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Why You Should Rotate Food for Dogs and Cats

Why You Should Rotate Food for Dogs and Cats

Does it make sense to feed our dogs and cats the same scoop of dry kibble or protein every single day?

If you ask any human doctor or nutritionist, they would recommend that our kids consume a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods.

Well, the same is true for our beloved dogs and cats. Variety is the spice of life and the key to optimal nutrition, even for our pets!

Pet parents sometimes make the decision to feed one type of pet food for the majority of their pet’s life. Contrary to popular belief, here are a few reasons why you should have your cat and dog on rotational feeding with the variety of our Furchild Meals.

1. Prevents intolerances and allergies

Feeding a variety of proteins helps to prevent intolerances and allergies from developing.

2. Palatability

Like humans, pets enjoy tasting a variety of meals. The variety makes food palatable and keeps taste buds excited. Pets start eagerly anticipating mealtimes.

And if your dog is a picky eater or you want to make them drool with delight, you have to try our Grass-fed Beef Green Tripe. It’s a new level of taste and the excitement you will see. Plus, it's a complete superfood for dogs!

3. Improves the nutritional balances

Talking about rotational feeding and its benefits for pets, switching between fresh meat sources can improve the balance...

Fatty acids

Steve Brown, an expert raw pet food formulator gives the following example.

Consider beef, it's high in saturated fats but too low in the essential polyunsaturated fats. This includes LA (linoleic acid), which is essential for dogs. So if you feed ruminant meats only (beef, lamb, bison, goat, venison, etc..) you need to add a source of LA, often from vegetable fats or seeds (for instance, hemp seed) to improve the balance of fats.

On the other hand, Steve says that chicken is high in LA, and fatty chicken diets often exceed maximum LA recommendations. The results? A diet that can be pro-inflammatory.

And that's where rotating proteins can help balance these nutrients.

Now, in our case, we use leaner cuts of chicken and add the appropriate oils. And for our ruminant recipes, we use organic hemp seed oil.

Also with Steve as Furchild’s food formulator, we use his expert knowledge to ensure that all our meals are properly balanced, including the ratios of fats.

Minerals

The minerals in beef and chicken are very different, reinforcing the importance of rotating food for dogs and cats.

Steve mentions that a beef liver contains about 10 times more Cu (copper) than a chicken liver. So if you keep feeding your pet chicken only long term, they may be falling short of Cu requirements.

Vitamins

For this, Steve uses vitamin B12 as his example – Chicken has more tryptophan than beef. However, beef has more vitamin B12 than chicken.

So if a pet parent prepares a recipe for chicken and vegetable diets with no organ meats, it will lack vitamin B12. As well, the levels of vitamins vary depending on whether you use dark or light-coloured meats.

For example, while “typical lean dark chicken meat has just 3.9mcg (micrograms, 1 millionth of a gram) per 1000 kcal; a moderately fatty beef, 85% lean, has 104mcg per 1000kcal.”

Amino Acids

Turkey and chicken are high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid. And proteins consist of long chains of amino acids.

On the other hand, beef is low in tryptophan. Some beef diets, using moderately fatty beef, fall short of minimum recommendations for tryptophan.

Whereas lean (skin and separable fat removed) chicken and turkey breast have about 2.5g of tryptophan per 1000 kcal, while the equivalent lean beef has about 0.8g of tryptophan per 1000 kcal.

And if you're considering homemade diets, it becomes even more important to put your cats and dogs on rotational feeding.

How often should you rotate?

With their best health in mind, the first step would be to switch them to a raw diet.

And once your pet has transitioned to Furchild Meals, ideally aim for 4 varieties of proteins per week. At least one of the meals should be poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) and one, ruminant (beef, lamb).

But if your pet has food allergies or intolerances, then it may differ.

New to raw feeding?

If you are switching your dog's diet from dry (kibble), canned, or raw diets without vegetables to a complete and balanced raw diet with organic vegetables, start slow.

It's best to begin slowly and introduce the new food in lesser quantities. Also for the first 7 - 10 days, it's better to stick to 1 - 2 recipes. With time, you can slowly increase the amount of Furchild food until your pet is eating 100% Furchild.

Also, if you need nutritional advice, tips, or tricks specific to your pets, simply fill out this form. Our team of qualified pet food advisors will be more than happy to assist you with personalised recommendations.

Jan 2018

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