If our pets could speak a word away from the traditional bow, it would definitely be food! Let’s face it, they probably like their bowl of food a little more than they do ours. And that’s so good because drooling roast chicken with veggies or a delicious paneer has been made by us! We agree on the fact that we love cooking for our pets. It is relatively easier and simpler to prepare pet food at home because it requires a limited number of ingredients. But our busy lifestyle has made us turn to commercial dry foods for dogs and cats and to save time, we make easy options. But despite this, we still have options of homemade wet foods that can easily be pre-ordered and given to small dogs and birds. Homemade food is not only healthy but nutritious as well.
Nutrition is important for your pets- Just like humans need to follow a balanced diet (with occasional cheat days), our pets also need a healthy, balanced and wholesome diet. Homemade dog and cat food can include a variety of healthy ingredients that can consist of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Another reliable and photo-worthy option is to choose wet food. Wet food is basically a healthy and balanced mix of dog and cat food depending on what the pet prefers. Wet food is supposed to be just as good and nutritious as your pet’s home food. Therefore, it must be fresh and free from preservatives and gluten. Just like homemade food, wet food should also be of human grade, meaning it should be fit for human eating as well!
Why do we make pet food at home?
As parents of pets, doing anything for our pets brings us happiness and satisfaction. It also applies to preparing homemade food. The main reason why you should prepare homemade food for your pets is because it allows you to control what goes into preparing the food. Whether it is dog food or cat food, both should contain healthy ingredients based on their taste. Second, you know it is fresh and healthy which reduces all the risks of your pet getting sick.
What goes into wet homemade dog food?
A healthy homemade dog food should contain a balanced ratio of fats, proteins and carbohydrates along with other nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, taurine, etc. For protein, choose lean chicken, meat, or salmon (fish). Mix it with white rice or quinoa for carbohydrates. Cook with oils like olive oil, walnut oil, and fish oil because they are a great source of fatty acids.
Homemade dog food can include vegetables. Dogs enjoy eating vegetables, so it’s only fair to include them in dog food. Vegetables such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, carrots, beans, etc. can also be mixed with rice, quinoa or oats to make homemade recipes for dogs.
It is always best to check with your vet before changing your dog’s food. Some dogs may develop an allergic reaction to certain foods such as peas or even beef and pork. Puppies may not be able to digest heavy meat protein, so always talk to your vet before offering any food to your pet.
Homemade wet food that contains all the nutrients needed for a balanced diet should work wonders for your pet’s health. Options may include chicken and paneer types. Check the label content to make sure the food is free of chemicals and preservatives. Also check for human grade which means it is suitable for humans to eat as well.
Make sure your wet food contains probiotics and enzymes as they are essential for gut health and will allow your pet to digest the food easily. As a pet alert parent, be sure to always check labels to make sure there are no fillers that are fresh, natural, and 100% gluten-free – such indicators that speak so much about food quality.
What goes into wet homemade cat food?
Cats are known to be self-sufficient pets but need healthy, balanced, homemade food. They can be a little anxious about the food so you have to get creative with the preparation. Their homemade diet should include an equal proportion of protein, fats, and vegetables. Items like fish, chicken, and meat are essential along with eggs.
Cats also need to eat vegetables just like dogs. Grilled carrots, steamed asparagus, beans, boiled broccoli and peas. Cats can find it difficult to digest raw vegetables, so it is advisable to boil or steam them beforehand.
Since cats lack the ability to taste anything sweet, feeding them anything sugary will not help. Instead, you can focus on oils like fish oil which can be added to their homemade food to get that extra amount of nutrition!
Also, just like dogs, look for wet food options for cats. It is available in chicken and fish variety which is again human grade and free from any waste or fillers.
As pet parents, we believe our pets enjoy the kindness of milk. You are not mistaken, they do. Unfortunately, some cats and dogs are lactose intolerant. Therefore, it is better to feed them homemade unsweetened curd, cottage cheese (paneer) and yogurt. It can serve as a food supplement for dogs and cats at home.
What should you look for while buying homemade wet food?
If you’re choosing a homemade wet food, look into these details. Wet food can be available in different forms such as paneer, vegetables, chicken and vegetables for dogs, and chicken and vegetables or fish and vegetables for cats.
Look for the freshest ingredients like chicken, fish, paneer, eggs, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, rice, all the essential vitamins, minerals and premium ingredients like olive oil, fish oil, broccoli, flaxseed, moringa powder, taurine, etc.
Wet food should contain unique ingredients that are absolutely essential to your pet’s health but which are not found in most pet foods.
Probiotics and Enzymes (in dog food) – Keep the gut healthy (Added as a healthy maker)
Hemp Seed Oil – Works as a skin moisturizer and pain reliever, great for arthritic pets
Olive oil – prevents cancer and aids in brain development, and is also a good source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
Apple cider vinegar – prevents ticks, fleas, mites and fungal infections
Rosemary Extract – Natural antibiotic, immune-boosting and anticonvulsant
Glucosamine – promoter of joint and cartilage health and growth
Taurine (in cat food) – an essential amino acid that aids normal vision, heart muscle function, normal pregnancy and fetal development.
In conclusion, homemade wet food is not only safe and nutritious for your dogs and cats, but it is also healthy and ensures that your pet is always hydrated and healthy. It is essential to consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s food from one brand to another or even introducing a new fruit, treat or vegetable. Once you get the go-ahead from your vet, introduce food gradually. Your pet’s health is your number one priority so you can enjoy more years of unconditional love with them.
Written by Anushka Iyer, CEO and Founder; Sixth Sense Retail Private Limited (wiggles.in)