Table of contents:
- How to feed the munchkin?
- How to feed a munchkin kitten that has just appeared in the house?
- How often to feed munchkins?
- What are the features of keeping munchkins?
- What do you need to buy to maintain a munchkin?
- Is it possible to let the manchin go for a walk?
Video: Munchkin: Feeding And Maintenance
How to feed the munchkin?
Each owner chooses for himself what to feed his pet. Someone has enough time to prepare food daily; someone buys ready-made dry or wet food; some even campaign for a raw food diet, believing that cats should eat like their wild ancestors. It should be remembered that a cat's diet changes throughout its life and depends on age, physical condition (feeding, pregnancy, illness, weight).
From ready-made feeds it is necessary to choose super-premium and premium feeds, since there are practically no "left" ingredients. Super premium feeds usually consist of large amounts of high quality meat (not processed or deboned) and do not contain any grains. The intestines of cats are shorter than those of dogs and are not designed to digest large amounts of fiber. Excess fiber and carbohydrates (which cheap feed "sin") causes intestinal upset, which contributes to the development of various diseases. Be sure to read the composition of the feed. It should not contain preservatives, flavors and various artificial additives for flavor. For healthy adult cats, the amount of carbohydrates in the feed should not exceed 5-10%, and fat 10-15%.
It is useful to include unsweetened fermented milk products in the "natural" diet of munchkins (milk is available only for kittens, since in most adult cats it cries out diarrhea), lean meat, sea white fish (trout, herring, salmon), cereals (except legumes), vegetables (except potatoes and tomatoes), egg yolk, offal (especially the liver). Fish, meat and vegetables must be boiled and added to cereals. Plant food is practically not digested by cats. Food from the hosts' table is bad for munchkins. It is recommended to add vitamins and minerals to food.
It must also be remembered that water should always be available to munchkins. Be sure to wash the bowl before changing the water. The bowls should be chosen according to the size of the cat so that she can easily eat out of it. Cat fountains can be used instead of a water bowl. Especially if the cat eats dry food. It is believed that most cats prefer to drink running water, therefore, drinking more water from the fountain, cats are less likely to get urolithiasis.
How to feed a munchkin kitten that has just appeared in the house?
At first, the kitten must be fed in the same way as the breeder. You cannot drastically change the diet, otherwise it leads to intestinal upset and, as a result, a decrease in immunity. After the kitten gets used to you and the new place of residence, you can start transferring it to a different diet. This is done within 7-15 days, replacing part of the old feed with a new one. For example, the first day you give 95% of the old feed and 5% of the new. The amount of new feed is increased every day. It is necessary to monitor the kitten's health and stool all this time. If it becomes softer (mushy), it is worth reducing the dose of new feed until the stool recovers.
How often to feed munchkins?
Depending on the age of the munchkins, it is recommended to feed from 2 to 5 times a day: kittens up to 4 months are fed 5 times a day, from 4 months to a year - 3-4 times, and adult cats, as a rule, 2-3 times a day …
What are the features of keeping munchkins?
Before you bring the Munchkin kitten into the house, you need to prepare the house (apartment): remove dangerous, fragile and valuable items, poisonous flowers, household chemicals in inaccessible places, fix or remove wires, secure windows, buy and place "cat things" and so on.
If the munchkin has a separate sleeping place, then it should be placed lower in the corner or in a quiet place, away from passages, doors, heaters and drafts. For this breed, it is better to acquire low "cat trees".
The bowls should always be in the same place. Attempts to carry food into rooms should be immediately stopped. A bowl of water should be available at all times, and a bowl of uneaten food should be placed in the refrigerator (unless it's dry food, it can sit in the bowl all day).
Munchkins are short-footed cats, so the tray should be purchased with low sides (6-8 cm), or better with one open side - "entrance". A closed toilet is also suitable. Be sure to make sure your kitten or cat can get in and out of the litter box without hindrance. If you are using a filler, it is usually completely replaced once a week. Since munchkins are quite sensitive to strong and pungent odors, the filler should be chosen more carefully. Once a week, the tray is washed with mild detergents without a strong odor (especially with the smell of lemon or ammonia). It must be remembered that most types of litter boxes cannot be flushed down the toilet. The used filler is disposed of as normal household waste.
To provide this breed with leisure, you should purchase a variety of toys, especially shiny ones. Munchkins remain active and enthusiastic until old age, are not picky about the choice of toys and are happy to play with both complex educational toys for cats and paper wrappers. Pet stores currently offer a wide variety of toys, especially puzzle toys and interactive toys.
Munchkins can be walked on a harness, but overloading them is not recommended. It is necessary to accustom to the street and harness gradually and from early childhood. The later Munchkin goes out into the world, the more stress he will have. You should also consult with your veterinarian about the necessary vaccinations and disease prevention.
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What do you need to buy to maintain a munchkin?
The most necessary items can be considered:
- a cozy closed sleeping place or a lounger (at the request of the owners);
- a tray with one "open" side or a tray with low sides + filler + scoop;
- several safe bowls for food and water (metal or porcelain);
- scratching post;
- carrying for visiting the veterinarian, traveling and moving;
- a set of drugs for providing first aid to cats;
- harness (for walking munchkins);
- means and items of care;
- high quality feed and vitamins (if the munchkin is fed naturally).
Is it possible to let the manchin go for a walk?
The Munchkin is a rare breed with an exotic appearance. Due to their short legs, they can have problems on the street. It is best to keep them at home, and walk with your pet under supervision and on a harness.
Authors: wolchonokW7, Gurieva S.