Lets Start an Information Overload, Let #Preps4Pets Begin!


Benny Is Excited!!

Benny Is Excited!!

    I was recently thinking about ideas for posts and a few things came to my mind. First, maybe I should ask you guys some topics you want me to cover in terms of Pet Preparedness, good idea but it happens a lot. The polls i put at the bottom of the posts are kind of a way for me to get inspiration in the form of Your answers to the questions. It has done a good job at that!

   Next I started looking over some stats. As a beginning web developer I am new to stats and web traffic in general. I did notice I get more traffic when I do a post, yada yada yada. Well as a fun and informative exhibit I give to you the Hash Tag #Preps4Pets !!! Now not only will this allow us to communicate ideas and spawn new post for me, it also gives all you guys a way to let each other know some of your good ideas! Lets help this grow along and hopefully in a few weeks it will be Information Overload.

   The goal for me of #Preps4Pets is to be able to search on twitter for that hashtag and there is tons of people Sharing ideas and inspirations for animals in preparedness. We all love our animals and we all have that in common, together we can make this underdeveloped side of prepping explode!!

I will personally also be adding a fact or 3 a day, talking about my preps and ideas. Hope to talk to Share with you guys Soon!!

P.S. – If you Do have any ideas or topics you want me to post about, Please Please, Please!! -Don’t Hesitate to drop me a comment, tweet, email, etc. (You knew I would Fit it in there somewhere hehe :@> )

P.P.S – Feel free to use the #Preps4Pets in instagram, youtube, Vine, whatever floats your boat media/social media wise. My intention is the widespread exchange of ideas and Cool stuff we have done for our Pets if it’s the End Times.

A Word On Types of Pet Food. Dogs, Cats, and Beyond!

Is the Cost worth the Shelf-Life for your Preps?

Go to the store and look St ingredients to the different dog foods. In brands you find in most grocery stores, the protein (chicken, fish, etc.)  is not in the top Five ingredients. This is because it is cheaper for them to use filler, which could be a number of things, than it is to use proteins. When I found this out my first thought was outrage, then as I thought about it it made sense coming from a corporation. 

However most brands of pet food you find in the grocery store fittings this category, there are some alternatives. Somewhere in the Isle these days is a cooler than has refrigerated pet food. This kind of food has great ingredients, can fit special needs for animals, and is easy to measure. The downside to this is the shelf life which is massacred in weeks to days instead of months to years. Great for now but not so great for prepping. As I have mentioned before there are freeze dried options that will last much longer and have great nutritional value, but a lot of times they are composed of 80% or higher just protein. In a short term emergency this is OK but anything beyond 2 weeks your going to need to supplement that protein!

If you don’t what will happen to your pets is what is referred to as rabbit starvation. That is when only protein is consumed resulting in an unbalanced diet, if not righted could result in a timely demise for your pet! Of course neither me, you, or any animal lover would want this to happen. Keep in mind the same can happen to humans so our food needs to be diversified as well.

So the price of a 10lb bag of grocery store brand dog food runs about $10. The same size bag of a specialty pet store type of food rubs about $15. That’s a 50% increase in price, is the nutrition really that much better? 

Remember our talk about ingredients. If the desired protein is not In the top 3 ingredients, i say “put it down!” I ask you, if you had to choose between a fast food burger, or a family owned burger stand for you to eat everyday, mon-fri for a year, even if the family owned burger was 200% more I guarantee you that you would choose it, if not at first, after 2 weeks no doubt in my mind. The reason? One is because of taste of course, the other is you know your getting something fresh, nonprocessed, and in your mind atleast, better for you. Think about this when choosing the pet food. Sure your pet might eat it anyway but for animals that’s the highlight of their day! You want them to enjoy their food as well as benefit from it.

Most of the more expensive brands tend to focus on taste as well as nutritional value. So I the end it’s worth the extra $5 a week for food, which boiles down to less than an extra dollar a day. When considering buying bulk pet food, check those ingredients!! And try to put yourself in your pets shoes when choosing their food. I constantly ask myself if the food looks appealing, if it smells at least not bad, and have I heard of others animals either liking or disliking it. 

Let me know in tge comments of any good bulk suggestions you know of. Most member places like Sams or Costco have only a couple types. Many places are focused on bulk human food, but not many on pets (as usual).