Dietary Needs for
Siberian Cats
Felines, no matter what size or species, are all
obligatory carnivores. This means, they primarily are
meat eaters.  Thus, we at Keitta Siberians feed our
cats a well balanced, high protein diet of both dry and
wet raw food. We have our own recipe for the 'wet'
food, but the following websites give some great info
about this diet, and how to create your own raw food.
When I went to look at this information, I was absolutely
AMAZED at how many plants are toxic to our babies. So,
I'm just putting the
link here so you can look yourselves!
If you have plants in your home you
NEED to read this!!!  
A quick note - holiday plants are TOXIC to kitties - this
includes Poinsettias & Easter Lillies
Foods that are harmful to Kitties
Grapes & Raisins
Onion
Garlic
Mushrooms
Fruit pits/seeds
Macadamia nuts
Dry Foods we feed Keitta Kitties
Raw Diet Information & Recipes
Disclaimer: These are very high-end brands that we use. We are not paid for advertising by the companies. There
are other excellent dry foods out there as well. To take a closer look at ingredients in various dry food, go to
http:\\www.petfooddirect.com and click on the dry cat foods. Not all of their brands are high-end, but you are able
to read what is in the food without a MAGNIFYING GLASS!!!!!
Taste of the Wild
Rocky Mountain Formula
Orijen
Life's
Abundance
The brands that we use are equivalent to a raw diet, only in a dry
form. It is
ESSENTIAL to have plenty of water available for your
kitty as eating dry foods can lead to a chronic dehydrated state.
We like to mix some of the brands together to vary the taste for our cats - also
because the kibble sizes and shapes are different it is easier for our kittens to
start out picking out the smaller kibble pieces, and for the variety. Just one of any
of these is fine to get for your kitty.
These dry foods are more expensive because of their formulas.  However,
because they contain extremely high protein levels (as Orijen mentions - 75%
meat, 25% vegetables/fruits, 0 grains), your kitten/cat will not eat as much, so
the food will last longer. The grocery store cat food varieties have lower protein
and higher carbohydrates (cats LOVE them, just like we love our CARBS!!), and
will lead to obesity in your kitty, and all the health problems associated with this.
Your Siberian will not reach maturity until they are 5 years of age. There are different
opinions on how long to feed a kitten formula. We recommend feeding the kitten formula
until their second birthday (or the second BD of your youngest cat), and then switching over
to the adult formula. (Some people feed kitten formula through year four!! The products
themselves only recommend until 1 year old - but your Siberian needs this longer as they
are still developing their skeletal and muscular systems.
When you first look at what goes into making your raw diet, it can seem very
overwhelming (as well as disgusting to some people). But as some of the articles
mention, when you cook the food, it denatures a lot of the protein structure which your
cat needs. Cooked meats are o.k. as treats, but not as a complete diet to replace a
wet food serving. Remember - a cat's gastrointestinal (GI) system is much different
than ours.  It is shorter, and the gut flora (natural bacteria) provides the ability to
digest foods we would be unable to.

