5 Things Everyone Ought to Know Before Buying Super Market Pet Food

Picking the right pet food can be overwhelming, especially since there are so many different options out there. It can be difficult to determine which food is right for your dog or cat that also fits your budget.

For most pet owners, the biggest question is whether to feed your pet premium or commercial foods found in supermarkets.

While it can be tempting to grab that bag of supermarket cat or dog chow on your next shopping trip, here are 5 things you should consider before grabbing that bag.

Sources of Nutrients.

Not all sources of nutrients are made equally. Premium foods tend to use higher quality protein sources such as meats and poultry products, while your supermarket brands tend to use wheat, gluten, soy, or bone meal.

Like us some ingredients are better for our pets than others; being descendances of meat eaters, their bodies won’t have to work as hard to digest a higher quality protein to extract the nutrients they need, so that they will thrive on the higher nutrition a premium food provides them. These foods are more easily digested helping your pet have smaller, firmer stool, making clean up less time-consuming for you.

Some specifics you should look for:

ANIMAL PROTIENS

Proteins such as chicken, beef, salmon, and eggs are preferable to plant-based proteins.

CLEARLY NAMED WHOLE MEATS & MEALS

Ingredients listed upfront, such as “whole chicken” or “chicken meal.”

ESTABLISHED PROTEINS AND FATS 

Look specifically labelled protein fat.

 

CHECK FOR ADDED TAURINE

Taurine is a basic amino acid that is crucial to the physical wellbeing of cats and dogs.

Dogs with insufficient levels may suffer from heart disease and diabetes. Cats are unable to synthesize taurine in their bodies, so they need adequate amounts in their diets.

 

But These Foods Cost a “Fortune”.

Budget is always a significant concern for a pet owner. Often you pay more for higher quality products, and premium pet foods are no exception.

While premium pet food is more expensive to purchase up front, your pet is unlikely to eat as much of the higher quality pet foods because the nutritional value per serving is much denser than with a low-quality brand.

Cost comparison of Montego Monty & Me vs Popular Supermarket Brand:

*Based on the average feeding guide of a medium breed adult with normal activity*

MONTEGO MONTY & ME

POPULAR SUPERMARKET BRAND

BAG SIZE:

8KG

BAG SIZE:

8KG

AVE. PRICE

R135.00

AVE. PRICE:

R166.00

AVE. FEED SIZE:

325g

AVE. FEED SIZE:

360g

FEEDS PER BAG:

24.6

FEEDS PER BAG:

22.2

COST PER FEED:

R5.49

COST PER FEED:

R7.48

 

The Equation to work out the cost per feed is:

Cost per Feed = Cost per Bag Ă· Feeds per Bag

As per the above example, the daily cost of feeding a premium pet food versus a lower quality supermarket brand is often significantly lower, saving you money over time. View more for Montego Pet Nutrition here:

For Dogs: www.thepetscirclesa.co.za/collections/dog-food/montego

 For Cats: www.thepetscirclesa.co.za/collections/cat-food/montego

What’s Wrong with Supermarket Pet Food?

Still having doubts about whether premium pet food is worth the upfront cost. You’re asking yourself why would they sell them if they were so bad right?  

Are commercial brands so much worse than premium food? There is plenty in supermarket pet food that isn’t beneficial to your pet.

Some of the reasons that you might want to avoid the supermarket foods:

CONTAIN WHEAT GLUTEN MEAL AND CORN GLUTEN MEAL

These are used as fillers, mixed into pet food to inflate the purported levels of protein in low-quality pet foods.

MEAT BY-PRODUCTS AND MEAT DIGEST

These by-products are generally not fit for human consumption and are not healthy for your pets.

CONTAIN ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES 

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), and ethoxyquin are used to preserve pet food so it can sit on store shelves.

 

ARTIFICIAL COLOURANTS AND DYES

These colourants dyes can promote allergies in both dogs and cats.

COMMERCIAL FOODS ARE FULL OF CORN SYRUP AND SOY

These foods are filled with sugar, making it a lot tastier to your pet, but the damage it does to their health is extensive.

 

For Better, Healthier Looking Pets.

When fed an appropriate, balanced diet, cats and dogs feel better, have more energy, and have a shinier, softer coat.

Premium pet foods often contain the correct protein-fat-carbohydrate ranges that give your pets what their bodies need with no fillers or unnecessary mystery ingredients.

The result is a happier, healthier pet on the outside and the inside.

Premium foods also have additional essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 which means healthy, hydrated skin and a bright, beautiful coat.

Even better, these fatty acids can reduce blood pressure, inflammation that causes arthritis, and assist pets who are struggling with kidney or heart diseases.

Why is a Nutritionally Balanced Diet Important?

Feeding a premium pet food assist in improving your pet’s life span, meaning you will have your best four-legged friend with you for years to come.

The right diet promotes overall well-being and can lead to longevity of life for your pet. Good food from the start can prevent the development of certain diseases and illnesses that may cut a pet’s life unnecessarily short.

Feed your dog and cats a nutritionally balanced diet, and they will have much better chances of living a longer, healthier, and happier life.

What Foods are Avaliable? 

For more information on what foods are available our shop is filled with local and international premium pet brands that have all been developed with your pet’s health in mind. We carry a wide range of specialty diets ranging from weight management to joint and bone care. Visit www.thepetscirclesa.co.za

 

Our team are available to answer all you question, email us at hello@thepetscirclesa.co.za

1 comment

  • Thanks for the information!
    I have a 7 year-old cat and would like to compare the cost if I change her from Whiskas to Montego, can you assist? Thank you!

    Kacey

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