Humans benefit a lot from eating organic food like grains, fruits and vegetables. It is the same with animals when they are fed an organic diet that contains vegetables, raw meats of the right kind, whole grains and specific raw vegetables as well. Anyway, before trying your preferred organic pet food recipe, make sure to differentiate between what is suitable for cats and what is appropriate for dogs.
Cats may not benefit from dishes made by using certain types of organic pet food recipes, since a cat is not able to digest whole grains as well as vegetables properly. Therefore the organic pet food recipe for cat food needs to contain plenty of good quality proteins and fewest possible byproducts of meat.
The Top Five Benefits of Natural Organic Pet Food for Your Dog
1. Reduction of skin ailments and allergies. If your dog suffers from allergies or an irritating skin condition, you’ve probably tried “everything” hoping to provide your pet some relief. Special dips, sprays, shampoos, creams and medications may or may not help. Premium brands of dog food recommended by vets still leave some dogs scratching or bald. Why doesn’t anything work, and why should organic food be any different?
Organic dog food may provide your pet with the best chance combating skin infections and allergies long term. It is free of artificial colors and flavor enhancers, chemical additives and toxic pesticides that could be the source of your dog’s allergies. Organic dog food contains quality protein and grain sources of exceptional nutritional value. This supports your dog’s immune system to help build resistance to skin infections.
2. More energy and a healthy weight. Plump pugs may be cute, but when your dog suffers from diabetes, organ failure, a back ailment or hip dysplasia, it is a serious, heart-breaking matter. Like humans, overweight dogs tend to have less energy for the exercise that could improve their health and physical condition. How can organic dog food help?
Once again, it is the superior nutritional value of organic dog food that can make a difference. Since it is naturally more nutritious, many owners report their dogs eat less organic dog food than other commercial varieties. Organic food doesn’t contain bulk-fillers, so your dog consumes only what it needs to maintain healthy energy levels and life functions. It probably tastes better to your dog, too! Dogs feel more satiated eating smaller amounts of tasty, nutrient-dense foods. An organic diet can help your dog lose weight and exercise more.
3. Fewer digestive disorders. Superior sources of grains and proteins and a lack of chemicals and artificial substances makes organic dog food more digestible. If your dog vomits occasionally after meals or commonly experiences gas, bloating or diarrhea, check with your veterinarian for underlying illness. In the absence of another cause, feed your dog and organic diet and you’ll both enjoy the improvements!
Easily digestible oats, barley or other natural whole grains and human-grade turkey, lamb or chicken make a tremendous difference to your dog’s digestive system. Rather than consuming corn or other bulk fillers and chemical additives, your dog will ingest only what it needs for healthy metabolic functioning. Dogs eat and eliminate less when they are on an organic diet. They tend to have more predictable bowel movements with firm, less smelly stools.
4. Better overall health and stronger immunity. Even if you dog doesn’t suffer from skin ailments, obesity or digestive problems, an organic diet can still be of benefit.
Although nearly every brand of dog food claims to be “nutritionally complete,” most veterinarians still recommend “premium” brands of dog food over “grocery store” varieties. At the heart of the matter is and always has been the better nutritional value of the premium brands.
Organic dog food provides better quality sources of nutritional substances than even the non-organic, premium brands. It is more digestible for dogs. One final, key factor is that because it is more digestible, dogs are likely to absorb rather than eliminate more of the nutrients they require to maintain a healthy immune system. Boosting your dog’s immunity may help prevent costly infections and illnesses that require veterinarian care.
5. Quality of Life and Longevity. Just as the quality of your diet affects the quality of your life, what you feed your dog will have a direct impact on how he or she looks, feels, and acts. By feeding organic food you can help ensure your dog lives a long, happy and healthy life. It is one ingredient in an overall healthy lifestyle you can help your dog enjoy. A luxurious, shiny coat, energy to run and play, a healthy weight and a strong immune system can maximize your dog’s life expectancy and quality of life into old age.
Making Organic Dog Food
Things You Will Need
Water, Skillet, Knife, 5-gallon metal pot, Small metal pot, Large mixing spoon, 2.5 gallon air-tight container, 4 cups rice, 5 lbs. lean beef, 1 hard-boiled egg, 3 potatoes, 2 1/2 cups frozen vegetable blend
1. Cook the lean beef in a skillet until it is fully browned and no red is visible.
2. Discard the fat from cooking the meat and set the meat aside.
3. Boil the rice in water according to the package instructions in a five-gallon metal pot.
4. Boil an egg in a small pot for approximately 12 minutes.
5. Shell the egg and chop it finely with a knife.
6. Add the chopped egg, potatoes and frozen vegetable mix to the mixture.
7. Heat the ingredients while stirring with a large mixing spoon until the mixture has the consistency of wet dog food.
8. Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool.
9. Store the homemade dog food in air-tight containers in a refrigerator. This recipe makes approximately one month of food with two cups of food per day. This will require approximately 40 to 60 cups or 2 to 3 gallons worth of storage container space.
