All about feeding Bengal cats: right and balanced
If, in general, caring for Bengal cats is not difficult, does not cause much trouble, then feeding is not easy. The point here is in the sensitive, gentle gastrointestinal tract – such is the genetics of the breed. Bengal cats from wild ancestors inherited a shortened intestine, along with it – a digestive system that is sensitive to changes. It is so easy to disorder that a concept such as “Bengal diarrhea” has appeared. There is no talk of cheap feed from supermarkets at all. Having purchased not one ode a thousand elite animals, it is unreasonable to save on its nutrition (and, therefore, on health). The digestion of bengals does not tolerate not only poor-quality food, but also a change in diet or type of feed. Therefore, the basic feeding strategy must be developed in advance.
Bengal cat food
What to prepare for – buying ready-made food of a premium class or providing your pet with natural products?
To be sure that a Bengal breed pet receives in sufficient and balanced amount all the necessary calories, minerals and vitamins, it is better to choose professional feed marked “Premium” or “Superpremium”. They are sold by specialized zoological stores. Dry granular products have an advantage – they take care of the teeth and gums of the animal along the way, which is very important, as cats usually take bayonets for brushing. In addition, cats instinctively like crunchy slices, as this sound resembles a prey crunch of prey bones. The best, according to experts, is the Royal Canine.
Another major advantage of industrial feed is the availability of various special rulers. The owner will always find how to feed the Bengal cat, if he is not neutered, and how to feed the Bengal cat kitten or when he becomes a junior. There are developments for pregnant Bengal cats and for animals suffering from any disease. The owner does not have to think about how to feed a Bengal cat of advanced age, and you can buy food of a holistic class for your pet who has gained extra grams. There are separate royal canin reinforced feeds for Bengal nursing, lightened for sterilized cats that do not have “fasting weeks” during a love hunt.
Rarely, Bengal cats are found that do not tolerate dry food. Then you can use the premium line of wet canned food. Soft stews, pastes, pieces of meat and fish with sauce sauce cats. However, in parallel it is necessary to test – which of the solid natural foods the pet will love. Do not give the cat what you need to nibble at all – it means dooming it to surgery to remove tartar.
The advantage of dry feed is its long shelf life. Of course, it is possible to stock it, but it is not worth storing a printed bag for a long time. Food is not only exhaled, but also rancid. The cat either refuses to eat it, or rebounds.
If the owner wants to provide a Bengal cat with a natural diet, he must be ready for additional troubles: developing a detailed menu for a week and a month, frequent visits to a veterinary pharmacy, keeping a pet food diary.
Natural Cat Food
Basic and additional healthy diet foods
The menu of a Bengal cat must include:
– meat, meat products that make up 50-60 percent of the total diet: poultry, veal, rabbit (do not give duck, pork, lamb), as well as offal of the same animals – heart, stomach, liver, lungs;
– dairy products in their sour-milk versions (up to 20 percent of the entire menu) – cottage cheese, kefir, fermented baked milk, sour cream – all this with three-, five-percent fat content;
– vegetables: carrots, zucchini, cabbage, pumpkin, cucumber, beets in raw or boiled form – 20 percent;
– cereals as a supplement should not exceed 5-10 percent of the entire menu, oats (cereal flakes), buckwheat, rice are suitable;
– egg yolks in raw form (preferably quail) give 1-2 per week.
Food is not salted during cooking. Porridge can be given with meat products. It is important to know: with natural feeding, the diet of a Bengal cat will most likely not contain absolutely all the necessary vitamins and minerals. They need to be replenished with the help of complexes of additives, purchase of special chalk, adding olive oil and fish oil to food. All this should be purchased only in specialized pet stores.
There is no exact answer to the question how much a Bengal cat eats. Large as well as very mobile pets may be asked to eat more often and more. There are observations that the cat does not drink water if it is not fresh enough. He can even show character – for example, being indignant, turn over a bowl of water. Flowing special fountains are the best option.