’ kitten has been having breakfast, lunch and dinner each day whilst in our care—all meals the same size.
  • You should continue two meals per day, reducing the quantity of breakfast gradually over the next 3 months, so that by about 9 months of age, breakfast is just a snack and dinner is the main meal.
  • But remember that your Ocicat kitten is growing – body, brain, muscles, nerves – and he needs good quality food in sufficient quantities.  
  • Your kitten will eat as much as 1 ½ to 2 cups of food each day – if he gobbles his food quickly and then cries – he is still hungry – increase his food portions.
  • When he is between 6 and 9 months old, you can start to monitor his weight, but he is still growing until he is over 1 year old.  
 
Dry Food Addict Cats

  • Stop the free-feeding system.
  • Set up regular meal times for your cat.
  • Mix meats and high protein canned cat food with your cat’s dry food to get him used to a different food textures.
  • Leave the food out for 30 minutes, then put it away (don’t worry, he won’t starve).
  • Pet and praise your cat whilst he eats—also hand feed him the food.
  • Add a ’tempter’ as a topping—try cheese;  dehydrated meat flakes;  dehydrated liver sprinkles;  juice from water-packed fish;  chopped, cooked meats.
  • Keep offering canned cat food at every meal, no matter how long it takes—he will eventually convert.
  • Slowly reduce the dry food portion of her meals until you are adding none at all!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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