Homemade pet food recipes that are safe for your dogs and cats.
by Kate Heyhoe
Worried about what to feed your pet, given the recent pet food recalls?
With four cats and two dogs, our household is lucky to have survived unscathed; we're all still fat and happy. If you're thinking of cooking your own pet food, try these sample recipes from Liz Palika, author of The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend and The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Finicky Felines. For Cats: Chicken, Salmon, and Egg Cat Food and For Dogs: Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food.
Cats can be incredibly finicky eaters, as all cat owners know. Some owners decide to prepare a homemade diet for their cats for just this reason. Others are concerned about the quality of commercial cat foods. No matter why you decide to cook for your cat, do so with the help of your veterinarian. Although this recipe has been checked by veterinarians, every cat has different nutritional needs.
* Makes two to three meals for a 10- to 15-pound indoor cat *
If your cat weighs more than 15 pounds or is more active than normal, increase the amount of the ingredients slightly. If your cat is smaller or more sedentary, decrease the amount you feed.Any homemade diet should be varied on a regular basis so that different ingredients add to the cat's diet. Variations to this recipe can include:
You can double this recipe to make several meals ahead of time, but do not make more than three days' worth in advance. Keep the food in the refrigerator until you serve it.
Dog owners decide to cook for their dogs for a variety of reasons. Some owners begin cooking for their dogs when the dogs develop health issues. Others are concerned about the quality of commercial dog foods. No matter what your reason for cooking for your dog, do so in an educated manner. Malnutrition takes a while to show up, and your dog could suffer needlessly. This recipe has been scrutinized by veterinarians; however, every dog's nutritional needs vary, so if you decide to use this (or any other) recipe, keep the lines of communication open with your dog's veterinarian.
* Makes one meal for a 50- to 60-pound, moderately active dog *
Increase or decrese the amount of ingredients in the recipe according to your dog's size and activity level. If your dog seems to gain weight, cut back a little; if he loses weight, increase the amount slightly.
A homemade diet can be made better by offering a variety of ingredients, thereby adding different nutrients to the food. Variations to this recipe can include the following:
This recipe can be made in quantity (three or four meals at a time) and kept refrigerated until serving time.
Recipes reprinted with permission from: The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend (Wiley, August 2005, $14.99) and The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Finicky Felines (Wiley, June 2006, $14.99), both by Liz Palika.
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