Dog and cat foods are generally sold as complete and balanced products. Dogs and cats have complex nutritional requirements: dogs are known to require 38 nutrients daily, while cats require 40. A label indicating that a food is “complete and balanced” means that the food not only contains all of the known nutrients required by the animal but that those nutrients are in proper balance with the energy density of the food and with each other.
Unlike human nutrition where we are encouraged to eat a variety of foods because no one food contains all the nutrients we require, pet food products do contain all of the known nutrients required by cats or dogs.
There are advantages and disadvantages to the three different diet types. Pet food quality and nutritional profile are independent of diet form; however, there are owner and pet preferences for diet type.
- Dry foods are more economical to feed than canned or semi-moist foods and can remain at room temperature safely for several (1-3 hours) if not wetted.
- Semi-moist foods are generally more palatable than dry foods but have become less popular in the last decade, hence more difficult to find.
- Canned foods are generally more palatable than semi-moist and dry because they contain more of the nutrients that taste good: water, protein and fat.
Be sensible with your new pet’s diet.
Every animal needs a well balanced nutritious diet. Every animal also has different needs for diet and well being. You must research diet to keep your lovable fur-baby healthy and happy.
Simple Steps to Follow:
- Weight (Manufactured pet food feeding instructions do not apply to an overweight pet. Meaning, don’t overfeed an overweight pet. You will only increase their weight and endanger their health. Talk to your vet if your pet is overweight. Your vet will be able to suggest a healthy pet food or diet for your fur-baby. It is important you give your pet the proper amount of food for a well balanced nutritious diet. Pet food package instructions only lists daily dietary calories for healthy average weight by size.)
- Health or Medical Condition (I.E. Allergies)
- Active Pets (Usually require more food.)
Type of Pet Food (Manufactured or prepare your own pet food.)
- Make or prepare your pet own food.
- There is also broths and meal toppers you can add to pet food.
Vitamins & Supplements
Things to Consider for Pet Diet:
- Puppy vs Adult Dog Food or Kitten vs Cat Food (Don’t buy adult pet food for a young pet even though it may be cheaper. A young pet needs additional nutrition for development.)
- Older Pet Food Diet
- Pet Food for Medical Condition (I.E. Allergies)
- Breed of Pet Food Diet