Devon Rex are loving, trusting and social cats
that thrive on their interaction with other living beings - both human and
nonhuman. Because they instinctively wish to interact with their human families,
they require regular attention and lots of love in addition to their basic
physical requirements. The quality of your relationship with your special pet
depends on all of these following factors.
By the time your new baby has reached
his new home, he or she has probably already moved up to "adult
formula" food. Young kittens when they begin to eat solid foods, usually
around five weeks of age are offered dry "kitten formula". We try to
encourage kittens to begin to eat as soon as they are able. Kitten food
generally is of a smaller kibble and easier for them to master the task at hand.
Once they are eating well on their own, they are offered the option of kitten or
adult formula. Premium dry foods of any formula have adequate nutrition and
quality of ingredients to more than meet the needs of growing youngsters.
Cattery uses Iams Cat Food. Adults are feed 4 oz. of dry Adult Original formula
daily. Kittens are allowed access to food at all times. Fresh water is always
available. We feed no wet or canned foods. Canned foods are seventy-five percent
water. It is an expensive method of obtaining adequate nutrition. If on the rare
occasion a palatable soft food is in order, the dry kibble can be soaked in
water. Hard kibble is also an aid in keeping teeth and gums in good condition.
morning we feed the amount that each cat will eat that day. We do not recommend
bulk feeding. Feeding daily will allow you and your special kitty to have a few
treasured moments together. They quickly fall into a routine of regular feeding
and will anxiously await the ritual. Feeding time can a wonderful opportunity
for interchange. Likewise, daily feeding will allow you the chance to monitor
their food intake. If they should go off their regular consumption, you will be
aware of it.
folks wish to give treats. Treats in whatever form, should be just that. They
should be of small quantities and also not be given on a regular basis. Cats can
quickly learn that a "treat" will be coming and hold-out for this
rather than eating his normal kibble. Small amounts of canned foods, bits of
chicken, beef, fish can all be acceptable treats. My Devon enjoy a lick of my
finished ice cream bowl some evenings. Once kittens are weaned, they no longer
have the ability to digest milk. Any large amounts of milk will cause diarrhea.
nutrition is one of the most important aspects of your Devon's good health and
long life. We feel that a premium commercial cat food is a requirement. Foods
purchased in supermarkets do not meet these requirements. We recommend and feed
Iams Cat Food. Hills Science Diet Formulas, Nutro Products, and Nature Recipes
Formulas are all foods of excellent quality. These can be purchased at pet
stores, pet supermarkets and from some veterinarians.
food will not only keep your Devon in optimum condition, but will also provide a
firm, dry stool, thereby making the job of litter pan cleaning easy. Non premium
foods contain fillers used to reduce the cost of ingredients and increase
palatability. These fillers require the cat to eat much more food. Check the
recommended daily feeding amounts on the labels. It also means more indigestible
waste in the litter pan. This will quickly negate any cost advantage in the
purchase of the less expensive foods.
Devon has come to you with a good appetite for Iams Dry Cat Food. He has been
feed this his entire life. If he should not show interest in it when he first
arrives, do not be overly concerned. Once he is comfortable in his new
surroundings, he will regain his appetite.
your cat is established on premium food, do not change. The old adage "if
it's not broke, don't try to fix it..." applies. Your kitty does not need
variety in his basic diet, quite the contrary. Constant change leads to the
expectation of more change. They can anticipate the variety and become finicky
eaters. If you wish to vary a part of his diet, do so with treats. But remember
not to become over zealous with them.
or other food supplements should be unnecessary when feeding a premium food.
Much research, development and subsequently quality ingredients have gone into
the premium food. Often additional supplementation will actually damage the
proper balance which the food manufacturers have developed.