Is Homemade Food Safe for your pets?

Homemade Food for your pet.

Dogs and Cats, for many, are more than pets. They are like faithful companions who offer unconditional love.  In return, all they require is daily care, proper nutrition, exercise, and lots of hugs and praise.  However, recent studies suggest that pet foods bought in stores may be detrimental to their health when it comes to nutrition. This article will discuss how homemade food fares better than processed and canned foods for pets.

Homemade food ingredients

The daily allowance of dog foods should include vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and water.  Just as there are different breeds of dogs, so too, each requires a unique diet plan.  A balanced homemade food diet should be prepared according to the canine’s size, breed, and special needs.  Foods that should not be given to dogs include chocolate, dairy products, and foods that contain sugar or yeast. Most importantly, not the table scraps. Don’t give your prepared food to your dog.

A pet owner used to feed his pet dog homemade food such as spaghetti and meatballs.  The meat is full of protein, and the spaghetti is high in carbohydrates.  Of course, this staple food was not a daily occurrence; however, it is contended that dogs were in good health, had exceptional shiny coats, and adapted to this Italian family’s cooking. Some dogs love vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and leafy vegetables as part of their diet. My cocker spaniels loved vegetables, fruits, brown rice, and of course, their homemade treats. They all have the required nutrients dogs need.

Suggestions by nutritionists

Nutritionists suggest alternating between meat products such as chicken and turkey. However, they do not recommend the use of any pork or pork products in pet foods.  For puppies and growing up puppies, meat, fruits, and vegetables are recommended.

dog and banana

However, it should be noted that before preparing any homemade food for your pets, do consult a pet nutritionist to ensure you are giving balanced meals for your pet dogs. They will suggest meal plans based on the type of breed as not all breeds are the same. Some breeds may require some extra ingredients in their food for their physique and well being.

Home Cats

Preparing homemade food for cats can be a bit tricky.  They cannot tolerate preservatives, and therefore it is again essential that you consult a vet to ascertain what type of diet is best for them.

However, it is the consensus that cats also require the same kind of nutrients as dogs. Vitamins,  minerals, carbohydrates, and fat must be part of their balanced diet.  Nutritionists suggest higher amounts of protein for cats. Giving ground chicken, turkey, and ground lean beef may be beneficial for their health. They recommend giving a hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg as part of their balanced meal.


Cats love fish, and in some cases, it has been reported that tuna and other canned fish food may contain mercury. You have to ensure that you are fully aware of the source of fish. Flaxseed oil, vegetables, and salt in small measures may be part of their diet.

It makes more sense to have homemade foods for your pets as an alternative to the processed food available in the stores these days. Homemade food ingredients and meat or vegetables are in your know-how. So it makes more sense to prepare healthy and sumptuous meals for your pets. You love your pets and so go for holistic solutions when it comes to food preparation for your pets.

There is a consensus that canned foods have low quality, and your pets may reject them too as it may not be palatable to them. So take a confident route to ensure you and your pets are happy and contented.


Food is an integral part of everyone’s daily life. It would be best if you had it to survive and go about your chores. It is equally vital that when you have a pet in your home, go for homemade food rather than go for processed or canned food. It is an extra effort, and I am sure you would agree with me. The health and well-being of your pets must be in your mind at all times. So, let’s be caring and responsible for our pets. They will thank you for the food that you lovingly prepare for them.

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