Rotational Feeding: Why It’s Essential for Your Pet’s Health
What’s your favorite food? Let’s just say it’s pizza. Now imagine this: eating pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner for years! Sounds pretty awful right?
Eating the same meal day in and day out is something we would never choose for ourselves, so why are we doing this to our pets? If you’ve run into the problem where your pet suddenly becomes a “picky” eater, they’re probably just bored with their monotonous food schedule. Here at Nature’s Logic, we encourage you to keep mealtime exciting with rotational feeding.
WHAT IS ROTATIONAL FEEDING?
Rotational feeding is when you diversify your pet’s menu on a periodic basis. By rotating their protein sources and food forms, your pet can broaden their palate and experience a wider range of nutrients.
The two types of rotational feeding include:
Protein rotation – Varying the protein source (ex. Beef, lamb, turkey, etc.) Food-form rotation – Rotation of the food type (ex. Kibble, canned, raw).
We also recommend the addition of supplements, as they are a nutritious way to augment your pet’s diet and add more flavor. Check out our fish oil and fortifier supplements here.
BENEFITS OF ROTATIONAL FEEDING
Lowers risk of allergies – If consistently fed the same food, some pets may develop a food allergy or intolerance. Rotational feeding reduces this risk because the ingredients are not in your pet’s diet long enough for them to develop an adverse reaction.
Keeps mealtime exciting (especially for picky eaters) – Just like we enjoy variety, our pets do too!
Best option for your pet’s overall health – The more nutrients the better! Not all food forms have the same vitamin and mineral profiles. A balanced diet is key to having a healthy pet.
Keeps your pet hydrated – Rotating in canned and raw food adds moisture that kibble does not have.
HOW TO GET STARTED
If you’re interested in rotational feeding, it’s crucial to start slowly. Don’t just switch your pet’s diet suddenly—gradually increase the amount of new food while decreasing the old food for about a week or more. For example, start with adding 20% of the new food at the bottom of the bowl and 75% of the previous food on top for the first few days. Once your pet is clearing their bowl, start to gradually increase the new food and decrease the old food by 20% increments.
Always add water to help aid with digestion, especially in dry food.
Just like humans, every pet is different. Not all proteins and food forms are going to work for every pet, which is why it’s key to start slowly.
Be patient and persistent! If your pet doesn’t immediately take to a new protein or food form, it’s most likely because they are not familiar with it.