Figuring out how much your pet needs to eat is simple if you know where to find the answers. Most pet foods are labelled to show how many cups of food your pet should be eating at their weight. For a little more information, here is the breakdown of needed caloric intake for pets of different sizes:
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning that they need certain nutrients only found in meat to survive. This need for a high-protein diet makes them different from us and different from dogs. A cat will thrive on a meat-based diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. A cat’s diet also varies based on age. For example, if a kitten is removed from its mother before it can eat solid food then he or she may need a milk replacer. For most cat owners, however, your cat probably eats dry cat food or canned wet food.
Dogs, on the other hand, are omnivorous. This means that they can eat meat, grains and vegetables. A high-quality dog food will have the right balance of these food groups. While dogs can digest all three of these food types, they require them in very specific amounts which can vary depending on your dog’s breed. When feeding your dog you can also choose between dry food or wet food.
Dogs need to be mentally stimulated and physically active. Taking your dog for a walk not only allows him to exercise, but it also lets him explore his environment. Plus, it’s an excuse to be active and spend time with your dog! Some people like to ride their bike along side their dog if their dog is particularly speedy. If you decide that is a good option for you and your pup, then you should consider getting a bike leash for your pet. Don’t forget that every dog’s exercise level varies based on its size, breed, and age. You may also need to adjust your regimen based on your dog’s abilities.
Cats also need to stay active to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cats are predators by nature, meaning that their natural instinct is to hunt prey. Keeping your cat active with the help of toys that bring out your cat’s natural instincts is key to keeping your cat on the go. Cats can be difficult to take on walks, but some enjoy short walks on a leash to explore their environment. Cats, like dogs, vary in exercise requirements as they age so you should always adjust your level of play accordingly.
We hope these tips help you keep your pet fit in the coming year