How & What Your Scottish Fold Should Eat – A guide to proper nutrition
Do you want to avoid serious, chronic and untreatable disease from an early age? Then you should pay close attention to the diet you feed your Scottish fold. Bad choices in their plates can lead to serious problems from an early age.
Dry food is one of the major reasons of havoc for modern cats. Yes, they are both convenient and cost efficient but dangerous.
One of the many reasons that Scottish folds should not be fed dry food, is their susceptibility to Polycystic Kidney Disease. Dry food can cause and aggravate kidney diseases. But it’s not just the kidneys that will suffer on such a diet.
Dry food usually comes packed with high amounts of carbohydrates that can go up to 50%. A healthy diet for a cat should not include carbohydrates higher than 3~5%! This is exactly the amount of carbs that you can find in quality caned food. In dry food often the source of the proteins is plant based which is also very bad.
Another bad for the dry food is that cats won’t compensate for the less water. They won’t feel thirstier and drink more water and hence they will be dehydrated all the time.
In general dry food is terrible for every cat and can cause serious health illnesses and in some cases death! The list of side effects include:
- Urethral Obstructions
- Vomiting, Diarrhoea and digestive problems in general
- Respiratory Problems
- Diabetes and Obesity
- Kidney Diseases
- Bladder Diseases
- Chronic Inflammation
There are of course many other symptoms that can occur by feeding an animal something that is not designed to digest. That’s exactly what dry food is for cats. For Scottish folds in particular it is a sure path to polycystic kidney disease.
Cats Need Water In Their Food
Cats need high amounts of water in their food. One of the reasons that dry food is so bad, is its lack of water. Normal cat food should contain ~ 75% water. This is essential to keep the digestive system of the cat healthy. Cats cannot compensate for that simply by drinking water from the bowl. It has to be in the food.
You Will Pay Either Way
Whether you invest for your Scottish’s proper nutrition or not you will spent the same amount of money in the end. Proper feeding has higher cost compared to cheap choices. But not choosing the proper food for your cat will lead to significant medical costs when symptoms develop.
It’s your call then if you want a healthy or sick cat. Whatever you choose the monetary cost will be the same.
Scottish Folds Need Meat
As with every cat, folds need to eat animal protein. Cats are carnivores, they can’t live on a vegetarian diet and stay healthy. Make sure that your fold eats animal base protein. (aka Meat)
Supplements can help avoid any degenerative diseases. Turmeric has been shown to do a good job. Fish and cod liver oil can also be beneficial as well as glucosamine and chondroitin. Discuss with your vet for any supplements that could be beneficial for your Scottish fold.
For more information about cat nutrition visit catinfo.org.
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