Do carnivores only need to eat meat?
Lions and tigers live in the wild and are carnivores, but they don’t just eat meat.
In fact, most of their prey targets are herbivores. After capturing their prey, they not only eat the meat, but also bite open their stomachs and swallow the intestines that accumulate fully digested carbohydrates grains and fiber vegetables. Although carnivores can also eat grass, the intestines of carnivores are shorter than those of herbivores and lack digestive fiber enzymes, so they are not suitable for digesting grass. Therefore, carnivores should absorb nutrients that meat cannot provide, i.e., they should maintain nutritional balance by eating plants that are not fully digested in the gut of herbivores.
Similarly, unlike the cat and mouse Tom and Jerry, which is like a cartoon, the ideal food for a cat from a biological and nutritional point of view is to swallow a mouse. By swallowing a mouse
Dogs and cats don’t just eat meat.
Dogs and cats don’t just eat meat.
Dogs and cats also need a balanced intake of nutrients. Giving your pet the right amount of calories and nutrition based on life stage and weight is fine, but requires special nutritional knowledge and time costs. Therefore, giving a high-quality pet diet is a minimum requirement.
Unlike regular foods and snacks, only pet diets and water are sufficiently healthy to be called integrally nutritious foods .
Now in foreign countries, pet feeds that meet the AAFCO Association of American Feed Control Officials; Nutrition Benchmarks are considered to be a comprehensive nutritional food by the American Association of Feed Control Officials
But now in China unlike now in China AAFCO such standards do not monitor the safety standards of dog and cat pet food and its additives public machine additives can be used as a benchmark for feed selection.
While nutritional additives are needed to balance nutrition, colorings, flavors and other additives are added to allow consumers to purchase a tasty feed in a sales strategy that is completely unnecessary in value nutritionally. Verify the ingredient statements on the package and select unnecessary pet feeds.
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In general, the taste of the food your pet eats before and after weaning determines the taste of the food they prefer in the future. The more food they eat during weaning, the wider the range of foods they will prefer in the future. From a preventive medicine perspective, it is ideal to feed your pet a good quality pet diet.
Living with your pet, you can’t help but want to give them a few treats snacks. Looking at such lovely eyes full of eagerness looking at you, is it too inhumane not to give them a treat? The psychological guilt of the pet director and the psychological satisfaction of being a really good boy by staying home submissively makes people want to give them some tasty snacks.
But once the frequency of snacking increases, there is a danger of falling into “all snack and no feed”. A dog may weigh less than a tenth of our body weight in weight terms, so giving a dog a cookie is like eating ten of your own. So, giving your pet uncontrolled snacks may make your dog happy, but the consequences of such behavior are beyond your imagination.
What are the benchmarks for pet feed selection?
Pay attention to the following points:
1. whether it is truly a comprehensive nutritional food
The above foreign AAFCO pet feeds that use this standard as a comprehensive nutritional food.
2. Confirmation that no antioxidants such as BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, etc. are present.
3. Choose the country of origin of the feed to avoid hot climate countries as much as possible.
If dog food produced in the tropics has a different climate than Japan, of course the ingredients are different. In addition, compared to regular imports, feeds imported in parallel which seems to be understood as special channel imports often contain more preservatives because of poor temperature and humidity management in order to reduce costs, often using long term shipping mixes. And there are a lot of feeds that are past their shelf life.
4. The ingredients list is ordered from most to least, so choose the meat and fish at the front and not the grains at the beginning.
5. Pay special attention to the labeled by-products.
By-products are usually a general term for the leftover organs and bones from the processing of meat. However, depending on the manufacturer, there are some high quality byproducts used. So when labeling byproducts, it is best to check manufacturer’s web page, etc. what byproducts are used.
Even quality products need to be in moderation. Too much!
Obesity in dogs and cats has become a medical problem due to poor diet management. More than 20% of ideal body weight can be considered obese. Some dogs Beagle, Barcelona Spaniel, Sausage Spaniel, Labrador, Cocker Spaniel, Heeler Shepherd, etc. may even have an impact on their genetic quality. The most common cause of obesity in pets is overeating in addition to thyroid dysfunction.
Obesity only shortens their life span. Obesity-related diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, heat stroke, diabetes, constipation, and liver disease especially feline fatty liver also increase the risk of medication and anesthesia, and excess abdominal fat makes surgery more difficult.
So manage your pet’s diet properly, and if the reduction is successful, you can return your pet to vitality and health.
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