The old adage, ‘you are what you eat’ is very true when it comes to the health and longevity of our small pets. It is vitally important that your pet is fed an appropriate good quality diet to ensure it remains happy and healthy. There is a truly mind blowing variety of commercially available pet foods so it is little wonder the average pet owner is unsure which one to choose. Your pet is unable to forage for food as it would in the wild and is dependent on you to provide it with the best quality and the most appropriate food you can to ensure its nutritional needs are met.
The food you provide must be of the highest quality and as free of colourants and additives as possible. Many commercial pet foods are stored for long periods of time in unhygienic conditions so do make sure you get your pet’s food from a reputable supplier or make your own food using human grade ingredients instead.
In order to know what sort of food is best, we really need to consider the diet our small pets would consume in the wild. Unlike dogs, and to a lesser extent, cats our small pets have remained somewhat unchanged by domestication especially when it comes to their digestive systems and nutritional requirements.
Small pets have the wild instincts of their ancestors so it’s important to consider how the food you feed meets their behavioural needs. Do you feed it in a bowl or would it be better to scatter it through the cage so your pet has to forage for it? Does your pet eat its food very quickly leaving them bored for much of the day? Food is so much more than gaining nutrition.
So when deciding how to best feed your pet, take some time to consider their evolution and how they live in the wild.