These days, a cat or a dog is more than just a pet - your “fur baby” is a member of the family. However, for the sake of your family’s health and your pet’s comfort, it’s important to know there is still a right and wrong way to feed your pet.
When it comes to feeding your pets, it can turn into a messy affair. This is especially true when you have cats and dogs living together. Don’t let Fluffy and Fido run the show - lay down some ground rules that keep your house clean and your mind at ease.
FEEDING GUIDE FOR CATS
It’s tempting to let your cat eat wherever they want - after all, cats are known to hang out in all parts of the house. That does not mean you should place the food bowl wherever it suits them at the time.
Avoid the Countertops
We all know cats like to jump up on the kitchen counter, but it’s best not to encourage this behavior by placing the food bowl in this spot. After all, cats walk around in their litter boxes - do you really want their paws up in your food preparation space? We didn’t think so!
Offer a Quiet Spot
Your kitty will get stressed out if she has to eat around a bunch of chaos, so offering a quiet space that is tucked away from the mayhem is best at mealtime.
Assign Separate Food Bowls if you have Multiple Cats
Cat lovers often have more than one feline, and we can’t blame them. But don’t let your cats share a food or water bowl! Assigning separate bowls to each cat gives them a sense of security and prevents aggression at mealtime.
Establish a Feeding Time
Animals, like human beings, appreciate an element of routine. Establish a mealtime schedule for your cat and stick to it.
Do Not Overfeed the Cat
Keep your cat healthy and do not overfeed her. Consider her age and weight to figure out the correct amount. An alternating diet of wet and dry food is best.
FEEDING GUIDE FOR DOGS
Do Not Hand Out Table Scraps
We know how tempting it is to give your sweet doggie a taste of something you love - but it can actually harm your pooch more than you think. While some pet experts say that the occasional human scrap is OK, it’s probably best to avoid the habit.
Do Not Give Out Too Many Treats
Doggy treats are all the rage these days; entire bakeries are devoted to spoiling your pup! But use caution when offering treats, as they can spoil meals and put extra weight on your pet.
Offer a Quiet Spot
Place your dog’s water and food bowls away from small children, other pets, and even the family dinner spot. A quiet place away from distractions will help your pup focus on eating slowly and digesting well.
Don't Forget Plenty of Fresh Water
Dogs need a lot of fresh, clean water to drink, so fill up bowls frequently, discarding any leftover water each time.
Pick a Feeding Spot that's Easy to Clean
Your dog probably has a tendency to make a bit of a mess when he eats, particularly if he’s a larger breed. Pick a spot that is easy to keep tidy - not carpet or nice rugs, in other words! - and place a pet-friendly mat beneath the bowls to wipe down after meals.
HOW DO YOU KEEP THE DOG OUT OF THE CAT FOOD?
While eating a bit of cat food probably won't harm your dog, eating a lot of doing this on a regular basis is not good for your doggo. It is also frustrating for your cat and can cause them to become anxious and unhappy.
Luckily, there's a solution! Door Buddy is here to help keep your dog away from the cat's food (and the litter box). Not only will your cat be able to eat in peace, but your dog will stay healthier. It's a win-win!
Now that you know a little more about where and how to feed your cat and dog, get some ameowzing insights into what to feed them here.