Is it possible to combine feeding with natural products and industrial feed?
This combination is unacceptable. This is one of the most common mistakes of feeding dogs and cats. Some owners try to add a small amount of industrial feed as a vitamin Supplement to their home diet. Or they worry that you can’t eat only “Breakfast cereals” all your life. After all, in nature, the animal does not consume dry food. We must not forget that Breakfast cereals are not the only source of food for people, so huge research centers have not been working on the development of another such product for many years, and the balance of such a Breakfast is not ideal for a person. Dry industrial animal feed is a completely different product. This is a full-fledged balanced diet. With long-term use of only dry food in an animal, the body naturally adjusts to the production of a certain amount of digestive juices, a certain quality and composition. This constancy helps the body maintain its metabolism and water balance at the necessary level. Therefore, fresh drinking water should always be available. If the animal does not like dry food, it can be soaked with room temperature water or feed the pet canned food. Animal nutrition in nature has nothing to do with eating home-made food, since the food consumed by wild animals is absolutely balanced in all nutrients. We will not be able to provide the cat with the same set of nutrients that is contained in the mouse, using a home diet. In addition, in nature, the animal has the ability to independently adapt the balance to its current needs. At home, Pets have to eat what their owners offer them. To achieve a balanced diet with mixed feeding becomes even more difficult than when feeding the animal with home-made food.
Is there a need to change ready-made industrial feed of different brands among themselves?
Some owners worry that their pet will get tired of the food they choose, so they try to change the food once a week or at other intervals. In fact, Pets are very quickly accustomed to the very diet that their owners are accustomed to. Therefore, if the selected feed is suitable for the animal, there is absolutely no need to change it, otherwise the animal will get used to the constant change of feed. In addition, the transition from one manufacturer’s feed to another manufacturer’s feed is always a stress for the animal’s body, since each of them uses its own ingredients, its own recipes, its own production technologies, and the body is forced to adjust its enzyme system to a specific product every time. This load does not pass without a trace for the body. Sooner or later, this “diversity” leads to chronic diseases and metabolic disorders.
Why is it so important what ingredients make up the food?
The list of ingredients shown on the feed packaging can be useful for evaluating the feed. Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. However, it is almost very difficult to determine the quantitative content of ingredients when analyzing the finished feed. Many manufacturers take advantage of this and, contrary to existing legislation, put ingredients that are beneficial to them at the top of the list.
It is useful to remember some basic rules when evaluating the quality of feed based on the content of ingredients. In particular, the source of animal protein should be among the first two ingredients in canned foods and among the first three – in dry feeds.
In addition to the presence of certain ingredients, the quality of the feed is affected by the ratio between them, their biological value, the degree of digestibility, the quality before cooking and the preservation of the main nutritional characteristics after cooking.
What is the biological value of ingredients?
This concept usually refers to feed proteins. It consists in how much the product contains all the essential amino acids. The biological value of eggs is 100%, so eggs are considered an excellent source of protein.
Biological value of protein of various ingredients:
Product Biological value
Fish meal 92%
Soy flour 67%
Meat and bone meal ~50%
Whole wheat grain 48%
Corn grain 45%
What is the digestibility of ingredients?
The digestibility of individual nutrients is determined by the ratio of the amount of nutrients absorbed to the amount of nutrients received. To do this, experiments are conducted that study the relationship between the mass of food eaten and the mass of excreted feces. A large volume of feces indicates low digestibility and poor feed quality. The more nutrients are absorbed, the higher the digestibility rate. The acceptable digestibility of the feed must be at least 75%.
Why is the quality of ingredients important before preparing food?
The list of ingredients does not yet give an idea of their quality. After all, many grains grown on poor soil do not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals for the body. In addition, they may be contaminated with fertilizers and various pesticides.Some grains may be infected with mold, false mildew, or other fungi. The quality of animal ingredients also varies depending on the region of origin, the quality of food, the use of antibiotics, and many other factors.