Home-Cookin' for Morris and Marmaduke

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Mom, what's for dinner?

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The news on pet food just keeps getting worse, as more and more companies enact voluntary recalls on their products due to fears of contamination. First, it was poisoned wheat gluten in dog and cat foods, and now dog treats are suspect due to possible salmonella contamination. Money won't keep Fido or Fluffy safe here, as both pricey and generic brands have been affected. What's a pet owner to do? Phil Klein, co-owner of Whiskers Holistic Pet Products thinks home-cooked meals are the answer, and he'll give you the recipe. Do you cook for your pet? And does that mean your own dinner's going straight from freezer to microwave?



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What I want are healthy recipes that I could make for me and my 7 lb toy poodle: casseroles or meat loafs with some meat, rice, carrots, etc. I want to know how much my dog could eat a day, how much meat or fat he could have. I now give my dog about 2 TBS of canned food as a treat with his kibble. I have a huge container of kibble bought before all these problems that I think is safe.

When that runs out, I might consider making all the food for the dog but how can I figure out portions for my dog? When I actually read all the ingredients in the canned food I shuddered. Just rice, veggies and a little meat must be as good. But what proportions, and what portions? How much meat and how much salt can my dog handle?

Can I cook for the two of us?

Sent by Kit | 3:10 PM | 4-4-2007

Our consulting vet Dr. Susan Beal emphasises mimicing an animals natural diet which can include raw meat, especially from grass-fed animals.


Hardwick Beef

Sent by michael gourlay | 3:19 PM | 4-4-2007

What about feeding your cats raw pet food? I tried putting my cats on a homemade raw food diet but become concerned that they weren't getting adequate nutrition. Is there anywhere you can buy premade raw food specifically for cats? Would you recommend raw food over cooked food?

Sent by Cathy | 3:55 PM | 4-4-2007

Indeed feral dogs and cats will attack and eat another animal and they go for the guts. As such, for years, I have bought at Safeway, trays of turkey guts, about $.69 per lb here in AK. Throw a bowl of innerds in the microwave and, well I cut it up as they would inhale the bowl if I did not feed it too them in bits. They always have a bowl of kibble as well, but rarely hit that except during ceratain periods (pugs). In the summer, I live next to a river so lots of Salmon (sounds indulgent but these are molting spawners as I live up-stream). Anyway, I have to fillet and grill it, but it must be the gamey smell but they can eat their weight

Sent by Abdus Sammi | 4:06 PM | 4-4-2007

Please comment publically on the fact that all industries are subject to manufacturers who act irresponsibly and negligently in the production of their product from time to time. Human negligence and sabotage cannot be 100 % prevented in any industry. This is the case with wheat gluten and the recent pet food recall. Only one manufacture has been identified as producing an adulterated product. Wheat gluten is a natural component (wheat protein) found in wheat flour. The largest consumers of wheat gluten are humans. If you consume any bread or bakery product, breakfast cereal containing wheat or even imitation meat products you are consuming wheat gluten.
The product has been produced commercially for over 75 years as an ingredient for bakery products because it provides functional characteristics that no other ingredient can provide. It is also produced naturally separated by water, and contains no chemical additives. This whole fiasco has been caused by one irresponsible party in China and their production capacity represents less than 1/10 of 1% of total world capacity. It is irresponsible reporting to suggest that all pet food manufacturers are providing inferior products that are unsafe. When peanut butter was recently recalled due to salmonella, I do not remember the press suggesting that consumers avoid peanut butter at all cost. This is a very similar situation, as you have had one party who acted negligently and criminally and as a result consumers and the public are being misinformed about the quality of the finished product along with the nutritional benefits of an ingredient consumed worldwide by humans in all wheat based products.
Do your homework.

Sent by Jay from KC | 4:31 PM | 4-4-2007

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, by veternarian Richard Pitcairn, is a comprehensive book that includes recipes for pets as well as human/pet dishes. Proportions and ingredients are explained in detail. I discovered these recipes twenty years ago when my dog was suffering from kidney disease. My neighbor used the cat food recipes as her cat had cancer. The foods and remedies made a big difference in both animals' comfort.

Sent by Barbara | 5:29 PM | 4-4-2007

I am moving to a cabin in the mountains with no refridgeration and hence no way to store wet food. I currently feed my 1 1/2 year old male cat a little meaty wet food each day to maintain his urinary tract and general health. I'm sure my cat will find mice where I'm going, so is it okay to downsize his diet to dry food?

Sent by Becky | 9:55 PM | 4-4-2007

To Cathy- My vet recommended Felinespride raw cat food. It is raw and specifically formulated for cats to mimic what they would eat in the wild with all the added extra vitamins they need. I have fed it to my three cats and they like it. Check out their website.

Sent by Leslie | 3:46 AM | 4-14-2007

I was not happy to find out that products for our special animals, were being imported from other countries, like china. Apparently they took no precautions or care in producing these products. Because of this recall, I will be cooking my feline's meals. If the manufacturers want consumer confidence, they need to be regulated and treated the same as for human consumption of food. Products for our beloved pets should be produced in this country, not imported. When I purchase a product, I specifically look for where it is produced. I typically would not buy products out of certain countries. So, why would I want to feed my animal from a country that does not audit or follow proper food sanitation practices for animals, and probably not even consistently for humans. I am sure most americans or anyone using our products will require that manufactors test, and use proper food service protocals for food handling and production for our pets. My trust has been twarted by these latest events. I love my PET and I trusted them to do the right thing. I will not purchase any wet foods, I am sure a lot of people will start producing there own. We the consumer, We don't deserve this, Our Beloved Pets do not deserve this, our pets trusted us to feed them poison FREE food. I am now searching the internet for additional feline recipes. I am cooking my own turkey and chicken. What a shame that it has come to this. Why wasn't anyone testing this products?????? Why????

Sent by Irene | 6:54 PM | 4-18-2007

The K9Nutrition group and catnutrition.org are wonderful sites, chock-a-block full of GOOD information, the importance of balancing a home made diet and numerous other posts.

Sent by Anthea Thacker | 4:24 PM | 4-30-2007

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