10 top pet tips for serving up delicious food
Presentation of your pet’s food is actually pretty important, particularly where cats are concerned. The presentation of food can be a reason why your pet won’t eat their lovingly prepared dinner, leaving you concerned or frustrated.
Here are ten pet tips about how to serve your pet’s main course. Whether these are to the standards of The Ivy is a different matter, but give it a try:
Ten pet tips for serving up food
- Feed puppies and kittens from shallow, wide bowls or saucers.
- Cats prefer to eat from wide shallow bowls as these don’t squash their whiskers while eating. Cats use their whiskers to judge ‘width’ of spaces e.g. can they sneak through that narrow gap to get away from the street bully. They do not like having their whiskers interfered with.
- Some cats prefer metal or ceramic bowls over plastic ones, as the plastics can give off a certain smell they dislike. Saying that, some cats and dogs don’t like the clinking noise stainless steel bowls can make when their collar tags hit the bowl whilst they’re eating. Adjust the bowl accordingly.
- For elderly or poor-sighted pets, use shallow wide bowls that are non-slip. Keep them in the same place so they know where to find their food and water.
- Fresh water should be available at all times, but without ice!
- Clean food bowls daily. Hard crusted food not only encourages bacterial growth but also will put some pets off eating. Most metal and some of the ceramic ones can go in the dishwasher – yay.
- Feeding and drinking bowls should not be placed near a cat’s litter tray or toileting area. They dislike this terribly and quite often will not eat. Well – would you?
- Most dogs and cats do not like food that is cold. If you keep opened food in the fridge remove it, and warm to room temperature first.
- In warm weather remove uneaten food pronto. I had an incident last summer where I left the remainder of my own cat’s food out for about 30 minutes. To my horror a fly had already laid its eggs in there, cue little tiny baby maggots all over it. It was foul and sooo not chic.
- Use the feeding guides provided on the packaging of your chosen pet food regarding how much to feed. Always measure it out (do not guess). If they are over or under weight, feed the amount for what they ‘should’ weigh, not what they actually do.
And finally, a nifty piece of information regarding fussy eaters… with pet food you get what you pay for quite frankly. The cheaper, lower end brands will use different ingredients in different batches. For example, one batch may contain chicken, the next pork. It depends which ingredients are cheaper to source and use at the time of manufacturing… This is an explanation for a pet ‘suddenly going off’ their food. The more expensive and premium brands use fixed ingredients, which don’t change.
My advice is to feed the best diet you can afford.
By Annaliese Morgan