Sourcing Pet Food In The Wild vs. From The Store

*This is a collaborative post

There are countless different animal species found on Earth. Some eat meat, while others eat plants, but most creatures have preferences that go much further than this. Pet food companies have made this issue nice and easy to deal with, especially for common animals like cats and dogs, but this doesn’t always mean that people choose the right food for their pets. It can be all too tempting to source your pet food from the wild, but this can be a risky path to tread, and it can often be far better to simply give your pet food from the store. Let’s take a look at the difference between these two options.

The Dangers of Wild Pet Food

Food that is found in the wild doesn’t have anything inherently wrong with it, but it can bring certain risks the most pet owners will be unwilling to expose their animals to. You can find some examples of these risks below.

Disease: Animals can catch diseases from the food they eat, especially if they are meat-eaters. This makes it worth getting your pet food from sources that you know and trust, rather than relying on the wild to provide it to you.

Balancing Nutrition: While you may have some idea of what certain plants contain, managing an animal’s nutrition will be very hard without packets to tell you what is inside.

Flavour: Much like humans, most animals love to have some variety in their diet. Getting food from the wild will restrict you to what you have available, though, and this means that your animal could get very bored.

The Positives of Store-Bought Pet Food

Despite coming with a price tag, store-bought pet food comes with loads of benefits. This option may not be right for every pet, but it will usually be the best choice for animals that have spent their whole lives in captivity.

Nutrition: Food experts work hard to make sure that pet food products contain the right nutrients for the animals they’re designed for, making it much easier to give your pet a balanced diet when you use tools like this.

General Health: Products like feeding hay will be much safer to feed your pets than hay that you find out and about, and the same can be said for other pet food options. This makes it worth looking for retail alternatives when you’re considering foraging.

Which Option Is Best?

It can be hard to say for certain which of these options will be best for every pet. While your animal may love the chance to enjoy something from a packet, others may not, and this makes it well worth exploring your options and trying more than one route to make sure that you’re giving the very best to your pet. Of course, as time goes by, this will become easier and easier, and you should get better at giving your pet meals that reflect their needs.

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