Portion size varies a lot depending on species, choice of diet and lifestyle of your pets. It’s generally recommended that dogs get between 2 to 3% of their body weight in dog food
per day however you must also take into consideration how valuable and nutritionally dense their diet is. Every type of food you buy will have a feeding guide so you will know the exact amount for your pet’s body weight by following the brand specific guide.
The amount of food they should get depends on how many calories are in their diet and how quickly they burn off those calories. A pup that goes on multiple walks a day and spends it running around with no break will need more food than a pooch that weighs exactly the same but only goes on one gentle walk a day where they stick to their guardian’s side like glue.
It’s recommended that cats will need to consume between 150 to 250 calories per day depending on their size and activity levels. An indoor cat will need less food than a cat that spends most of their day roaming around outside. On every bag of dry cat food
or on the back of cat food pouches will be a feeding guide that gives a good estimation of how much to feed them based on that specific food and your moggy’s body weight. It does vary with activity levels and how many extra calories they consume through treats, so it’s important to maintain a balance.
What’s the correct amount of treats to give my pet?
Pets should only be consuming a limited number of treats per day. Treats can be in the form of treats specially made for your pet like Good Boy Pawsley & Co Chicken Strips
or it can be a nice natural chew like a pig’s ear or a carrot. It doesn’t matter what that treat is, it should still only make up a small amount of their total diet. It’s recommended that treats should make up no more than 10% of their total diet. This means that if your cat gets 150g of dried food in a day, they can have 15g of treats. You just have to be sure that you balance their meals and give them a little bit less to account for the calories they get from treats.
It’s difficult to be absolutely exact with measuring food but 15g of treats would look like one of these Webbox Cats Delight Lick-E-Lix with Chicken Cat Treat
per day as the servings they come in is 15g. That doesn’t mean to say your pet needs to have that amount of treats per day, it just means that you won’t throw off the balance of their complete diet with just 10% of treats. Anything more though and you may find that their daily intake of food is no longer balanced and they’ll be lacking in some nutrients.
What are the dangers of overfeeding my pet?
Overfeeding your pet can be just as harmful as underfeeding. We tend to react to skinny animals in a different way to seeing a pudgy puppy or a fat cat but in reality, they are both just as damaging. If you’re feeding a pet too much in one go, they can quite easily get gastro issues. Loose stools, bloating and general discomfort around their abdomen are common signs of overfeeding. If you have a puppy it becomes even more obvious with their big pot bellies. If your pooch wolfs down their meals, they need more than one meal a day as eating all of their calories for one day in just a few short minutes will be too much for their stomach to process.
Long term overfeeding can lead to obesity and when a dog or cat is overweight, it can inhibit their organs from functioning normally. More weight puts extra strain on their joints, for older dogs with arthritis, it’s even more important to keep the extra weight off. If your pet ever needs surgery, being overweight puts them at a higher risk of going under anaesthetics. So, they would either need to lose weight first or it would make an emergency procedure more risky than it needs to be.
All pet parents who want to spend as long with their beloved fur babies as possible should aim to keep them happy and healthy to help them live longer and avoiding too many extra snacks can really help.
What foods should I avoid giving my pet too much of?
Any food can become an issue when you give too much to your pet. While we know that giving too much human food like table scraps or things that are bad for them can be harmful, any food if fed to excess can be bad for them. Too many treats will add too many calories and throw their balanced diet off, but at the same time, giving them more of their usual diet because they look hungry can be just as damaging. Getting your pet’s food right is a balance between making sure all the nutrients they need are available in a complete and balanced diet and giving them the calories they need to sustain energy throughout the day and no more.
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