For most people, their pet is their best friend and they enjoy including their pet in many of the activities that they partake in during the day. When it comes to feeding dogs, it can be easy to adopt the mentality of ‘oh, they’ll eat anything’ and give them whatever food you happen to have on hand, however, it isn’t true for most dogs. Most of the time, dogs will eat anything you put in front of them, before realising that it does not make them feel very good, when it’s too late.
Some food can do a lot of damage to a dog’s or a cat’s organs because they are unable to process it effectively. Usually they will not be able to communicate this easily to their owner, so it is best to do your research and only feed them food that is going to be good for them. Because animals have different nutritional requirements from humans, as well as a different metabolism, there are some foods that we can all eat together, while there are some foods that are not good for animals.
- Foods That Are Ok for Dogs and Cats
Carrots, Peanut Butter, Eggs, Blueberries, Salmon, Popcorn, Pineapple, Watermelon, Blackberries, Corn, Green Peas, Oatmeal, Apples, Broccoli, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Coconut, Pork, Mango, Turkey, Rice, Beef, Bananas, Strawberries, Oranges, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Celery, Shrimp, Cooked Fish.
Note: Cats will need meats and fish to be cooked; otherwise, it will make them sick. In terms of quality, a good rule of thumb is that if you would not eat it yourself, don’t feed it to your pet!
- Foods That Are OK in Small Quantities
Salt, Cheese, Cashews, Almonds, Bread, Tomatoes, Honey, Milk and Cherries
- Foods That Are Not OK for Dogs or Cats
Grapes and Raisins, Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts, Onions, Avocado, Coffee, Tea, Garlic, Alcohol, Lemon and Lime.
Note: You will find that cats do not enjoy eating sweet foods anyway, as they don’t have the receptors to taste sweet tastes.
Choosing the Right Foods for Your Pet
Dogs and cats are very active, so they need food that is high in protein to give them the energy to do all the activities that they do throughout their busy day running around and exploring the world around them. Fish need particular foods that are bought from a pet store that contain everything that they need for their bodies. Other pets will most likely have very specific dietary requirements related to their own specific metabolic and physical needs.