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While pets can be quite curious about the foods their humans eat, in the long run feeding them “people food” will not fully meet their specific nutritional needs. In fact, some foods like chocolate, grapes, onions, and garlic can be dangerous or even poisonous.
The amount of daily calories required for a dog each day varies depending on the size, age, and breed. Most adult cats require an average of 300 calories per day; however, the specific nutritional needs of dogs and cats are quite different from one another.
What do lions and tigers eat most? Meat. It’s no surprise, then, that the majority of a cat’s diet should be meat based. At least 40 percent of your cat’s diet should come from protein in order to provide the vital amino acids required for their health, nutrition and overall well-being.
Taurine, in particular, is essential and cannot be acquired from any other type of food. Taurine is crucial for eye, heart and reproductive functioning. Vitamin A is also provided by eating meat. In addition to 40 percent protein, a cat’s diet should be around 30 percent fats. Fat brings crucial nutrients such as fatty acids as well as vitamins D and E.
That said, your cat’s intake of fat should be monitored to ensure that he or she maintains a healthy weight. Cats do not require many carbohydrates. In fact, too many carbs can be detrimental to your cat’s health.
Many animal lovers are surprised to learn that dogs require far less protein than cats – less than half as much, to be exact. Protein should comprise around 18 percent of a canine diet along with just 10 to 15 percent fat. Healthy carbohydrates and just a bit of fiber should comprise the rest of your dog’s diet.
Both dogs and cats should be provided plenty of fresh water to support hydration and optimal digestion. They should be encouraged to play daily so that they get enough physical activity to support good health and maintain a healthy weight.
Pet nutrition can seem complex but fortunately, specially formulated cat food and dog food from reputable companies can help to take the guesswork out of pet nutrition. Ask your Wichita Falls veterinarian Callfield Companion Animal Clinic about the ideal dog food or cat food for your pet.
There are also special pet food formulas available for the different phases of a pet’s life, including kitten/puppy and senior formulas. We can also assist you with solutions to diagnose and address pet allergies as well as obesity and weight control.
Wichita Falls veterinarian Callfield Companion Animal Clinic can also give pet owners advice related to behavior modification and other aspects of health and nutrition to help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life. If you have additional questions about pet nutrition, contact Wichita Falls veterinarian Callfield Companion Animal Clinic to schedule an appointment.