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More people cooking for their pets

Well, I hope those that are now cooking for their pets see the difference it will make in them. You can feed your dog or cat almost anything and it will be better for them then some of the foods on the contaminated list (maybe even Chicken McNuggets...and who knows what those actually are).

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/02/business/02pets.html?em&ex=1175832000&en=65e99b060255ee88&ei=5087%0A

I do like that "Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats,”  is selling really well. If you have a dog or cat, I highly recommend this book. If you read it, you will never feed your pet Science Diet or any of those other foods again...no matter what your vet recommends (which I've stated before that if your vet ever recommends one of those foods, walk out, don't play the bill, and throw away their number). 8)

Thanks for posting that Dave.  It's looking like the best way to get a fast copy of Pitcairn's book  is to use Amazon Marketplace sellers, due to the backup on Amazon itself (right now orders are shipping in 4 to 7 weeks!). 

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I've ordered the book last week but haven't received it yet.

I am still mixing my dog's usual "Wellness" brand dog food with food I prepare for her, and that seems to be working pretty well. But I think that I would like to learn how to prepare all her meals and cut out dog food altogether. She's a small girl, so I think I could prepare a huge batch of food for her and defrost as needed. So, if anyone has any fussy-proof recipes for pooches, let me know!

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I seem to have a rather picky dog eater!  She has discovered that she loves soft cooked carrots.  She kept whining for more and the next day I had orange lawn ornaments, but I expect that!  She likes green beans too.

We have a bunny rabbit, a Indian Ringneck and 5 budgies along with this dog.  It seems to me that the best thing to do is to make a hot lunch for everyone every day.  A cooked grain like quinoa, brown rice and oatmeal mixed with varied veggies and fruits could be served to every eater here, even the kids.  Yup, I am going to feed my kids dog food...it is people food after all! LOL

The only thing that I see as a problem is the same thing I know about from feeding very small humans on a vegan diet.  They need plenty of calories, in the case of the dog especially.  They also are not going to completely masticate their food.  Puppy has baby teeth, the bunny has very small back teeth and the parrot has no teeth.  Quinoa is not such a problem, but brown rice needs to be broken up in the food processor after cooking.  Not made into paste, but broken up to make it digestable without adequate chewing.  They can all eat cooked beans too, but again they need to be mashed up a bit.  The birds and puppy love tofu and they like it just straight up plain. Since we eat a very balanced varied diet here.  If the pets are prepared leftovers, they will have a varied and balanced diet too.

When I called the V-Dog food people, they said to make up old-fashioned oats and add cut up fruits, veggies and soft veggie leftovers or other grains to it and serve with the V-Dog kibble, perhaps with a bit of fortified soymilk.  That sounds so much better than eating dry kibble day in and day out.

ANyone have a recipe for dog biscuits with peanut butter?

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I noticed that everyone responding that they want to cook for their pet has a dog not cats!  We've got five.  I really don't know what to do.  I looked at one site that is charging $200 for a vet nutritionist to help you formulate a "menu" for your pets.  I can't afford that.  When y'all get your book in, please report whether you think it's worthwhile and if it would be helpful for my "pride", the fab five.

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We had dog-and-cat-food recipe books back when I worked at the health food store - Pitcairns, and one other, unfortunatly, I cannot remember the other title.

You may want to check your health food store or library for recipes- not to mention the internet.

Since TinTexas asked about cats- one word of caution. I used to feed my cat tuna a lot - unfortunatly that's not a good idea- if I remember correctly it has a bad ash content or something. Anyway, the poor thing got liver disease and died  :-\- and I felt very responsible (tho I was totally unaware before that happened) The ash balance thing is not just an animal-food-manufacturers propaganda tool - it is, unfortunately true. So, do use a good recipe.

I do think the nutritionist thing sounds overpriced. And, I do think commercial stuff is yucky! I've read the lists of what they think is okay - gross!

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http://www.recipesource.com/misc/pet-food/cat/
http://hikari.kehinde.com/diet.html
http://www.catnutrition.org/recipes.html

I found these links for making your own cat food - I have no idea how good they are or aren't - they're just here for you to check out. I welcome input from those who are better informed on the topic than I - this is just an internet search I did, trying to avoid the ones that were obviously profit-oriented.

Unfortunately, cats are carnivores, so the recipes don't look very appetizing! :P

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THANK FOR THE POST,,, At times I thought I was the only one who though dog food is disgusting for them...
I am scared to feed my dog dry food as well...I am running out of options...
She does seem to like veggie burgers :)

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Also be aware that some foods that are fine for people can be toxic to your pet. I heard chocolate can kill even a good sized dog in too large of a quantity, and there was something about macadamia nuts... I can't remember.

