Nutrition of the Ragdoll, the secrets of perfect physical shape thanks to adequate nutrition for this feline.
In this article we will deal with the feeding of the Ragdoll, in particular the frequency of meals and the quantities necessary for the daily requirement and which foods are most suitable for this particular breed of cat.
If you have decided to adopt this muscular, massive but elegant and gentle feline, you just have to read the next paragraphs, where you will find all the useful information to best feed your Ragdoll cat.
What to feed the Ragdoll
Choosing to adopt a purebred cat involves having in mind the dietary needs it needs.
Regarding the Ragdoll it is necessary to make a precise speech as it is a rather lazy medium-sized cat.
In fact, he loves spending time next to his master, curled up on his legs, ready to receive all the pampering we are willing to give him.
Precisely because of this laziness, he could get to feed himself more than he burns and accumulate excess pounds.
The feeding of the Ragdoll must be controlled, but like all cats his diet must be based on a high quantity of fresh meat and proteins.
Therefore meat is the main ingredient and it is even better if the meat comes from offal such as liver or heart.
After that, vegetables and fiber should also be included in the Ragdoll’s meals to help keep the skin, coat and muscles in good condition.
The choice between wet and dry cat food should be commensurate with the Ragdoll’s preferences. In general, wet food can be a good way to switch from breast milk to actual food in weaning.
Likewise, it can help older cats with gum and dental problems that can make it difficult to ingest kibble.
On the other hand, an exclusively moist diet favors the deposition of dental tartar in the long term as it does not include chewing, but the easy ingestion in bites of a soft food.
Therefore, a complete and balanced meal can be offered by giving the cat dry food, available on the market in specialized shops.
The treats contain all the nutrients a cat needs. Furthermore, if you are away from home for many hours, dry food does not tend to go rancid or spoil in the air and heat.
This formula must contain, for the most part, animal proteins; while the fat must not exceed 10%.
An alternative could be the preparation of homemade meals, following easy recipes for cats and using the following foods:
- White meat;
- lean fish;
- fresh fruit and vegetables.
Without ever forgetting to leave the cat a fountain with fresh water that is always available.
Of course, as we all know, there are numerous snacks with which we like to spoil our Ragdoll, well it is possible to reward the cat but not every day.
Feeding of the Ragdoll: doses and frequency of meals
The Ragdoll is a cat that needs to be stimulated to move, perhaps enriching the environment that surrounds it with shelves, scratching posts for large cats, so that it can not only play and climb, as well as be able to sharpen its nails.
This quiet and sometimes lazy nature involves little expenditure of calories that cause him to get heavier, accumulating excess weight.
Let us remember that a distinction must always be made between the kitten’s diet, which is much more protein and energetic than that of the adult cat, more balanced in the protein-fat-carbohydrate ratios and rich in essential essential amino acids.
As for the doses, however, they vary according not only to the lifestyle, the general health of the cat but also according to age.
Experts recommend distinguishing between doses and portions, namely:
- from 8 weeks to 6 months: 3 and 4 servings a day of 25 to 30 grams each;
- After 6 months: it is possible to reduce the number of meals to 2 per day from 200 and 450 grams of food each;
- 1 year: one meal a day, it may be appropriate to divide the portion into two in the morning and in the evening of 200 and 450 grams of food each.
After 7 years it will be necessary to adapt the diet to his needs, in order to guarantee him a state of good health.
Keep in mind that a neutered (in the case of a female cat) or neutered (in the case of a male cat) Ragdoll tends to have an increase in hunger.
With consequent weight gain (due to the granting of a greater number of meals and morsels), a reduction in the hours dedicated to play and movement and a different caloric need.
To avoid post-spay / neuter Ragdoll obesity, it is important to maintain adequate nutrition for its new metabolic state.