This is my personal do and don’t list, I am sure there are ppl out there that will disagree, but this is what works for me. For someone starting out home preparing pet food it is a decent guide.
· When home cooking your pets food make sure there is 50-75% meat in the meal.
· Always puree the veggies, animals digestive systems take longer to digest veggies than they do meat, this can lead to poor digestion, by pureeing the veggies you give their systems a head start.
· Make sure the meals are balanced and include a source of calcium, taurine and omega oils.
· If you feed fish either feed it raw and whole, or feed only de-boned cooked fillets or canned.
· Whole Raw eggs are good, feed them shell and all.
· If you feed bones always feed ONLY RAW bones and ALWAYS supervise your pets, when the bone gets small take it away.
· Feed a total of approx 2-3% of you pets ideal body weight per day, some pets require a little more or less, find a balance.
· Remember dogs need at least 50% meat in their diet, cats need at least 75%
· Divide the total daily intake into 2 or 3 meals a day to avoid bloat
· If you use grains, make these less than 1/4 of the diet.
· Use PLAIN UNSWEETEND yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese as part of the mix.
· 1 glove of garlic added to a 2 day batch of food will not harm your dog, I do not feed garlic to cats.
· I do not feed Pork, salmon or trout. Personal choice, but it can be a little risky therefore I avoid it.(read the post about Salmon Poisoning.)
· NEVER FEED COOKED BONES it’s asking for trouble.
· NEVER leave a pet unsupervised with a bone
· If you cook the foods do not cook out the goodness, meats should be cooked till just brown on the outside, veggies should be cooked for no more than 3-5 mins.
· NEVER feed onions, grapes, and raisins.
· When feeding RAW do not mix the meats, have a beef day, a chicken day, a turkey day etc.
· If feeding fish do not cut it up, feed it whole.
Then stand back and watch the enjoyment your pets are finally getting from their food.