If your particular brand of food does not include all of the necessary healthy ingredients, talk to your vet about supplements that can be given in addition to dry food. One of the most popular dry foods specially formulated for Coon cats is Royal Canin Maine Coon 31. It’s also the only breed specific food I’ve been able to find on the market. It is safe and offers high-quality supplements necessary for optimal health.
Your cat depends on you for food, water, shelter, and love. One of the most important areas of Maine Coon health is diet. You’ll want to look for food with high-quality supplements. It is especially important to pay attention to supplements that can reduce inflammation and increase joint support. This may be particularly important for pedigree Coon cats (like other pedigrees) because of risks related to specific genetic health conditions, like hip dysplasia or heart enlargement, called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).
What is a healthy diet? Maine Coon care can require a special diet, which will help maintain a healthy weight, protective skin, and fur, and help minimize health problems, such as hip dysplasia. It’s important to pick a cat food with supplements that help with joint protection and relief plus supplements to fight off inflammation and regenerate joint tissue. The most important supplement to look for is Glucosamine Hydrochloride. Chondroitin and fish oil are also recommended. Omega-3 and Omega 6 help reduce blood pressure, reduce the likelihood of blood clotting, and protect the skin. Linoleic Acid, which is found in Omega 6, helps keep its coat shiny and soft.
Most breeders recommend a high-quality dry food that contains Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids; Vitamins B, C, E and H (Biotin); Glucosamine; Chondroitin; Digestive Enzymes; and Probiotics. Maine Coon cats eat an average of 11 meals per day and eat a large quantity per meal. Cats, aged 5 to 10 years, are more likely to have weight problems, which can be controlled by switching to a lower calorie food. Water is vitally important. Coon cats love to play in the water, so make sure you keep a clean, fresh water supply available all the time. It may be tempting to give milk to your cat, but they don’t tolerate it well because of the high fructose content.
In 2007, pet owners were distraught when over 10, 000 animals became sick or died due to tainted food products. Over 2,500 cats died because of the substance, melamine, which was found in imported wheat gluten, rice gluten, and corn gluten. To be aware of pet food recalls and find out the latest in safe foods you can visit the FDA website: fda.gov. For basic guidelines in choosing a pet food, check the labels for the following:
- No products made by Menu Foods
- Manufactured by Chenango Valley Pet Foods in Sherburne, NY, a USDA-inspected facility
- No wheat, soy, or gluten products of any kind and no sugar, fillers, or byproducts
- No chemicals or artificial preservatives
- All human-grade ingredients
- All ingredients are from U.S. suppliers, and suppliers do not outsource for their ingredients
There are many choices but is your responsibility to look for the best kind of food and to ensure your cat gets necessary supplements, minerals, and vitamins. Royal Canin Maine Coon 31 is recommended at the time of writing. Giving your pet a healthy diet will minimize health risks and help your coon cat live a happy and healthier life.
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