Mealtimes with your Dog or Cat


Whenever we get hungry, we usually go to either our kitchen, the grocery store/market, or a restaurant to grab some grub.  Although we may love our cats and dogs just as if they were human members of the family, that does not mean that their dietary needs are human.  So, we do not recommend feeding your Collie and other furry friends from the dinner table.  To enjoy many healthy and happy years with them, there are some things to take into consideration when it comes to mealtimes:  food formulas, food portions, and feeding schedule.

There are many brands of dog and cat food available on the market.  Making your own natural dog or cat food is also possible; however, the details are best discussed with a veterinarian or specialist.  Whether you choose dry or wet food, there will be advantages and disadvantages to both and therefore having both will be more beneficial to your pet.   In addition, consider the life stage of your pet when choosing what kind of food you want to buy:  kittens and puppies require more nutrients while they are still growing, and mature or pregnant companions will also need a special diet.  But what is the best dog food?  We can’t say for sure, but s a consumer of pet food, make sure that you always check the ingredient label; and keep in mind that generally, you will get what you pay for.

If your Collie is around the middle in terms of weight, let’s just say around fifty pounds, then they are going to require less calories than you would think.  We humans may like to have three meals a day with snacks in-between, but a medium dog would need approximately 3.5-4 cups of food per day.  It may seem like a lot, but measuring out food accurately with utensils will actually make the amount of food appear smaller in many cases.

Keeping a set schedule for mealtimes is also helpful for the health of your cat or dog.  Having a routine will make them feel more trusting and secure, especially knowing that their food source will come consistently.  The addition of an exercise routine before eating will help foster a good relationship with your pet and make healthy habits a part of everyday life, and hopefully that will be a life of many great years spent with you.

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