21 Feb 2017

Why Feed Your Pet a Home-Cooked Diet


Your dog or cat is part of your family, so naturally you'd want only the best for your furry friend. And one of the simplest ways to do so is to prepare homemade meals for them. Here are 5 reasons to do so.

Take better control of your pet's diet
Any time you're preparing food using fresh ingredients, it's going to be healthier than commercial pet food. That's because most commercial pet food are made with rendered protein, which is essentially pieces and parts of animals with little or no nutrients. When you have more control over the ingredients, such as choosing high quality, human-grade protein, you can also cut out additives and preservatives.

Your pet enjoys a species-appropriate diet
Cooking your pet's meals also ensures it is suitable for the species your pet is. If your dog or cat is carnivorous, you should not feed it with carbohydrates like grain, corn, wheat, rice and especially, soy. That's because they do not require grains in their diet, and dogs, especially have problems digesting grains.

Ensure best possible nourishment for your pet
When you follow a recipe for balanced pet meals, you can be assured that you're fulfilling its vibrant living food requirement. Not only are you providing a healthy, balanced and species-appropriate diet, it also contains omega fatty acids and vitamin-mineral supplements in right proportions.

Save time and cost
Prepare, package and freeze your homemade pet meals in large batches weekly. This helps you save money when you purchase meats and vegetables in bulk, especially if they're on sale. But never compromise on the freshness of ingredients. You could even pair up with friends to share the expenses and meal prep work, thereby saving cost and time.

Start at your preferred pace
Daunted by the thought of cooking all that food for your pet? Start by cooking occasionally as a healthy alternative to its regular diet. A good tip would be to introduce a healthy ingredient in its diet. Canned salmon is one of the healthiest ingredients to add to your pet's diet. Get a scoop of good kibble and combine canned salmon with carrots, honey or an egg to make a tasty treat for your furry friend.

Remember to consult with your vet before changing your pet's diet. Ask your vet if it would need any nutritional supplements. After feeding your pet with home-cooked food for 2 - 3 weeks, take it to the vet to ensure it's not gaining or losing too much weight.