Is Rotational Feeding Right for Your Pet?
- 16 December 2016
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Pet Wants Madison is proud to provide pet owners with food that is healthy and nutritious. We do this by selling all-natural dog and cat food that’s slow-cooked in small batches. This approach maximizes the nutritional value of our food. In addition to our commitment to making food that’s truly great for pets, we’re also passionate about helping people learn how to give their pets the best quality of life.
The Traditional Approach to Pet Feeding
The educational topic we want to focus on today is rotational feeding. The approach most people take to feeding their dog or cat is to provide the exact same meal two or three times a day. Given how common this practice is, it doesn’t seem that strange to do. But if you stop and think about what it would be like to eat the exact same thing every time you sit down to eat, it suddenly doesn’t seem so appealing.
5 Reasons to Consider Rotational Feeding
Based on the scenario described above, some pet owners and vets advocate for a practice known as rotational feeding. This method involves feeding pets a variety of proteins and/or multiple forms of food. Different proteins can include lamb, chicken, salmon and turkey.
Advocates for this method of feeding focus on two main advantages over the traditional approach to feeding pets. This first is increasing the enjoyment a dog or cat gets from eating by offering more variety. The second is the health benefits that may go along with a pet getting more variety through its diet.
Specific reasons to consider rotational feeding that fall within those categories include ensuring well-rounded nutrient intake (which is something we take a long of pride in doing with all our blends), creating mealtime excitement for pets, helping ensure a pet drinks plenty of water every day, potentially reducing the risk of food allergies and helping to prevent an animal from developing any intolerances related to food.
In terms of the when and how of this kind of feeding, it’s most highly recommended for puppies or kittens that are eating solid food. However, it’s a practice that has the potential to be beneficial for a pet of any age. The key to successfully transitioning to this type of feeding is to start slowly and pay close attention to how your pet reacts as you introduce more variety.
The Bottom Line
While there are definitely benefits associated with rotational feeding, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s the perfect option for every dog and cat. It’s important to think about the specific needs of your pet and consult with your vet about any questions you have.
Regardless of whether you decide to follow this approach or stick with your current method of feeding, you can count on any Pet Wants blend you feed to be healthy and delicious!