Cats are obligate carnivores which means they require food that is primarily animal protein in order to stay healthy and live a long life. Their food should be Grain-free as they cannot digest most carbohydrates well, as well as free of sugars, preservatives, colors, etc.
Where would a cat or dog find dry food in nature???? The obvious answer is that they would not! Cats are also very susceptible to kidney disease often caused in part by low moisture in their diets. Cats are designed to get much of their required moisture/water from their diet/prey and thus are not big drinkers. We recommend that wet food be the primary diet of all cats and dry food be a very small percentage of their diet.
Ideally a cat would be eating bones and organs with their meat. This provides calcium and many other minerals as well as helping to keep their teeth healthy. Today there are several foods you can purchase which contain ground bone for your cats health; We use PRIMAL raw foods.
If your cats food does not contain Probiotics, essential fatty acids, green plants and a few veggie’s, add these in small supplemental form to your cats wet food for more complete nutrition.
Ears, Coat & Toenails
Ears: VERY IMPORTANT NOTE – The Highland Lynx has a smaller ear canal due to the harder cartilage that causes the ears to curl. They also tend to form heavier wax build-up than most cats. This excess is often mistaken for ear mites (which would be accompanied by a bad odor and coffee ground type dirt in the ears). Because of this excess wax, YOU MUST regularly clean down their ears as far as you can to avoid blockage and ear infection. We use Ark Naturals Ear Cleaner.
Coat: Highland Lynx cats require less grooming than some breeds although a good brushing every few days is good for them and keeps shedding down. Regular brushing is good bonding time as well as keeps you aware of the condition of your cats skin and coat. Start your kitten young in order to create an enjoyment of brushing/combing.
Toenails: It is important to begin trimming your cats nails at a very young age and performed at least once a month. This protects your furniture and your skin and prevents any over-growth of nails that could grow back into your cats footpad.