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Pet Foods

In this worksheet, students will be investigating the types of food eaten by some common pet animals.

'Pet Foods' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Animals, including Humans

Curriculum subtopic:  Nutrition

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many people keep animals as pets. Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, birds, ponies - a long list could be made of the different animals that become part of our lives.

 

A big part of looking after our pets is knowing what kinds of food they need to stay healthy. It's no good giving a dog a plate of carrots or a rabbit a bone to chew and hoping that they'll manage somehow.

 

Pet rabbit and puppy

 

Use this worksheet to test what you know about pets and the foods they like to eat.

Some animals eat plants - they are called herbivores. Some animals eat meat (other animals) - they are called carnivores. Some animals have a mixed diet of plants and other animals - they are called omnivores.

 

Can you sort the following animals into the right groups?

Column A

Column B

dog
herbivore
rabbit
omnivore
cat
carnivore
rat
carnivore
tortoise
omnivore
chicken
herbivore

Which of these features of a cat tells you that it is a likely to be a carnivore and not a herbivore?

it is furry

it purrs

it has sharp teeth and claws

it has good hearing

Look at this drawing of a guinea pig's teeth. Can you work out what sort of food it eats?

 

Guinea pig skull

it is a carnivore

it is a herbivore

it is an omnivore

Which of these things is a pet cat NOT likely to eat?

fish

chicken

prawns

lettuce

a mouse

A dog's strong back teeth and powerful jaws are good for what?

 

Alsatian

catching balls

fetching sticks

gnawing bones

cracking nuts

What do all pet animals need to stay healthy, whatever their diet might be?

fats and sugars

fresh fruit

water

vitamin pills

  • Question 1

Some animals eat plants - they are called herbivores. Some animals eat meat (other animals) - they are called carnivores. Some animals have a mixed diet of plants and other animals - they are called omnivores.

 

Can you sort the following animals into the right groups?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

dog
carnivore
rabbit
herbivore
cat
carnivore
rat
omnivore
tortoise
herbivore
chicken
omnivore
EDDIE SAYS
Were any of those a surprise? Maybe it's the omnivores: chickens like scratching around in the soil for tasty grubs and insects, as well as pecking up their grain. Rats will eat pretty much anything, including the plastic insulation around electrical cables! Otherwise, hopefully you were happy with those.
  • Question 2

Which of these features of a cat tells you that it is a likely to be a carnivore and not a herbivore?

CORRECT ANSWER
it has sharp teeth and claws
EDDIE SAYS
The sharp teeth and claws of the cat adapt it for catching and killing its food. Even if they have a good diet of catfood, cats will still go out and hunt regularly, as any cat owner will know!
  • Question 3

Look at this drawing of a guinea pig's teeth. Can you work out what sort of food it eats?

 

Guinea pig skull

CORRECT ANSWER
it is a herbivore
EDDIE SAYS
The guinea pig's sharp front teeth are suited to nibbling plants and its big back teeth are good for grinding down tough plant material. That means that it is a herbivore.
  • Question 4

Which of these things is a pet cat NOT likely to eat?

CORRECT ANSWER
lettuce
EDDIE SAYS
Cats are carnivores and wouldn't eat a lettuce.
  • Question 5

A dog's strong back teeth and powerful jaws are good for what?

 

Alsatian

CORRECT ANSWER
gnawing bones
EDDIE SAYS
Dogs love to have a big meaty bone to gnaw on!
  • Question 6

What do all pet animals need to stay healthy, whatever their diet might be?

CORRECT ANSWER
water
EDDIE SAYS
All animals need to have enough water to drink. They use water for so many things: making blood go round, digesting food, swimming in - if you keep fish!
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