Aug 08 , 2020
Most pets are highly motivated by food, sometimes they enjoy it a little too much, causing excitement at feeding time and a tendency to gulp their meal down. Such food gulping can be harmful to your pets. Experts say that food gulping in dogs can be traced down from a trait that carried over from wolves. Wolves hunt in packs and when they get a kill, they have to eat fast and compete with the rest of the pack so they eat what they can as fast as they can. In domestic dogs, Beagles and Labrador Retrievers are among those breeds known to be gobblers.
Breed does not appear to play a role with cats. But experts explain that cats are usually solitary hunters, there are seldom domestic cats sharing one small mouse. That means when cats share food bowls or eat side by side with other cats, they may resort to gulping food.
Other reasons for pets to gulp their food are bad experiences during the early years, using food as motivation, or simply poor eating habits. Some pets who have been rescued may have starved or waited a long time in between meals, so they eat what they can as fast as they can.
Gulping can result to pet obesity. Pets eating too quickly from stress-related causes can result in the their food coming back up just as fast. Part of the natural pattern in wolves and pack animals is rapid feeding, then regurgitate and eat the food again while they are away from the frenzy.
Managing and following feeding schedule can help you and your pet with this problem. Feeding larger part food would help your pets chew rather than gulp, especially if you feed them pet food in small pellets. For multiple cat owners, consider feeding them separately or in different places. For dogs, place non-swallowable balls or large stones so they work around obstacles before eating their food. You can also use automatic pet feeders that opens up on schedule so your pets know that the next meal is coming.