Several large breeds of domestic cats like Maine Coon, Ragamuffin, American Bobtail, Ragdoll, Savanah, Chausie, Chausie, Siberian Cat, Norwegian Forest Cat, Pixie Bob and the Ocicat can often be kept as pets. But, a tailored diet is essential for these large friendly furry giants to keep up their strong skeletal and muscular structure.
Large breeds also come with the dietary considerations due to joint issues like Hip Dysplasia. Also, if your cat is about to give birth to it’s little one, you must care especially, as they will grow even bigger. Large cats are prone to become noticeably obese. Their appetite reflects their size and so the caregivers (pet sitter or pet owner) should include high nutritious foods in their diets. Foods with low carbs and saturated fats can be considered to keep up the health of your cat at this time.
Nutrition for a Healthy Muscular Structure in Large Cats
Nurturing the muscular structure of your large cat is essential for varied reasons. Most of such breeds have strong, well-developed muscles to support their size. These varieties of cats require a proper diet for optimum function of their muscles and over-sized skeletal system.
A healthy diet not just supports muscular structure and its functioning, but energies cat inspiring it to exercise, which is essential for its strong and healthy muscle.
Foods with high meat protein are though essential for any feline, but a necessity for large breeds.Quality beef, bison, chicken, venison, elk, quail, turkey, duck, mutton/lamb, lean pork/boar, seafood, and eggs are all excellent sources of protein for any feline variety. You can also choose organic or naturally fed meat or poultry if and when possible.
Packaged raw choices including canned blends foods of high quality protein are good for cat health. Try to avoid food containing chemicals, as cats are more sensitive to chemical containing foods when compared to dogs and humans.
Natural Food Supplements supporting Cat’s Bones and Joints
Natural foods are hygeinic and healthy for any living creature, so you can include natural food supplements like Paprika, Thyme, Green Tea Extract (flavonoids, catechins), Turmeric, Probiotics, Extra virgin olive oil (polyphenols), Chickweed, Silver Sea Salt (just a tiny dash in homemade food), Perna canaliculus (Green-lipped Mussel) in its daily diet.
Natural foods that support your cat’s bones & joints include:
Natural berries like blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, cranberries and goji berries are high in antioxidants. Use a dash of pure berry powder or berry puree or few fresh berries into homemade meals of your cat’s regular diet.
Oily fish, such as sockeye salmon, sardines, trout or anchovies can also be added in the regular diet for inclusion of Omega 3 & methionine.
Some researchers concluded that pumpkin contains beta-cryptoxanthin which acts as a preventive for inflammatory arthritis. It boost collagen production and supports immune and digestive system. Pumpkin is rich in fibre which acts as a laxative that stimulate bowel movements and controls the weight of your cat. But do not feed raw pumpkin and avoid the stem.
Krill supports the cat’s immune system, skin/coat, and cardiovascular system. Freeze-dried krill too offers many more benefits than expensive krill oil supplements. However, if you want to avoid Krill, you can also include glucosamine supplements in their regular diets.
Mixed Seaweed contains natural honaucins having potent anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial properties. It is also rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc. with antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite properties.
Water is the final inclusion, keep fresh and clean water. It will inspire him to drink more and stay healthy.
We all know that our little touch can make house a home, and this is true for your feline friend too. It too requires love, care and pamper. So, even if you don’t have much time to look after your pet, you can ask your pet sitter to look into it and guide him about your cat diet. Lastly, keep your house out of any hazard that can be dangerous for your cat, so that your cat feels safe and comfy at your place.
And being a pet lover I am sure if your cat stays comfortably, you will be more comfortable.