Pets are the perfect home and outdoor companions. They make the best friends and kids love them for their charm. The charm of the pets is retained and maintained all life only when they offer high quality food that is of good standard. Pet foods are easily available in pet stores and supermarkets. Pet food comes from both plant and animal material. The nonhuman by-products of the human food industry are used to prepare pet foods. There are a plenty of companies involved in the making of pet foods- Mars, Colgate-Plamolive, Procter and Gamble and Nestle are a few to quote here. Cat and dog foods are high in demand reaching 1.4 billion Euros sales in the United Kingdom alone. The US shows 14.3 billion dollar sales as reported in 2005. There are so many pet animals, fish, birds, cats, rabbits, and dogs. The pet foods are available customized for the needs of these individual animals. The food used for fish can’t be used for birds. Neither should the foods used for cats, rabbits nor dogs should be exchanged. There is no serious harm when the foods are intermixed, but the pets may experience indigestion and other stomach related problems. Moreover, the calories needed by animals differ from one another. The pets may get undernourished in some cases.
There are so many hobbyists who like to feed birds outdoors. The bird feeders may take bird foods that contain seeds, suet etc. Suet is good for insect eating birds. Bird food with nectar or sugary base attract humming birds around you, won’t it be awesome to bring those birds singing beautifully to you. Cat foods are made keeping in mind that cats are carnivores. The commercially available cat foods contain animal based and plant based food with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The essential amino acid taurine is added in the cat foods that are not found in good concentrations in other pet foods. Dog foods are also similar to cat foods, but they differ in the nutritional value. The dog foods are more calorific when compared to fish food, bird food or cat food. Therefore, dogs should be provided with dog food that contains only meat and plant source food. They are available in the dry form or wet form.