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February 2018

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The cats in Strawbell Pedigree Cats's care range from new born Savannah Kittens, Savannah cats, Bengal cats and kittens and Burmese Cats. Some of our cats are now 24 years of age.  Yes! That is correct; we have two cats that are still with us at the age of 23 and 34 years old and still thriving.

Savannah Kittens eating at Strawbell Pedigree CatsWe believe the key to their old age is a good diet, plenty of fresh water, fresh air, exercise and good companion when they need it.

Our Cats are provided with their own feeding bowls.  Why?  Imagine sharing delicious meals on a single dinner plate with friends or family - you might miss out on the best part of your meal trying to retain or retrieve it from others and meal times could end up in constant disputes!!  Having said that, our kittens pictured above and below, almost always end up eating from the same plate having preferred to share with each other including the parrot!!!! As they grow older, they usually prefer their own dishes.

We seriously recommend that you maintain your Bengal Kitten or Savannah kitten's previous feeding habits and closely follow the feeding directions given to you by the individual that provided your cat and or your Vet. 

Avoid giving all kittens commercial adult cat food, it will not be nourishing enough for them.  Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats and Kittens do need a proper high balance of protein, vitamins and minerals in their diet, especially Calcium. 

As a treat sometimes, we like to cook for our cats along with alternating it with some well researched commercial high protein cat foods.  When we do select and provide them with a commercial food, we look very carefully at the cat food labels and select foods with at least a minimum of 70 percent protein with good fat content of again at least 21 percent.  Cat food should also contain over six percent of minerals, 2 percent vitamins and about 2 percent fibre.

Please bear in mind that some varieties of dried and or wet foods may be too rich to be the sole diet for some individual Bengal kittens or Savannah kittens and may lead to upset stomachs.  Always seek advice from your Vet if you are in any doubt of your kitten's feeding habits or health.  Our preference is a high quality protein diet for all our cats.  We prefer foods that do not contain any additives, preservatives or chemicals usually found in some over processed commercial foods.

If your cats eat small amounts at a time this is perfectly normal.  Bengal Cats and Savannah Cats are also routine creatures which gives us the opportunity to train them while they are young.  Aim to feed them in the same place at the same time each day and avoid feeding bits and pieces from the dinner table which could unsettle their feeding routine.  Savannah Kittens drinking water at Strawbell Pedigree Cats

Water is a significant healthy requirement for everyone including animals and we ensure they are given fresh water at least three times a day.  All feeding bowls must be kept as far away from litter trays as possible.

Try to:-

  •  Feed them in the same place at the same time each day
  • Avoid feeding your cats food from your own dinner plate which could contain added salt and other undesirable ingredients that would upset your cat's stomach. 
  • Avoid giving your cats dairy products it will upset their stomachs and they cannot digest it.

Remember, feeding your cats outside of the routine in which you have already established for them and from your plate could confuse them and at times most cats will flatly refuse to eat at their scheduled meal time.  Try to avoid doing this at all cost.  We found the following works.

Some varieties of commercial wet and dry foods we previously offered our cats went uneaten and it is because of this we decided to try cooking for our cats sometimes as a treat.

This simple recipe delivers a clean dish after every meal and will be sufficient for two cats or four kittens:-  

  1. Put two raw chicken legs or one large chicken breast in a pan with one cup of boiled water.

  2. Add two tablespoons of raw rice (we use long grain rice).  Do not add any salt whatsoever.

  3. Add a hand full of chicken livers (remove any green showing on the livers).

  4. Bring to the boil; cool and cut up the chicken and mix thoroughly with the rice.  Do not add any salt whatsoever to this mixture.

  5. If you do not have chicken liver, add a pinch of Taurine when the chicken is cooked and cooled for good calcium content, add some liquid calcium or herbivorous calcium.  Cats do need Taurine which can be found in raw chicken, chicken livers and natural live food cats would catch and eat in their natural habitat.  Occasionally, add a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil stirred into the mixture to condition your cats' coat. This is by no means a continuous stable diet for your cats and kittens - it is only as a treat.  Always seek specific advice on feeding your cats from your Vets.

  6. Watch them eat it all up.

We hope your cats enjoy this meal as much as ours do.  You will soon get to know exactly what your cats and kittens enjoys! 

Always avoid giving them salty foods and, we know we are repeating this, do constantly provide your cat with a clean fresh bowl of water.  Try to change the water at least three times a day.

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