What if we had to eat the same food every single day? That would not be fun. Pets are no different and while they may seem okay with eating the same taste and texture for a long period of time, they’re essentially just like us. They have their preferences in flavors and textures, and may even get bored of their food. Just as we do, dogs and cats should consume a variety of foods.
Introducing a rotational diet to their feeding schedule can offer many benefits.
- Changing up their feeding routine and food recipes keep them excited about mealtime and avoid flavor-fatigue.
Mimics the diet dogs and cats would eat in the wild
- Your dog or cat’s diet in the wild would have consisted of a variety of different proteins. Turkey one day, rabbit the next, and fish later in the week. Add a little twist to your regular pet food routine with a natural rotational feeding approach.
Prevent sensitivities or allergies from developing
- The more proteins you expose your pet to, the less likely they’ll develop an allergy to that protein in the future.
- A rotational diet that switches between poultry, red meats, and fish, will strengthen your dog or cat’s gastrointestinal system
- Less chances that they will develop a sensitivity to those ingredients
Ways to rotate daily, weekly, monthly, or by the bag, which is often the simplest method:
- Feed your pet one recipe from a particular brand and when they’ve almost finished the bag, slowly start them on a different protein/recipe from the same brand with a similar composition.
- Switch it up every day by opening two (or more) bags of different proteins and rotating which recipe you feed, or mix recipes each meal for an burst of flavors. (If rotating every day, a bag of dry food should be finished within 4-6 weeks to ensure freshness.)
- Add mixers or toppers of different textures and flavors such as freeze-dried or canned and wet food
Remember to properly transition your pet to avoid an upset stomach!
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