Cat food can be divided into dry food, wet food and semi-moist food. Each has its own advantages, and ragdolls need a wide variety of food in different stages. Kittens need whole breast milk and wet food, while adult cats need more protein and dry food. Pregnant Ragdolls have special dietary needs that change throughout pregnancy.
Ragdolls should only be breastfed for the first four to five weeks. Cat milk contains all the nutrients a kitten needs to grow, including antibodies that help prevent disease. Breast milk also passes on other antibodies the mother has developed to fight previous diseases.
More food should be offered after four to five weeks, as kittens need more nutrients to support their rapid growth. Starter foods should be easy to digest. Mix canned food with warm water or kitten milk substitute until a loose paste forms. Do not use regular milk, as this is too heavy for the kitten and can cause indigestion.
After another four to five weeks, your kitten should be able to eat dry food. To make the change easier, moisten dry food with a little warm water the first few feedings. It’s also important to choose a high-quality dry food supplement, some good brands are Iams®, Science Diet® and Nutro Kitten®. Science Diet Feline Growth® is popular among Ragdolls. Supplements can be given twice a day, morning and evening. After about 12 months, you can switch to adult food.
Choosing and Preparing Kitten Food
Ragdoll cats have delicate stomachs, so be careful when choosing kitten food. Food should always be served warm or slightly above room temperature. Throw away any food that has been sitting out for more than 30 minutes, especially in summer. Bacteria grow quickly in warm, moist food and can upset your kitten’s stomach and even cause food poisoning. To stop wasting food, simply watch how much your kitten eats at a time so you know how much to feed.
Houseflies can easily contaminate a kitten’s food, so keep your feeding area as fly-free as possible. Wash feeding bowls daily with hot soapy water and change water in drinking bowls several times a day. Also rinse the drinking bowl and fill it with fresh water.
Occasional table scraps are okay to offer, but don’t use them for regular meals. Cooked human food does not contain the nutrients kittens need to grow. Regular cat food from the grocery store is better, but Stellarhart recommends premium food from pet specialty stores. Also, cats don’t like the smell of plastic and metal containers, so only use glass drinking bowls.
Dry Food vs. Wet Food
Outside of the breastfeeding and introduction phases, dry food is usually better for your Ragdoll. They exercise your kitten’s chewing muscles and help keep their teeth white. Dry food consists mainly of meat and vegetables and can be eaten wet or dry. Eating them dry will keep your cat nibbling throughout the day instead of eating one big meal at a time. Dry food should contain about 9 to 10 percent moisture, 8 percent fat and 30 percent protein.
Moist food contains approximately 75% water and equal amounts of fat and protein. Not all moist foods are the same, some are all meat or all fish, while others are a mixture of meat and vegetables. The former should not be used for meals, as your cat may become addicted and refuse to eat other foods. Small cans of various foods, usually all meat or all fish. As with kitten food, moist food should be warmed to room temperature before serving.
Semi-moist food contains about 35% water, 27% protein and 7% fat. Most of them are well-balanced and delicious enough to keep, but they spoil more easily than dry food.
Occasional kitty treats won’t hurt your kitty, but be careful not to overeat them so they can still eat normally. Treats should provide no more than 10 percent of a kitten’s daily calorie intake.Finding Firm, Chewable Treats to Help Improve Your Kitten’s Dental Health
B. Feeding Adult Ragdolls
Ragdolls are less active, so they gain weight faster than other cats. Don’t let them become obese, only provide them with 70 calories per kilogram of body weight. Many foods that people think are cats’ favorite foods are actually harmful. Here are some of the most common cat food mistakes:
Fish may be good for cats, but it doesn’t meet all of their nutritional needs, and too much of the same nutrient can be harmful. Tuna is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which require vitamin E to break down. Too much tuna in a cat’s diet can lead to yellow fat disease (steatitis).
Milk is rich in water and carbohydrates, but many cats are lactose intolerant and experience digestive issues within hours of drinking milk. Regular milk can cause diarrhea and loose stools, which can lead to malnutrition and dehydration. If your cat prefers cow’s milk, switch to alternative cat milk.
Cats love the smell of catnip leaves, but it can cause short-term behavioral changes. Catnip is a hallucinogen that may put your cat in a near-insane state. Some effects include rolling, rubbing, chasing ghostly mice, or just staring into space. While it’s not addictive, catnip has no place in your cat’s diet.
It may be more convenient to feed cats and dogs from the same plate, but it’s not very healthy for either pet. Cats need more protein, taurine, preformed vitamin A, B complex vitamins, and arachidonic acid, which they can get from a diet rich in meat. A deficiency of these nutrients can make your cat very sick, and an excess can have the same effect on a dog.
low ash diet
Cat owners generally agree that a low-ash diet can help prevent UTIs. But that’s only partially true. Ash is not a single nutrient, but a group of minerals, including calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Lower levels of magnesium kept the urine in its normal slightly acidic state, but reducing other minerals had no effect.
other foods to avoid
Alcohol can be toxic and cause fatal complications.
Many baby foods contain onion powder, which is bad for the blood.
Small fragments can cut into the digestive tract and cause bleeding.
Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate).
Caffeine can affect a cat’s heart and nervous system.
Citrus oil extract.
This can cause an upset stomach and vomiting.
Animal fats can cause pancreatitis.
Don’t feed your cat fatty deli meats, or at least remove the fat first.
Grapes and raisins.
They contain a toxin that can damage the kidneys.
Human vitamins and iron supplements.
Excess iron can damage the liver, kidneys and the lining of the digestive tract.
Liver is safe in limited amounts, but excess can cause vitamin A toxicity.
Unknown toxins in macadamia nuts can damage the muscles, digestive system and nervous system.
Marijuana can cause vomiting, depression, and irregular heartbeats.
Some mushrooms contain highly toxic substances that can affect multiple systems and can even cause death.
Onions and garlic (powdered, cooked or raw).
They contain disulfides and sulfoxides, which can cause anemia. They are harmful to both cats and dogs, but cats are more susceptible.
Persimmon seeds can block the intestines.
Potatoes, tomatoes and rhubarb.
These can be harmful to the nervous, digestive and urinary systems. The leaves and stems can also be poisonous.
Raw eggs can damage your cat’s coat and coat.
Salty and salty foods can lead to electrolyte imbalances, a potentially fatal condition that affects the heart and nervous system.
Strings from beans and other vegetables may not be digested, which can lead to blockages.
Sweets are high in calories and can lead to obesity, diabetes and dental problems.
Yeast can swell in the stomach during digestion, causing the stomach to rupture.
Once you understand the unique requirements of a Ragdoll, you will instinctively know what is good or bad for your cat.