Canine Casserole Recipe
The food can contain any number of meats, vegetables and grains. Meat scraps and vegetable parings work well for this, as does leftover breakfast oatmeal. Some items that you should never add to your organic dog food recipes are:
The Top 5 Benefits of Organic Cat Food
1. Reduction of skin ailments and allergies: Many cats suffer from irritating skin conditions or allergies. You may have tried many different remedies at great expense no doubt, to try and reduce their effect, but probably with little success.
Many of these allergies may be caused by artificial chemicals and because organic food is free from artificial colours, flavours and any pesticides, you will be taking these out of your pets diet. Also the quality of the food provides good cat nutrition which will support your pets immune system.
2. More Energy and a healthy weight: Organic food is naturally more nutritious and doesn’t contain bulk filler, so cats will often eat less than normal commercial food, which helps ensure they only eat the food they actually need and do not become fat cats.
The food probably tastes better to your cat as well as it is made from only the best natural ingredients. As with all of us when we are eating a well balanced and nutricoius diet we have more energy and this applies to your cat aswell.
3. Better digestive order: You may have noticed your cat vomiting or having diarrhoea after a meal. This is probaly because the have been unable to digest the food properly. However organic cat food contains easily digestible whole grains and quality meat. Your cat will be happier with less belly aches.
4. Stonger immunity: because the oranic food is more digestible your pet will be able to absorb more of the nutrients which will boost their immune system, helping prevent many illnesses and those nasty and expensive vet visits.
5. Longer Life: A healthier cat will lead a better quality of life and be full of vitality. After all we want our furry friend to be with us as long as possible and to lead their life as a happy cat.
Shopping for Cat Supplies
1. Know the “why” behind the “how” when it comes to making healthy homemade organic pet food for your cat.
2. Buy meat. Your meat should always be fresh, and organic. This means it is antibiotic and hormone free. Types of meats to buy are whole chicken, whole rabbit, whole guinea fowl, and turkey thighs (bones included)
3. Buy organ meat. Organ meat is very rich in vitamins and nutrients. Be aware though that organ meat for your homemade cat food must be organic from non-medicated animals as any toxins in the animal’s body will have stored up in the liver and other organs.
4. Buy psyllium. This can be purchased from just about any grocery or health food store. Buy loose psyllium husk powder for easier handling and measuring.
5. Buy kelp and dulse. Kelp and dulse are an excellent source of trace minerals to add to your organic pet food. Both are easily found online. Again, buy in the powdered form for easier use.
6. Buy salmon oil. Salmon oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids. Whenever possible you should try to use wild salmon oil as opposed to farmed salmon oil as wild salmon has higher levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Capsules that can be used one at a time are best as salmon oil degrades quickly once exposed to air.
7. Buy a glandular supplement. These supplements are made from real animal glands such as spleen, brain and heart and are a great source of nutrients. Buy the capsules as they are easier than crushing the pills.
8. Buy vitamin E and B complex. These add to the balanced vitamins and nutrients of a good homemade organic pet food. These can be found at any health store or pharmacy.
9. Buy an electric grinder. This will make grinding the meat and bones for your homemade cat food so much quicker and easier.
Making Organic Cat Food
1. Get out your grinder. You will use this to grind the bones and attached meat for your cat’s food.
2. Assemble all your supplements. Have all the ingredients you need ready and at hand before you begin.
3. Cut up the animal carcass that you are using for the food into large pieces (as you would when you de-bone a chicken).
4. Cut most of the meat from the bones (leaving a little attached) and set the bones aside in a large bowl.
5. Cut the meat into bite-sized chunks. This will allow your cat to chew on something and keep her teeth and gums healthy.
6. Weigh your organ meat. You will need 400 g (14 oz.) of raw heart meat and 200 g (7 oz.) of raw liver.
7. Put the organ meats into the same bowl as the meat bones. Put the meat chunks into a separate bowl and store both bowls in the fridge.
8. You are now ready to make the supplemental part of this organic pet food recipe. Into a large bowl pour 2 cups of water.
9. Crack 4 raw eggs and separate the yolks. Add the yolks to the bowl.
10. Add your dry ingredients. You will need 4 capsules of glandular supplement, 4000g of salmon oil, 200 mg of vitamin B, 800 IU of vitamin E, a ¼ teaspoon each of kelp and dulse, and 4 teaspoons of psyllium. Be sure to add the psyllium last. Stir the mixture thoroughly and set aside.
11. Take the meaty bones and organ meat out of the fridge and grind them together in your electric grinder.
12. Take the meat chunks out of the fridge and add them to the ground bones and organs. Stir these together.
13. Add the supplemental mixture to the meat and stir thoroughly.
14. Spoon the organic cat food into small containers suitable for freezing. Small glass canning jars work perfectly for this. Do not overfill your jars. Leave about a ½-inch gap from the top of the jar.
15. Label each jar with the type of meat you used and the date it was prepared.
16. Freeze your jars to keep the ingredients fresh. Take each jar out and thaw as needed to feed your beloved cat.