Seeing as this is my favorite cat breed, I thought I’d have some fun and write a little blog about them. These amazing cats are set for snowy weather like we’ve been having this February!
Maine Coon ancestors arrived on ships with the Vikings. They developed into large, long-haired cats over generations that were faced with harsh winter conditions. The survivors were the largest, hairiest cats which make this breed very hearty in cold climates. They are extremely good-natured and that’s a plus due to their large size.
An incredibly valuable protein source that pet owners often miss is fish. Did you know that fish is packed with omega 3 fatty acids? It's a low-fat, high-protein food with a great polyunsaturated fat profile (the good fats). Most animals, including humans, are not getting enough omega 3 in their diet.
The two most commonly known and important omega 3’s are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). For starters, DHA makes up approximately 25% of the mammalian brain. So if your pet isn't getting enough, it could affect behavior, nervous system function, and an array of other systems including the digestive, reproductive and endocrine systems.
Last week, we talked about feline diabetes, what it is and what can cause it. Now, let's take a brief look at what you can do to prevent and manage this common cat disease!
Tips for preventing feline diabetes:
Ditch the kibble. We know it’s convenient but it's not going to do you or your cat any favors. The more glucose that is produced in the body, the higher the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Raw diet! A meat diet is naturally high in protein which is the most important source of energy for obligate carnivores like cats. A high protein, low carbohydrate diet will help maintain a healthy metabolic rhythm for your cat for his lifetime. Protein helps to maintain blood sugar better than fat or carbohydrate. The best insurance you could ask for!
Exercise. So important! Your cat’s metabolic function will often directly correlate with your cat’s exercise regime and diet. Be sure to provide playtime for your indoor cat for extra exercise.