Are you giving the pet owner a treat or more brand of table scrap love? This is where this question is most relevant. Guests visit our pets and feed a lot of leftovers. In fact, most of us have sneaky snacks or a few pets while we eat, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, we want to be careful when starting the wrong trends.
For example, if you reward begging with stars, you can expect to see the same longing eyes night after night. It is quite difficult for a pet to “learn” to wait for such a treat. And who can really blame them? Do you want a dog that sings “No Food Blues” at your feet and a cat that uses the dinner table as a trampoline every night? Here are more reasons to reconsider your desk.
Excess can be a gateway to weight problems. Our pet’s plate often contains oils that we don’t want.
Leftovers may not provide the same nutritional value as quality sweets. Most leftovers are actually empty calories. Excess is the main cause of indigestion. The abundance and/or oiliness of our food can sometimes harm your animal’s gastrointestinal tract.
Mary Shelley created a Skrotpræmie, maybe you made a thief. If your pet is used to eating from the table, don’t be surprised if you feed him a turkey left on the kitchen table. Being in the trash is also not uncommon.
You can also create a picky eater. If you let your pet get used to too much human food, he may not even want to eat his food.
But if you need to give your pet extras,
Try to remember that it should not be used as a main dish, but as a delicacy. The best surpluses are probably: meat (boneless), cooked and even raw vegetables, cooked grains, eggs, and brown rice. Let’s not forget dairy products. You know that cats especially love milk. Fortunately, lactose intolerance is not usually seen in pets. But try to avoid it: chocolate, fatty meat, raisin fillings, fried raw eggs (cats love them), boiled and raw bones (very dangerous). This article was originally published in the December 2005 issue of The Healthy Pet Network.