Reasons Why Your Pet May Be A Picky Eater by Jacqueline Valencia
Everybody has their preferences when it comes to food and nutrition. We all have different tastes and sometimes the foods that we eat are limited to what our bodies are fine with individually. The same thing happens to cats and dogs. Regular kibble for pets might not suit well to different animal tummies. However, sometimes there are human-made reasons that make pets picky eaters.
Cats and dogs are descended from hunters. They were born to eat what they could catch to survive. Many pets are happy to have their regular kibble day after day. However, humans love their pets and want to share from their dinner plate and can you blame them? Those little (or big adorable) faces looking up for whatever is on the table is appealing and animals are curious creatures. Many give in and give a share here and there. This can become an issue when pets will neglect their food bowl and start waiting to be fed from your plate or whatever falls on the floor. All of a sudden a pet owner will find themselves the owner of a finicky foodie.
While begging at the family table might be a cute trait, it can cause a lack of balanced nutrition for your pet, including animal obesity. You might want to curb this behaviour before it becomes an issue to your pet’s health. A pet with a balanced diet and healthy weight prolongs your cat or dog’s life and who doesn’t want more time with their loved one? There are things you can do.
- Try not to feed your pet scraps often, especially if they refuse to eat from their bowl.
- Make sure to feed your pet at set times.
Don’t leave the food out all day. Leave it out for fifteen to 30 minutes.
- If your pet refuses to eat their food, then take the bowl and set the bowl at the next meal time. Do not give them extra treats or scraps until they’ve eaten from their food bowl.
A pet with a balanced diet might still beg, but not beg as often if you stick to the rules above.
If your pet experiences abnormal toileting or strange behaviours after they eat, do consult with your vet. Many pets can experience allergies and digestive distress and require a special diet catered to their bodily needs.
Therefore, while it’s tempting to share the love and the food with your pets, it’s important to remember, they are their own foodies. While giving them the occasional treat out of your plate can be harmless (with research!) and harmless, it’s best to give your furever friend what they need: good love and their good kibble.
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