Newer information that is coming out in feline research also is that kibble really is not
all that healthy, even the very high quality ones, and should definitely not be the main
food source for your feline. So sticking more closely with a 'species appropriate diet'
is better for your cat's health in the long run.
Chocolate
Alcohol
Caffeinated Beverages (coffee, tea, cola)
Bread Dough or Yeast
Raw eggs *
see info on our Raw Food page
Raw fish
Too much liver
Further reading - this site will explain why the above products are
not good for Kitty.
June 22, 2012
Harmful Plants
Water
Water is a CRITICAL need for your kitty. Keep plenty of fresh water available, near
their food bowls, AT ALL TIMES. Now, they may want to supplement their water
intake at your bathroom sink, or the kitchen sink, or in the bathtub, etc., etc. But their
main water hole is by their food. A fresh bowl of water, changed daily, is all they ask.
For those who do have a little bit extra to spend (or save up for a birthday gift or
X-mas gift for Kitty), there are many various water fountains available at around US
$30 - $40. Some examples I've placed below. The thing that is nice about these is that
because water is circulating, it helps replenish oxygen into the water, keeping it
fresher, longer. Your kitty will be fascinated by the moving water, often preferring to
drink from the moving water rather than the bowl it empties into. It is great for
multi-cat households.  
Drinkwell
CatIT
PetMate
Note: there are multiple other brands than just these three.
Just an FYI - if you live in an area where your water is really 'hard' - [has a lot of minerals in it]
- it is better to fill up at the grocery store with filtered water to use with these fountains.
Switching foods or changing diets
Many people do not want to continue with the exact foods we recommend, and this is fine as
long as the other product/s you choose are COMPARABLE. (Again, go to PetfoodDirect to
do your comparative shopping and research).  However, your kitten or cat's gut is used to
the foods they have been eating. Thus it is recommended that you switch over to your food
products SLOWLY, over a couple of weeks. We help a bit with this by sending some of the
dry & wet foods we have been feeding in your take home 'care' package when you pick up
your kitten. Switch only one food at a time, i.e. the dry food first, then the wet, or vice
versa. Failure to slowly change diets WILL result in diarrhea for the kitten, and a mess for
you to clean up. [Many a Siberian parent has had to give the proverbial "butt bath", which is
unpleasant for all parties involved!!!]
When switching dry foods, start adding and mixing in small, but gradually increasing
amounts of the new dry food, until you finally have them on the new food.
Something that may help when switching diets, is to add acidophyllis to the wet food. You
can buy these capsules at any vitamin & supplement section of a nutrition section of a
department or grocery store. Open the capsule and pour about 1/2 of its contents (about
50 mg) into the food once/day. OR you can try to give your kitten a teaspoonful of plain
yogurt, with no additives, including no sugar. This contains the needed acidophyllis and may
be a tasty treat for your kitten. Acidophyllis helps to replenish the 'good' bacteria they
have in their guts that help to digest food.
If your kitty already has diarrhea or even loose stools, a good, gentle remedy
recommended often by Veterinarians, is pumpkin. You can buy this in a can.
(MAKE SURE IT IS PLAIN AND DOES NOT CONTAIN SPICES)
Give one tablespoonful per day until stools become normal. Your kitten may lick it right off
the spoon, since they seem to think this is a tasty treat, or you can mix it in with their
wet/raw food.
It adds enough fiber to their diet to firm up and normalize stools.
Pumpkin is not always available, so you can use the following as substitutes: Summer or
Winter Squash baby food; Sweet Potato baby food
Oops!!! Diarrhea??
My Vet says my Siberian is FAT !?!
Ask your vet if he is familiar with the Siberian breed
before pronouncing this conclusion as accurate.
"Wholesome nutrition is the key to maintaining a healthy immune system and resistance to disease....The
requirement for essential nutrients increases during periods of rapid growth or reproduction and also
may increase in geriatric individuals, because immune function and the bioavailability of these
nutrients generally wanes with aging." - W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Siberians are big boned, big muscled felines. They have physical qualities referred to
in the breeding community as 'heff' and 'cobby bodies'. The ideal Siberian is built low
to the ground, body build like what I refer to as a 'brick' (or as I like to call our stud
Stitch, 'he's a brick - house - he's mighty, mighty, and lettin' it all hang out...').
Siberians are shaped like a pear, and have a soft, flabby 'beer belly'. Much of the
pear shape is because the hind leg muscles are very large - if you straighted them
out, they would be a little longer than the front legs. This is what provides the
gravity-defying jumping ability of this breed, even with a large body.
Now, if your Siberian is starting to look a little more egg shaped, then, yes, your
Siberian needs to lose some weight! But the rest is what this cat is made of, and
putting a 1 - 3 year old Siberian 'on a diet' while they are still growing is not a good or
healthy idea.
If you are feeding high quality cat foods to your kitty as we recommend above, being
overweight should not be a problem. If you feed grocery store brand cat foods that
are high in carbs, than your kitty WILL overeat (that cat food is TASTY), because
they will not get as full as quick.
If your Siberian starts to look egg-shaped, THEN he/she is too fat!
Careful, doc, my kitty is PURR-ITTY
sensitive about his weight...
Ten Pet Food Myths Debunked by
Click HERE to find out the TRUTH to the following MYTHS:

