Understanding properly the dietary requirements of your cat and dog

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Food is an integral part of our lives. Alongside Oxygen and water, it is vital to life. It energizes our body and ensures the correct functioning of our organs. And of course, our taste buds generally have a good time.

We all know that our body depends on the intake of five basic nutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Each nutrient plays a different role in taking care of our physique. Additionally, this doesn’t apply just to humans but also the animal kingdom in general.

Pet owners should be well aware of this. Feline and canine creatures, or specifically cats and dogs, are quite common in households. Cats and dogs are heavily dependent on the right kind of food. This is especially true for cats who don’t exert themselves physically. As a result, their diet has to be properly managed.

Both creatures need high levels of protein in their diet, and these pet foods don’t come so cheaply in the market. While there are inexpensive and quality brands if you search comprehensively, most of such brands are priced above the range of the working class adult. It is one of the reasons why many shun from having pets.

cats and ddogs - Understanding properly the dietary requirements of your cat and dog

There are those who have both cats and dogs in their households. To save up some money, it is not uncommon to see dogs being fed cat food or vice versa. Under normal circumstances, one would just gobble up food meant for the other. However, it is not good for the long term.

This is because dogs and cats have widely varying dietary needs, and each pet food brand is customized to the needs of its consumer. Dogs, for example, derive most of their nutrients from proteins and fats. While it is not required that the diet is predominantly meat-based, the ease of digestibility is more important.

Dogs are omnivores by nature, and can live even with a vegetarian diet if there are sufficient quantities of proteins and fats. In fact, a fully meat-based diet would even harm them. Cats, on the other hand, are an entirely different ball game.

Cats are perhaps among the most meat dependent species around. They require heavy doses of meat- based protein on a daily basis. This is mostly because cats require a variety of amino acid – Taurine – that is mainly found in meat. This variety of amino acid helps maintain proper organ functions of the cornea and the heart in the cat.

Understanding the nutrient needs of your pet goes a long way to managing maintenance costs. We recommend that you read up more on such topics to obtain a comprehensive understanding of your pet’s physiological requirements.

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4 species that went extinct as a result of human actions

Blog4 - 4 species that went extinct as a result of human actions

The basic tent of evolution is adaptability. If you aren’t able to adapt to natural changes, you stand the risk of extinction. Any species is bound to go extinct at some point of time. However, in some cases, some species have gone extinct or stand the risk of it due to forced causes.

Human beings are masters at this exercise of forcing an event. Too often, human being disrupt the natural order of things and cause unintended consequences. Think of the extinctions that have happened as a result of artificial causes just in the past century. We are not talking about a few handful, rather dozens of species!

Bubal Hartebeest - 4 species that went extinct as a result of human actions

1917 – Bubal Hartebeest

A species that was hunted to extinction, the Bubal Hartebeest was a majestic antelope that roamed the forests of Algeria, Senegal and large swaths of the Sahara. The creature is said to be ancient, with traces of it appearing in ancient works such as the Old Testament. It is quite unfortunate that we won’t get to see this beauty again.

1924 – Californian Grizzly Bear

Californians would recall this name, especially since it is their state symbol. The majestic beast weighed up to 2000 pounds and grew up to 8 feet. While most of these went extinct in the 19th century, the last few were hunted down by the mid-1900s. In this case, however, all the blame cannot be attributed to humans since many a time such bears were killed as they kept consuming livestock in rural areas. It is refreshing to see Californians recognize their home-grown species even today.

Tasmanian Tiger - 4 species that went extinct as a result of human actions

1936 – Tasmanian Tiger

The Thylacines dominated large part of Tasmania. Their stripes were quite peculiar and unique, making them easily identifiable. With a more similar build to dogs, these creatures were smaller than their yellow and black- striped counterparts. The excessive hunting of the last few remnants of this species within the Tasmanian rainforests led to a complete extinction.

1968 – Guam flying fox

Nope, you did not hear that wrong. There was actually such a thing as a flying fox. It was in fact a bat whose wings stretched as much as 70 centimeters, that roamed the forests of Guam. The extinction of the species, which happened sometime in 1968, was a result of multiple causes. These included predators that preyed on it and hunting.

The list is endless, and many more have suffered as a result of human actions. One would hope that humans would learn from their lessons, but alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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