As most of Persian cat owners know there are three kind of food for them:
- Homemade food
- Commercial include Dry and canned food
- Special Diet food
To make a complete, balanced and optimized homemade food for your Persian cats, you have to know about the most necessary nutrition to keep your cat healthy and in a good shape.
Making a healthy and balanced food at home is not difficult, if you add all of below nutrition to your cat’s food daily:
Protein helps your cat to have energy. So, the amount of protein in your cat daily food depends on her activity. You cannot make any rule for your cat like human to eat for example three times in a day. You have to prepare them some food every time the need maybe more than four times in a day.
Meat, fish and Chicken are good resources of protein. Pay attention to the meat to bone ratio when you want to buy any kind of them for your Persian cats. The cat food shall include bone as same as meat.
Chicken, chicken eggs, beef, or lamb or any animals fed with grains and planet are enriched by Omega 3 fatty acid and Omega 6 fatty acid
Fiber can help digestibility of Persian cat organs. Actually fibers can slow down the transit of food through the intestines and make nutrition to be absorbed better.
Grains like beet pulp, buckwheat and also brans such as flaxseed, fruit pectin, guar gum, oat as well as peanut shells, powdered cellulose (wood pulp), psyllium, and tomato pomace are some ingredients that you can add to their food as fibres.
Minerals or Ash
The mineral content is a combination of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, silicon, sulfur and other trace minerals. All of these minerals are so important for your cat health. For example, the magnesium can control urinary tract health.
Amino acids like taurine and arginine (from meat or fish)
Taurine is an amino acid which is a particular need for Persian cats; because without sufficient taurine, they will go blind and also develop a potentially fatal heart disease.
Arginine is another amino acid your cat needs in order to lead a happy and healthy life.
In fact, nature creates cats to catch mice and eat them because they contain all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients required by a cat. However, you cannot add mice to the Persian cat food; so, adding vitamin and mineral supplements that are specially formulated for feline is an alternative way.
Persian cats need two types of vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, E, and K and the water-soluble group include C and the B complex. Foods rich in Vitamin E include plant oils such as safflower and wheat germ and vitamin A in any animal source.
As Persian cats have a long hair coats, you need to feed them with a specific hairball formula or pastes which include lubrication and/or fiber to eliminate hairballs in a way other than upchucking them and to help prevent hairballs from forming and clogging up his intestinal tract.
As we mentioned above, the fiber element helps your cat digest her food perfectly and make the food to move through her system efficiently.
The lubrication ingredients such as butter, olive oil, aloe vera juice or sardines packed in oil helps smooth the way, greasing the track and make it easier for your cat’s system to work as it should.
Putting these two ingredients together, help your Persian cats to speed up the hairball cure.
You have to prepare clean and fresh water at all times for your cats and encourage them to drink more. It’s so important for the sake of their general health and especially kidney and urinary tract health. If your cats do fine with dry food , you have to make her to drink more water to compensate.
Persian cat Food Warnings:
Some owners add carbohydrates like rice and corn to the cat’s homemade food to reduce the cost. Although adding small amounts of them are fine, but keep in your mind that they aren’t necessary for a cat’s diet. So, you have to add modest amount of carbs which provide useful energy for them.
Raw meat such as salmonella and trichinosis has a high risk either for your cat or for you and your family. So, it is better not to feed them with raw food.