Nutrition Chapter in the Cheetah Species Survival Plan – Husbandry Manual


Cheetah SSP (year unknown). Nutrition in Cheetah Species Survival Plan – Husbandry Manual


Unique nutritional requirements of felids must be recognized in feeding captive cheetahs, including the need for high protein and fat diets, inclusion of dietary vitamin A (as retinol), arachidonic acid, taurine, and niacin. General reviews of felid nutrition (Scott, 1968; MacDonald et al., 1984) provide indirect evidence that the domestic cat remains the best model for establishing dietary composition parameters (National Research Council, 1984) for the cheetah, but a detailed summary of feeding habits with chemical analysis of natural prey items would supply useful comparative data.

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