Sunday, 6 April 2008

Homemade pet food

I am in the process of getting a kitten and like most animal lovers I want my kitten to be the healthiest, most loved kitten around! I think to have a healthy lifestyle your animals very much reflect yourself… they do say animals look like their owners! (Which is why I want a cute kitty!)

Animals need to have a healthy diet too, some may be colour blind so choose their food by smell. Most dogs enjoy liver, garlic, onions, cheese and beef where as cats enjoy chicken, fish, turkey, yeast and fresh aged flavours. They are also known to be more fussy than dogs, again why a cat is the perfect pet for me! They do not need salt in their diet as their food is natural enough! A grain is always a good idea for example Kibble, wheat germ, cooked oatmeal or whole wheat bread as well as fruits and some vegetables however it is best not to feed a cat starchy veggies.

Not only are these simple and healthy but will save you money too! All should be served at room temperature.Incidentally, you should know that cats should be fed three times a day, while an adult dog needs only one meal a day.

Here are some pet recipes you can make at home:


Heat 1 teaspoon corn oil in a pan.Add 1/4 pound beef liver and fry on both sides until cooked but not dry inside.Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and mix it up with all the brown bits.For dogs, cut the liver into pieces and serve; for cats, grind the liver in a blender, using the pan juices.


Combine 1/2 pound stewing veal, 1 cup canned tomatoes, 1 cup water, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 1/2 onion (chopped), parsley and a dash of garlic powder in a pot and simmer.When meat is tender, remove all the bones.For dogs, cut the meat in chunks, and mix stew with kibble or some other grain; for cats, grind the stew in blender, adding a tablespoon of wheat germ or 1/2 slice of whole wheat bread.


Combine 1 chicken liver, 1 giblet, 1 chicken heart, 1 chicken neck, 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley.Cover and simmer until the giblet is tender.Chop all the meat for dogs removing bones and mix with kibble; for cats, you may want to grind the meat in the blender.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Combine 1/2 cup dry milk and 1/2 cup wheat germ; drizzle 1 teaspoon honey on top.Add one 3 1/3 oz. jar of strained liver baby food or homemade blended liver and stir until everything is well mixed.Form the mixture into balls; place them on an oiled cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.Bake 8 to 10 minutes.Consistency should be fudgy.Store in a jar in the fridge; freeze if keeping more than a few days. MACKEREL DINNER Heat 1 tsp. corn oil in a skillet and fry 1 small mackerel until it flakes apart easily. Remove and cool. Pour 1/2 cup hot water into the pan and scrape the brown bits into it. Remove the bones from the fish and mix with the juice. For dogs, serve in pieces with kibble; for cats, grind with the pan juices.


Following the recipe for Liver Cookies, using cooked beef puree instead. FISH COOKIES Follow the recipe for Liver Cookies but use instead 3 1/2 ounces of mashed and boned mackerel, either canned or freshly cooked.


2 cups whole wheat flour2 tsp. garlic powder2 cups white flour1 cup skim milk powder2 eggswater1/2 cup melted beef or pork drippings (or lard)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together with enough water to make a stiff dough. Roll out and cut into Christmas shapes. Bake on cookie sheet until hard.


1 cup cornmeal 1 tsp. finely ground cuttlebone1 cup hulled millet2 tbsp. liquid honey1/4 cup whole wheat flour2 eggs2 tbsp. raw wheat germ4 egg yolks (for larger birds add 1/2 cup peanuts)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Pat into a greased and floured baking dish.Bake for 30 minutes or until firm (if edges start to get too brown, cover with foil).Cool and cut into small squares.

I hope these sound more appealing to your pet than you!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lets see the little chap!x