Does It Really Matter What I Feed My Pet – Part 2

6 10 2010

In our previous post “Does It Really Matter What I Feed My Pet,” we started to discuss the importance of choosing the right diet for your pet. We started to discuss choosing an appropriate diet for your pet based on cost and convenience vs. nutritional value and preparation. We touched on two of the important factors of choosing food: Freshness and Rotation.  Here we’re going to expand on how best to optimize their worth.

As we touched on in the previous post, feeding your pet the same food continuously over a long period of time can cause a number of problems. Some veterinary experts who specialize in feline health, for example, state that cats can develop inflammatory bowel disease as the result of food sensitivities and allergies from eating the same foods over long periods of time. Another feline condition, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, can develop as a result of feeding your cat a grain-based diet. Remember, as we stated previously, cats are carnivores and need a diet consisting primarily of meat.

Ideally, your pet will benefit the most from a “rotating” diet of fresh and raw foods, for many reasons, it’s just not practical. Some pet owners don’t have the time or financial resources to provide such a diet. The next best thing would be to use raw food for 50% of your pet’s diet – by combining processed food with raw or feeding your pet one completely raw meal per day. Frozen raw foods can come in two forms: either as a formula of frozen raw meat, grains and vegetables or as pure raw meat that is designed to be added to other foods.

Another way to introduce freshness into your pet’s diet is adding freeze dried or dehydrated foods. This, too, can be done for one meal a day and as simple as sprinking freeze dried food over your pet’s favorite kibble.

If you choose not to use these ideas and wish to stick with kibble, it’s still easy to keep it fresh by rotating the kibble every couple of months, remembering the one to two week transition period. You can also dress up the kibble with healthy table scraps like steamed vegetables.

The less complicated you make your pet’s diet, the more likely you will be to follow the diet plan. If it’s easier for you to reach in the freezer and pull out a portion of raw food for your pet, go for it. If you find it easier to cook a little extra at each meal for your four-legged family members, you can do that, too.

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