1. The best foods are those the veterinarian sells such as Royal Canin, Purina  
Veterinary and Hill's Science Diet.

2. Dry food cleans a dog's or cat’s teeth.

3. Pets do better eating food designed for their life stage
(e.g., puppy/kitten, and senior formulas)

4. Table scraps and other "people food" are bad for dogs and cats.

5. Only complete and balanced meals should be fed to cats and dogs.

6. Feeding raw food is dangerous due to the risk of Salmonella and E. Coli.

7. Dogs and cats should not eat grains.

8. Ash content is an important guideline in choosing a cat food.

9. Changing formulas or brands of pet foods is hard on a dog or cat’s digestion.

10. It is fine for dogs and cats to eat each other's food.
Snickers likes her
Sweet Potato even
tho' she doesn't
have diarrhea~!!!
Caution - you never know what may be tempting to
your Siberian - these yummy glazed donuts caused a
hyperactive kitty chase thru the house for hours
from a sugar blitz by the offending Siberian thief!
Click HERE to go to our page that
explains the Raw food (BARF) diet, and
how we here at Keitta make our raw
Tips for choosing the
best cat food from
About Cats
READ the ingredients

Main ingredients should be listed
as the named meat - beef,
poultry, fish, lamb, duck, venison,
etc. - this is 'muscle meat' - the
portion fit for human consumption

AVOID products that name
"Meat BY-products", especially
as a main ingredient

AVOID foods with grains in them
- look for GRAIN-free. Cat's do
not need carbohydrates - grains
are used as a 'filler' to bulk up
the product, and provides too
many carbs for your feline
What are Meat By-products??
Non-muscle meat ground up to use as filler in pet foods.
Meat By-Products are parts of slaughtered animals, not
including meat (please note: no muscle meat included).
Included are lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, blood, bone,
partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue, and stomach
and intestines freed of their contents.  What the definition
doesn't say is that these by-products can legally include dead,
dying or diseased animals, road kill, euthanized CATS &
DOGS.  Chicken by-product can include feet & beaks.
Can't read the small print when
looking at ingredients???  Go to
PetFoodDirect.com and click on
an individual product - it will list
the ingredients in text you can
actually read!
We at Keitta feed a high quality canned food in the a.m. and raw food that we make in the
p.m.  We leave out a small amount of dry food to allow our cats to 'free feed' inbetween
meals.  Once your cat reaches 3 years, you may want to restrict the amount of dry food
for free feeding each day to the weight-based recommendations on the package to
prevent unwanted weight gain
Consequences of not having enough water available can be particularly harmful to male
kitties, who can end up getting crystals in their urine that can block their urinary tract.
This can be a LIFE-THREATENING problem!
Another 'gut' regulator that we use is FortiFlora, which can be purchased from a
veterinarian or at online pet product suppliers. (
Revival Animal Health is one of our
vendors we use).  FortiFlora is made specifically for cats by Purina. It is given mixed in
food, and the cats do not seem to mind the taste of it. It provides all the probiotic gut
flora a cat needs to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system.
Some of the canned foods we use:
-Taste of the Wild
-BFF
-Weruva
-Tiki Cat
-Dave's Naturally Healthy
for our kittens we use:
-Royal Canin Kitten Instinctive (2nd
stage)
People always want to know if it is o.k. to give milk to kitties - some cats are lactose intolerant
and may vomit and/or get diarrhea from cows milk; goats milk is o.k. to give kitties.
Pet foods are not regulated under the same guidelines as
human foods - just because a food uses the term 'science
diet', 'premium', 'organic', 'best quality', etc. does not mean
these terms hold entirely true - they are marketing terms to
get your attention and get you to buy - read the labels!
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