Fine Dining: Homemade Pet Food Recipes for Dogs and Cats

These homemade pet food recipes will have your furry friends begging for more.

| July/August 2011

Imagine what life would be like if, day after day, you opened the same box of granola for breakfast and dinner. It’s not very appealing, and it would likely leave you hungry for vitamins and nutrients not found in that one meal. Yet most of us feed our pets every day from the same “box of cereal.”

What if we fed our pets a simpler version of what we eat ourselves—grub made with real ingredients, a little variety and a sense of purpose? True, cooking for your pet takes a bit of planning. And, just as feeding yourself and your family requires some knowledge about what you need to stay healthy, so does feeding your pet. He or she is a scavenger by nature, but he needs more than assorted table scraps. Here are a few guidelines to get you started.

1. Variety is important. Rotating protein and carbohydrate sources will help cover all the nutritional bases.

2. Good protein sources include human- grade raw ground round, chuck or sirloin; ground poultry (higher-fat dark meat is best—pets require more fat than humans do); and occasionally organ meats, all from animals raised without antibiotics or hormones. If you have misgivings about feeding your pet raw meat, cook it lightly.

3. Good sources of carbohydrates include any fruits or vegetables your pet enjoys such as apples, carrots, zucchini, green beans, collard greens, kale, and roasted veggies such as winter squash or yams. Quick-cooking, economical grains such as oatmeal, cornmeal, millet and bulgur are nutritionally dense and can supply more than half of your pet’s diet (on a dry-weight basis).

4. Both cats and dogs have high calcium requirements, so unless bones are ground up and included in their diets, they must have added calcium. Add 1 teaspoon of powdered calcium, eggshell powder or bonemeal to each pound of raw meat and work it in before you add anything else. A high-quality pet vitamin can also help make sure your furry friend gets all the nutrients he needs.

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Making the pet food is a consist of several points that includes the animal health issues and the solution to several disease in it. Food is the only way that helps people to make their pet healthy and disease free. But now a day people prefers the outside food for the pets rather then the proper home made nutritious food that making the pets to suffer from several disease. Better to take the proper tips from the to take care of the animals.

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