Holistic Pet Diets

Holistic pet diets are diets that consist of all natural and fresh ingredients. It is the growing consensus of veterinarians that processed foods are the direct cause of many illnesses to your pet. Instead of feeding them foods that are primarily corn based, we should look at more ways of feeding them that would be closer to the natural way they would find food in the wild. When we feed them processed food, we may very well be feeding them chemicals which act as preservatives, and it can ultimately shorten the lives of the pets.



Cats for instance, are naturally carnivorous and they need a diet that is high in protein. Dogs on the other hand, tend to be scavenging types of eaters, and can in fact eat a large variety of things. The dry foods we feed them, are highly processed, and consist primarily of corn and soy meal. These foods also contain artificial colorings and flavorings, and any meat that does appear in them is usually by-products, or scraps, and not the more nutritious parts.


The ideal diet for dogs would consist of about 50% grains, such as rice, oatmeal, barley and corn. The protein portion should be about 25%. If the protein portion is meat that is all natural, it can generally be fed to the pet raw. Most pet owners prefer to cook it however, and in this case, boiled is always best.



Our dogs get a variety of boiled chicken with rice, and I throw in some mixed vegetables as well which the vet has stated is healthy to do. We supplement with the better grades of dry food, which they eat on rare occasion, but it is still there when they want it. The dogs are healthy, and in no way overweight.


Your cat on the other hand, should have a diet that consists of about 60% protein. As you can see, the cat needs a significantly higher amount of protein. The remaining 40% of the cat’s diet should consist of vegetables at 20% and grains at 20%. The meats can be fed raw or lightly cooked as most pet owners prefer. The bottom line is that feeding a holistic pet diet is much healthier for your animal that any other type of diet.


Taking good care of your pet, including feeding them a healthy diet will help them to live a full, happy, healthy and long life. A holistic pet diet helps this by feeding your pet naturally as opposed to chemically preserved foods.


To learn more about how to feed your pet a healthy, all natural diet, you should contact your local veterinarian who will be happy to make recommendations to you based on your pet’s size and weight. Your pet will be much happier, and his or her thanks to you will be by living longer and giving you unconditional love!



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