Commercial cheap dog foods are full of fillers and additives that can cause health problems for your pet, not to mention the fact that they are most likely full of genetically modified ingredients. Oftentimes the ingredients do not provide the right balance of nutrients and can create skin, behavior and energy problems for dogs, cats and other pets. Taking the time to make your own organic and delicious pet foods can guarantee that your pet will be healthy and happy.
Recipes for Organic Dog, Cat and Bunny Food
These recipes are easy to make and tasty as well. You will see a noticeable improvement in your pet's health once you start using "real" food instead of chemically induced mixes.
Dogs need a lot of protein to stay active and fit. This chili recipe combines the great protein from beans and chicken. Make this dog chili in an afternoon to feed your pup for a week.
- 4 cups of organic ground chicken
- 1 cup of organic kidney beans
- 1 cup of organic black beans
- 1 cup of organic shredded carrots
- 1/2 a cup of organic tomato paste
- 4 cups of organic chicken broth
- Cook the ground meat in a skillet over medium heat until the meat is brown.
- Put chicken, beans, carrots, tomato paste, and chicken broth in a large pot and mix well.
- Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool before serving.
- Store in the fridge.
Feed about 1 cup to a medium size dog, 2 cups for a large dog, and 1/2 a cup for a small dog.
Kitty Meat Balls
Cats love meat and eggs. Combine these ingredients to make a healthy daily meal for your cat.
- 4 organic hard boiled eggs
- 8 pounds of raw ground organic meat
- 8 cups of organic rolled oats
- Put the hard boiled eggs in a blender with the shells on. The shells will add calcium to your cat's diet. Blend the eggs to crush the shells.
- Mix the raw meat with the oats.
- Mix in the eggs.
- Separate the mixture into 1/2 cup balls.
- Store balls in the freezer.
Feed cats one thawed ball per day.
Bunny Berry Salad
Here is a daily meal to feed your bunny that any happy hopper is sure to love.
- 2 organic strawberries
- 2 organic blueberries
- 1 organic lettuce leaf
- 1/4 cup of organic alfalfa pellets
- 1/2 a teaspoon of organic honey
- Chop the strawberries, blueberries and lettuce up into tiny pieces. You can also use a coffee grinder for this purpose.
- Mix the berries and lettuce with the alfalfa pellets.
- Place the mixture in a bowl and drizzle the honey over it.
Makes one serving.
Benefits of an Organic Diet
Dogs, cats and other pets can really benefit from an organic diet, particularly if you've noticed problems with allergies, coat problems or loss of appetite. Going organic can also help you begin to diagnose which foods may be causing reactions without the added complications of pesticides, fillers, hormones and other additives contributing to the mix. If you don't have the time to make your own organic pet food, be sure to shop wisely and read all labels when purchasing food for your pet. There are numerous organic pet food companies on the market and more appearing as pet owners become more aware of the benefits of an organic diet.
Remember, though, one of the biggest dietary problems with pets is obesity, so pay attention to portion control, even when you're making organic pet food recipes. As a rough general guideline, dogs require about 25 calories each day for every pound of body weight, while cats require 30 calories for each pound of body weight. These figures are just estimates and will vary depending on the age and activity level of the animal, so use your best judgment and weigh your pet periodically.