A few reasons for dry feed
Firstly, they contain vitamins and minerals, which are very difficult to select and balance when feeding with natural feeds.
Secondly, if you have to be absent for a long time and there is nobody to promptly offer the eternally hungry Canadian Sphinx a decent meal, dry food provides the cat with regular nutrition and can lie in a bowl for a long time without risk of deterioration.
And thirdly, gnawing dry food, a cat cleans tartar, strengthens gums and teeth. And this, in turn, prolongs her active life.
If I was able to convince you of the benefits of such food, then you need to choose only premium and super-premium food. They are of excellent quality and meet all the requirements of a cat diet. Do not forget that if the cat has enough dry food in the bowl, then the other bowl should have plenty of clean drinking water. Dry food causes thirst, and if there is not enough water, or it will be dirty and the cat will not drink it, then the harm to health from using dry food will significantly exceed any pros.
I feed my sphinxes with ROYL CANIN’s MOTHER & BABYCAT. Moreover, kittens and adult cats and cats are happy to eat it.
Kittens, starting from the age of 1 month, eat BABYCAT INSTICTIVE mousse and minced beef, chicken, chicken hearts, chicken heads. In two months, the kittens ’diet consists of minced meat and, gradually, dry food is introduced. Drink fresh filtered water. At 4-6 months, kittens tend to switch to dry food. It is always available so cats can eat at any time. Cats can approach the bowl 6-8 times a day and eat the required amount of food.
Tip: I would like to warn against the use of economy-class feeds when feeding cats, and especially sphynx cats. It would seem that cheap feed perfectly compensate for the pet’s increased appetite, but …
1. The lower the class of feed, the less quality sources of protein are used in them. In cheap feeds, the main sources of dietary protein are vegetable proteins (soy, corn, etc.), processed in a special way. The percentage of meat components in such feeds is low and is represented mainly by connective tissue components with meat and offal of poor quality. Unfortunately, the digestive system of cats is practically not able to absorb plant proteins, regardless of the degree of their processing.
2. The higher the class of feed, the less flavor enhancers, fragrances, dyes and preservatives in it. We will not touch on the harmfulness of such components in general. But with increased appetite of the Canadian Sphinxes, such additives provoke overeating, and, as a result, digestive upset.
3. The lower the class of feed, the more ballast substances in it. These substances cannot be digested by a cat, do not have any beneficial effect on its body, but on the other hand, they sharply increase the volume of bowel movements.
Economy-class feeds are eaten in huge quantities, at best, simply not digesting 80%, at worst, harming the health of your pets. The negative impact of these feeds on the Canadian Sphinxes is more critical than on the rest of the cats, due to the large amounts of food consumed.
Canned food, as a rule, is of excellent quality, balanced, easy to store, but also has a number of drawbacks, among which there is a high price compared to other feeds and a short shelf life after opening the package. Such food should be put in a bowl as the cat eats the previous portion, which is not always convenient for the hosts working all day.
The excellent appetite of the Canadian Sphinx has a flip side, they are ready to eat almost everything in unlimited quantities, including inedible, dangerous and toxic substances. Therefore, the owners should carefully monitor the availability of any “edible” substances.
A large number of indoor plants, to which we are accustomed and do not see anything dangerous in them, can be poisonous to the Canadian sphinx. Such plants include: Krinum, Ivy ordinary, Syngonium, Phylodendron, Alocasia, Anthurium, Spotted Dieffenbachia, Akalifa, Kodiyeum (croton), Beautiful euphorbia (poinsettia), Japanese Aucuba, Gloriosa, Oleander, Hoya, Chile peppers, Monstera grape, Monster pepper (five-leafed), American Fitolakka (the list is far from complete. I can recommend studying all your house plants for their toxicity to cats). Bouquets of flowers can also be fraught with danger. Chrysanthemum, cornflower, snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, irises, jasmine and lilies of the valley are especially toxic.
The eternally hungry and curious Canadian Sphinxes are real thieves. Keep the house clean, do not allow small objects to lie on the floor: threads, wool, plastic covers, paper, buttons, hairpins, Christmas-tree decorations: tinsel, rain, small balls. All this cat can use as a “food supplement.”