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Homemade Dog and Cat Food Recipes

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Homemade Dog and Cat Food Recipes

Chicken Noodleroni for dogs resembles gourmet people food!

Photo courtesy of Susan Thixton
I hope you read and enjoyed my article about "Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Healthy Dog & Cat Meals," a great homemade pet foods recipe book.

Now here's the fun part: recipes!

But before I reveal two delish homemade dog and cat food recipes, it's important to point out that the authors, Truth About Pet Food.com pet food activist Susan Thixton and Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM, feed their critters homemade pet foods exclusively. They do not feed their dogs and cats any commercial foods whatsoever.

First, Some Facts and Myths about Homemade Pet Foods

Homemade pet foods are nothing new. In fact, it's only been within the last couple of generations that the majority of pet parents have begun serving their companion animals commercial pet foods.

As the authors of "Dinner PAWsible" have pointed out, the commercial pet food industry (and many veterinarians, for that matter) have long frowned on serving pets table scraps and people foods.

That's nonsense.

People of my grandparents' generation solely served table scraps and homemade meals to their pets, and their pets often lived to be ripe old ages. (My grandmother frequently served her cats organ meats such as beef kidneys and hearts, and they thrived.)

Meanwhile, although my mom is a big fan of commercial cat food brands that make my hair stand on end, she periodically treats her Maine Coon cat, Molly, to sauteed pork chops, which Molly adores.

My Omar also loves people food, especially chopped hard-boiled eggs, baked chicken breast, rare steak and watermelon! (He must be onto something, as this fruit is extremely high in protein, and contains more of the powerful anti-oxidant lycopene than any other fruit or veggie.)

The bottom line is, people foods are not only fine for pets, these are arguably much healthier than commercial pet foods.

But Are these Homemade Pet Foods Nutritionally Balanced?

The answer is, "Yes."

The authors really did their homework in this regard.

Meanwhile, these pet foods may be served raw; lightly cooked; or fully cooked (although they should not be overcooked, as to preserve vital nutrients). Plus, they do not require supplementation.

So without further ado, here are some awesome recipes!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Noodleroni Dog Food
  • Serves one 30-pound dog two meals for one day
  • ½ cup chicken cooked, skin and fat removed, ground, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chicken liver cooked, ground
  • 1 cup whole wheat pasta cooked
  • ¾ cup tomatoes steamed, diced
  • ¾ cup peas steamed
  • 2 tablespoons cod liver oil
  • 400 milligrams calcium or ¼ teaspoon finely ground eggshell
  • ½ cup broth (optional)
  • Chicken and Shrimp Cat Food
  • Serves one 10-pound cat two meals for one day
  • ½ cup chicken cooked, skin and fat removed, ground, shredded
  • 3 medium to large shrimp cooked, tail removed, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds dried, no salt added, ground fine
  • 1 teaspoon cod liver oil
  • 150 milligrams or slightly less than 1/8 teaspoon of finely ground eggshell
  • ¼ cup broth (optional)

Preparation:

For the dog food: Combine chicken and liver in bowl, mix well. Add tomatoes, peas, oil and calcium; mix. Add broth and pasta, mix again and serve.

For the cat food: Combine chicken and shrimp in medium bowl, mix well. Add sunflower seeds, oil and calcium; mix well. Add broth and mix again. Serve.
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