I recently received an email asking my opinion about several different types 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 regarded as very inferior foods. I informed him of the and his response was which they probably couldn’t afford a much better food.
While I recognize that better quality dog and cat foods could be two as well as 3 times more expensive than a few of the cheaper brands, people who think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. When a pet is sick with kidney or liver disease, when a pet must certanly be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’medical concern cost pet owners a lot more compared to the’few cents’dinner to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about that’few cents dinner’theory – but when you question me too, allow me to explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when considering purchasing a higher quality food. They look at the price and gasp when considering how fast Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they do not know is that with better quality pet foods, that you do not feed the maximum amount of – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that not satisfy the nutritional needs of your pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to have the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Higher quality foods/ingredients provide the pet with quality nutrition and they eat typically 1/3 less.
So let’s break it down seriously 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 food 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 will provide you about 80 servings. If the greater food costs $30.00 for a 20 pound bag – that reduces to only a little less than .38 cents a meal.
So although the cost of the food reads to be doubly expensive – it’s actually not even close to the truth. Using the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals per day, in 30 days you are spending around $18.00 each month to feed a puppy with the inferior food shop cat. With the apparent doubly expensive higher quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals per day, in 30 days 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 with their life. You need to look at the cost per meal to totally give the buying price of the food consideration.
Here’s what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the tv screen commercials of pet food. They emphasize what’ for the 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 has become our habit to feed more – that they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself occurs and lets you know how horrible ingredients like by-products and meat and bone meal are – and you learn that grains such as for example 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 then you check out your alternatives at your pet store or online. And you believe in terms of just how much per’bag’of food. In the end, you’ve probably tried several different types of pet food in the past – maybe even 1 or 2 that cost a tad bit more compared to the cheap brands – and you still finished up feeding the exact same 2 or 3 cups of food a day. Naturally, you look at the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the cost – you are thinking just the way 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 need to look at and understand those first five ingredients. Obviously there is a great deal more involved than the initial five ingredients, however in my research…if the initial five ingredients of a puppy food are good, so might be the rest of the ingredients. If a puppy food manufacturer cares enough to really make the first five ingredients quality – which can be nearly all the food…they care enough to make most of the quality of the ingredients. Don’t be mislead into any safe place of a puppy food manufacturers advertising…do your homework and read and understand at the very least the initial five ingredients of one’s pet’s food.
With better, more nutritious pet foods – they do NOT need as much as with the cheaper foods. Don’t let the old habit of feeding more sway you when you switch to a more nutritious pet food – again, with increased quality ingredients they only don’t need the maximum amount of food much like inferior ingredients. In the event that you switch your pet to a good pet food and continue steadily to feed the exact same amount whilst the lesser quality food you had been feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily quantity of food our pets require is dependent upon several things such as for example 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 fairly high energy level. My big guy is 12 years of age and a great deal more sedate. Considering his little size, the little dog eats a lot more for his size compared to the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on one other hand free feeds – he has access to the full bowl of food constantly and eats when he wants. He has never been an over eater and this works well for him. I really could never do the exact same with my dogs.
So meal for the pet is something you should experiment with. If your pet has no’figure’- shows no waist when considering them from above – odds are they have to lose several pounds. Reduce the serving size. If you’re able to visibly see ribs – they probably need to achieve several pounds and you’ll need to slightly boost the serving size. Take note too a cup of food a day at 2 years of age will more than likely be too much food when they are only a little older. Keep a continuing monitoring eye on them – a wholesome weight is a healthier pet.