Savannah Cat Nutrition: What You Need to Know

By March 1, 2017Savannah Facts
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Your Savannah Cat is an important part of your family. Or that cute kitten you just brought home is about to be. You want a healthy, happy, and fun feline running around at all times. To ensure just that, you need to pay attention to the diet of your furry friend.

Don’t worry! If you’re ready to learn about Savannah Cat nutrition, we’ve got you covered. Just read below.

Feeding Kittens

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First and foremost, feeding a grown Savannah requires a different approach than feeding a young kitten. When you have a Savannah kitten, you need to pay attention to age.

At 0-8 weeks old, Savannah kittens need to be fed a diet of raw, ground chicken. This should be supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Once your furry friend begins consuming the raw chicken with ease, you can move on to a wet cat food, usually a chicken-based formula. Mix in the wet cat food with the chicken until the adjustment period is over.

From 9-12 weeks, you’ll want to ween your kitten completely off raw chicken and onto a wet cat food. You can offer a few dry cat food kibbles at this point, but most kittens will only nibble at dry food during this stage of development.

 

Full-Grown Savannah Cat Diet

Once you have a full-grown savannah on your hands, you can adjust the diet. Many cat owners will prefer to switch to a dry cat food over time. This is perfectly fine and can be healthy for your feline. However, the type of dry cat food you purchase makes a huge difference in your Savannah’s health.

To learn more about the ideal dry cat food for your Savannah Cat, continue reading below.

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4 Tips For Feeding Your Savannah

  • Dry Food For Sure: While some owners of grown savannahs feed their felines a raw food diet, this presents challenges. Feeding your furry friend a high-quality dry cat food is often an excellent trade off between time invested and ideal nutrition for your cat.
  • Meat-Based: It’s essential that the primary ingredients in your Savannah cat’s dry food are meat-based. Chicken is preferable, although chicken meal isn’t the absolute best ingredient. Duck-based recipes are also incredibly healthy for you feline.
  • Pay Attention to Potatoes: Dry cat food often incorporate potatoes and sweet potatoes in their formulas to help keep kibble form and offer added fiber. You won’t want a recipe with these ingredients in the top-5, but they are beneficial in some capacity for the health of your feline.
  • Avoid Certain Ingredients: Dry cat food that offers low-quality carbs can dehydrate your cat and cause a lot of health issues over the long run. Avoid feeding your Savannah Cat food that features too much rice, corn, and wheat. While these recipes are often cheaper, they’ll cost your cat years off their life.

 

By following the advice and tips above, you’ll be sure to keep your pet’s diet ideal. In doing so, you’ll keep that furry friend of yours healthy and happy as long as possible!

For reviews on the various types of cat food, be sure to check out Reviews.com’s article on the best cat food (not specific to Savannahs).

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