This is information that my kitten's breeder sent me, as "Feeding and Care Info".
I was curious what other people think of these guidelines, so please let me know what you think! I was surprised at how insistent they were about never feeding canned food?
Note: I removed the name of the breeder where it appears, and put "Breeder" in its place. Here it is:
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The most important part of having a healthy, happy, long-lived and big Maine Coon is feeding them the right food. Breeder strongly recommends, to the point of insistence, that you feed your kitten Royal Canin Feline Nutrition-Kitten 34. It is what all our babies are fed, as well as nursing Moms. Feed the Feline Nutrition-Kitten 34 until the babies are at least 12 months old.
Beginning at 12 months old, switch your kitten to Royal Canin Maine Coon 31, a food specifically formulated for Maine Coons. It has a bigger bite which forces them to chew. This is an aid to their digestive systems, their teeth and Maine Coon 31 provides all of the many nutrients your kitten needs to grow into a big, beautiful, healthy adult.
You may actually begin putting down some Maine Coon 31 when your kitten gets to be about 6 months old, but leave the Feline Nutrition-Kitten down for him as well. We actually leave both foods down for our gang, even as adults, since a little variety in their diets is a good thing and with Royal Canin, they are getting the absolute best food they can be fed. Trust us on this.
Royal Canin is not cheap, but again, you are adopting a pure-bred, CFA registered Maine Coon that has cost you good money.
If you get your kitten home and you feed something different than the Royal Canin Feline Nutrition-Kitten 34, your kitten may not eat. Or, if he/she does, the kitten may develop diarrhea and become lethargic. Instant food changes will do this. Again, please trust us on this, feed your kitten the best there is. You have spent good money on a Maine Coon, so please do not scrimp on what you feed.
Your kitten can have little bites of ham as a treat. Other great treat foods are turkey breast, white meat chicken and of course, tuna, but do not overdo the tuna. No more than once a week and a small amount. Make sure it is water-packed and be sure to break up the larger pieces for your kitten. They especially love the water the tuna is packed in so instead of sending it down the drain, drain your tuna can on a saucer for your Cooner as a treat.
Turkey, chicken and ham, or any other kinds of treats, should be cut up into kitten sized bites, even when your Cooner is an adult. Donâ€™t ever give them a big piece and expect them to tear off small chunks. They cannot do that safely. They need to have it cut up for them in small, chewable pieces.
Never, ever feed hard or large pieces of treats. Under no circumstances should you let your Cooner get into pretzels, for instance. They could become lodged in your kittensâ€™ throat.
We use Fancy Feast Gold as periodic treats for our babies and adults. Fancy Feast Gold is a fairly high quality cat food, not really treats, but since Coons canâ€™t read they think they are getting treats when you give it to them. Weâ€™d rather see you use FF Gold as treats than some high-costing, full of fat items advertised as treats. Your kitten will expect treats first thing in the morning and again before bedtime, often while they are sitting on your bed at those times. Be advisedâ€¦.thatâ€™s how they were raised. Sorry about that!
DO NOT EVER FEED YOUR KITTEN OR YOUR ADULTS WET OR CANNED CAT FOOD, NO MATTER WHAT BREED THEY ARE! IF YOU MISSED THAT PART, WEâ€™LL SAY IT AGAINâ€¦.DO NOT EVER FEED YOUR KITTEN OR ADULTS WET OR CANNED CAT FOOD. IF YOUR EXISTING CATS ARE EATING CANNED FOOD, DO YOURSELVES, BUT ESPECIALLY YOUR CATS AND KITTENS, A FAVOR: STOP!
There is way too much fat and by-products in canned cat food. It will make their poop smell nuclear and they will get lethargic after eating it. Plus, you never, ever really know what is in canned food and that is a key to be aware of.
Feed nothing but Royal Canin foods, as described above, and you will be doing right by your new family member and your existing cats too.
If you have existing cats in your home when your little one arrives, they will be fine eating the Royal Canin Feline Nutrition-Kitten 34. You will likely find they will get right into it and eat as if they are starving. Different breed cats can eat what your kitten eats and they can also eat the Maine Coon 31 when your kitten is old enough to handle it. Your other cats will do well and, believe it when we tell you; they will thrive on Royal Canin. Great food is great food and its fine for your existing cats to eat.
Did we mention to never, ever feed your cat or kitten canned or wet cat food? We did? OK, good....
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