I recently received a contact asking my opinion about several various kinds of pet foods – what I thought about the caliber of the foods. Both of your pet foods he asked about (which he was feeding his family) were what I considered to be very inferior foods. I informed him of the and his response was they probably couldn’t afford an improved food.
While I realize that higher quality dog and cat foods can be two or even three times higher priced than a few of the cheaper brands, people that think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. When a pet is sick with kidney or liver disease, whenever a pet should be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’the concern cost pet owners far more compared to’few cents’a meal to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about this’few cents a meal’theory – but before you question me too, let me explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when it comes to purchasing a better quality food. They consider the cost and gasp when it comes to how quickly Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they don’t know is that with higher quality pet foods, that you do not feed just as much – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that do not satisfy the nutritional needs of your pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to get the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Higher quality foods/ingredients provide the pet with quality nutrition and they eat normally 1/3 less.
So let’s break it right down to cost per meal…
Let’s say your pet currently eats 1 cup of food per day. A 20 pound bag of food will give you about 50 servings. If the foodstuff costs you $15.00 for a 20 pound bag – that equals about .30 per meal.
Now with a good quality pet food – feeding about 1/3 less – a 20 pound bag provides you about 80 servings. If the greater food costs $30.00 for a 20 pound bag – that reduces to a little significantly less than .38 cents a meal.
So although the price tag of the foodstuff reads to be doubly expensive – it’s actually far from the truth. Utilising the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals each day, in a month you are spending around $18.00 each month to feed a dog with the inferior food dry foods. With the apparent doubly expensive top quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals each day, in a month you are spending around $22.80 per month. Less than $5.00 each month difference that will save you thousands of dollars in vet bills and add years for their life. You must consider the cost per meal to completely give the price tag on the foodstuff consideration.
This is what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the tv commercials of pet food. They emphasize the language’for your pet’s health’or’choice ‘. We’ve trusted them and we’ve followed their directions to feed our pet 2 or 3 cups of food per day. What we didn’t know was that those recommended 2 or 3 cups of food was necessary because your pet food contained cheap inferior nutrition sources like by-products, meat and bone meal, and grains.
So, it is now our habit to feed more – which they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself arrives and informs you how horrible ingredients like by-products and meat and bone meal are – and you learn that grains such as for instance corn, wheat, and soy are inferior – and since this recent pet food recall, you learn that chemicals can be put into variations of these grains (glutens)…so you then go over your choices at your pet store or online. And you believe with regards to simply how much per’bag’of food. In the end, you’ve probably tried several various kinds of pet food in the past – possibly even a couple of that cost a little more compared to cheap brands – and you still wound up feeding the same 2 or 3 cups of food a day. Naturally, you consider the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the cost – you are thinking just the direction they want you to think…in terms of the cost of the bag, not the cost of the serving.
The determining factor for your choice of pet food shouldn’t be cost or advertising. You must look at and understand those first five ingredients. Obviously there’s much more involved than the very first five ingredients, however in my research…if the very first five ingredients of a dog food are good, so can be the remaining ingredients. If a dog food manufacturer cares enough to help make the first five ingredients quality – that will be nearly all the food…they care enough to create most of the ingredients quality. Don’t be mislead into any comfort zone of a dog food manufacturers advertising…do your homework and read and understand at the very least the very first five ingredients of one’s pet’s food.
With better, more nutritious pet foods – they do NOT need around with the cheaper foods. Don’t let the old habit of feeding more sway you once you switch to a more nutritious pet food – again, with an increase of quality ingredients they just don’t need just as much food as with inferior ingredients. If you switch your pet to a quality pet food and continue steadily to feed the same amount while the lesser quality food you’re feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily level of food our pets require depends upon a lot of things such as for instance activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. As an example, my 100 pound German Shepherd only eats two cups of food per day; 1 cup AM, 1 cup PM. My little guy (8 pound Papillion eats about 1/3 cup a day. Both dogs are active. However, my little guy is young and is pretty high energy level. My big guy is 12 years old and much more sedate. Considering his little size, the small dog eats far more for his size compared to big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on the other hand free feeds – he’s use of the full bowl of food all the time and eats when he wants. He never been an over eater and this is useful for him. I possibly could never do the same with my dogs.
So serving size for your pet is something you should experiment with. If your cat or dog does not have any’figure’- shows no waist when taking a look at them from above – odds are they should lose several pounds. Cut back the serving size. If you’re able to visibly see ribs – they probably need to get several pounds and you will need to slightly raise the serving size. Please note too that the cup of food a day at 2 years old will probably be an excessive amount of food when they’re a little older. Keep a constant monitoring eye on them – a wholesome weight is a wholesome pet.