How to feed your cat and dog.

Cats need the amino acids that are included in animal protein. Researchers have identified twenty-three amino acids that cats require and a deficiency in any of these amino acids can cause health problems. Cats are more finicky than dogs, so feed them mostly meat and a vitamin supplement. Check with a veterinarian to make sure you cover your petsí nutrient requirements. Cats are more complicate

d because they need taurine - an amino acid which comes almost entirely from animal sources. A US company, Harbingers of a New Age, has apparently developed a supplement that can be added to home-cooked cat food to allow cats to live on a vegetarian diet.

Cat food should be higher in protein, and you should avoid onions, bones, and pork in cat food. Both cats and dogs will become sick if given chocolate or alcohol, so avoid adding these substances to home made pet food. Cathy Alinovi DVM; a small town veterinarian that is truly a rare breed. Cathy recently took a public stance stating she believes a pet food to be the cause of a pet illness and death.

Product safety is primarily the responsibility of the regulated company. Each company informs the FDA when it believes that their company pet food may have been compromised. Products meant for intermittent feeding are labeled "Complementary feedingstuff or "complementary petfood" while products with an ash content of over 40% are labeled "Mineral Feedingstuff". Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight.

Feeding your cat on tins of Dine will cost you more than $1000 a year. Feeding your pooch My Dog in a tin will cost you more than $1800 per year. Feeding directions vary among manufacturers, too, so the number of calories delivered in a daily meal of one food may be quite different from another. The number of calories in a product roughly relates to the amount of fat, although varying levels of non-calorie-containing components, such as water and fiber, can throw this correlation off. Feed contamination is a fairly uncommon occurrence, said Dr. He added that most pork producers feed a ration of corn and soybean meal to control their inputs and thus maintain nutritional balance and optimize growth.