The Pet Food Controversy

Food, in general, has been controversial, from human children’s formulas to pet food, but tremendous concerns have risen and questions abound from pet owners.

Whether you own a cat of dog, makes no difference, for proper nutrition of your pets requires that their food includes meats or fish, and vitamins as well as excluding non-nutritious fillers that the cheaper food contains. In the wild, these animals tore at the flesh of other animals, and so the “circle of life” was stimulated and thrived. In the wild too, dogs and cats would eat the organ meats of animals and thus were provided with the legumes, bones, grasses, and fruits that the kill had eaten.

Experts agree that performing research on what you are going to feed your treasured pets is imperative in order to keep them healthy. Among many other fillers, cellulose, which in effect is sawdust, is frequently used as filler for pet food, and thus is detrimental to your beloved pet because cellulose is not digestible by cats or dogs. Other strange fillers may include scraps from the particular meat listed, such as feathers, beaks, feet and grain hulls that contain no actual nutrition. At the worst, know that cheap kibble may be laced with preservatives such as BHT, BHA, and possibly the antioxidant Ethoxiquin, all of which can make pets very sick.

It is crucial that you read and weigh the number of vitamins in any kibble or other pet food. As mentioned, in the wild, the vitamins are already inherent in what they eat but when man-made food is created, man tends to add preservatives and other non-nutritious additives.

Instead add your own additives in the form of nutritious “people food” such as eggs, yoghurt, cottage cheese, various vegetables and fruits as your pet indicates a desire for by eating them additionally, you can add to their diet in order to keep them healthy. Choose carefully though as some “people food” is dangerous for pets, such as raisins, onions, chocolate and cocoa, as well as macadamia nuts. Again and again, it cannot be stressed enough that proper research is done. Often sick pets are brought to vets and the vets find that the dogs and cats being presented have over-calorie diets, but the poor animals are actually undernourished!

Grain-based diets also do not bring with them the proper nutrition to cats and dogs, and therefore bring illness to the pets. As with humans, chicken-based diets are considered the best for dogs. Optimum human diets announce that fat, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes should be well balanced, and so it is with pet food. Remember when researching for the optimum food to feed your pet that the primary ingredients on the can or box are listed first, and the gradient falls from there. You need not be a scientist to purchase the best food for your pets, but careful adherence to the afore-mentioned “balance” should point you to the best. If in doubt, then, of course, the best person to consult is your local vet that takes care of your pet.