This is why you should never overfeed your Persian cat!

Cat lovers all over the world have different preferences when it comes to cats personality. Some like more active cats, and some like the lazy ones. If you want a quiet and sweet cat, you definitely need a Persian cat in your home. They are usually the ornaments to the home because they just want to sit in their owners lap and be petted.

Their distinctive characteristics are a round head, short face, snub nose, small rounded ears, big eyes, chubby chicks and long fur, longer than the fur of Angora cats. Persian cats don’t like loud environment and enjoy a serene home where there are no big changes. If you own a Persian cat, here you can find out what is the best food for them and what you should avoid in their diet.

As most cats, the Persian cats are carnivorous, which means that their diet needs to consist of meat. The protein can come from chicken, fish and turkey. When you feed them with meat it is advised to use raw meat that will provide moisture for the cat, and if you feed them with canned food you need to be careful with the amount of fat in the food. As the kitten grows older you need to avoid food with more fats. 

What is better – wet or dry food?

It is recommended that you feed your Persian mostly with wet food. Whether it’s raw food or canned, the moisture is better for them because it keeps their kidney healthier. Very often Persian cats have an inherited disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) which can lead to kidney dysfunction later in their lives. This is why they need to be well-hydrated and you need to make sure that they drink plenty of water.

Sometimes the Persian cats can be picky when it comes to food, so you will need to do a taste test until you find the food that they like, but that is good for them. Usually, they prefer beef or lamb, and some cats like chicken or turkey more than fish. However, when you find the food that they like to eat, make sure that you change it from time to time, so they can get diversity in their diet and not to get “stuck” on one type of food.

Should you make an eating schedule for your cat?

Many cats are used to eating all day, which means they get small amount of food but they eat many times in the day. This can be bad for them because in this way they can easily overfeed themselves. Persian cats will always ask for more food so the best advice is to feed them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, preferably with wet food. If during the day your cat looks like it’s hungry you can feed it with some dry food, but not in big amounts. In any case, do not overfeed your cat because this can lead to feline obesity which is unhealthy just as it is for humans. This can cause a lot of diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, cancer, dental issues and liver disease.

Another issue with overfeeding is that your cat will become unhappy. Because of its obesity the cat will not be able to play, run and jump and it can also become quite aggressive.

Persian cats are in a way organised cats. They like when they have an order, eat twice a day, get regular meals, have a little playtime with a catnip mouse or feather teaser and lots of love from their owners. They give a lot of love in return. Persian cats are always in the mood for cuddling.

 

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