Anyway, with special ingredients always check if they are O.K. to eat for your pet!

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Onions and garlic are not good for cats, as they can cause anemia.  Um... I'll sift through my boxes o' crap (just moved again) and see if I can find my notes for you. :)

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i was just researching this exact topic last night on the computer!

i just did a google search with the words "make your own pet food" and came up with a ton of stuff.  pointers, ingredients to include, even actual recipes for dog meatballs, liver cookies, make your own dog treats, etc.  they also included recipes for cats on several of the sites that come up. 

i was pricing dog food yesterday here in town.  it is going to cost over $70 for 15 kilos of Eukanuba Puppy.  (do we know if the recall is worldwide, or just in the states?  because they are still selling it here in sweden and there are no news stories about it that i have seen.)  i am thinking i can make dog food for cheaper than that and it would be a great quality.  so, i am going to try it.  maybe i won't be making ALL of the food the puppy will eat, but at least i can do a mix and see how it goes.  that way i can get into the groove of how we are gonna do it before the dog gets older and doesn't want to try anything new! 

on the websites i saw, it did mention that onions and garlic both have a compound in them that is dangerous for dogs and cats.  onions are the worst.  it did recommend using a little garlic in homemade dog food, saying that dogs love the flavor and that when they eat it, the various buggies won't like them.  so it was a natural flea and tick repellent.  but there was a warning not to use too much.  also, it mentioned raisins, grapes, chocolate and some kinds of nuts were a no-no. 

fiona

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i was just researching this exact topic last night on the computer!

i just did a google search with the words "make your own pet food" and came up with a ton of stuff.   pointers, ingredients to include, even actual recipes for dog meatballs, liver cookies, make your own dog treats, etc.  they also included recipes for cats on several of the sites that come up. 

i was pricing dog food yesterday here in town.  it is going to cost over $70 for 15 kilos of Eukanuba Puppy.  (do we know if the recall is worldwide, or just in the states?  because they are still selling it here in sweden and there are no news stories about it that i have seen.)   i am thinking i can make dog food for cheaper than that and it would be a great quality.  so, i am going to try it.  maybe i won't be making ALL of the food the puppy will eat, but at least i can do a mix and see how it goes.  that way i can get into the groove of how we are gonna do it before the dog gets older and doesn't want to try anything new! 

on the websites i saw, it did mention that onions and garlic both have a compound in them that is dangerous for dogs and cats.  onions are the worst.  it did recommend using a little garlic in homemade dog food, saying that dogs love the flavor and that when they eat it, the various buggies won't like them.  so it was a natural flea and tick repellent.  but there was a warning not to use too much.  also, it mentioned raisins, grapes, chocolate and some kinds of nuts were a no-no. 

fiona

Hey Fiona,
You are MUCH better off cooking food for your puppy. Eukanuba probably has the same nutritional value as feeding him grass clippings, dirt, and old shoe laces.  :P

Garlic is fine for dogs. At this time of year I add chopped garlic to all of my dog's food. I have never had a problem with it. If you can, purchase the book I mentioned above. I actually just read the other day that ticks are really becoming a bigger problem in Sweden over the past few years (they attribute it to global warming). Garlic along with a really healthy diet will help keep fleas and ticks away from your dog. They will look for a "weaker" host animal that has a weaker immune system to feed off of.
Good Luck,
-dave

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Onions and garlic are not good for cats, as they can cause anemia.  Um... I'll sift through my boxes o' crap (just moved again) and see if I can find my notes for you. :)

Hey Duckalucky!!!  Welcome back! 

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I'd love to cook my furkids' food but I can't bring myself to deal with meat....  I can't stand the smell  :(

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I am kinda new here. I have been searching recipes for a few months. I just found this Q& A section and wanted to post, but it said I had to register, so I did! :) I'll post more about myslef later. I'm still at work. There is so much stuff you all have posted. I have been readin the Q&A topics for a few weeks. I think you are all so cool!

I'd want to cook for my dogs. I have 2 rescue dogs. i don't know how anyone could ever BUY a dog. HOW GROSS! I hope none of you have! I think there is no reason to buy a dog or cat if others are stuck at the pound waiting for homes. I have read a few things online about cooking for my dogs,  and think that is now what I am going to do! I think that most of the dog foods are junk. I do know there are good foods to purchase, but I want and think that cooking for them might be the best way to go. I want to buy those books. Has anyone read them? Are they worth buying? I want to do the best for my dogs. I am so sick and disgusted of hearing about the bad dog food!

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