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Why You Should Not Food Your Pet Table Scraps

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

When you have pets at home, especially dogs and cats, you can be really tempted to feed them with leftovers from your meal. But veterinarians and other animal experts frown upon doing this.

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What you can give your cat off the table: Some table scraps aren’t harmful or toxic for your cat. Steak, chicken and carrots are three table scraps that are completely OK for cats. In fact, the first two are a better protein source for your cat than commercially available cat food. However, make sure these do not have any preservatives added.

What not to give your cat off the table: The list of things that you cannot give your cat from the table is much longer. Salts, fats, sugar, greasy food, salty food, sweet food, chocolate, caffeine, and food with seasonings are all harmful for your cat. Food with onion and garlic can also be toxic for cats as they cause a type of anemia in them. Avocado, raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure in cats. Tomatoes, something that is common in human diet, are also harmful for cats. Avoid giving anything that contains these ingredients to your cat.

Also, other reasons not to feed cats table scraps include:

The cat might get used to begging for food and beg for food every time you and your family sit down to eat

The cat might get satiated with table scraps and refuse to eat its own, nutritious food

The cat can become malnourished if it eats only table scraps

Human food might be tastier for the cat and it might refuse to eat cat food

With all these reasons in mind, it is safe to say that feeding cats table scraps should be avoided.

The Responsibility Of Pet Care

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. When you bring a pet into your home, you become responsible for its food, shelter, health, and well-being. Unfortunately, despite this responsibility, many pet owners think of owning a pet as owning a toy. They don’t do their research to find out the food and exercise needs of their pet. Ignorance when it comes to pet care is a major problem. Another problem arises when pet owners with good intentions adopt a pet, only to tire of giving it constant care and slip into neglect. Unfortunately, these problems are too common.

When you invite a pet like a dog into your home, you are responsible for its care and comfort. That means you need to do research about the dog’s breed to find out what kind of food it eats and how often. You should also know what foods it can’t eat. You are also responsible for making sure the dog has the proper shots and immunizations. Having regular veterinary care is important. One of the most important and most neglected aspects of pet care is exercise. Most dogs need exercise on a daily basis, but many dogs don’t get it. Regular grooming is also important not only for the dogs looks, but for its health. Another problem arises when pet owners leave town. If there is no one to care for the dog, it should be boarded at trusted doggie daycare facility, preferably one that is cage-free and provides regular exercise. If you are thinking of becoming a dog owner, make sure you are ready for the responsibility.

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