Know the Proper Foods to Feed Your Bobcat
The bobcat is considered a wild animal. They look very similar to your ordinary tabby house cat though there are no similarities in their behavior and characteristics. The bobcat requires a much higher degree of care and a special kind of diet. They are much more aggressive, have issues with spraying to mark their dominance, need an outdoor enclosure and play rough. Bobcats prefer a raw diet. Before bringing one home, be sure to check if it is legal in your area as they are considered a wild animal.
If you are allowed the care of a bobcat, diet is extremely important. They require a balanced, nutritional raw diet. Feed your bobcat a variety of meats such as chicken, beef, muscle meats, liver and turkey. Be sure the raw meats are fresh.
The bobcat cannot survive solely on the type of food provided for the domestic house cats. It is crucial to add the raw meats to a good quality cat food in equal proportions and amounts. Feeding a canned cat food along with the raw meats will provide for much needed nutrition.
Alternate the raw meats used day to day. For instance, one day or two you can add fresh raw hamburger meat; then the next day or two, add chicken; then add liver, muscle meats and so on.
Enhance the diet by adding hard boiled eggs to your bobcats’ meal once or twice a week. Many bobcats love hard-boiled eggs.
Provide a daily supplement of powered calcium to the raw diet at increments of about a ½ teaspoon to each meal. Feed your cat twice daily. During summer months the bobcat tends to eat less and makes up for it come the colder weather which helps to put on the winter coat and fat.
Vary the variety of foods in your cat’s meals to provide for the extra nutritional needs of a bobcat. Just be sure that all raw foods and meats are always served fresh.
As a precaution, avoid feeding chicken necks to your bobcat. Hormones are injected into chickens through the neck in order to fatten them up. When fed to the cats, they can overdose on those hormones, causing diarrhea.
Be sure to do a lot of research before deciding to raise a bobcat. The bobcat is a wild animal and can be dangerous to you and especially to children; they are very difficult to raise. To care properly for a bobcat, be sure to have a veterinarian to consult with who is knowledgeable in exotic animals.