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How Can An Automatic Pet Feeder Keep Your Pet Healthy?

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 80

Did you know that an estimated 54.0% of cats in the United States are classified as overweight and 55.6% of dogs are also overweight? To make it worse, 20% are obese (these statistics were taken from the 2010 Pet Obesity Study). It's a shocking statistic, considering being overweight is a major problem in the United States for people, and now we see it overflowing into the lives of our pets. What causes this increasing problem of unhealthy pets?

There are many causes, but the major cause is the owner's negligence of what consists of a healthy diet for a pet. Popular feeding methods for pets are either putting huge amounts of food in a bowl so the pet has constant access to food, or feeding the pet too many times throughout the day, with the combination of unhealthy food. Now let's get real, owners feed pets like this becauseit's the easy way out. It's no different than going to pick up some fast food for dinner. Americans are slowly falling into the trap of taking the quick and easy way out.

Now I'm not trying to write an article on who we should be as Americans, I'm trying to make everyone aware of this health risk we're literally hand feeding our pets. Whether we're lazy or not, it's best to look at solutions, so how can we help keep our pets healthy and happy so they love us? Well, there are a few options. The most obvious solution is to research healthy foods and research healthy portions for your pet. As much as I would like to advise you on the proper amount to feed your pet, I honestly can't because it varies so much from pet to pet. The other solution is perhaps much easier. The amount of automatic pet feeders bought is increasing almost every year and they offer an exceptional way of keeping your cat or dog fed with very low maintenance. Automatic cat or dog feeders probably seem expensive but I bet they cost less than you'd think. Depending on how complex you want your model, they are sold between 10-$100.

There are plenty of benefits from getting an automatic pet feeders. To outline a few real quick, you can choose the amount of times you want to feed your pet per day, how much each portion is, and some models even allow your cat or dog to learn to feed themselves! This might seem to defeat the purpose, since your pet would get as much food as it wanted, but not to worry, most automatic pet feeders like this only dispense a few pellets at a time. Usually pets are so persistent and settle for less food than they would normally gorge themselves with. Thanks for reading, and I hope you take action on helping your pet or other pets from the increasing health risks for them.

John Dodson

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