List of safe ingredients to dish up!
Shopping list for our pets these days has gone beyond kibble or canned. Freshly prepared meals are abundant in easy to digestible nutrients; essential in maintaining a healthier longer life.
Add a little variety to your pets diet with fresh whole foods such as meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy products and eggs. Whenever possible, opt for organic or thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables.
Remember, dogs and cats have a short digestive tract and lack the type of teeth needed to effectively grind food pureeing fruits and vegetables in a juicer or food processor to aid nutrient absorption. Very fibrous vegetables can be cooked for 10 to 15 minutes to break them down enough the digest more easily. Cook foods at lower temperatures to prevent natural nutrients from degrading, where possible bake foods versus boiling them.
Lastly, watch for food allergies when creating dishes, safe food does not mean allergy free.
A Word On Vitamin Supplements
Although vitamin supplements are not a food item, they are necessary when preparing foods at home.
There is no guarantee each meal will be balanced, addition of vitamins will ensure each meal provides all essential vitamins and minerals required to maintain good condition as we strive for nothing but the best.
Calcium, vitamins, digestive enzymes and oils should be added to each meal just before serving, not during the cooking process. Please follow manufacturers suggested guidelines.
Cats will need additional supplement of Taurine to prevent cardiovascular disease and protect their vision.
Water; often over looked. Water is a nutrient that gives overall health; it helps regulate body temperature, digest food, eliminate wastes, lubricates tissues, and also allows salt and other electrolytes of pass through the body. Urinary tract problems and kidney failure in cats have been closely related to lack of water.
Grocery list of ingredients for pets
Cats diet should consist of 80% to 90% lean meat
Dogs diet should consist of 60% to 80% lean meat
Turkey (no skin)
Fish (no bones)
Liver (no more than twice a week)
Hearts (Chicken or Beef)
Cats diet can consist of 5% cooked or juiced vegetables
Alfalfa Sprouts (raw only)
Potatoes (no skins) boiled
Grains & Beans
Dogs diet should consist of 20% to 30% cooked grains
Bran (high quality)
Pasta (plain, no sauce)
Rice – white or brown
Cats diet should consist of 5% dairy & egg
Dogs diet should consist of 5% to 10% dairy & egg
Raw chicken necks
Raw chicken backs
Eggs (2 or 3 times a week)
Yogurt (plain, low-fat, unsweetened, unflavored)
Cats diet should consist of 0% to 5% puree or juiced fruits
Dogs diet should consist of 5% to 10% puree or juiced fruits
Apple (no seeds)
Cherries (no pits)
Peaches (no pit)
Pear (no pit)
Dried fruits like bananas, apricots and apples can also be good snack
Nuts & Seeds
1 to 4 nuts (ground or crushed up before adding to daily meals)
Flax seed oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
American cheese (in small amounts)
Carob pods or powder
Clams (cooked) (and juice)
Peanut Butter (natural, no salt or sugar added)