Pet Food | SOPHISTICATED NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE
PET FOOD | SOPHISTICATED NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE
Pet Food sophisticated nutritional science. It’s about protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals a well-balanced diet. But did you know that the list gets revised once in a while?
First of all, it’s important to know that when you decide what to feed your cat or a dog remember that your pet is a CARNIVORE. His genetic makeup essentially remains the same as wild carnivorous ancestors. Your cat or a dog can’t move its jaw from side to side, its called a LATERAL SWING and they cannot do that. It works only Up and Down. Carnivores catch their prey, tear it into chunks and gulp it down. They do not chew. Unlike humans, have maulers designed for chewing. And vegetarian animals white flat maulers designed for excessive chewing. Like cows for example they chew their food twice. Ha! I bet you didn’t know that!
In addition dogs and cats have a very short digestive tract, which designed to get food in and out very quickly.Its not designed to ferment foods like vegetarians. So the diet of a carnivore includes a lot of variety and seasonal availability, because certain prey was available only some times of the year, and not on a regular basis. So, there was a lot of variety in the diet.
They thrived on fresh living foods, but not cleaned foods. It was moisture dense ( with lots of water), high in protein and minerals, moderate in fat. So when we feed our pets we must use the same principals: moderate fat, but quality fat and very low carbohydrates.
Want to bet some cats and dogs eat healthier than their owners? It’s Food.
The pet food formula for cats and dogs differ because dogs and cats have different nutritional requirements. It is nutritional science.
Cats need more fat and protein in their diets than dogs do.
But the basic ingredients are similar.
Serial, wheat, and rice. Workers weigh everything, blend it in a mixer, grind it till they have it in the form of a powder. Then, the special machines transform it into bite-size pet food. Under high pressure, it’s then shaped. A spinning knife cuts it into pieces. And it could turn into different shapes, like rounds, flowers, or a star.
Next stop a high air dryer for 25 minutes. It heats the pieces at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, to take out the moisture. Then they sprayed with flavoring that gives appetizing odor and taste, for pets that are.
Then the pieces they go into storage for packaging and bagging.
The cats and dogs are not so crazy about dry food. It’s too hard to chew or too mushy.
If the pieces are too small they will swallow them without chewing, and not digest them properly. But if the pieces are too big they will gag on it and turned off to the food altogether. So the automated scale weighs the exact quantity per package.
Shelf life is from 6-12 months depending on the formula.
Pet food experts say dogs and cats prefer food with fattier content and combined meat and serial formula than just serial alone.
But too much meat flavor can turn them off. Cats are more particular they favor acidic food, and dogs like sweets too.
And you thought that your kids are fussy eaters??
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