Royal Canin Ragdoll Adult Cat Food
I just got my little baby “floppycat”, Olivia Grace on Feburary 11, 2012. She came
with her 3 sets of shots, deworming, and was spayed. Her price was $900. She is a blue sepia/mitted. If I remember correctly, the classic color ragdolls were about $100 less. The lady was super kind and told me up front that she would help me with payment if I needed it. Since we lived about 3 hours apart, she brought Grace all but an 1 hour away from our house so we could pick her up while her sister was going to another person in the same area.. The breeder offered to bring her all the way here, but it was no problem driving the hour away – in fact – it was really fun because it snowed! Actually got to visit the cattery to pick her out, and it was immaculately clean and sparkling. All kitties were well and playful. She has been a complete joy and can’t imagine life before her now.
As far as food, she is on Royal Canin #36 for kittens dry food, but will try to slowly switch her over to Wellness cans (used a groupon from PetFlow), as soon as possible since I am not comfortable with all the data that is suggesting that dry food is either causing or highly contributing to renal failure. Have had a number of cats over my life and more than half of them have died from this horrible disease. Have switched over all of my adult cats to canned food and they seem like they are healthier because of it. One cat I have right now has renal failure and she is one that ate the dry food for a long time before the data was made available. Yes, the canned food is expensive, (I use 4-6 cans per day) , but our babies definitely are worth it. Anyone with any suggestions of how to switch her over to canned food, would be most appreciated. Thanks.
You will receive an email detailing exactly what your kitten is eating daily. If you have more than one Ragdoll cat/kitten, I suggest a large stainless steel pie pan or their own separate bowls. Please provide kibble at all times, plus feed approximately 1/4 of canned food 3-4 times per day as a young kitten. They will eat more at one sitting as they grow and will eat less often. If you wish to change your food, please do this over a 7-10 day period by adding 25% new food to 75% of current kibble, then slowly replace the old kibble until you are feeding the new food. If you do not slowly change food, your kitten may develop loose stools and an upset stomach.
Cat food can be classified into dry, moist, and semi-moist foods. Each one has its advantages, and Ragdolls need different types of food at different stages. Kittens need mostly breast milk and moist food, while adults require more protein and dry food. Pregnant Ragdolls have special dietary needs that change throughout the pregnancy as well.
A. Feeding Ragdoll Kittens
Ragdoll kittens should be exclusively breastfed for the first four to five weeks. Cat milk contains all the nutrients necessary for the kitten's growth, including antibodies that help prevent disease. Breast milk also passes on other antibodies that the mother produced to fight previous diseases.
Extra food should be provided after four to five weeks, as the kitten needs more nutrients to support its rapid growth. Introductory food should be easy to digest. Mix canned food with warm water or kitten replacement milk until it forms a loose paste. Do NOT use regular cow's milk – this is too heavy for kittens and may result in indigestion.
After another four to five weeks, your kitten should be ready for dry food. To make the transition easier, moisten dry food with a little warm water in the first few feedings. It's also important to choose high-quality supplements to dry food – some of the good brands are Iams®, Science Diet®, and Nutro Kitten®. Science Diet Feline Growth® is popular among Ragdoll kittens. Supplements can be given twice a day with morning and evening feedings. You can switch to adult food after about 12 months.
Choosing and preparing kitten food
Ragdoll kittens have delicate stomachs, so take extra care in choosing kitten food. Food should always be warm or slightly above room temperature. Discard any food that has been left out for more than 30 minutes, especially in the summer. Bacteria grows fast in warm, wet foods and may upset your kitten's stomach, or even cause food poisoning. To keep from wasting food, just observe how much your kitten eats at a time so you know how much to prepare per feeding.
Houseflies can easily contaminate kitten food, so keep your feeding area as fly-proof as possible. Wash the feeding bowl everyday with hot, soapy water and replace water in the drinking bowl several times a day. Wash the drinking bowl at the same time and refill with fresh water.
Table scraps can be given occasionally, but don't make regular meals out of them. Cooked human foods lack the nutrients necessary for your kitten's growth. Generic cat food from groceries are better, but Stellarhart recommends high-quality foods from specialty pet stores. Also, cats don't like the smell of plastic and metal containers, so use only glass drinking bowls.
Ragdoll cats have special needs in terms of nutrition, so that they can stay healthy and at a normal weight. Since they do tend to have health problems, feeding them the correct food can assist in keeping those issues at bay.