Table of contents:
- How to feed an oriental cat?
- How often to feed an oriental cat?
- How long do oriental cats live?
- What is the health of oriental cats?
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How to feed an oriental cat?
A balanced diet of an oriental cat is possible only with super premium food, therefore it is recommended to use them. They are not cheap, but they contain everything a cat needs: nutrients, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids. When feeding with ready-made food, you can combine dry food and canned food. For example, dry food is given in the morning and wet food in the evening. It is advisable to buy feed from the same manufacturer or line.
In general, orientals are unpretentious in food, the main thing is that the food is balanced. Fats are mandatory additives, as they greatly affect the quality of the wool. Butter is ideal for this purpose. When melted, 1-4 drops are enough for each serving of food.
The most popular foods for Oriental cat owners and breeders are Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition, Hill's Ideal Balance Cat Food and Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Kitten Instinctive.
When feeding with natural products, it must be remembered that some Orientals are rather picky about food. Cats do not need a lot of carbohydrates (no more than 10%) like dogs. Their digestive tract is not designed to digest large amounts of fiber, so grains and foods from them (especially those with a high gluten content) should be kept to a minimum in their diet. According to scientific studies, the diet of feral cats is 63% protein, 23% fat and 3% carbohydrates, while feral domestic cats have 52%, 46% and 2%, respectively.
The basis of the diet of an oriental cat should be high quality meat (beef, veal, chicken, turkey, lamb, rabbit), offal (liver, lungs, heart) and fish (seafood, slightly boiled, boneless, no more than twice a week). Milk should only be given to kittens and adolescents, as it causes diarrhea (diarrhea) in adult cats. If your cat is very fond of milk, you can buy a milk replacer at the pet store or give the cat diluted cream (it is better absorbed by the cat's body). Be aware that cats have higher dietary requirements for protein, arginine, taurine, methionine and cystine, arachidonic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin A, and vitamin D than omnivores due to metabolic differences.
It is not recommended to feed cats "human" food: spicy, sweet, salty and fatty. Do not give cats grapes, tomatoes (especially green ones), sugar substitutes, chocolate, garlic, onions, starch, pork (in any form!), River fish.
The cat should always have access to fresh drinking water. This can be achieved by purchasing a dedicated cat fountain. In such fountains, the water stays clean for a long time thanks to the built-in filters.
How often to feed an oriental cat?
Oriental kittens are fed 4-6 times a day, adolescents - 3-4 times a day, and from 9-12 months - 2-3 times a day.
How long do oriental cats live?
The average lifespan of oriental cats is 13-16 years.
What is the health of oriental cats?
Oriental cats are in good health. The breed is prone to gingivitis and periodontitis.
In some lines of the breed there are diseases common with Siamese cats:
- amyloidosis of the liver (the disease can lead to liver failure), - obsessive-compulsive disorders, - problems of the lower respiratory tract (asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia), - hyperesthesia syndrome in cats, - diabetes mellitus, - heart disease (dilated cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, aortic stenosis), - kidney problems (urolithiasis), - eye diseases (progressive retinal atrophy, conjunctivitis, glaucoma, cataract, entropy, strabismus), - flat chest in kittens, - megaesophagus, - mast cell cancer and lymphoma, - protrusion of the cranial portion of the sternum, - endocardial fibroelastosis, - nystagmus.
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It is not necessary that your oriental cat has all of the above diseases, but it should be regularly shown to the veterinarian, given annual vaccinations (against panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, feline leukemia virus and rabies) and given drugs for worms.
Compulsory annual examinations are recommended for cats over seven years of age. Throughout your life, keep an eye on your pet's weight, as excess weight leads to the development of severe, and sometimes incurable diseases (diabetes, liver lipidosis).
Cats usually mature by nine months, and cats by six months. Oriental cats are very fertile, can produce offspring twice a year. There are on average 4-6 (up to 10) kittens in a litter.
Do not buy a kitten from a breeder who cannot provide a guarantee of the animal's health (for some genetic diseases, DNA tests are done to confirm that the kitten's parents do not have them).
Authors: wolchonokW7, Gurieva S.