For all animals that are under human care, it is important that their diet is as similar as possible to what they eat in the wild. For carnivores and piscivores (meat and fish eaters) in particular, this is not so easy. In the wild, they catch a prey and from the carcass they eat everything that contains the nutrients they need. These include large amounts of protein, calcium and phosphorus in the right proportions, as well as good amounts of vitamins and minerals. When they are dependent on the food provided by their caretakers, it is a different story. So what are the do’s and don’ts in feeding carnivores?
Whole prey animals
Whole prey animals with organs come fairly close to the natural situation. Please note that parts that are too large cannot cause any obstructions. When reducing the size of the prey, there must be no sharp points of bone. Do not give hunting prey either. These can sometimes still contain bullets and can cause lead poisoning.
“Bare” meat often consists mainly of muscle. This is a good source of amino acids and minerals such as potassium, selenium, zinc and some vitamins. However, it lacks calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, D and E. Metabolic Bone Disease is often associated with overfeeding meat and not enough complete prey.
Chicks are a particularly good source of nutrition if they are fed with yolk. The yolk is full of vitamins A and E, calcium, phosphorus and phospholipids. These are already more nutrients than the chick contains on its own.
To make sure that the animals get all the required nutrients, it is necessary to enrich the food. You want, as it were, to bring the prey to life for the meat or fish eaters. For this purpose Wisbroek CarniPower is specially developed. By adding Wisbroek CarniPower to carcasses, meat and fish, the missing important nutrients are supplemented. It contains, for example, strong antioxidants which, like the added yeast cells, support the immunity of the animals. Part of the vitamin A in Wisbroek CarniPower is used as the safe form of B-carotene which cannot be overdosed. The probiotics contribute to a balanced intestinal flora. Also, at least 50% of the minerals are added in their natural and safe form. Finally, Wisbroek CarniPower contains extra vitamin B1, which is important because it is broken down by thiaminase in frozen fish.
Wisbroek CarniPower is a powder. This makes it easy to sprinkle it on the food. In this way, all necessary nutrients go along with the food. Carnivores such as birds of prey, owls, cats, bears and reptiles remain in top condition in this way.