For whom are economy class feeds produced?
This is not a question of nutrition, but of morality. It is known that most doctors, and owners, strongly recommend feeding it with so-called premium-class feeds, they are more balanced, they use natural preservatives (less harmful). With the composition of economy class feeds, everything is different and the raw materials from which they are made, and preservatives, and balance, to put it mildly, leave much to be desired. The question arises, if everyone is sure of the potential harmfulness of economy-class feeds, then for whom they are produced and why? Economy class feed differs from premium class feed (except for the composition) in cost. Thus, we can assume that this segment of the feed market is aimed at owners whose budget can not afford expensive feed and, knowing its potential harm, manufacturers continue to produce them. How does this compare to a demonstration of animal care or a scientific approach to feed creation? It turns out that manufacturers turn a blind eye to the question of morality, and at the expense of the same pocket and health of the owners themselves, who have already imposed the usefulness of dry diets. I guess there’s a lot to think about.
About mixing different foods in the diet of a dog or cat
This is also a topical issue that faces owners: feed only food or you can mix it with regular food. Dry food is designed to feed the dog only with it (because it is balanced) and manufacturers do not welcome the addition of other (normal dog) food, like everything is already there. This is logical, because if you add to the norm of dry food, for example, meat, you will increase the protein load on the animal. But manufacturers are also advised to add to the dry diet and wet food, the same company. How does this imbalance compare? It turns out that there is a double standard of feeding: the first – do not add normal food (there will be an overabundance, such as protein); the second-you can add if the wet food of the same company, while claiming that the wet food is pieces of meat. It is also not clear what the feeding rate should be based on, the one that is written on the package or something else. There is a misunderstanding that owners will always interpret for the worse, that is, to the detriment of the animal. All this does not compare at all with the principle – “we try so hard to keep your pet healthy” and is more compared with the principle of increasing sales of not only dry feeds, but also wet ones.
What is natural food for an animal?
The concept of natural nutrition came into use with the mass enthusiasm for Unnatural nutrition, the appearance of commercial feed on the market and their active promotion. It is rare to find an owner who imagines what natural food is. As a rule, it is considered that natural food is everything except commercial feed. But this is not really the case. Under natural nutrition of an animal is not understood as naturalness as such, but “naturalness” of food for this type of animal. Is meat a natural product? Yes, for a dog or cat, but not for a horse. Is oats a natural product? Yes, for a horse, but not for a dog. A dog doesn’t eat hay, but hay is also a natural product for a rabbit. Therefore, if you feed your dog or cat cereals, bread (maybe not only) or horses are fed half a bucket of oats rich in protein, then this diet has nothing to do with the natural diet.