People food to pets
What are you peoples thoughts on giving people food to pets? be they dogs cats whatever
Personally I do it all the time. My cat has come to expect his share of whatever Im eating and my dog (RIP Rex) ate whatever hit the floor as soon as it hit the floor. I fed the dog all kinds of food and he licked any plate clean, he used to eat chocolates by the box and never even got sick.
Just curious what other people think about it, since I always used to hear that people food isnt good for them.
I don't allow my dog and cat to be in the same room with us while we're eating... the dog has to go lie down in the porch, or else in her crate... and the cat knows to just stay away. This is the rule 98% of the time... the other 2% of the time is spent with my boyfriend calling the dog over to give her scraps, while I nag at him not to give her anything. I'm not worried so much about the health of the dog - on days when i know my boyfriend has been giving her food, I just feed her less of her own food... but it's the manners that I'm concerned about, and the fact that I don't want an animal that licks its own butt to be anywhere near my plate. My sister in law and her husband let their dog sit under the table at meal times, or let her put her paws on them and stand up with her nose on the table... and this happens whether there is company there or not, and it just grosses me out... but it's their house, their dog, their rules, so I can't complain too much.
If I'm going to give my animals any people food as a treat, they get it after we're done eating, and I make them work/do tricks for it. Or else I will put it on top of their own food in their dishes.
Oh, and I am a bit more generous with raw meat... if I'm cooking then I make sure to keep a few tidbits of raw meat to give them as treats. That's one of the few instances where the dog and cat ignore each other - when I'm cooking and they're both standing in the kitchen doorway waiting for me to call them over... they just stand beside each other and stare at me hehe.
I spoil my dogs and give them food, but not my cats. The cat I used to have before used to like licking out the yoghurt containers but otherwise he just ate his regular food.
I usually save a bit of meat from my dinner to give to my dogs and I'll let them have a chip or two, but I only give them meat and vegetables and don't give them anything meant for people and not for dogs, that I think won't agree with them (anything with chillis for example), or anything that I've read is bad for dogs, like onions or chocolates. They'll get leftovers of people food like roast chicken, but mostly they just eat their kibble.
One of my dogs is mad for cheese. She'd do anything for a piece of cheese.
We feed vegetables, gelatin and even occasional hotdogs for fish. Yep. I used to do that to my tiger loaches.
I decided that if I ever get a dog I'm not feeding it table food. IMO, it's bad for their health. I do understand the feeding of veggies. Several people have told me that their vet said to feed their dogs mashed potatoes, potato skins, carrots and green beans. I have a neighbor that lets her dog have candy, chips, bread and all sorts of crap. It's no wonder the dog has health problems. I had another neighbor that used to feed his dog whole slices of pizza! That dog got so fat that she could hardly walk and they said it was from arthritis. Baloney! She couldn't even stand up to eat her food! Poor dog.
I come from a long line of animal lovers. I buy my cats prescription food for special needs, but i still feed them tuna(they love it), and turkey, ham, etc, on occasion. My Wilson Rodriguez(orange cat) eats crackers and chips. I can remember my 70 year old grandfather cooking salmon and chicken for his two siamese cats until the days that they died. One was 20 and the other was 18!! They were mother and son siamese Babe and Stinker....their names summed up their behavior as well. I love cats. They're personalities are so quirky.
I usually give Sardines to the fish especially to Miyavi( my betta). They love sardines!
Typically it's the food that's bad for us that's bad for them. Sure, you've got things like grapes that are toxic to dogs, but on the whole if you're eating healthy meats and vegetables, so can your pets. That twinkie that's bad for you is also bad for Fido. Most grains and breads are useless and harmful to us, and also to our pets. Many dog foods are also just bread and bones, so don't think that those dog foods are always good for your dog, either.
I have 3 cats. Each has his/her own opinion about what they like. One is blind (Chauncey)and so can't see what is on the counter, but occasionally he teams up with the other cat (Simon) and Simon will go after the baggie of cat treats and knock it onto the floor and then both of them munch on them. Chauncey sits with me when I am feeding my fish and has even tried to steal the container of fish food. My oldest cat, Taz, loves anything milk related.
I had a chihuahau and she loved raw carrots. When I was a kid, we had a dog who was part dachshund and she used to go into the garden and actually dig up the carrots to eat!
You do need to be careful though. My mom has a malamute that loves a slice of bread with peanut butter and has no problem. However, my mom used to have a Jack Russel that also liked the peanut butter and bread (and anything else that she could find). She died of pancreatitis after eating peanut butter one day. The vet said that peanut butter can do that to dogs.
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