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    Home-cooked meals for pets

    Five home-cooked meals for pets
    Saturday, March 31, 2007
    The Herald

    If you're nervous about buying pet food from the store, make dog, cat food at home.

    Pet owners are worried about what to feed their cats and dogs since the recent recall of 95 brands of pet food.

    The Food and Drug Administration reported that several cats and dogs have died of kidney failure after eating tainted pet food. The cause of the contamination is under investigation.

    Many animal experts say that pet owners have a fear of feeding people food to their animals. The fear is mainly unfounded because most animals eat the same food as humans. A few generations back, there was no such thing as canned or dry pet food.

    Dogs and cats basically require a diet of meat such as chicken, beef, lamb or turkey; some vegetables such as carrots and peas; rice, potato or macaroni; and a source of calcium such as milk, cheese or sardines.

    Pet owners should consult their veterinarians about a reliable vitamin tablet to supplement the homemade menu.

    One detailed source of information is Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative by veterinarian Donald Strombeck ($42.99).

    Meatloaf
    This recipe is from The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs by Donna Twichell Roberts.

    3/4 cup water
    1 carrot, peeled and diced
    1 rib celery, diced
    13/4 pounds meatloaf mix (see note)
    1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1 tablespoon ketchup

    Bring water to boil in a small skillet. Add carrot and celery. Reduce heat to medium and cook 5 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly.

    Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.

    Place meatloaf on foil-lined baking sheet. Form into a bone shape measuring approximately 9 inches long by 5 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches high. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 1 hour.

    Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes. If desired, spread additional ketchup or mild barbecue sauce on top of meatloaf, pipe mashed potatoes around the lower edge, and garnish with a cheese slice cutout.

    Makes 1 meatloaf.

    Note: A combination of ground beef, pork and veal (or chicken or turkey).
    Potted sweet potatoes, carrots and chicken for dogs and people

    1 32-ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth
    1 cup apple cider
    4 whole peppercorns
    2 whole cloves
    1 bay leaf
    3 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    1 1-pound bag of baby carrots
    Salt, to taste
    Parsley, to garnish (for people)

    In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the broth, cider, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil.

    Lower the heat and add the chicken, sweet potatoes and carrots. Simmer until carrots are tender and chicken is cooked, about 20 minutes.

    Spoon out the peppercorns, bay leaf and cloves. Season with salt. Let cool slightly before serving to pets. For humans, garnish with parsley and serve with buttered whole-grain bread.

    Makes 4 servings.
    Chicken paprika for cats and people

    1 teaspoon corn oil
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons paprika
    1 cup hot water
    3 pounds of chicken, skinned, boned and cut into bite-size pieces
    1 carrot, finely chopped
    2 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    2 tomatoes, chopped
    1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
    1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
    Fresh parsley, to garnish

    Additional ingredients for cat portions:

    1/4 cup cooked rice
    1/2 teaspoon brewer's yeast
    1/2 teaspoon bone meal

    In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over low heat. Add the garlic, salt, paprika and 1/2 cup of the hot water. Cover, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chicken, remaining water, carrot, potatoes and broth. Return to a simmer and cook another 10 minutes.

    Add the tomatoes and red and green peppers. Stir well and simmer another 10 minutes. For people, garnish with parsley.

    For cats, chop the chicken into smaller pieces and mix with rice, brewer's yeast and bonemeal. Allow to cool before serving.

    Serves 6 people, or 4 people and 2 or 3 cats.

    From Patti Delmonte's Real Food for Cats
    Gotta have heart (for dogs)

    2 beef hearts
    1 cup white rice
    1/4 cup breadcrumbs
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 tablespoons sunflower oil
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup finely grated carrot
    1/2 cup finely grated turnip

    In a small saucepan, combine the hearts and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 17 minutes.

    While the hearts are boiling, cook the rice according to package directions.

    Drain the hearts and chop into small pieces. Transfer the pieces to a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Allow to cool before serving.

    Makes 2 servings.

    From Arden Moore's Real Food for Dogs
    Gil's carrot salad for dogs and people

    6 medium carrots, trimmed and grated
    2 oranges
    1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
    1/2 cup dried blueberries or cherries
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

    Place the grated carrots in a medium bowl. Peel one orange, cut the segments into bite-size pieces and add them to the bowl. Add the dried fruit, parsley, olive oil and oregano, and toss to combine.

    Cut the remaining orange in half and squeeze the juice into the salad. Mix well.

    Makes 4 servings.

    From Kymythy Schultze's The Natural Nutrition No-Cook Book: Delicious Food for You ... and Your Pets!

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    I know this post was mainly for dogs and cats but that last recipe will be brillant for me and my budgies to share

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    Think of it this way: If you share your meals with your pets, maybe they;ll share their meals with you.



    That cat has a HUGE head...

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    This is nothing new, animal feeds have been filled with all kinds of ingredients that are of great danger for years, most of the meat used is from rendering plants that mix road kill and other discarded carcasses up in a process, steams and adds chemicals and ground bones (Bone meal) and drugs (antibiotics and growth hormones) and is then called "pet food".

    The farming and feed industries are corrupt like the oil industry is, they will do anything for money, think Mad Cow where they feed grazing animals (Cows meant to eat grass) everything from ground up newspaper to chicken dung and ground up sheep that cause the Mad Cow syndrome in the first place.

    Hunters then spread mad cow to deer by drawing them in with the same feed given to cows.

    The real threat is what you eat at Taco Bell and McDonald's, not what you feed your pets.

    Do you really know if your food is grown using sewer sludge that contains heavy metals and other wastes ??

    This is a major ingredient in fertilizers today and is sprayed by many counties and cities on food crops as a way to dispose of it.

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    Yum. I was just about to go out for dinner.

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    Think of it this way: If you share your meals with your pets, maybe they;ll share their meals with you.

    That cat has a HUGE head...
    my budgies share their food with me all the time, it usually ends up in my ear

    Im sure that cats head is getting bigger

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    Yum. I was just about to go out for dinner.

    Then they wonder why honeybees are dying in record numbers, maybe our clear cutting and Monsanto chemicals and genetic seeds are destroying our food supply.

    It is sad indeed, that being mankind not following age old traditions handed down for thousands of years.

    Technology will be the end of us by forsaking what is natural for lunacy.

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post

    That cat has a HUGE head...

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    That cat has a HUGE head...
    that just means it has a bigger brain and therefore is more intelligent
    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
    ~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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    Re: Home-cooked meals for pets

    <---- normal size heads


    <--- catzilla-size head

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