Feeding a Male
The male cat is an
important part of your breeding program.
You’ve selected him carefully, either from a breeder or from your own
He’s an improvement over both of his parents and you have a great deal
in him without considering financial topics. Breeding is an important
responsibility and along with it is raising and caring for the male
It’s easy to watch over
the queen. She’s with the kittens
and it’s her time and care that molds them into happy and healthy
too often in viewing those kittens we “forget” about the sire and his
contribution to their genetics and looks. This sometimes means taking a
back and looking at him with new appreciation. His health and input
different but is no less important!
Many represent the male
cat as a territorial creature that
urinates on everything he can reach to mark his territory and there are
that do that. There are others who seldom exhibit these behaviors but
proper food no matter what the housing situation is.
Because cats are
carnivores by nature they need meat. Left
to their own devices cats often eat not only mice and rats but rabbit,
squirrels, insects, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, with killing
chewing off pieces to swallow. Domestic cats may not be good enough at
to pull down a diverse range of meals, but feral or wild born cats can
eat a wide range of foods. Of course our stud cats are expected to do
just survive so we provide the food for him.
It makes sense to do so
as naturally as possible. This might
be food that is minced flesh and, if he doesn’t drink sufficient water,
sure there is plenty of liquid served with his meal to avoid
Vitamins are needed for
optimum health including vitamin D,
which is easily added with fish oil and allowing the cat plenty of
and vitamin E to promote fertility and virility, easily added by adding
germ to the diet.
For those wishing to feed
a raw diet you can use lean meats
with fat, occasional fish with bread crumbs or cereal in the oils, egg
small bits of cheese as a treat and small amounts of milk.
A cat breeding regularly
needs a good diet with enough food
to maintain condition. Some cats won’t eat with a queen nearby until
and might go off his feed. This can make for a challenge to get a
tom to eat.
As cats get older they
will likely eat slightly less and can
have meals reduced in amounts per meal while keeping them in their
routine. The general gauge is the condition of the cat no matter his
he’s looking thin and ribby increase the amount he’s getting. If he’s
too much weight decrease the food and increase his exercise (see
article). Fat and sassy is not healthy – it shortens the life of your
your boys fit, not fat, for a long life and teaching us how to enjoy
things – cat style.
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