I recently received a contact asking my opinion about several types of pet foods – what I seriously considered the quality 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 this and his response was which they probably couldn’t afford an improved food.
While I realize that higher quality dog and cat foods could be two as well as 3 times more expensive than a few of the cheaper brands, people that think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. Each time a pet is sick with kidney or liver disease, when a pet must be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’the concern cost pet owners much more compared to the’few cents’meals to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned relating to this’few cents meals’theory – but when you question me too, let me explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when contemplating purchasing a higher quality food shop dog. They consider the price and gasp when contemplating how fast Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they don’t really know is that with higher quality pet foods, you don’t feed 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 obtain the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Better quality foods/ingredients provide the animal 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 meals costs you $15.00 for a 20 pound bag – that equals about .30 per meal.
Now with a top quality pet food – feeding about 1/3 less – a 20 pound bag will provide you about 80 servings. If the higher food costs $30.00 for a 20 pound bag – that stops working to only a little less than .38 cents a meal.
So even though the cost of the meals reads to be twice as expensive – it’s actually definately not the truth. Using the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals a day, in one month you’re spending around $18.00 each month to feed a puppy with the inferior food. With the apparent twice as expensive high quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals a day, in one month you’re spending around $22.80 per month. Less than $5.00 each month difference that can save you a large number of dollars in vet bills and add years to their life. You have to consider the cost per meal to fully give the price tag on the meals consideration.
This is what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the tv commercials of pet food. They emphasize the words’for your pet’s health’or’choice ‘. We’ve trusted them and we’ve followed their directions to feed our pet 2 or 3 glasses of food per day. What we didn’t know was that those recommended 2 or 3 glasses 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 – that they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself comes along 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 look over your options at your pet store or online. And you believe with regards to how much per’bag’of food. All things considered, you’ve probably tried several several types of pet food previously – maybe even a couple of that cost a little more compared to the cheap brands – and you still wound up feeding the same 2 or 3 glasses of food a day. Naturally, you consider the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the price – you’re thinking just the direction they want one to think…in terms of the cost of the bag, not the cost 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. Of course there’s a lot more involved than the first five ingredients, in my research…if the first five ingredients of a puppy food are good, so are the rest of the ingredients. If a puppy food manufacturer cares enough to help make the first five ingredients quality – which is nearly all the food…they care enough to produce all of the ingredients quality. Don’t be mislead into any comfort zone of a puppy food manufacturers advertising…do your homework and read and understand at least the first five ingredients of your 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 whenever you switch to a far more nutritious pet food – again, with an increase of quality ingredients they just don’t need as much food as with inferior ingredients. If you switch your pet to a good pet food and continue to feed the same amount while the lesser quality food you had been feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily quantity of food our pets require is dependent upon many things such as for instance activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. For instance, my 100 pound German Shepherd only eats two glasses 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 rather high energy level. My big guy is 12 years old and a lot more sedate. Considering his little size, the small dog eats much more for his size compared to the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on another hand free feeds – he’s usage of a complete bowl of food all the time and eats when he wants. He never been an over eater and this works well for him. I really could never do the same with my dogs.
So meal for your pet is something you will need to experiment with. If your pet doesn’t have’figure’- shows no waist when looking at them from above – odds are they need to lose a couple of pounds. Cut back the serving size. If you can visibly see ribs – they probably need to get several pounds and you will need to slightly increase the serving size. Please be aware too that the cup of food a day at 2 years old will most likely be an excessive amount of food when they are only a little older. Keep a constant monitoring eye on them – a healthier weight is a healthy pet.