I recently received an email asking my opinion about several types of pet foods – what I considered the quality of the foods. Both of the pet foods he asked about (which he was feeding his family) were what I regarded as being very inferior foods. I informed him with this and his response was that they probably couldn’t afford a much better food.
While I realize that better quality dog and cat foods may be two as well as 3 times higher priced than some 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 should be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’the concern cost pet owners far more compared to the’few cents’a meal to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned relating to this’few cents a meal’theory – but before you question me too, allow me to explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when it comes to purchasing a higher quality food. They go through the cost and gasp when it comes to how fast Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food shop cat. What they don’t really know is that with better quality pet foods, you don’t feed just as much – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that do not satisfy the nutritional needs of the pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to get the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Better quality foods/ingredients provide your pet with quality nutrition and they eat on average 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 offer 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 high 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 less than .38 cents a meal.
So although the high cost of the food reads to be two times as expensive – it’s actually definately not the truth. Utilizing the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals a day, in a month you are spending around $18.00 monthly to feed a pet with the inferior food. With the apparent two times as expensive higher quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals a day, in a month you are spending around $22.80 per month. Less than $5.00 monthly difference that can save you 1000s of dollars in vet bills and add years to their life. You have to go through the cost per meal to fully give the price tag on the food consideration.
Some tips about what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the television 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 the pet food contained cheap inferior nutrition sources like by-products, meat and bone meal, and grains.
So, it is becoming our habit to feed more – which they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself comes along and tells 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 because this recent pet food recall, you learn that chemicals can in fact be included with variations of these grains (glutens)…so then you look over your choices at the pet store or online. And you think when it comes to just how much per’bag’of food. After all, you’ve probably tried several several types of pet food previously – possibly even one or two that cost a little 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 go through the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the price – you are thinking just the way they want one to think…in terms of the price of the bag, not the price of the serving.
The determining factor for picking a pet food should not be cost or advertising. You have to look at and understand those first five ingredients. Obviously there is much more involved than the initial five ingredients, but in my research…if the initial five ingredients of a pet food are good, so are the remaining ingredients. If a pet food manufacturer cares enough to help make the first five ingredients quality – which can be the majority of the food…they care enough to make all the ingredients quality. Don’t be mislead into any comfort zone of a pet food manufacturers advertising…do your homework and read and understand at the least the initial five ingredients of your 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 once you switch to a more nutritious pet food – again, with more quality ingredients they just don’t need just as much food much like inferior ingredients. If you switch your pet to a quality pet food and continue steadily to feed the exact same amount as the lesser quality food you’re feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily level of food our pets require depends on many things such as for instance activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. For 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 the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on another hand free feeds – he has use of the full bowl of food all the time and eats when he wants. He never been an over eater and this is effective for him. I possibly could never do the exact same with my dogs.
So meal for the pet is something you should experiment with. If your dog or cat doesn’t have’figure’- shows no waist when taking a look at them from above – chances are they have to lose a few pounds. Scale back the serving size. When you can visibly see ribs – they probably need to achieve several pounds and you need to slightly raise the serving size. Take note too that a cup of food a trip to 2 years old will most likely be too much food when they’re a little older. Keep a constant monitoring eye in it – a wholesome weight is a healthy pet.