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I recently received a survey from a food company asking for some information on how cats and dogs eat, and what I’d like to see in pet food. I was really impressed by how thorough the survey was. I hope you’ll find the answers to the questions I’m asked quite interesting.
1. Which foods does your pet most enjoy?
We have two female cats, one is a tortie and one is a Mne Coon cat. They eat a lot of both dry food and canned food.
Citrus Treats for Kitty – They love this.
Gourmet Kitty – Kitty loves these too!
Diet Plus – This brand is high in fiber. It’s more expensive than the others.
Kitten Delights – They love this too!
I’m a big fan of Wellness – They have great nutrition.
Purina Kitten Chow, Premium – They love this too!
Natura Cat Food – This brand is high in protein and fat.
Natura Grn Free – This brand is high in protein and fiber.
Natural Balance – This brand is high in protein and fat.
Wellness – This brand is high in protein.
Wishbone – This brand is high in protein and fat.
2. Do you have allergies or other problems with your pets?
None that I know of.
3. Which foods do you think your pets should eat more of and why?
I think our cats should eat a little more meat and a little more grn, because they don’t have teeth that are strong enough to chew on meat like dogs do. We have some canned food that they don’t seem to like as much as others. It’s more expensive than some of the others, and I wonder if that makes them a little picky about what they eat.
4. Which foods do you like to give your pets as treats?
When I give them treats, I like to give a few different kinds. My tortie loves treats with cheese and peanut butter on them. I give her fish, chicken, liver and eggs too. I also like to give her something like a chicken and rice roll. My cat loves her chicken bones.
5. How many times a day do you give your pets food?
I feed them once in the morning, and once in the evening. The first time they eat, they get food for a few hours.
6. What size contners do you feed your pets in?
I feed my cats in a 3 1/2 quart wide-mouth can. They each eat about a cup and a half at each meal.
7. Do you always feed your pets on an empty stomach?
Yes, I usually try to keep them empty for the first few hours of their day so that they can get hungry agn later.
8. What type of food do you feed your pets?
I usually feed them the same brand of food that I feed myself. The only difference is that I use the canned variety.
9. Do you change your pets’ food brands as you get them?
I used to, but I don’t any more. When I got them, I was feeding their food to myself, so I used it until I had to change the brand. I haven’t changed it since.
10. Which are the top 10 foods you need to make sure your pets have a healthy diet?
I would have to say the top 10 is protein, fat, and fiber. These are all things that are needed for good digestion and good health. They are also a lot cheaper than the other nutrients, so I’d have to say that they are probably my top three.
11. Why are they important?
The proteins in the foods we eat are what builds us up. They provide the protein that keeps us strong, and the fats provide the fuel that helps us to move. And the fiber adds to the texture of the food, and the texture of the food helps us to feel fuller and help us move.
12. What would you like to see improved in pet foods?
I’d like to see more protein and fat in pet foods. It’s hard to tell the nutritional content of dry and canned pet foods, and it would be nice to be able to check what I am feeding.
13. What is the one food you think should be improved for pets?
I’d have to say it is a toss-up. I’d have to say the two best would be the Wellness brand and the Purina brand. I think both of them have high nutrition, and I would trust their nutritional content.
14. Would you like to see different foods made avlable for dogs and cats?
If there was a specific cat food made for the cats I’d want, I’d be all over it. If it had high-quality meat, that would be very appealing to me.
15. What would you do if your pet died?