We want our pets to have the best possible care—and this includes feeding them the healthiest food possible! Although store-bought pet food is convenient, did you know that the benefits of cooking for your dog or cat can make a massive dent in their health?
The truth is homemade pet food is often the better choice. Not only is it full of yummy ingredients, but it’s also an easy way to use up table scraps while showing your purfect pals that you care. So, if you’re wondering what to feed dogs or cats when it comes to home cooking, keep on reading!
Healthy Ingredients for Dogs and Cats
Unlike us hoomans, pets don’t really mind how their food looks. Even though it may look good on your Instagram feed, it’s all about the smells! Animals, because they are color blind, choose their foods by smell. Most dogs like liver, fat, garlic, onions, lamb, beef, cheese, and fish. Cats, on the other hand, enjoy chicken, liver, fish, turkey, lamb, and yeast, and prefer fresh to aged flavors.
There are also some limitations that pet owners should be on the lookout for. For instance, animals do not need salt added to their diet as the natural salt in the food is enough for them. Dogs may eat any vegetable they want, but cats should not have any starchy veggies, like peas and corn. Some dogs and cats even enjoy fruits! Just stay away from the avocado, as this can be toxic to your pet’s system.
You may also want to pay attention to where you feed your animals too. Picking a feeding spot that is easy to clean and enjoyable enough for your pet to love their food is key. For more tips, make sure to check out our blog post here.
Other ideas on what to feed dogs and cats are to always add a grain, such as kibble, wheat germ, cooked oatmeal, or whole wheat bread to meat dinners. For dogs, use 75% carbohydrate foods (grains and vegetables) to 25% meat; for cats, use half carbohydrate foods to half meat.
Homemade Pet Food Ideas:
One way of making sure your dog or cat gets a healthy diet is to make it yourself. This way, you can be assured it is fresh and contains only healthy ingredients.
The benefits of cooking for your dog and cat include that you know exactly what goes into their meals! You know what they’re eating and what went into preparing it. This information can especially come in handy if your pet has a particular allergy.
A delicious recipe that is perfect for adapting for either a dog or cat is:
Combine 1 chicken liver, 1 giblet, 1 chicken heart, 1 chicken neck, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley.
Cover and simmer until the giblet is tender.
Chop all the meat for dogs removing bones and mix with kibble; for cats, you may want to grind the meat in the blender.
Taking the time to prepare your pet’s food can save you money in the long run! It also can provide your furry friends with healthy meals that can be adapted to add variety and account for personal tastes. What more could your pet want? Homemade pet food for the win!
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