serval cat diet

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In the wild the Serval cat is mostly a nocturnal animal but sometimes can be diurnal. Serval Cats are very adaptabile and are mainly a terrestrial cat, but can also climb and swim. They hunt in lightly bushed countrysides, grasslands, forests and around marshy places and rivers. Servals primarily hunt alone and are not known to hunt larger prey than themselves. In the tall grass a Serval pounces up and down in pursuit of mice and other rodents. They also probe small holes with their long forepaws in search of prey. Their large ears are very sensitive and can listen to the motion of a rodent as far as 20 feet away. A diet for servals can vary widely depending on habitat and availability.

A wild servals diet mainly consists of whole meats. So a whole pray diet including innards, fur, and bones is obviously the best diet you could feed your serval. Try to find a supplier of feeder rats, or chicks over 3 days old or order from www.rodentpro.com. You don't need to add supplements to this diet because everything they need is in the whole prey. I am sure there are more websites. You can ask around in my " Serval cat lover Group" on facebook. There are hundreds of serval parents waiting to help you figure out the best diet for your serval.

A raw diet with added supplements is the second best diet you could provide for your serval. You should feed your serval raw meat with bones, innards and skin included. In the wild, servals eat 80% rodents (mice, rats, rabbits), 14% shrews, 5% birds, 1% reptiles (frogs and lizards). Domestic servals can be fed assorted grasses, whole raw chicken, whole raw turkey parts, raw beef, raw venison, raw rabbit, raw squirrel, quail, and raw fresh fish.

It is hazardous to feed cooked meat or poultry with bones to your serval because the bones become very brittle and can splinter. Also make sure any frozen meat is completely thawed because the bones become brittle when frozen. Do not thaw meat in the microwave.

Servals love fresh water fish such as talapia and will eat chicken hearts like popcorn which is a good natural taurine source. If you decide to feed chicken legs or thighs only, make sure to add a high quaility supplement such as oasis, mazuri, or wild trax to make up for the organs. Decuss a diet with a exotic cat dietician to get the exact proportion needed Make sure your supplements contain taurine if you don't feed hearts. Probotics ( plain yogurt) and lysine are other supplements to consider. I usually grind all of my meat parts up and add the supplements if needed. But becareful not to add to many supplements. You have to take into consideration what you are feeding raw and add to that. For example: If you feed 6 chicken hearts a day you dont need to add taurine and if you are feeding bone and chicken necks you don't need to add calcium or phosphorus

Make sure your feeding enough calcium at least 54mgs of calcium per animal while kittens, tapering off to about 45 – 49mgs per pound for an adult of three years. Much of their calcium will be from the bones of an animal. Calcium can come from a variety of sources, one being the bones of animals. If your serval isnt offered a raw diet or it doesnt eat large quantities of bone, then supplementing their diet with calcium is a must. Make sure your serval is exposed to direct sunlight daily to insure the proper break down of calcium.

When feeding your domestic serval, make sure the food is fresh, cleaned and thoroughly washed before feeding. Servals eat between one and six pounds of meat a day. The amount to feed a healthy adult serval would be 3% of his body weight. For example a 30 pound should eat at least 0.9 pounds of meat a day. For a growing kitten it can be as much as 5% of his body weight. The 3% pertains to real meat weight. Commercial diets like Blue Buffalo and Mazuri are condensed/concentrated and therefore fed in lesser amounts

The bottom line is that there are a lot of good diets and vitamins out there, but you need to choose what works for your lifestyle and what makes your serval happiest. If he/she is not happy on one diet, he will not thrive overall as well as being on a diet he enjoys more. Let him try some different balanced diets and see what he enjoys the most. You also have to consider what you can afford to feed long term.

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