Homemade Foods for Pets
Photo, right, by Catherine Haug
This menu includes the following categories:
- Foods for Cats and Dogs
- Commercial cat foods
- Homemade Foods for Cats
- Homemade Foods for Dogs
- Homemade Remedies, Treatments for Cats, Dogs
- Risks and Other Info For/About Pets
NOTE: Cats are obligatory carnivores (they only eat meats, and can be harmed by consuming most plants/herbs; exceptions include catnip and slippery elm syrup). Dogs are also carnivores, but not obligatory, and can tolerate more plant foods.
Canned Cat Foods
I’ve slowly been reducing the amount of kibble (and increasing amount of canned foods) so they get more moisture. I tried stirring water or broth into the kibble, but they don”t like that.
I use Friskies (5.5 oz cans) and Fancy Feast (3 oz cans) brands because they do not contain toxic sodium selenite; see my article Beware: Sodium selenite in pet food is toxic for more about this.
Daily amount of canned foods for adult cats
(from Purina, re their Friskies brand):
“Feed adult cats 1 to 1-1/4 oz per pound of body weight daily. Divide into two or more meals. Adjust as needed to maintain ideal body condition. Kittens need up to twice as much food as adult cats and should be fed all they will eat two or three times daily.”
- My new 1-year old Teddy weighs about 8 lbs (Oct 2020), so needs 8 – 10 oz (two 5.5 oz cans).
- My 16+ year-old Charlie has early-stage kidney disease and other health issues. He used to weigh about 11 lbs but I think he’s lost some weight because he doesn’t eat much. As of Oct 2020, he eats ½ – 1 can of Fancy Feast (1.5 – 3 oz).
Kibble for Cats
I use Orijen and Acana brands of kibble because they do not contain sodium selenite; see my article Beware: Sodium selenite in pet food is toxic for more about this. Their favorite is Orijen’s Cat and Kitten kibble, but I also give them other Orijen and Acana kibble mixes.
I keep about 1 small handfuls of kibble in the kibble bowl for them to snack on throughout the day, in addition to the canned foods.
Homemade Wet Foods for Cats
- Homemade Cat-food (About); includes discussion of added ingredients: oils, fiber/starches, amino acids and selenium
- Canned or Lightly-Cooked Salmon, Tuna or Mackerel Recipe (not yet tested)
- Canned Sardines (packed in oil) Recipe
Homemade Wet Foods for Dogs
- (not yet)
Homemade Remedies, Treatments
- Slippery Elm Syrup to treat kidney failure in cats
- Using Seleno-methionine supplement for Cats
- Other sites
- Pet Health Secrets (from The Truth About Pet Cancer, to download the e-book)
- How to Perform CPR if your Cat Loses Consciousness (from Mercola-Pets)
- How to Help a Choking Cat (from Mercola-Pets)
Risks and Other Info for/about Pets
- Beware: Sodium selenite in pet food is toxic
- Other sites:
- Supplements “Potentially Lifesaving for You, Poison to Your Pet” (Mercola’s Health Pets site)
- Synthetic vitamin K (Menadione or K3) may be Toxic to your Cat’s Liver (Mercola’s Health Pets site); from the article: Menadione (synthetic vitamin K), widely used in all types of pet food, has been identified as a liver toxin, even in very small amounts. Check labels, even in raw pet foods, for presence of this nutrient; look for menadione, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (MSBC), or vitamin K3. I just checked the 2 canned cat foods I use (Friskies and Fancy Feast); both use MSBC. Fortunately, the 2 kibble brands I use (Orijen and Acana) do NOT contain either form of menadione.
- Many cat and dog foods contain grains or soy as a first or second ingredient; yet cats are obligatory carnivores, meaning their diet must be animal-foods (meats, organs, etc) and dogs are regular carnivores, meaning they can utilize a small amount of carbs, but rely mainly on animal foods. One brand that breaks those rules is Hill’s Science Diet, which they tout as “Veterinarian Recommended.” Their foods also contain sodium selenite, a toxic form of the essential mineral, selenium (see my article: Beware: Sodium selenite in pet food is toxic for more). See Hill’s Science Diet website for list of ingredients in each of their pet foods
- Other sites:
- When Your Cat’s Meow Deserves a Listen (Mercola’s Health Pets site); includes a cheat sheet/chart for decoding some common kitty chatter – very helpful.