You’re probably wondering: “PawPots, why would I need hacks when it’s time for my furry friend to eat?” Well, mealtime isn’t just...

You’re probably wondering: “PawPots, why would I need hacks when it’s time for my furry friend to eat?”

Well, mealtime isn’t just pouring food in your pet’s bowl! Just like we’ve taken it upon ourselves to make sure our pets are fed human-grade food, we want their “dining experience” to be just as excellent!

It all starts with the right bowl…

You may have reached a point where you’ve used so many things as a “food bowl”, and it matters in many ways.

First and foremost, avoid bowls made out of plastic: they’re prone to bacteria buildup – which can lead to upset stomachs and difficulty digesting – and it could eventually cut your pet’s tongue or gum while they’re eating. We recommend a stainless-steel bowl: they’re easy to clean, bacteria-resistant, durable, and better for the environment.

Cats, however, are prone to something called whisker fatigue; some suggest that repeated grazing of whiskers against a small bowl can dull their whiskers’ extrasensory perceptions. Therefore, we recommend a saucer or a plate.

When it comes to size, we noticed that a small bowl could force your pet to eat faster than necessary; this puts them at risk of choking or not digesting their food properly. Our rule? The bigger the pet, the bigger the bowl!

…And a clear schedule

Our pets don’t need a reminder for mealtime. Opening the fridge will have them run towards you like crazy! However, alerting them to regular feeding times can be helpful.

Pets crave routine since it makes them feel comfortable and cared for. When your pet can predict mealtime, it can help calm their anxieties and also be a good cue for house training, especially for puppies; take them outside after mealtime to build a link with potty time!

Say no to begging…

Begging can be problematic, so it’s best to stop it as soon as it starts. It’s always important to keep your meals sealed and unreachable. If you’re a multi-pet household, begging and resource guarding often leads to food aggression. Here are ways to avoid a disruption of harmony:

Say no to scraps

If your pet is used to getting fed from the dining table, they will continue to hover by, sometimes even jump up. Don’t encourage them by continuing this habit, instead, when they quit begging, use positive reinforcements (such as treats!).

Keep them occupied

Feed them first, in a separate room, or hide some treats for them to find! It can be a fun activity and a way for them to learn that mealtime is “me time”! You can also distract them with their favorite toy.

Crate Training

Crates can be helpful for stubborn pets. We recommend it in case your pet cannot resist staying away from your meals!

…And finally, treat your pet like family

If you had (or have) kids, you’d control their consumption of sugary sweets for their health. It’s the same for your pet when it comes to treats.

Overtreating can cut into mealtime effectiveness. Treats should only represent 5-10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake. Try to opt for healthier treats too, like our Chicken Bites or our Beef/Chicken strips!

Our small hacks should help positively transform mealtime for our furry friends. Remember, the quality of the meals they’re offered also matters! We always recommend switching to PawPots to better their experience.

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