HOMEMADE PET FOOD BASICS:
I have been cooking for my dog and cats for over 20 years. It’s not that time consuming because I cook ahead and store food in the refrigerator and freezer.
I started cooking because my dog had poor health and poor digestion and homemade food helped him feel better. At first I included grains and beans, but he did better later when I left them out of the recipe (he had skin problems so it was easy to tell what bothered him).
To insure that my pets get all the nutrients they need, I include a multivitamin/mineral with their food. Jack the dog gets a chewable tablet, and cats Sunny and Mulan get their tablet ground up and mixed into their food.
We have cats even though my spouse is allergic to them because we cook for them. As long as they eat grain-free high quality home cooked food, allergies are not a problem.
Here is the reference book I used to get you started:
Pitcairn's Healthy Powder
2 cups nutritional yeast
1 cup lecithin
1/4 cup kelp
1/4 cup bone meal
500 mg vitamin C (use part of a capsule)
MULAN AND SUNNY'S CAT FOOD
3 large kale leaves
3 large carrots
2 lbs ground meat (Mulan insists on high quality dark meat turkey--colors and fillers make urine smell not as good)
2 cans sardines packed in water (Mulan prefers)
2 tbsp Healthy Powder (recipe below at left and in Pitcairn’s book)
2 tbsp olive oil
Boil the kale and carrots in a large cooking pot until soft. Ladle them with enough cook water to generously cover and the eggs into a blender and blend into a thin soup. Pour back into pot and allow to cool (otherwise when you add the meat it will cook, and Mulan prefers raw). Mix meat, healthy powder, juice from mackerel, and olive oil until smooth. In a separate container (I use one of the meat containers) smash the mackerel into small pieces. Stir mackerel in with everything else. Add water as needed to make the consistency like a thick blended soup. Ladle into cup size containers (or 1/2 cup for one cat). Leave one in the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Amount you feed depends on the size and activity level of your cat--Mulan is about 8 lbs and she eats 3-4 heaping teaspoons twice a day.
Just as good food, good sleep, relaxation regular exercise, acupuncture and herbs are great for people, they are also great for our pets! Besides, they make cats and dogs hypoallergenic, so most allergy sufferers can enjoy them. One of the simplest demonstrations that acupuncture actually works and is not just due to a “placebo” effect is the success of acupuncture with animals. There are more and more vets that are trained in acupuncture and holistic methods.
NATURAL HEALTH AND PETS
JACK'S DOG FOOD
1 1/2 lbs potatoes
1 1/2 lbs carrots
1 huge cabbage
2 big bags of frozen cruciferous veggies
2 large bunches of fresh broccoli
2 lbs ground meat (I use turkey)
1+ lb package raw turkey necks, cut into 1 1/2 or so inch pieces (you can get a butcher to do this for you)
6 tbsp olive oil
5-6 tbsp Healthy Powder (recipe below left and in Pitcairn book)
You’re making a stew--you don’t have to be totally exact. Boil the potatoes, carrots and veggies until soft. Stir ground meat, olive oil and healthy powder into hot veggies. Get about 10 pint size containers that you can use for refrigeration and freezing. Put a piece of turkey neck in the bottom of each until you run out of pieces. Fill each container with stew. This recipe is about right for an active 50 pound dog, feeding 1 pint twice a day. I usually refrigerate a couple days worth and freeze and defrost the rest as needed.