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The smart way to feed a pet
Measure the food. If you don’t, your cat or dog is likely to become overweight, like most U.S. pets. To set portions, start with food-label guidelines. PetNutritionAlliance.org details how many calories your pet requires.
Focus on nutrients. When shopping for pet food, consider the ingredients but prioritize obtaining the nutrients your pet needs. Look for a statement indicating that animal testing has substantiated that the food provides “complete and balanced” nutrition.
Avoid grain-free foods. Some pet owners switch to grain-free foods to cut back on carbs, but the substitutes are usually processed starches, like potato starch or tapioca, which contain more calories and fewer nutrients than whole grains.
Use the right bowl. Plastic bowls can collect bacteria, especially once scratched. Use stainless steel instead, and wash the dishes after every meal.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens