Nutrition of the Turkish Van cat, the secrets of a perfect physical shape thanks to a suitable diet for this wonderful breed of cat.
A correct diet allows the cat to lead a healthy lifestyle and above all to show off an always shiny coat.
This is why it is important to know specifically which are the right products to offer to our cat and in what quantities in order to avoid excesses or nutritional deficiencies.
In this regard, in this article we will specifically describe the Turkish Van diet, the frequency of meals and the doses appropriate to the breed.
What to feed the Turkish Van
The Turkish Van is a medium to large sized cat so it needs an adequate meal plan. Let’s see what it consists of.
The diet of the Turkish Van cat is based purely on animal proteins, as is the case for all cats. It mostly prefers dry food with the addition of wet food to be supplemented every now and then.
Even the owners themselves prefer dry food for this breed as it does not damage the beautiful coat of this breed.
The foods that Turco Van can benefit from, as we mentioned, are animal proteins, without however excluding carbohydrates, fats and so on.
In order, the following nutritional values must be introduced at each meal of the Turkish Van:
- proteins: basic as they are useful for the formation and maintenance of muscles, other tissues, blood but also for the regeneration and conservation of body cells and tissues.
- fats: a necessary source of energy and are mainly responsible for the transport of substances in the body as well as for the support and development of the joints and the nervous system;
- carbohydrates: immediate source of energy to face a sudden effort such as a run, a chase, an escape, a sudden stress etc.
- minerals: essential for the development and maintenance of tissues;
- vitamins: useful for keeping the immune system strong and healthy. However, it is necessary to use it appropriately, even better if you contact your veterinarian.
These values must be part of the diet of the Turkish Van cat regardless of whether you use feed (on sale in specialized pet products stores) or a homemade diet (BARF diet).
Many opt for packaged dry or wet food but just as many are those who love to prepare cat recipes with their own hands.
The products with which delicious dishes for cats are prepared are mainly: chicken, turkey, beef, salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, liver, lungs, heart, stomach, fresh fruit and vegetables and fermented milk products.
Very often they also resort to vitamin and mineral supplements to make up for some shortcomings, but always under the advice and prescription of the veterinarian.
Nutrition of the Turkish Van cat: doses and frequency of meals
For the amount of food to be administered to a cat of the Turkish Van breed, it is advisable to adjust taking into account some factors.
Frequency of meals and especially the doses can never be the same for all cat breeds.
Each breed, or rather, needs a specific amount of food for their age, gender, physical activity, health and lifestyle.
In the specific case of the Turkish Van, which is a medium-large sized cat weighing about 9 kg, experts recommend administering 3 and 4 servings a day, 25 to 30 grams each, in the first months of the cat’s life.
Then moving on to consume about 40 grams of wet food for every kilo of body weight, whether it is a can or food prepared at home.
If you want to get the weight of dry food, just divide the result by 3.
When the cat begins to age, that is, after the age of 7, it will be necessary to adapt the diet taking into account its needs, in order to guarantee it a state of good health, as long as possible.
The Turk Van, as well as the other felines, prefers to have many small and frequent meals, rather than a single and large one.
This method can also be useful for keeping wet food from spoiling if left there for the whole day.
Of course, as we mentioned before, each specimen is unique and in order to best meet the needs of your cat, it is necessary to take into account the factors previously indicated, in particular the health of the cat.