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Environmental impact can be reduced by feeding dry food to pets: Research | News

Nov 21, 2022, 4:16 PM ISTSource: ANI

A study of Brazilian pets suggests that cat and dog owners could significantly reduce the environmental impact of their pets’ diets by feeding them dry food (consisting of kibble or biscuits) instead of wet food with a higher water content. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, show how pet owners can feed their animals more sustainably while still providing them with adequate nutrients and calories. The population of domestic cats and dogs is growing worldwide. Currently, the US has an estimated 76.8 million dogs and 58.4 million cats, while Brazil has 52.2 million dogs and China has 53.1 million cats. However, the environmental impact of pet food is unclear. The authors examined commercial wet diets and dry diets found on the websites of three major Brazilian pet food retailers. These were also compared to homemade diets – either food produced by companies or food cooked by owners at home using company recipes. In addition, the authors assessed the nutritional and caloric composition of the different diets.

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