Table of contents:
- What and how often to feed a Thai cat?
- Features of keeping Thai cats?
- What do you need to buy to keep a Thai cat?
Video: Thai Cat: Tips For Feeding And Keeping
What and how often to feed a Thai cat?
Most Thai cats are not picky about food, but, like all pedigree animals, they need quality food. For feeding, we recommend ready-made super premium food (canned or dry), the brand of which and the amount of food in one portion will be prompted by the breeder.
Natural feeding is not recommended by most breeders as it is almost impossible to formulate a balanced diet. Despite the fact that ready-made commercial feeds are not cheap, they can save money, since one portion recommended by the manufacturer usually contains a small amount of feed, so the feed is consumed more slowly. It is very difficult to calculate how much money will be spent per month with natural feeding, because the costs largely depend on the composition of the diet, which changes throughout the cat's life (kitten, teenager, pregnancy, childbirth, old age, illness, stress, etc.). With natural feeding, it is necessary to additionally give vitamin and mineral complexes.
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When feeding with natural food, you should be aware that it is not advisable for Thai cats to give liver and seafood, so as not to spoil the color.
With a mixed type of feeding, raw meat, offal and fermented milk products (unsweetened) can be added to ready-made industrial feed.
Kittens are fed 4-5 times a day, adolescents - 3-4 times a day, adult cats - 2-3 times a day. There should be no more than 8 hours between feedings.
Features of keeping Thai cats?
To keep a Thai cat, you don't need to have experience or buy expensive accessories. They get along well with other breeds of domestic cats, dogs and other large animals. Thai cats are able to make friends even with small animals if they grow up together. In dealing with children, "Thais" are moderately patient. Cats of this breed can visit the street, but only after vaccination and quarantine after it. Having decided to let your pet out for "free range", it is worth considering that a lot of dangers await a cat on the street, including parasites, other animals, vehicles and people.
By the day the Thai kitten is in the new home, it is necessary to make the necessary preparations: discuss the maintenance of the cat with all family members, prepare the house, discuss with the breeder the purchase of the necessary goods, make purchases, etc. The first purchase should be a carrier. Carrying a kitten in your arms is dangerous. In the future, it will be useful for trips to the veterinarian, trips to the country and other events, so the carrier should be immediately "adult".
Next, you should add food, bowls, toilet (tray), care products and items, scratching post, toys and a veterinary first aid kit to the shopping queue. You can leave the purchase of a sunbed or bed (house) for last.
A kitten in the house needs to be allocated one room, where he will spend the first days until he settles in a new place. It is then recommended to expand his "world view" by providing access to other rooms. At the same time, you should gradually move the bowls and tray to a permanent location. All small objects that a kitten can swallow (threads, ropes, etc.), as well as household chemicals, large containers of water without lids, poisonous plants, fragile and valuable things must be removed to a place inaccessible to the kitten. Windows must be equipped with anti-cathode nets. With age, the pet will figure out what's what, learn the rules and restrictions, and there will be no need for special safety measures, however, the need for nets and careful selection of plants available to the pet is for life.
In keeping Thai cats, timely vaccination, proper care, selection of food, as well as the attention and love of the owner are important conditions.
For educational purposes, it is recommended to purchase a spray gun with two modes and set it up for a jet mode (in the “spraying” mode, water can get into the ears). When the kitten performs undesirable actions, a "shot" from the spray into the body will help him understand that it is not necessary to do this.
What do you need to buy to keep a Thai cat?
To keep a pet, you will need to purchase:
- a sleeping place (optional): a bed, a house, a basket and the like, - bowls (two or more pieces) made of any material other than plastic. When using plastic bowls, it must be remembered that they accumulate dirt and can, over time (after 6-8 months) become a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria, - a scratching post of any configuration, - means and items of care: rubber brush, cotton wool and cotton pads cloth or gauze, a piece of suede, cotton swabs with stops, nail clipper, shampoo for short-haired cats, towels, toothpaste and a brush for animals, - food (consult the breeder), - toilet: the configuration should be checked with the breeder, as well as information about the need to use the filler, - medications: it is recommended to take the list from the veterinary clinic / breeder or buy a ready-made one, - toys (2-3 pcs), - carrying.
To care for Thais participating in the exhibition, it is necessary to purchase additional products and care items, exhibition mats and carriers, etc.
Authors: wolchonokW7, Gurieva S.